I graduated from what my high school English teacher called “the Academic House of Usher,” attended enough classes at SUNY Stony Brook to graduate, and landed a job at Coward McCann as “assistant to the editor” F.N. Monjo, then head of Coward, McCann’s children’s book department. On my first day he asked me what I thought of a picture...
I WAS EXCITED when Mr. Monjo gave me a manuscript to edit all by myself. It was about a girl and her family coming to live on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s. Mr. Monjo was hoping this would Coward, McCann’s answer to Sydney Taylor’s popular All-of-a-Kind Family, but that was a very private sentiment. The...
Christine Brodien-Jones tells us about her latest novel, The Owl Keeper, and also offers some fantastic promotion tips. Read more about her new novel at www.owlkeeper.com. What inspired you to write your latest book? My inspiration while writing The Owl Keeper (Delacorte Press/Random House) can be traced to all the futuristic, post-apocalyptic novels I’d read over the years, ones like On...
Dear Aspiring Authors, If you find that one of the main characters in your novel is a vampire, please back away from the computer screen before you continue down that road. Think about what you’re doing here. Writing about vampires isn’t going to make your book the next Twilight. If anything, it will become the book...
Today we interviewed Katie of Katie’s Book Blog, a blog that offers in-depth book reviews for those looking to find a good read. Whether you’re an author looking to pitch a book or an avid book blogger fan, Katie talks to us about some of her favorite books as well as what it takes to grab her attention when...
With slumping book sales for most book publishing houses, the blame game has become a favorite pastime for an industry that demands to know who’s at fault. Sales may blame marketing, marketing may blame editorial, editorial may blame the author and the author more times than not, blames the in-house publicity department for shooting blanks (or maybe for not shooting...
Today we interviewed Wendy of CaribousMom, a blog that offers in-depth book reviews for those looking to find a good read. Whether you’re an author looking to pitch a book or an avid book blogger fan, Wendy talks to us about some of her favorite books as well as what it takes to grab her attention when submitting a...
David Nudo – Former VP & Publisher of Publishers Weekly Edward Nawotka – Editor in Chief of Publishing Perspectives Neal Boulton — Former Editor of Men’s Fitness; Founding Editor BastardLife.com, HeroinLife.com; development editor for redesigns of The Los Angeles Times and Shape. Bill Gladstone – Veteran literary agent Linda Duggins – Director of Multicultural Publicity at Hachette Amy Cheney – YALSA Quick Picks Committee...
Kelley Armstrong chats with us about her Otherworld series, as well as the success of eBook technology. Check out her website at www.kelleyarmstrong.com. What inspired you to write your latest book? It’s a direct sequel to the previous one, Waking the Witch. That’s a first for The Otherworld, where the books are usually standalone adventures. While the main plot of Waking...
We’re cute, we’re cuddly and it’s fun to tell your friends and family that your new boo is a writer—the title just smacks of microphone-in-your-face, get-to-the-bottom-of-it, Geraldo-like action, no? But being in a relationship with a novelist, journalist or author is really a test of any non-editorial person’s love, patience and good common sense. I can admit that we...