Author Archive | Jordan

Thoughts from the Submission Pile

Back in my life as an actress, I spent every day going on multiple auditions, waking at dawn to ride the subway in my pajamas to arrive at the audition studio around 8AM. I’d write my name on a list of girls auditioning already 25 girls long, took a nap until 9:30, then put on my make up and waited my turn to be seen by the casting director for maybe one minute worth of an […]


Writing and Editing Workspaces!

About three months ago, I had a life change. I left my job at Grosset & Dunlap at Penguin to become an Editor at Egmont USA. It was a very exciting move for me, if a bit scary. Grosset had been my first publishing job and my first “real job” out of college. I had a ton of memories there and it felt like my second home. When I arrived at Egmont in December, I […]


The Life of a Query Letter

Authors, it’s time for another session of Publishing Secrets from Jordan. This one is about that query letter you’re writing or spent lots of blood, sweat, and tears making perfect. Here it is. Once you’ve signed with an agent, your query letter NEVER DIES! Want to know what I’m talking about? Let’s hear from literary agent extraordinaire Lindsay Ribar! If a query letter is good enough to have caught my eye in the first place, […]


Guest Post and Giveaway: Michelle Schusterman on Writing What You Know

Even twenty or thirty years from now, I’m pretty sure I’ll look back on November 16th, 2011 as the luckiest day in my career as an author. I’d had an agent for a year and a half. I’d been on submission, had an early offer, and had that offer rescinded. I wrote another book while the rejections poured in, only to have my agent advise me to rewrite it…then rewrite it again. I realized I […]


A Peek at an Editor’s To-Do List

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post titled A Day in the Life of a Children’s Book Editor. The post was a glimpse into one day of my life and illustrated many of the non-reading and editing tasks and editor has to do on a daily basis. Today, I’m going to share a peek at my to-do list. I live and die by my to-do list in my planner. Over the years, […]