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Holly West

New York, NY




Senior Editor at Swoon Reads and Feiwel & Friends. Giant geek. Dedicated fangirl. Half-Elven Rogue Cleric. Also answers to That-Girl-Who-Reads-A-Lot.

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

11 Swoon Books, as Tagged by AO3 (Part I)

As a giant geek and fangirl, I’m a HUGE fan of fanfiction. I think it’s a wonderful place to learn the craft of writing, and more than that, it’s a ton of fun. Who doesn’t want to spend more time reading about the characters they love? So, needless to say, I spend a lot of time (maybe a little too ... Read More


Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, You Won't See Me Coming, The Hummingbird Dagger, Love Charms and Other Catastrophes, book recommendations, You Won't Know I'm Gone, You Don't Know My Name, Dreamer, All the Feels, Going Off Script, reading, Holly West, Mind Games, How The Light Gets In, fanfiction, traveler
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Ask an Editor: Setting Up Your Worldbuilding

When your story has an intricate setting to introduce—whether because it's a fantasy world with a lot of important pieces to set up, or because it's set in a time/place where the history is important to the present, etc.—it can be very difficult to incorporate that into the first few chapters without stalling out your pacing with too much info-dump-y ... Read More


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