See You on the Bookshelf

See You on the Bookshelf
How ‘See You in the Cosmos’ becomes a published novel.
12. The Sales
May 8 • 14 min
See You in the Cosmos is on the shelves of most bookstores in the English-speaking world. But it doesn’t get there automatically. Booksellers have to decide to stock it. And convincing them to stock it (and tell their customers about it) is in large part…
11. The Publicity
May 2 • 23 min
See You in the Cosmos has been reviewed in newspapers and magazines like The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and TIME for Kids. But media coverage around this book and others like it don’t happen by accident; they come as a result of the persistent…
10. The Librarian Conference
Apr 24 • 18 min
They say that everything’s bigger in Texas. That’s especially the case with libraries. I bring my mic to the Texas Library Association’s annual conference.
9. The Audiobook
Apr 17 • 26 min
See You in the Cosmos was born out of audio; this week, we talk to producer Karen Dziekonski about the making of the audiobook.
8. The Interior Design
Apr 10 • 15 min
This week we talk once again about design—the design of the book’s interior. We hear from Jason Henry, senior designer at Dial Books for Young Readers, about the invisible work that goes into turning the Word-doc manuscript into a printed book.
7. The Copyediting
Apr 3 • 19 min
You’ve met my editors; now meet my copyeditors. This week we hear from Regina Castillo, Copy Chief at Dial Books for Young Readers, about what copyeditors do, and we also chat with Wendy Shakespeare, Senior Editorial Manager at Penguin Random House…
Mar 6 • 0 min
We’ve come back to where we started: eight or nine months pre-publication.
6. The (Internal) Launch
Feb 26 • 9 min
Roughly a year before the novel goes on sale, it’s launched internally at the publishing house.
5. The Cover
Feb 20 • 18 min
We talk with art director Jacqui McDonough about designing the cover.
4. The Editing
Feb 13 • 22 min
We go deeper in the editing process, and talk about the differences between Young Adult and Middle Grade.
3. The Acquisition
Feb 6 • 20 min
See You in the Cosmos was jointly acquired by two editors, one in the US and one in the UK. We meet those two editors.
2. The German Deal
Jan 30 • 18 min
Weeks before See You in the Cosmos was sold to US and UK publishers, it was sold in Germany. Here’s how it happened.
1. The Submission
Jan 22 • 24 min
The manuscript is attached to an email, and that email is sent to editors at various publishing houses. The person sending it? The literary agent.
Jan 15 • 2 min
A novel is finished. Eight months later, a printed book appears on shelves. What happens in those eight months?