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December 15, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

It’s essential to clearly put a title and author credit on any work that you do! (from Above the Dreamless Dead) That’s especially the case when you’re part of an anthology!  Because if you’re putting out a stand-alone graphic novel or mini-comic, you probably put your book’s title and your name on the cover.  And Read the Rest…

December 8, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

If you’re a person who is a creative professional, it’s generally a very good idea to be contactable.  Specifically, it’s a good idea to have a clear method on your website for people to contact you. It can be a direct e-mail address or phone number.  It can be your agent’s e-mail address or phone Read the Rest…

November 24, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

  We’re so pleased to welcome our new designer, Danielle Ceccolini, to First Second!  You will all get to know her better in the coming months and years, but here are a few questions to get you started! What book would you take with you to a desert island? Probably one of those “Edible Plants” Read the Rest…

November 20, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(The second printing of two of our Spring 2014 titles — Andre the Giant and This One Summer.  You can tell that they’re second printings just from looking at the cover — we didn’t print the first printing with ‘New York Times Bestseller’ on it.) Figuring out when to reprint books is always a challenge Read the Rest…

November 17, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(from Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant — meeting new people with tea is always the best option.) Congratulations!  You’re making a graphic novel for the very first time.  That means you’re a real author now, and you’re allowed to put that on your taxes and tell your relatives you really are making money writing Read the Rest…

November 13, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

A number of :01 authors have self-published their books, before or in addition to making graphic novels published by First Second.  Here’s what they have to say about these two publishing routes. My experience of self-publishing is limited to mini-comics. My very first comic was spat out of the art school photocopier, the covers screen Read the Rest…

November 6, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(some long books we have published) One of the things that we look for when we’re considering acquiring a graphic novel or signing up a new illustrator to work with a writer on an already-acquired graphic novel is their previous work. Specifically: how long is it? Making a graphic novel is very different from making Read the Rest…

November 3, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(imagine what trouble the Magical Cartooning Elf would get into if he didn’t tell people he was just showing up to help them make comics!) We frequently go to industry events — conventions and book parties and art openings and panels and lectures and classes and workshops.  While we’re there, we frequently have conversations that Read the Rest…

October 27, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(My currently overflowing bookshelves.) We get lots of comics in the mail here at First Second.  And we get lots of them handed to us at shows. They’re from other publishers as a ‘look what we’re doing!,’ by authors and illustrators who’d like to work with us in the future, by agents who want us Read the Rest…

October 23, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(I note that this is a really, really specific set of instructions that will definitely help you out with requesting any First Second requests; possibly not so much with other publishers, depending on their own policies.) “I love to read.” First Second uses Netgalley — they’re a galley service that lets people request advance digital Read the Rest…