First Impressions

by Linda Pratt So, what makes a good opening line? I work in children’s books, and here are a few of my favorites: “Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt.” --Three Times … Continue reading First Impressions

Burning Questions about Book Publishing: What does an editor do all day?

by Ruta Rimas Book editors. Writers imagine them as elusive, mysterious creatures who hold in their hands the power to make writers’ dreams of publication come true (and also crush those dreams into oblivion). Is it true? As an editor myself, I’d like to dispel some of those myths and misconceptions about the daily work … Continue reading Burning Questions about Book Publishing: What does an editor do all day?

Burning Questions about Book Publishing: How do traditional book publishers function?

by Ruta Rimas Kristen’s post last week about her work as a copy editor reminded me of how—once a book is accepted and bought by a publishing house—there are so many different individuals who are involved in a book’s actual publication. Obviously, there is the writer, the creator of the content, the most important piece … Continue reading Burning Questions about Book Publishing: How do traditional book publishers function?

Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What are good resources for keeping a pulse on the industry?

By Ruta Rimas The business of book publishing can feel so far away from the reality of writers. Maybe you imagine an editor sitting at her desk, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of paper (real or virtual), casually crushing dreams as she rejects manuscript after manuscript. Truth be told, very little of that type of … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What are good resources for keeping a pulse on the industry?

Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What’s the deal with children’s books?

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?