Tag Archives: publication process

WFMAD Day 29 – Question Day Two

Tweet More questions today, with the added bonus of answers!! ::shoos chickens out of way:: Not sure if you can answer this, but how do the covers of books get chosen? It’s kind of a mystery to me, too. Publishers have departments of people who are artists. They have other departments filled with sales and […]
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Wintergirls coming to the UK!!

TweetLots of people ask me how much influence authors have on their covers. The truth is (at least for me) not a lot. I have raised a few objections now and then and have always been patted gently on the head and told to leave these things to the experts and while I’m at it, […]
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Can You Stand Even More Excitement?!

Tweet::cues drummers::Are you ready for my BIG NEWS?CHAINS has made the shortlist for the Carnegie Medal in the United Kingdom!!This is officially a Big Freaking Deal. As in, I hyperventilated when I heard. The Carnegie is the equivalent of the Newbery Award in the UK. Take a look at the other authors on the list. […]
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Simon & Schuster Day!

TweetI am staying with my friend Deb Heiligman and her husband whilst in NYC. Deb beat me to the blogging punch yesterday about how fashionable we were as we power-walked down to 52nd Street. Turnabout is fair play so this is what Deb looked liked before our walk yesterday.My day at Simon & Schuster started with […]
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Big Apple

TweetSo I’m in NYC now for a mixture of business and fun. Today I’ll be at the offices of Simon & Schuster, tomorrow I’ll be at Penguin, Saturday is a research/family day and Sunday I’ll be running a half-marathon in Central Park.Monday I limp home.I have a camera with me. What do you want me to […]
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Microblog – things I thought would never happen

TweetMy writing is going well. So well, I’m having a hard time sleeping. (This is a good thing.)Amazon has stopped being the bookstore bully, for the time-being.Blogosphere is having good and overdue discussions about telling the stories of all kids.Wendy Glenn wrote a book about me. This feels very odd.Back to writing.
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Microblogging Amazon’s Shoving Match

TweetI’ll make this fast.Amazon is feuding with publishers. Reuters explains why.Other people have written smart and funny blog entries about it. Like Deb Heiligman. And John Scalzi. The Author’s Guild just started Who Moved My Buy Button?The Buy button is missing from the hardcover version of SPEAK because it is published by FS&G, which is […]
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DAY 8 OF THE ZOE VOTE – THE GREAT COVER CONTROVERSY

TweetThank you, Queen Louise for doing such a great job filling in yesterday. (I was off conducting cooking experiments under conditions that sort of simulated the Valley Forge encampment in December 1777.)Zoe continues to be in the running for inclusion in a million boxes of Cheerios, but there is bad news.Other books (which are sweet […]
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Writing & Publishing Questions Batch #1

TweetThanks for all the great questions!!! Let’s get to it! You asked: When your first book was published, was it by a small, independent company or one of the larger, well-known ones? If a publisher rejects you, should you send the same manuscript back to them a year later, or assume that they’re not interested? […]
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State of the Writing World & Star #4

TweetMy thumb continues to heal. Many thanks to the Constant Reader who sent me info on the local guy who makes handmade drums and gives lessons. That will be my reward for finishing the book I’m writing now (FORGE, the follow-up to CHAINS). Until then, I am downloading all kinds of drumming music. Any suggestions? […]
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