The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

by Vanessa Di Gregorio — “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.” You need to read this. No, really. READ THIS BOOK. Why? Well… Imagine always being able to hear everyone’s thoughts, at all times, fighting to drown each other out in a sea of endless Noise. Well, that’s what life is like in Prentisstown. Everyone in Prentisstown can hear each […]


Guest Post: So You Think You Want My Job? (Library Assistant)

A typical day: I’m a book-wrangler. Okay, so that’s not my official title, but it sounds good. I work in a small market town library in East Yorkshire, England. Before my supervisor, Helen, and I took over the running of the branch in January, it was stuffy and absolutely brimming, and mostly catered for older folks. But after majorly weeding through our stock and re-arranging the whole library set-up, we now have a branch that’s […]


How I Edit

I thought that for today’s Industry Life post, I would provide a bit of a rundown on my editorial process. Editing is one of my favourite things to do in the world (good thing I work in publishing); there’s nothing I like more than looking at a manuscript and figuring out how to tease out the writer’s voice in such a way as to tell the best story possible. Every editor has a different editorial […]


Under the Radar: Authors Who don’t always get the “BUZZ”

by Rachel Seigel — Every season there are always a handful of books that get all of the media and/or awards attention. They are the books that everybody knows about and gets excited about, or the “buzz books” as they are often called. Believe it or not, these hot-listed books only make up a small percentage of the new books that are out there, and there are always a few who may not be nominated […]


Showing details

One of my favorite pieces of writing advice is to describe setting and details as the character interacts with them, that way those details stand out to the reader. Those details become not just words, but memorable sensations. What do I mean by that? Well, it’s similar to advice you’ve already heard about showing vs. telling. While telling the reader things certainly has its place—and one day if I remember I may write a post […]