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Rachel D.

New York, NY



Growing up in rural Oregon, books were my way out. Now, books are my way of reconnecting with my home. I'm most passionate about stories of found families and friendship.

Favorite Books

Harry Potter by JK RowlingThe Raven Cycle by Maggie StiefvaterWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Favorite Quotes

"Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn't all-encompassing, that wasn't blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she'd had this kind, she didn't want the other." - Maggie Stiefvater, Blue Lily Lily BLue

Favorite Genres

Most Recent Blog Posts

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Publishing 101: Comp Titles Demystified

Sometimes when you work in publishing, living and breathing it every day, it’s difficult to remember that the industry has its own language. For a business that revolves entirely around the written word, you’d think we’d be better at communicating what our own industry language means to outsiders! Comp titles are one of those things that, if ... Read More


Publishing 101, behind the scenes, pulling back the curtains, editing, publishing, Rachel D.
Friday, April 12th, 2019

Making the Case for Standalone Fantasy: 5 Reasons Why Sometimes a Series Isn’t Better

Listen, we all love a good fantasy series. There’s often nothing more satisfying than working your way through a perfectly crafted trilogy, or knowing that every year there will be a new chapter in the saga of your favorite characters, regular as clockwork. For writers, a series almost always sounds great: It can often be really hard to give ... Read More


fantasy, Rachel D., publishing, reading
Friday, March 8th, 2019

Read Like a Girl: 10 YA Books to Celebrate Powerful Women

March 8th is International Women’s Day, Captain Marvel just came out, and there were more films starring women last year than ever before (although we still have work to do!). We’re really feeling the girl power here at Swoon HQ! To celebrate, here is a list of ten YA books about powerful women of all shapes, sizes, and ... Read More


book recommendations, The Birds the Bees and You And Me, Rachel D.

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