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February 19, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

Everyone wants the best publication date for their books — including the publisher, of course. So how do you determine what the best publication date is? A lot of that depends on the circumstances!  There aren’t a lot of hard-and-fast rules.  And a lot of the circumstances depend on you, the author, so it’s important Read the Rest…

February 16, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(some books) Say you want to get your graphic novel published by First Second. What’s the most important thing that you can put in your submission letter? The most important thing you can do when you’re submitting a book — the thing that will get your graphic novel looked at fastest — is to NOT Read the Rest…

February 12, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(this is original art from Matt Loux’ upcoming graphic novel The Time Museum!) Is it important for you to know what size to make your original art before you even start on your graphic novel project? (As with all things) It depends! Why would it be important to make your original art a specific size? Read the Rest…

February 9, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(this is a calendar — it’s actually the calendar on my desk) How far ahead are the graphic novels we publish planned? It’s early winter of 2015 right now.  (I’m writing this piece on Wednesday, January 28th, as it says in the calendar above.)  Right now, authors are turning in the books (or have already Read the Rest…

February 5, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(Cory Doctorow talks to the LA Times Hero Complex about his graphic novel with Jen Wang, In Real Life) So now you’re a published author!  And the marketing/publicity person at your publisher e-mails to say that there’s a publication who wants to do an interview by e-mail with you; here are some questions.  Could you Read the Rest…

January 29, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(maybe our most trivial blog post topic yet!) We print most of our four-color (and most of our two-color) books in China. The vast majority of them get shipped here on container ships, but some extremely limited quantity of them we do air-freight so we (and our authors, and some key media and booksellers and Read the Rest…

January 8, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(this post was suggested by the excellent Ali Wilgus; this is a photo of part of one of the walls of my office) Business cards are a thing that a lot of people have! Should you make some? If you are a person who goes out into the world a lot and frequently meets people Read the Rest…

December 29, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

Books are heavy and expensive to ship. That’s because they’re basically made out of wood! Books are especially heavy and expensive to ship when they are graphic novels, because the paper we print on has to be thick enough to have a lot of heavy ink coverage without bleeding through to the other side of Read the Rest…

December 22, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(Pictured: First Second’s Winter 2016 season) Publishers divide their books up into ‘seasons’ within the year. This is so that, as well as dealing with all their books one at a time on an individual basis, they can deal with them in clusters for purposes like conventions, bookstore visits, and catalogs. First Second publishes our Read the Rest…

December 18, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(image ganked from here) People who love reading and writing are notoriously (stereotypically) poor at math. It’s a reciprocal thing!  You love reading?  Probably numbers are not your favorite thing.  (I can certainly sympathize: numbers aren’t my favorite thing.  I certainly do not sit around all day adding columns of them up for fun.) But Read the Rest…