“Like Getting Punched in the Face”: Discovering Debut YA The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

YA thrillers that challenge assumptions and Truthers

By Amy Fitzgerald, Senior Editor

In early March of 2017, my boss sent me a YA novel manuscript to read. She had been kind enough to share a lot of her incoming submissions with me as I worked on building up my own contacts with literary agents, so there wasn’t anything unusual about this forwarded email. I flagged it (confession: I flag everything as “to be completed today” because I can’t function without manufactured guilt) and a few days later, when I had some down time, I opened the manuscript. Read More

Proofreading, Copyediting, and Editing: What’s the Difference?

By Sara E. Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor

Sometimes I’ll be browsing reader reviews of a new release I can’t wait to get my hands on, and I’ll see comments like: “Great book, but it could have been better edited. I spotted several missing commas!”

I take the point. Those missing commas distract me as a reader too. But I always want to reply to such comments and say, “Technically, you mean that the proofreading could have been better.” Read More

When Mom Edits Children’s Books

By Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

For my final post of 2017, I decided to interview my two children to find out what they think about having a mom whose job is to help make books for kids. Read More