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June 29, 2018
Eat, Sleep, Read (and Read, and Read): 7 Things I Learned in My First Year in Publishing
Believe it or not, you should NOT take home every free book you can. And yes it's true: Book people are the best people.
June 18, 2018
Guest Author Aminah Mae Safi: Ask Why, Not How
I’ve gotten a lot of questions, as people have begun reading my debut Not the Girls You're Looking For...
June 15, 2018
Swoon Author Alex Evansley: Publishing Confessional, Take Two
I’ll be honest in saying that when I initially submitted the OG draft of Love Scene, Take Two to...
January 25, 2018
Swoon Author Claire Kann: Publishing Confessional — Behind the Swoon (Please Don’t Sue Me VH1!)
You decide to try to be a writer and get published. You give this dream your all. You forsake sleep...
December 8, 2017
Swoon Design: The Art of Pinspiration
Hello Swoon! My name is April Ward and I'm an Art Director for the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group...
November 28, 2017
How to Speak Publishing (Part III)
Let’s face it—sometimes editors, agents, and authors sound like they’re speaking a foreign language. There’s so...
October 11, 2017
Publishing Behind-the-Scenes: Inside the Frankfurt Book Fair
Hello Swoon Readers! I'm the Executive Director of Subsidiary Rights at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, which means, among...
September 13, 2017
Swoon Author Maggie Ann Martin: A Q&A with Pre-Pub Maggie and Post-Pub Maggie
Before I started this publishing journey, I had very specific, sometimes tough questions about how the publishing process would pan...
August 14, 2017
Tours 'R' Us: The 411 on Literary Road Trips, from a Publicist's POV
Regularly heard ‘round Publicity Row—that corner of the Flatiron Building populated by suitcase-towing, caffeine-powered elves—is the exclamation, “I...
July 27, 2017
Swoon Author Katy Upperman: A Day in the Life of a Nearly Published Author
Hi Swoon Friends! With Kissing Max Holden less than a week from publication (!!!) I thought it’d be fun to...
June 22, 2017
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn's Editing Update: It Takes a Village
Thank God for editors. This is my first time through the publishing process, so every step of this journey is...
June 14, 2017
Swoon Author Chani Lynn Feener's Editing Update: Blood, Sweat, and Tears
I love working on a new project, just sitting down, putting my fingers to the keys, and letting whatever happens...
May 30, 2017
Pulling Back the Curtains: What Is Managing Editorial?
When I tell people I work in publishing, they immediately assume I’m an editor. Um, sort of, I’ll...
February 27, 2017
Why Adults Should Read YA — and Where to Start
We all know that much of the audience of young adult books are young adults themselves. But there’s absolutely...
February 15, 2017
Writing Will Always Welcome You Back
Hello Swoon Readers and Happy February! In fact, Happy 2017. I know we’ve been apart for quite some time...
February 8, 2017
Editors are Like Snowflakes – Each One is Unique
Fact: Editors do not come from an editor factory. Fact: We don’t even all graduate from the same program...
January 3, 2017
How to Speak Publishing (Part II)
One of most intimidating parts of the publishing process is trying to figure out what the heck everyone is talking...
December 16, 2016
Swoon Authors Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas' Editing Update: A Day in the Life
*Cautiously creeping into the light, waving a little* Oh, uh, hello everyone! We… we missed you! In fact, we missed...
August 8, 2016
Cover Design: Finding the Perfect Font
When designing a book jacket or interior text elements, it’s essential to find the perfect font to compliment a...
June 29, 2016
Meet New Swoon Reads Editor Kat Brzozowski!
Hello Swooners! We are pleased to announce that we have added a new editor to the team! Kat Brzozowski is...
March 29, 2016
Weird Things You Do at the Bookstore If You Work in Publishing
Since I started working in publishing, the way I interact with books has changed. Before, when I went to a...