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November 25, 2014
Ask an Editor: What Makes a Good Ending?Tendayi Chirawu asked: I just read through your FAQs and am curious to know what exactly qualifies as an emotionally...
November 11, 2014
Ask an Editor: Sex in YA NovelsWe’ve had a few questions lately about sex in YA novels. Is it okay to have sex scenes? How...
November 5, 2014
Putting YA to the (Bechdel) TestThe Bechdel Test is a very simple litmus test to measure the presence of female characters in media. Originally developed...
October 28, 2014
Ask an Editor: Young Adult vs. New AdultWhat makes a book Young Adult vs. New Adult? We break it down here.
October 14, 2014
Ask an Editor: So You Signed Up for Swoon Reads… Now What?With over 200 manuscripts to choose from, it can be a little daunting for readers who are new to Swoon...
October 7, 2014
Ask an Editor: Choosing Manuscripts to ReadVera Burris asked: “What’s the criteria Swoon Reads uses in deciding which manuscripts it will read?” On the face...
September 16, 2014
Ask an Editor: Storytelling vs. CraftGeorjanDavis asked: “As editors what do you think is more important, a good story or good writing? The reason I...
August 5, 2014
Kim Karalius comes to NYCAfter sending out edit letters, I always like to take the time to set up a meeting with the author...
May 19, 2014
Swoonba and sleepovers: The Romantic Times Booklovers Convention 2014Hey, It’s my first day back in the office after the Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention, and my brain...
May 6, 2014
Editorial Spotlight: A Little Something DifferentEvery time I look at the title of A Little Something Different, I’m struck again by what a perfect...
March 15, 2014
Pulling Back the Curtain on Title ChangesIn general, even as an editor, I’m not a big fan of title changes. I very quickly get used...
February 26, 2014
Genre Romance – FantasyFantasy has always been my first love. Growing up, if I had my choice, every book would have been set...
February 11, 2014
Why Don’t They Just Talk To Each Other!I really enjoy reading author blogs. Blogging is by far my favorite social media, and I find that, in general...
January 28, 2014
Tips Tuesday: No One is PerfectJean and I have said this before in interviews and writing tips lists, but I feel like it’s a...
January 7, 2014
Tuesday Tips: Read It Out LoudSo you’ve finished the first draft of your novel, and it’s time for revisions. Maybe you’re even...