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March 21, 2017
How to Retell a Fairytale
I adore fairytales. And myths. And legends. I especially adore retellings that present these stories I already love in a...
February 2, 2016
Ask an Editor: Does my character have agency?
Find out what separates a protagonist from a narrator.
January 6, 2016
The 3 Questions Every Writer Should Ask Themselves About Their Characters
The first few minutes, hours, and days after you come up with an idea for a novel are a special...
November 18, 2015
Why It's Important to Do Research When Writing Diverse Books
I’ve talked some about how I want to see more diverse books, some reasons why diversity is important, and...
October 26, 2015
7 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Write Your Novel
With National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) approaching, many writers are preparing for a novel-writing marathon. Whether or not you’re...
August 27, 2015
Swoon Author Karole Cozzo: My Debut Novel is Finished… the Rest is Still Unwritten
Once upon a time, Publication (yes, with a capital P) was the Holy Grail. In the time that has passed...
August 18, 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...
August 13, 2015
Swoon Author Karole Cozzo: But They Don’t Know You Like I Know You
A quick Google search for “character development tools” will bring up a myriad of options. Some are worksheets a single...
August 11, 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...
August 6, 2015
Swoon Author Karole Cozzo: A Different Kind of Hunger
Part of being married with young children involves being home and on the couch on Friday nights in time for...
August 5, 2015
Diversity Writing Toolkit
There’s a diversity gap in the books being published, the films being made, and in other media. And that...
July 30, 2015
Guest Author B.T. Gottfred: Love to Write and Write to Love
Hey beautiful fellow writers and readers: My name is b.t. gottfred and I’m super excited to talk writing...
July 29, 2015
Bad Boys vs. Just Jerks
We need to talk about boys. But first, we need to talk about bees. Yes, bees. Firstly, because it allows...
July 28, 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...
July 22, 2015
Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Part Deux
Hello Swoon Readers! So you might not know this about me, but aside from working in publishing, I’m a...
July 7, 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...
July 1, 2015
17 YA Writing Lessons From Screenwriting Class
The most valuable advice I learned about writing (and editing) came from a screenwriting class I took senior year of...
June 30, 2015
“Across the Pond”: The Swoon Editorial Process in the U.K.
Now that we’ve talked about the first few stages of the editing process, it’s time to head across...
June 23, 2015
“Someone Else Needs to Look at This”: Copyedits
So we’ve talked about the many times that the manuscript for a Swoon Reads novel goes back and forth...
June 17, 2015
INFOGRAPHIC: Writer’s Block “Do’s and Don’ts”
Trying to write and hitting a wall? Here are some tips to help you get unstuck! (Click on the image...
June 16, 2015
“Little Changes Have BIG Effects”: Line Edits
Last week, we talked about second draft revisions, and hopefully it usually goes first draft, second draft, line edits. But...