August 24, 2020
What Do You Do When Your Disability Keeps You from Writing? What I Learned When I Launched a Brute Force Hack on my BrainBy A.H. Reaume
What Do You Do When Your Disability Keeps You from Writing? What I Learned When I Launched a Brute Force Hack on my Brain A few years ago, I started hiking alone. I enjoyed escaping the city to one ...
August 18, 2020
(Cook)Book Therapy: County Heirlooms and Pandemic CookingBy Stacey May Fowles
“We hope you’ll try making some of these recipes, and we encourage you to find ways to make them your own. And we also hope this book inspires you, wherever you live, to find personal ways to connect ...
August 11, 2020
On Returning to Pen & PaperBy Natasha Ramoutar
The last time I wrote a story in a notebook must have been back in elementary school. I can remember handwriting in the thin cahiers we were given, double spacing my writing as instructed. Because I was ...
August 04, 2020
My Attraction to Gritty StoriesBy Chelene Knight
Not all stories are romantic or are tied up neatly at the end. Sometimes characters do not have a redeeming quality, and sometimes their experiences have made them hard and difficult to “save.” Gritty ...
July 28, 2020
How to Keep Dreaming in the Pandemic (or, How I Finished the Third Draft of my Novel)By Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Living in a pandemic means that we are facing death every day. Thinking about death pushed me into survival mode. I was stressed and depressed to the point of migraines and insomnia. I stopped doing things ...
July 24, 2020
The Power of a Great TitleBy Naseem Hrab
We all know about the power of a good cover, but what about the power of a great title?I’ve worked in publishing for nearly fifteen years now and attended upwards of seventy-five tradeshows across ...
July 14, 2020
Book Therapy: Still Here, and the Soothing Lure of ThrillersBy Stacey May Fowles
“No. This is not where I die, Clare thinks. I am not still here, still alive, only to die now."—Amy Stuart, Still Here I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how when I was in my late twenties ...
June 26, 2020
Finding Our Intentional Role in the Black Lives Matter MovementBy Chelene Knight
As a Black professional in the publishing industry, I have been listening deeply to all of the conversations taking place around what folks can do to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Some of these ...
June 23, 2020
Five Tips for Writing About Tough Topics for Children and TeensBy Naseem Hrab
The best comedy often comes from life’s darker moments. Read up on any comedian and you’ll likely learn about their tumultuous beginnings, middles and ends. (Especially, on Twitter. Literally. At ...
June 17, 2020
On Reclaiming Brokenness and Refusing the Violence of ‘Recovery Narratives’By A.H. Reaume
I’m working on this essay when a friend texts me. His therapist suggested he write a list of things that he likes about himself but the picture that shows up on my phone is just a blank page.“Having ...