Author Archives: Wendy in Editorial

Rolling with the changes

Things never stay the same at publishing houses. Offices move, editors come and go, and submissions guidelines change all the time. Within the past five years here at AWCo we’ve relocated, seen two retirements in Editorial, experienced new leadership, and … Continue reading

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What’s in a Title?: The Editorial Perspective!

Yesterday Michelle spoke about choosing a book title from the marketing department’s perspective, and about the “running argument” she has with us folks in Editorial. Hmm, is it really an argument? Well, I will admit to thinking that if Marketing … Continue reading

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I met Mouse!!!!

I work with most of our authors and illustrators long distance, and don’t usually get to meet them in person, but on the rare occasion that I do, it’s great. But it’s even more awesome when I get to meet … Continue reading

Posted in Authors and Illustrators, Miscellaneous

Notes From a NaNoWriMo Convert

I’m not a convert to National Novel Writing Month in the way you might think. I’ve never completed a manuscript during NaNoWriMo (and in fact have only attempted it once). My conversion has to do with the fact that I … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Scariest Children’s Book We’ve Ever Published

Oh, we’ve done plenty of Halloween books over the years, and we have a fine selection of them out this season and on our backlist. But the creepiest and most terrifying book our company has ever published isn’t a Halloween … Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Dori Butler: Meet Mouse!

Last week, we happnened to be visiting Iowa, where Dori Butler, author of The Buddy Files, lives. We knew Dori had a big black dog named Mouse, just like Buddy’s friend in the books, and we wanted to meet him! … Continue reading

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A quick (and inevitably incomplete) guide to the YA Twitterverse

Are you a newcomer to Twitter?  Or else the realm of young adult publishing? Or both? Don’t be intimidated—you can learn a lot about the YA book world AND the way it uses Twitter by following a number of great … Continue reading

Posted in Albert Whitman Teen, Resources

Guest Post: Inside The Zombie Project!

by Anastasia Suen Whenever I visit schools the children always ask, “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s one of my most frequently asked questions. They always seem surprised when I say that ideas are everywhere. I find ideas at … Continue reading

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Where have I seen that art before?

A few months ago we were going through our very ancient art archives that date back to the old days when the company fully owned all the illustrations.  The archives have been a treasure trove: among other things, we unearthed … Continue reading

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Advice to Writers: What We’re Looking for at AW Teen

We’re looking for books for teens. What makes YA different from middle-grade fiction—or, for that matter, adult stuff? It’s not just in the age of the character—there’s difference between a coming-of-age novel that’s written for an adult audience and YA … Continue reading

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