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Dazzle Ship

Victo Ngai

I am very excited to share with you my debut children’s book, Dazzle Ship, authored by Chris Barton and published by Lerner Book. 

Dazzle Ship is the story behind the thousands of war ships painted with bold colors and crazy patterns during WW1. 

Sounds interesting? You can get a copy anywhere books are sold in American or online here

Big thanks to Chris Barton, AD Danielle Carnito and Editor Carol Hinz for getting me acquainted with this colorful piece of history and being so wonderful to work with! 

Video and photos by Munira, Music by Bensound. 

You know what’s cool about coding??? Everyone who does it have different solutions for the same problem:
Some completely rewrite their stuff, some read through it all to find the small problems that lead to the big one, some use online tutorials, some use books, some need just some small reminders, and some have to look that entire subject up again. It’s completely personalised!!!!!!

Foreign Student's Struggle #198929

…is visa extension.

And too bad I live in a city far too big that the immigration office has no online appointment booking system, which means I have to wait in line from around 12-7 hours before the immigration office is open, because (i) they have daily limitation for applicants, and (ii) there are literally hundreds of people going there everyday.

(Just thinking about the prospect of waiting 7 hours without wifi or anything in a bad weather already drained the life out of me.)

Anyway, I’ll bring my laptop with me so I can watch some movies AND working on some prompts that I owe to the requesters and speaking of which…

I’ll have plenty of time to do prompts while waiting today so should any of you lovely people want to send me prompts request either from this smutty list OR from this mini fic OR 300 words or less fic feel free to hit my askbox!

Q & A with Joanna Volpe, head of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. and agent to Veronica Roth (Divergent), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha), and Kody Keplinger (The Duff)

1. What does an agent do? Do I need an agent?

An agent is an author’s advocate, career partner, editor, negotiator, advisor and champion. But that doesn’t mean that every author needs an agent.  I will say that at the very least, every author should have some kind of advocate who is well-versed in the publishing industry, whether it be an agent or a publishing attorney.  But a lawyer’s job is much narrower: they advocate and negotiate, but they can’t give career advice, edit your manuscript or work on your publicity and marketing plans.  So it really just depends on what you need. 

2. Is there any way to increase your chances of having your query selected from the slush pile?

Yes, by writing a good query!  There are tons of resources online that can show you how to do that.  

3. What happens after the query is selected from the slush pile?

After a query is selected, I ask for the full manuscript.  And after I read the full manuscript, I decide whether or not I want to have a call with the author and see if we’re a good fit to work together. 

4. Have you ever passed on a ms. that went on to do well? If so, what went into this decision?

Absolutely!  I’ve passed on plenty of projects that went on to sell and some to sell very well.  Many factors go into that kind of decision, and the biggest one is: I don’t offer representation to a manuscript.  I offer representation to an author.  Sometimes I’ll love a manuscript, but as soon as I get to know the author, I realize very quickly that we don’t share the same career goals and vision for their work.  And in times like those, I don’t offer representation.  There are also a number of times when I read a manuscript and think it’s great, but I just don’t personally love it enough to champion it through the good times and the bad times.  So I pass, and watch it go on to sell with the right agent for that author.  There are a lot of reasons, and I have never personally passed on something that I regret.  

5. What are the top three common mistakes authors make? 

In queries, the biggest mistake I see is that they don’t talk enough about the project. They talk more about themselves and why their book is great, but not enough about the story itself.  It happens all the time. 

In revisions, underestimating how much time they’ll need to edit a book.  Particularly early on in their careers. They don’t want to displease anyone, so I’ve seen many authors set deadlines that they can’t keep. Even if something is going to take longer, just be realistic and honest upfront.  It helps everyone else plan around you!

After publication, they read the online reviews of their book.  Big mistake, and one that almost everyone makes.  I am a firm believer that constructive criticism is a crucial element in honing one’s craft.  But there’s no way to filter the constructive from the downright silly or mean things said online.  And every author I’ve ever worked with is not prepared for how painful that experience can be.  It’s creatively stifling, and very difficult to get over.  DO NOT LOOK!

6. How is querying for a picturebook different from a MG or YA title?

When you’re querying as an illustrator, you’ll include links to your portfolio and may include a full “dummy” of the picture book for review. You’ll still need a pitch though!

7. What is your favorite part of your job? The least favorite?

My favorite part of my job is when I get to read a new manuscript that I am enjoying.  It is one of the best feelings!  Even better if I have time to ruminate afterward for a while. Think on it. 

My least favorite part of the job is when I have to part ways with a client. 

8. What is a fun fact that few people know about you?

Popcorn is my absolute favorite snack.  Particularly movie theater popcorn. 

anonymous asked:

Hey there. So, my hubbie ordered a "Making Of" Star Wars TFA art book online, the big one with all of the pre-production art. We noticed that Kira and the Jedi Killer (where he's holding her from behind) was not present in the book, though the one where they're fighting in the snow is. Do you think they deliberately left it out because it might have given away too many Reylo vibes? I'm slowly convincing my other half that Reylo will be a thing. I wondered what you thought of the omission.

