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Behind the Book Scenes: Repackaging the Paperback Cover for BOUND TO YOU
A manuscript lives many lives before it goes to print as a book, and a book lives a long life after it hits the shelves, too. It might seem that once a hardcover book is in your hands—a physical object—it has reached its final form. It’s categorized in a certain way and appears in a certain part ...
Bound to You
Selkies, Kelpies, and Craic: 4 Celtic-Influenced YA Reads
St. Patrick’s Day is a day for parades, parties, venerating the 5th century bishop who drove snakes out of an island nation, and watching one of the best Disney Channel Original Movies, The Luck of the Irish (just me?).But it is also, like every other day in the year, a day for reading. So if you plan to ...
The Life-Changing Magic of Killing Your Darlings
Anyone who has watched me clean my apartment or pack for a move knows that I LOVE getting rid of things. When I found out there was a donation bin in the laundry room in my apartment building, I washed and tossed so much clothing. Why not? I wasn’t wearing those items of clothing. Sure, I had liked, maybe ...
4 Suggestions for Bookish New Year's Resolutions
Despite my shock and denial, it is in fact the year 2019. What even is time? It’s a construct without tangible qualities that only exists in the collective consciousness of most, but not all, human beings throughout history. But since none of us can fully escape its tyranny, why not give in to the free-floating and amorphous pressure to ...
Put Some Feeling into It: Making Your Setting Work Overtime
Lately, I’ve begun to notice that the word “atmospheric” is used a lot in book reviews and bookish conversations. This is, no contest, the buzzword most likely to compel me to pick up a book or download a movie. I reflected on why that might be, since on the surface, it strikes me as a vague descriptor that could ...