Archive for the ‘ Behind the Scenes ’ Category


April 20, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(from this year’s MoCCA Festival!) We’re at the beginning of this year’s indie/small press convention season, so: it is time for some convention-ing advice! It can be very difficult to go from ‘aspiring young cartoonist’ to ‘person who is fully engaged in the industry who knows everyone and has lots of friends and connections.’  But Read the Rest…

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

(here is an unrelated picture of some books) Everyone thinks they know best — especially when it comes to their job, the thing that they do professionally, the job they have because (presumably) they do it better than anyone else. And in a lot of cases, people do have jobs because they can do them Read the Rest…

April 13, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(these are the illustrations in my copy of Mary Poppins — they’re by Mary Shepard!) Mary Poppins may be “practically perfect in every way,” but she’s a fictional character.  And also magical. First Second is a pretty awesome publisher, but I have to admit: we are neither fictional or magical, which means that we make Read the Rest…

April 2, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(The premise of Box Brown’s Andre the Giant, from the flap.  Nonfiction is pretty easy to grok, premise-wise.) The premise and the plot of a book are two different things. The premise is the concept of the book. The plot, on the other hand, is what happens in the book — all the events that Read the Rest…

March 30, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(from The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew) It can be very difficult to say no to your publisher. After all, they’re paying you money AND publishing your book.  And clearly they don’t think the things they’re asking you are crazy, or they wouldn’t be asking you them (or at least they’d Read the Rest…

March 26, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang’s short story based on their graphic novel In Real Life over on tor.com) There’s a lot you can do to promote your book right when it’s coming out, or in the month or two ahead of that.  What are the things that can’t wait, that you should do ahead of Read the Rest…

March 23, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

When we publish books here at First Second, we generally try to put some art on the spine. Why do we do this? Look at your bookshelf.  Go to your local bookstore and your local library.  Look at their bookshelves. 99.9% probability that the first thing you saw when you looked at your bookshelf and Read the Rest…

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

(some of the books in the hallway outside our offices) I’m a big fan of publishing, as an industry.  I think it’s fascinating to learn about the history of how we’ve published books in the US (and around the world), and why people have made the creative and business decisions that have led to our Read the Rest…

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

(lots of paper) “I’ll do anything!” is frequently the response we hear from authors when we ask them what they’re interested in doing to market their book. This is an admirably enthusiastic response!  We appreciate it.  It’s really great when authors are willing to go above and beyond for their books.  Yay that! However: when Read the Rest…

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…