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Interview With Literary Agent Tamar Rydzinski

Today I am thrilled to introduce my superstar agent, Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency! I signed with Tamar in February 2015, and what a whirlwind two years it has been! Last June, she sold my YA Asian fantasy FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS in a three-book deal to the amazing Brian Geffen at Philomel Books (read my Pub Crawl interview with Brian here). I feel so fortunate to not only have an […]

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Should Books Make Us Uncomfortable

It seems like hardly a week goes by where there isn’t some report about a book that has been challenged or banned from use in a school. The reasons vary. Unpopular religious views or opinions, gratuitous violence, sexually explicit, language are some of the more frequent reasons listed by the ALA. Banned Books Top Reason For the most part, I’m sure that most of you reading would never advocate banning a book, but I think […]

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Writing the Hook: Summing Your Book Up Quick and Why It’s Important

As an agent with a large social circle of writerly friends, I often find myself in that awkward position of helping pals polish up their query letters. I don’t mind. Chances are, if you work in publishing, you’ve been here. It’s the sort of thing I’ve been doing since college, when I was the English major stuck reviewing essays for friends. I’ve come to accept this as simply the next stage in my English major […]

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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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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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