Oh, I’m sure they were very, very selective in the concept pieces they chose to publish in that book. There is very little insight offered into the Rey and Kylo scenes for a reason, and that reason is likely to be because the concept art produced for those characters hints at how their relationship will develop in the future films.

April 29, 2015

Finally, the book “THE UNIVERSE SPEAKS TO ME!” by Valeria Lukyanova, who became world-famous by her spiritual name Amatue, is going to be released this May!

In this book you:

  • will discover and experience how amazing and fantastic astral travels may be
  • will find out who you were in your past lives and how it affects your life in current incarnation; 
  • will find out how you can completely change your destiny and find the happiness you could only dream about. [?]

The book will be available in all online book stores, and also in big city book stores.

emeraldincandescent  asked:

I'm... not really sure how you posting a free book online = fanfiction, (or why people think fanfic is bad, because fanfic is AWESOME,) but I'm sorry that people have been being horrible to you. You're my favorite author, and it makes me so sad that people are mean to you. I hope you don't stop writing. I love The Turn of the Story, and I love Wings in the Morning, and I'm (finally!) about to start Unmade, which I'm sure will be delightful and heartwrenching. So thank you so, so much.

Thank you so much for the kind words! I too am sad people are horrible, and I am very glad you like my writing. I will not stop writing ever, I promise you that, because writing is my one true love. (And I never have to text writing, which is awesome. However, writing also never takes out the trash. God writing, I’m so mad at you.)

I did think I could use this (very lovely) ask as a jumping off point for another… point I’d like to make.

People often respond to these kinds of posts from myself and others with ‘so sorry this is happening to you, people outside fandom don’t understand fanfiction is awesome’ and ‘calling your books fanfiction isn’t insulting, because fanfiction is awesome’ and ‘do you not think fanfiction is awesome?’

I think fanfiction can be awesome. I don’t at all want to put fanfiction down, make anyone think I think badly of it, make anyone feel bad for writing or reading it. However, I also think fanfiction is a community comprised mainly of girls, and thus unconsciously the work within it as seen as less worthy because it’s by girls… and I think the people within that community think that way, as well as the people without.

Nobody from outside fandom has ever called my books fanfiction, though they have decided my books must be crappy because I used to write fanfiction. (I do realise that if I was more popular, I’d get more of this. Which is the catch-22 of women’s success: popularity is awesome, but holy hell do people [inside and outside fandom] dislike seeing women’s success and holy hell will they attack successful women. Popularity is awesome, being attacked is not awesome.)

As it is, however, only people from within fandom do this: people who like fanfiction, and who often liked *my* fanfiction. 

It is very hard to accept this, and it is super weird and contradictory, but it is true. Is it a sense I think too much of myself? Is it unconscious dislike of themselves and their own work? Is it a Groucho Marx deal of not thinking a club that lets you join could be a worthwhile club? Every explanation I can think up is really horrible, and makes me feel really sad for us all.

It’s part of the system of sexism: if you can get women to attack other women, to put them down and stop them succeeding, then the dudes’ work is done for them—they can float on doing their own thing with fewer obstacles in the path of their work.

Very few people are consciously saying ‘women suck and people from this women’s community I’m part of suck and their work is lesser and I hate them and I’m gonna get them’—this is all unconscious, but it is happening: this call is coming from within the building.

Saying something is ‘like fanfiction’ is almost exclusively said about women’s work. (Like the description ‘Mary Sue’ is used sneeringly about women characters, largely in women’s work, who are ‘too awesome.’ And that, too, comes from fanfiction.)

I actually have a list of reviews in which women’s writing is sneeringly called ‘like fanfiction’ but it occurred to me I’d then be sharing a ton of (I think) unfair criticism of women’s work and that would be awful of me. I’m already risking my own work getting more flak: I don’t want to drag any more women into this.

(Women creators get plenty of horrors already. Another thing that happened to me on Christmas Eve was a friend, not at all associated with fandom incidentally, telling me about the death threat she’d received on twitter that day. How jolly.)

Thus, I’m just asking you guys to think back on work discussed that way: how often work is described as ‘like fanfiction’ as a compliment, how often the work thus described is written by men. 

Inherent in fanfiction, of course, is also the fact people writing it don’t own the characters or the world. Which is neutral to say about fanfiction: hey, I wrote fanfiction about Draco Malfoy. I don’t own him, I didn’t create him. (I don’t want him.) It’s not neutral, again, to say about women’s books. I wrote books about Kami Glass. I do own her. I do want her. She’s mine: Elliot Schafer is mine, Nick Ryves is mine, Mae Crawford is mine, Cynthia Davies is mine. (And hey, I’ll share them if you want: happy you’d like to. But saying they’re some other characters, someone else’s characters… not an okay thing to do, not a neutral thing to do. There are many discussions to be had about influences, and influences on worlds and characters, and the way men can be influenced and they’re joining the conversation, but if women are influenced they’re writing fanfiction/ripping someone off/both. I think knowing and speculating on writers’ influences is super interesting, but it’s also potentially harmful, done this way. It’s denying the fact a woman, in this case me, can be a creator, by saying they didn’t create.)

