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Publishing 101: How to Ace the Comp Title Game
You probably know by now that people in publishing love to abbreviate words. Publication date becomes “pub date.” The American Library Association becomes “ALA,” which stands not only for the organization itself but for the organization’s conferences. Subsidiary rights, or the rights we sell to audio publishers, book clubs, etc. become “subrights.” It’s possible you’ve heard editors ...
Reading the Oscars: 3 YA Novels Paired with Oscar Nominees
It’s officially Oscar season! If you’re anything like me, you’re now in crunch mode trying to see as many movies as you can before the big night. I’ve only seen three of the best picture nominees (THE HORROR), so if anyone needs me for the next month, you know where I’ll be—trying to watch ...
The Supervillain and Me,
Three Steps to Finding the Perfect Title for Your Book
What’s in a name? When it comes to book titles, a lot! Whether we should or not, we judge books not only by their covers, but by their titles. Basically, the title helps us figure out if a book is “for us.”So how can you come up with an amazing title that’ll make readers intrigued to know ...
How to Breathe Underwater,
Make It Yourself: 4 DIY Gift Ideas for Your Fave Book Lover
This post is brought to you by a comedic misunderstanding. As I was discussing a possible blog topic with my colleague Emily, she suggested I write about “craft.” “Craft?” I thought. “I love crafts!” I’m a devoted embroider, so any time I spend not reading and editing is spent ransacking the embroidery floss shelf at the nearby Michael’s ...
The Dos and Don’ts of Writing Setting
Are you knee-deep into a new project this NaNoWriMo, or plugging away at a project you’ve been working on for a while? Either way, I’m here to help you make sure your setting shines from the first page to the last with these dos and don’ts.DO view setting through the character’s eyes.Your protagonist acts ...