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Much of the tweet excitement this week surrounded an article in the Missouri News-Leader called "Filthy books demeaning to Republic education," in which the writer Wesley Scroggins referred to Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK as "soft pornography." The twitterverse and blogsphere spoke up! A sampling is below. For more click on the #speakloudly hashtag. I find the outpouring quite inspiring. (And feel free to name a villain in your next story "Wesley Scroggins." Because it really just works.)
SPEAK LOUDLY TWEETS
@planetalvina: On the BRG blog: Speak Loudly: Over the weekend, the Twitterverse exploded with the news that an associate profess... http://bit.ly/9tjAR9
@molly_oneill: Heading home from a conf today, b/w airports, reading #speakloudly tweets, awed by power of community & @halseanderson's book. Words matter.
@bkshelvesofdoom: A good thing that has come out of the #SpeakLoudly fracas: the stories shared remind those of us, still quiet, that we are not alone.
@BlytheWoolston: Sexual abusers silence their victims. The best way to stop it is to #SpeakLoudly http://bit.ly/cOYhHK
@chavelaque: Terrific post from a Christian writer on SPEAK RT @MyraMcEntire #SpeakLoudly I did. Hardest post I've written. http://bit.ly/9x5tNv
@Janet_Reid: Truth is often ugly and dirty but it is not pornography. http://tinyurl.com/35re84y
@gregpincus: Social media and a platform can help an author in many ways, as the @halseanderson and #speakloudly situation shows - c
@halseanderson: Am so blown away by the support for SPEAK. Hate to say it makes me speechless, but it almost does. Thank you for speaking up! #speakloudly
@PWKidsBookshelf: Can Censoring a Children’s Book Remove Its Prejudices?
@neilhimself: Banned Books Weeks starts on Sept 25th. Read a banned or challenged book? http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/support.html
AGENT ADVICE TWEETS
@mitaliperkins: How To Find A Literary Agent @NathanBransford http://bit.ly/cpoZKq
@Kid_Lit: What to do when you want to send a revision but weren't asked for one: http://ow.ly/2GNvC #kidlit #writing #fb
@ingridsundberg: Recap of #LA10SCBWI Agent Panel: http://tinyurl.com/25ez4e5 (Features agents Ginger Clark, Josh Adams, Ken Wright, and Lisa Grubka).
@CA_Marshall: Nifty sounding mermaid YA that also fell apart. Make the whole book shine, not just the first five pages. #queries
HELPFUL EDITOR TWEETS
@ColleenLindsay: In case you missed this earlier: Completely updated & revised word counts for fiction, all kinds of fiction: http://bit.ly/cSJ9Zm
@editorgurl: Lots of inspiration in this short piece about David Wiesner & his editor Dinah Stevenson. http://bit.ly/bSZ9v0 (via @shelfawareness)
@CynLeitichSmith: Writing on a Unicycle: Making Time for What You Love in a Life out of Balance by Deborah Brodie: http://bit.ly/9Y85il
@Illo_Island: 150 Useful Resources for Illustrators (from EFII archives) - http://ow.ly/2GmYH
@aliciapadron: My post over at the PBJ's today- Favorite Illustrators http://pbjunkies.blogspot.com/2010/09/favorite-illustrators-christopher.html
KIDS READING TWEETS
@mitaliperkins: When site stats show a search for the title of your book along with "how dose (sic) it end," face facts: you've been assigned as homework.
@Scholastic: What children’s titles are being read by children across America? Check out September's Top Reads from #BookClubs: http://wp.me/pG4x8-jm
READING LIST TWEETS
@PWKidsBookshelf: The Daily Beast has a list of 10 Smart YA Books, for those who've finished The Hunger Games and are looking for more http://bit.ly/9DpvKU
@PWKidsBookshelf: See Psychology Today's list of celebrated adult authors who also wrote for kids: Part 1 http://bit.ly/df86ff + Part 2 http://bit.ly/alTt4r
A TWIST ON PRINT TWEET
@RachelleGardner: Digital enhancements in PRINT books??? http://usat.ly/d1snX3 via @JanetKGrant
JUST SAYIN' TWEETS
@PublishersWkly: In PW’s recent Salary Survey, one statistic stuck out: 85% of employees with under 3 years experience are women http://bit.ly/9tZ0NZ
@johnmcusick: I think it's time for a burning. @GalleyCat Oxford American Dictionary adds BFF, bromance, hockey mom & LMAO entries; what do you think?
@PublishersWkly: What's with all the dead parents in YA books? An editor in PW Soapbox calls this a "cop-out." http://bit.ly/bt1UbU
@halseanderson: Whoever is in charge of the iPad bookstore needs to hire someone who understands what kids & teens want to read.
@EgmontGal: So happy to be back in NYC. The jackhammers sound like a robin's call to me.
@LiteraryUpstart: Look, just don't even bother trying to use the semicolon. Stick to periods and commas, dude.
BLOG TOUR TWEET
@thecreativepenn: How to get massive exposure for your book with blog book tours http://dld.bz/wtnZ via @TonyEldridge
ACCESSORIES ARE IMPORTANT TWEET
@jamieharrington: Shopping today. Me: That bag's cute but I don't think it will hold my laptop. Saleslady: You could upgrade to a smaller one. o.O
ALMOST AS FUN AS THE ZAPPOS MAP TWEET
@AdviceToWriters: Site shows in real time which books people are buying all over the world. http://ow.ly/2Hxel (via @DailyLit)
SOMEONE NEEDS COFFEE TWEET
@sztownsend81: Just answered a phone call where someone asked if they needed to send a SASE with their email query.