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Christine Barcellona



Editor / I blog and edit for Swoon Reads, plus I'm the editor for our paperback line, Square Fish. Find me talking about books, diversity, queerness, and more on Twitter @cbarcellona.

Most Recent Blog Posts

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Ask an Editor: Alpha vs. Beta Readers

What’s an alpha reader and a beta reader? You’ve worked for months—or years—on your novel, writing and revising until you think that you’re ready for another human’s eyes to gaze upon your work and tell you what works and what doesn’t quite gel. The first person you let read your draft is your ... Read More


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Monday, October 5th, 2015

Six Reasons Why We Need Diverse Books

There are many, many reasons why we need diverse books. Diverse books empower, vindicate, normalize, and make visible readers who might otherwise feel forgotten, invisible, or like they’re imposters whose stories don’t deserve to be told. Everyone deserves to see themselves in books. Here are just a handful of reasons why:Because the world contains more than a ... Read More


characters, reading, LGBT, stories, young adult, POC, books, why we need diverse books, voice, writing, YA, Christine Barcellona, diversity
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Ask an Editor: What's on Your #MSWL?

If you live in the bookish internet, you’ve probably seen the hashtag #MSWL (which stands for manuscript wish list) show up on Twitter, tumblr, and elsewhere. It’s an awesome way for agents and editors to let the world know exactly what manuscripts they wish would appear in their inbox. I’ve been thinking a lot about what would ... Read More


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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Diversity Writing Toolkit

There’s a diversity gap in the books being published, the films being made, and in other media. And that’s not OK, for many reasons. There’s been a continuing conversation among publishing professionals, readers, and writers about how to boost more diverse voices and have more accurate and inclusive representation of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, socioeconomic ... Read More


diversity, gay, resources, Advice, Love in Pop Culture, Writing Wisdom, Reading Room, Writers, sites, LGBT, Tips, wisdom, writing, Fiction, YA, Young Adult, Christine Barcellona, tools
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

17 YA Writing Lessons From Screenwriting Class

The most valuable advice I learned about writing (and editing) came from a screenwriting class I took senior year of college. Our professor was fabulous, and this post draws heavily from what I learned in class. (I actually found my old notes from college and adapted this post from them. So a credit to Fordham University’s Screenwriting 1 class ... Read More


Advice, Books, characters, Christine Barcellona, reading, screenwriting, Tips, worldbuilding, writing, Writing Wisdom, YA, Young Adult