Even though I think fanfiction is totally fine, it’s used as a gendered insult so much that it’s not a neutral thing to say to someone, and I think there needs to be acknowledgement of that, and of the different treatment meted out to male creators and female creators—especially, let me add, male creators who are fandom adjacent, and female creators from fandom.

Fandom is very keen on guys outside fandom being close to fandom, or approving of fandom, or saying girl nerdiness is great: fandom valorises those guys. Their approval is seen as worth something, and their work accepted as obviously worth a lot. Fandom is not at all keen on women, particularly women who come from within fandom. (Again, I’m not linking to any dissing of lady colleagues, but THINK of women known to come from fandom and the things said about them.)

Here is an example of different stuff that comes from a boy’s association with fandom and a girl’s. (Again, I can only use myself, because I will not drag other women into this.) Lev Grossman in 2011 wrote an article on fanfiction in TIME, and there was an inset included of (I think?) the top ten most popular/beloved fanfiction. One piece on my fanfiction was included on the inset.

The whole internet fell on my head, that summer. I was writing Unspoken (my fourth book, the start of a new series I was really excited about). I had not yet written a free book online like a big stupidface: I thought the worst of the fandom crap I get was over. Then suddenly every day, emails arrived saying ‘where can we get that fanfiction.’ When I nicely responded that I’d taken it down, they responded with ‘bitch,’ ‘I’ll kill you’ and ‘who do you think you are.’ I lost patience and began responding with ‘good news: you can read my writing by buying my books or taking them out at the library (libraries: people can still get my work free!).’ They did not wish to do that. They were extremely angry I had made the suggestion. (My writing might be good, and people might want to read it? THE VERY IDEA. Who did I think I was x 10000!) One guy wrote me many long, condescending emails on how my fanfiction might, MIGHT persuade him to read my books, why couldn’t I see he knew better, why couldn’t I just give him what he wanted! The death threats and explanations of how worthless my books were (honestly, I prefer the death threats) redoubled. Every day I sat crying angrily in a house in France, and my friends pressed me to their bosoms. (It wasn’t a total loss, as summers go: the France and the bosoms part were great.)

Lev Grossman got to write an article in TIME (hey, always an awesome career boost). I got a summer of hatemail (hey, sucks psychologically and shockingly hearing ‘nobody wants to read your books’ every day makes it much harder to write). Lev Grossman got articles and posts written about how great he was, he really gets fandom, he understands us. I got, well, you all know what I got. Wasn’t fun.

None of this is Lev Grossman’s fault (I hear he’s a very nice guy). None of this is any particular woman in fandom’s fault, either, even if that woman has thoughtlessly participated in this kind of behaviour (lifting up guys as more worthy, putting down another woman’s work). Like I said in the interview o’doom, we have all done gross stuff.

It is just a crappy system, which is really hard on women and really hard on female creators, and we’re all born into the system, learn behaviours from it, and often fall back into those patterns even though many of us genuinely believe, say, that women are equal and their work is of equal worth… we still fall down when it comes to valorising specific guys, and pulling down specific girls.

The system is the reason guys who write YA get more attention: guys who wrote stories spinning off from Harry Potter’s success got more attention: guys who write anything get more praise and less criticism.

Fandom is a sub-system within the larger system of media, and I often hear it doesn’t display the same problems.

I would really like that to be true. I think there are a lot of people in fandom who are hoping for it to be true and trying to make it true. Currently it’s not true. In order to proceed towards making it true, I’d say to fandom: Encourage your girls, encourage their writing, stop putting it down, stop saying girls’ work is always this one thing and this one thing is bad. Being a girl, using your voice, making it heard, is hard enough. Girls’ communities should not make it harder.

TLDR: I don’t mean at all to bag on fanfiction when I talk about this and I very much hope nobody takes it that way: I am bagging on sexism, and the way it is displayed within and without fandom.

(I am sorry to have spun off wildly from your kind ask, lovely asker, and I hope it was okay.)
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A book club for fans of How to Grow the Fuck Up. We'll read memoirs, self help, humor, and anything else that seems to capture the in-between states of g...

Big announcement! HTGTFU now has an online book club! It’s going to be really low key book club in that we’ll have a specific title for 2 months at a time and discussion will be constant. You can come and go as you please. I’ll set up specific times for Twitter livetweet discussions towards the end of the reading period, but everything else is at your leisure. You can even discuss a book months after we’ve read it.

The goal here is to share our love of reading and maybe learn something along the way. I’ll choose books on a variety of subjects: memoir, self help, humor, fiction—whatever I feel is relevant to teens and emerging adults.

Don’t feel that you need to spend any money on this! Remember, your local library is happy to help you find whichever book you need. Also, whenever possible, I will choose books with audiobook editions for those of us who prefer that format (I certainly do).