Today is for linkage:
- Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon have had a fabulous idea: Diversity in YA, or DIYA, a website and book tour to celebrate diverse stories in YA. "DIYA is a positive, friendly gathering of readers and writers who want to see diversity in their fiction. We come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and we hope that you do, too. We encourage an attitude of openness and curiosity, and we welcome questions and discussion. Most of all, we can’t wait to have fun sharing some great books with you!" Malinda Lo, as you no doubt remember, is the author of Ash, the lesbian retelling of Cinderella story, and Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix. They have some seriously fine writers signed up (Holly Black, Jacqueline Woodson, Neesha Meminger, and more) for the tour, which will take in several cities. An effort most definitely worth supporting.
- Not writing related, but co-written by two friends: a paper on deforestation, coca production, and population density. Article here (not wholly accurate, because journalists always have an angle/agenda). Paper here.
- Richard Curtis spread the news that HarperCollins has introduced some new boilerplate into their author contracts. The new language "gives them the right to cancel a contract if 'Author’s conduct evidences a lack of due regard for public conventions and morals, or if Author commits a crime or any other act that will tend to bring Author into serious contempt, and such behavior would materially damage the Work’s reputation or sales.' The consequences? Harper can terminate your book deal. Not only that, you’ll have to repay your advance. Harper may also avail itself of “other legal remedies” against you." Not something I'd want to sign.
- Over at Sterling Editing we have a collection of nifty links for writers. This week we have, among other, a competition to avoid, an article from the WSJ on the a writer's constant wrestle with the push-pull of writing vs selling, and, my favourite, this video: