Life as a Publishing Sales Rep

Ah, publishing. The glamorous life of schmoozing with authors, publishing great books, lounging around in comfortable chairs reading for hours on end, and attending a whole lot of parties and events. Right? Generally, when people think of the publishing industry, they think of  writers and editors. When writers think of the publishing industry, they think of literary agents and editors and bookstores and that damn slush pile. And even if you don’t really realize it, […]

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Bologna Book Fair for Beginners

When I first started in publishing, I heard about “rights fairs” in Bologna, Frankfurt and London and they sounded like wonderful, magical things. You flew to Europe to attend parties, eat good food, and to talk about the books you love. What could be better? Well, now that I’ve actually attended a conference like this, I have to answer that question: not much could be better. I will admit that the schedule is rather grueling, but […]

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The Mysterious Getting of Ideas

One of the most common questions writers get is about their ideas: where they get them, what they are doing when they get them, and why they get them. As far as I can tell, the getting of ideas is a very mysterious process. Everyone wants to know about it. Well, my friends, I’m here to give you some answers. I’ve asked the question so you don’t have to. Where do the Pub Crawl girls […]

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Free Thaddeus by John Gosselink

by Rachel Seigel — In the spirit of Middle Grade Monday, today’s recommendation is a middle-grade read aimed squarely at reluctant boy readers between ages 9 and 13. Meet Thaddeus Ledbetter. He’s a too-smart-for-his-own-good seventh-grader who through no fault of his own (or so he claims) has ended up stuck in in-school suspension for the remainder of the school year. You see, Thaddeus has all the answers, and he’ll happily tell you how to do […]

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What We’re Reading

The weekend is here! Which, for a lot of people, means READING! And in case you were wondering what books we currently have our noses in, here they are: Susan Dennard is re-reading Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Erin Bowman is reading Shadow & Bone by our very own Leigh Bardugo Sarah J. Maas is reading The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop Kat Zhang just finished A Storm of Swords by George R.R. […]

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