3 Key Components of Middle-Grade Novels

By Amy Fitzgerald, Senior Editor

I’ve been in a flurry of middle-grade manuscript acquisitions lately, which means I’ve been reading a lot of middle-grade submissions and buying some of my favorites. You’ll see them hitting shelves in a year or two, after the Carolrhoda book-making process has worked its magic.

Maybe you’re wondering how I decide which manuscripts I want to buy and publish. The answer is always shifting to some extent, but here are some constants that draw me to a story. Read More

How to Plan a Great Book Launch

how to plan a good launch party: picture of crowd

Guest post by C. M. Surrisi, author of A Side of Sabotage

Let’s talk about how to plan a great book launch. I’ve had three in a little more than two years, and I’ve found some elements of a book launch party to be consistent while others changed or evolved.

how to plan a good launch party: pictures of C. M. Surrisi's books

Here are the books I have launched over the past two years, all parts of my three-volume Quinnie Boyd Mysteries series, edited by the fabulous Greg Hunter. Read More