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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 ...
June 12, 2020
On Collaboration and TrustBy Chelene Knight
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller I crave collaboration. When I was young, I had no desire to connect or work closely with people in the way that I do today. ...
May 29, 2020
Making Time: Why Now is the Perfect Time for TarotBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
I don’t want to pretend that I know the history of the Tarot or how it should be used, but I’ve been using it for the last three years because it’s been immensely helpful. I’m not an “expert,” ...
May 26, 2020
How to Keep Making Children’s Books Right Now, Or NotBy Naseem Hrab
As this new normal becomes, well, more normal, those of us able to self-isolate may start to find a bit of space in-between all of our feelings and obligations to build new writing routines, drawing routines ...