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March 31, 2011

Harry Potter According to Google Autofill

Kate Hart
In the grand tradition of delving into our world's psyche using Google autofill, per the illustrious example of John and Hank Green, I decided to find out what people think about the Harry Potter series.*

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* Per Hank's observations, "is gay" came up for more than half of the characters I searched - so many that it made the chart illegible to include them all. I also left off "is dead," "is not dead," "is not gay," and "is alive."

** Y'all, I SWEAR I didn't make up that Palin result. Nor "Draco is pregnant."

font: Harry P  -  awesome HP Google logo ~singinshowtunes at DeviantArt
HP pics are all promo pics, to the best of my knowledge.

March 30, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: Back In The Day

Kate Hart
YA Highway wants to know: What books were you obsessed with as a kid?

Here are just a few:

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where we post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. We'd love for you to participate!

March 17, 2011

So Turns Out Y'all Like Graphs.

Kate Hart

Which is great, because I really like making them.

So tell me: What kinds of things would you like to see in infographic form? I have lots of ideas but I'd also love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

(Need other examples? Check out I Love Charts or GraphJam. And thank you!)

(also, rejected titles for this post include:
Wanna Be Chartin' Something
Chart Me Up
We Didn't Chart The Fire (yet)
Let's Get It Charted
and etc. Feel free to suggest others. I could sit here and pun all day, but trust me. Y'all don't want that.)

March 15, 2011

Two For Tuesday: Genre Grudge Match

Kate Hart
Hang out with YA authors for awhile, and you'll probably hear us bemoaning the death of contemporary novels. But don't despair. I counted up all the YA deals from the past twelve months and was surprised to find that contemporary is alive and well.

So why the perceived slight? Because paranormal gets half the big bucks, and dystopian takes another quarter. But contemporary is hanging in there. I was surprised to find science fiction and "other" holding their own as well.

A few random thoughts:
  • This may look depressing if you write contemporary, but honestly? I had never heard of a contemporary getting six-figures, and these weren't celebrity-turned-writer deals. So I was actually pleased to see that 9%.
  • Several deals noted authors moving from one genre to another - and not all from realistic to paranormal.
  • Charts from five years ago, or five years from now, would likely show very different statistics. Don't write to trends. Write work interesting enough to start a new trend.
  • I write both, I love both, but my love of paranormal does not extend to trolls. No paranormal-bashing in my comments. Please and thank you.

Margin of Error Disclaimers:
  1. I'm terrible at math.
  2. Paranormal includes fantasy and anything the least bit supernatural-sounding.
  3. Dystopian includes apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, unless the blurb specifically mentioned those as sci-fi. 
  4. "Other" includes historical fiction and deals that didn't include blurbs.
  5. I counted deals, not individual books within deals. 
  6. Only 30% of the deals I counted indicated size, so the second chart only represents 1/3 of the deals in chart one.
  7. A small number of six-figure deals are not represented in the second graph because when they weren't listed with the standard categories ("nice" through "significant"). 
  8. These figures were taken from Publisher's Marketplace deal reporting. I didn't download any statistics from their website- I counted the deals manually and assigned my own categories when necessary. I'm no genre expert and may have mis-categorized a few things. 
  9. Some agents and editors choose not to list deals in Publisher's Marketplace, which means neither chart is a full representation of YA publishing.
  10. Did I mention I'm terrible at math? 
  11. EDITED TO ADD: As pointed out by Tracy Buchanan, few UK deals are reported in PM, which made me realize I also forgot to mention that I haven't included the selling of foreign rights in these numbers. 

Two For Tuesday is a weekly meme I made up when I couldn't think of anything to blog about. Post two of anything: book reviews, pictures, quotes, poems, songs, videos, rants, shout outs, whatever floats your boat. Just connect them somehow. That's it. Leave me a comment if you want to share!

March 11, 2011

March 9, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: Never Was a Cornflake Girl

Kate Hart
This week's Road Trip Wednesday wants to know, in honor of the release of Kirsten Hubbard's Like Mandarin:
Who did you idolize?


source here; lyrics hers
I'm prone to girl crushes. Real life, celebrity, from near or afar, I've always been a sucker for the "glitter girls," Not feeling like one myself, I scribbled Tori Amos lyrics on my binder and declared myself a raisin girl

I always say that most of my friends were guys in high school, but that's not really true. I had a crew of girls, and I'm still friends with most of them, to varying degrees. But I've never forgotten what one friend said to me once, during a fight: "There's no reason we should even be friends. We just hang out with the same boys. And like the same music."

But even that wasn't totally true. She didn't like Tori Amos.

Liz Lemon is my spirit animal.

Kirsten Hubbard was one of my grown-up girl crushes. I basically followed her around the internet saying, "Hi Kirsten! You like writing? I like writing! You like Wyoming? I like Wyoming! You like traveling? I like traveling!"

She's very patient.

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I was always especially drawn to those girls who were effortlessly bohemian. Legitimate hippies. Carefree. Alternative. Non-conformist. Relaxed.

I was not that girl. I still struggle with not being that girl.

Sometimes, I wish Helena Bonham Carter was my spirit animal.

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link in the comments - or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

March 8, 2011

Two For Tuesday: Deals & Debuts

Kate Hart
What is it? Post two of anything: book reviews, pictures, quotes, poems, songs, videos, rants, shout outs, whatever floats your boat. Just connect them somehow. That's it.

Today: Good news for dear friends!

Like Mandarin covers It's Tuesday, March 8th and that means:

Head over to YA Highway and enter to win one of four copies of Kirsten Hubbard's amazing debut - plus other prizes inspired by the book!

Congrats Kirsten! I can't wait for everyone to read this fantastic novel.

Check out the news at Tahereh Mafi's blog:
SHATTER ME sold to HarperCollins in a major pre-empt

Tahereh is a major force for good in the YA blogosphere, and it's great to see such a genuinely nice person reaping the rewards she deserves.

Go add her book on Goodreads - and congrats Tahereh!

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