By Ruta Rimas When people think of children’s books, the first type that usually pops into mind is picture books, the often large-trimmed delights of young childhood, sometimes (but not always) read at bedtime. Most adult readers can fondly look back upon their youth and recall a few favorites books, the ones that transformed them … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What’s the deal with children’s books?
By Ruta Rimas The cover of a book is by far its most valuable marketing tool, and many ideas (and opinions) factor into the final design. Publishers want unique, eye-catching book covers. Ask yourself what makes you pick up a book, and that is the very question publishers ponder at every stage of the design … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: How is a book cover created?
By Ruta Rimas As a publishing professional, I’m often asked about the process of book-making, how a Word document is transformed into a beautiful, typeset, bound, physical object that one can purchase. The answer seems obvious — write, send off the files to the printer et voilà! Book! — but many are surprised by how … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: From start to finish, how does a book end up on a bookstore shelf?
By Ruta Rimas Thank you to those of you who submitted questions about book publishing. My two previous posts address the most common question – agents and what they do! (Post 1 here, Post 2 here) The next question I was asked delves into the business of book publishing: What are editors thinking about when … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What are editors thinking about when they want to buy a manuscript?
by Ruta Rimas July is coming to an end and so the back-to-school sales are on. These dog days of summer seem the right time, then, to recommend a back-to-basics text, one that plants the roots of good writing: The Elements of Style. It’s an informative, straightforward writing manual from the grandfather of writing instruction, William … Continue reading Craft Book Recommendation: The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White