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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 ...
behind the scenes,
pulling back the curtains,
5 YA Books to Get You in the Holiday Spirit When It’s 90 Degrees Outside
I am an advocate for Christmas in July. I’m an advocate for Christmas whenever you want it, to be perfectly honest, but July works. There’s nothing I want more than a nice snow shower when I’m entering the fiery pits of the New York City subway in mid-July, so here are a few books to put you ...
My True Crush Gave to Me
In Celebration of Pride Month: 5 Queer Books That Shaped Me
I realize this will come as a shock to most of you (ha ha), but even as an adult, I read mostly YA. I read YA because those are the kinds of books I work on, and I work on those kinds of books because I love YA. It’s a chicken and egg situation that all leads to my ...
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 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 ...
The Birds the Bees and You And Me,