Interview With Subrights & Royalties Manager Nancy Bruckman

Today I am excited to introduce Nancy Bruckman, Subrights & Royalties Manager at Candlewick Press and my good friend! Nancy and I met when I was living in Boston, working across the street from her (lunch BFFs!), and riding the endless query-go-round. Not only was she an incredible support to me when I was drafting, revising, and then looking for an agent, she was also an invaluable resource on all things publishing. Rights and royalties have […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Half-Pint Happy Hour #1

We’re BACK! Despite deadlines and life chaos in general, Kelly and JJ just couldn’t stay away. Welcome to Half-Pint Happy Hour! These are short episodes where we check in, catch up, and answer questions to tide us all over until we can return to full-length content. Show Notes Question from Megan:  I’m in the process of writing my first book, and I have some concerns. Namely, I’m worried about how girls/women are represented in my […]

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More Hands in the Kitchen: Karuna Riazi on Baking Her Debut With a Book Packager

I‘m playing proud parent on the blog today as we welcome Karuna Riazi, who made her debut last month with the awesome The Gauntlet, a middle grade Jumanji with a South Asian flair. The book is the first non-Sona-and-Dhonielle project from CAKE Literary – the book packaging company I co-founded with my BFF and work wife Dhonielle Clayton. Everything we do has a decidedly diverse bent, with a strong focus on #ownvoices.  One of the questions Karuna gets […]

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Discussing Race/Sexuality in Reviews

In the last year or so, Kirkus reviews changed their review policy to try and better identify diverse books for readers. In an article by Vicky Smith from last may, (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/unmaking-white-default/) she writes “But as the conversation surrounding diversity in children’s literature has heated up, I’ve felt more and more that naming race and identity is one of the duties of a reviewer.” I understand her point. Covers and plot descriptions of novels are not […]

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Tracking Your Progress While Outlining and Revising

Hi all! Julie here. Recently I blogged about How to Finish Your Book, focusing on tips on how to get to The End when writing a first draft. In the comments, I was asked a great question about tracking progress during the outlining and revising stages of the writing process. The reason I think this is such a great question is because tracking outlining and revising is definitely trickier than tracking drafting. When getting a […]

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