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Holly West

New York, NY

http://www.swoonreads.com

Bio

Editor, Feiwel & Friends and Swoon Reads. After growing up in a small town in Southern Kentucky as "that girl who reads a lot," I ran away to the big city with the dream of working with books. After a brief stint in adult publicity, I decided editorial would be more fun and joined Feiwel and Friends as Jean's assistant in 2008. Then Jean came up with the idea for Swoon Reads, I signed up immediately, and here we are! I'm always looking for smart, funny novels, preferably with a bit of action and romance. Books that lift my mood no matter how bad my day has been.

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Character and the Three Stages of Fangirling

I’ve always said that the thing that really truly attracts me to a book – novel, any kind of media, basically – is character. As you’ll see in some of my earlier blog posts, what you really need to do is give me a character that I can fall in love with and get them on the page as soon ... Read More

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Writing Wisdom, writing, wisdom, TV, Tips, television, Supernatural, Merlin, Love in Pop Culture, love, Holly West, hero, fangirling, Fangirl, fan, development, characters, Arrow, Advice
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Ask an Editor: How Do I Know When My Book is Ready to Be Uploaded to Swoon Reads?

This is a GREAT question, and one that I hope many of you are contemplating. Fortunately, there is a fairly simple answer. Just ask yourself this question: Do I know what I need to do to make my book better? If the answer is yes, then your manuscript is NOT ready to be uploaded. If you know what needs to ... Read More

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Writing Wisdom, Writers, Tips, test, Swoon Reads, submit, submission, site, revision, reading, reader, manuscript, Holly West, Feedback, Editing, Comments, Beta, ask our editors, Advice
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

“Are We Done Yet?”: Pass Pages

So at this point, we’ve looked at the book at least five times (usually more). Everybody, everybody, is ready for this book to be done. We really, really, really want to hit “print.” That said, we are also huge perfectionists, and while nothing is perfect, we still like to try as hard as we can on every book. The ... Read More

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Writing Wisdom, writing, Swoon staffers, Swoon Reads, revision, Pulling Back the Curtains, Publishing, proofread, process, pass pages, Holly West, Editing, edit letter, draft, Behind the Scenes, ask our editors, ask an editor
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Insert Witty Title Related to Comic-Con Here

Today we’re going to take a slight detour down Fangirl Alley as I completely hijack my normal editorial post to squee about Comic-Con International. I know normally we’re very focused on books and romance and YA teen tuff, but it’s also very much about things we love. And there are few things I love as much as ... Read More

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Swoon staffers, Swoon Reads, San Diego, pictures, photos, Miscellaneous, Holly West, fun, Fangirl, Fandom, cosplaying, con, Comic Con
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

“Oops! Missed That!”: Proofreads

Proofreads are fun. Which sounds strange, but the proofreading stage happens on the designed pages. So, this is the first time I get to really go through and see the way the book is going to look when it’s finished. Basically, we take the inside of the ARE (the advance reader edition) and give it to someone else who ... Read More

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Writing Wisdom, writing, Swoon staffers, Swoon Reads, revision, Pulling Back the Curtains, proofread, Holly West, Editing, edit letter, draft, Behind the Scenes, ask our editors, ask an editor