Archive for the ‘ Behind the Scenes ’ Category


August 25, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(art from Jen Wang’s wonderful graphic novel Koko Be Good) One of the things that an author can hear from a publisher or an agent when they’re talking about the possibility of working together is, ‘what is your fanbase like?’ What does that even mean? As a person who exists in the world, you have Read the Rest…

August 21, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(image from here) Marketing has a bad reputation. People hear the word ‘marketing’ and think, ‘that’s the thing that’s going to trick me into buying all this stuff that I don’t want.’ Then they run in the other direction as quickly as possible. That’s not how we think about marketing here at First Second. We Read the Rest…

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

(Adventures in Cartooning and sequels) Figuring out whether or not a book should have a sequel can be a challenging task for publishers.  There are lots of creative questions to ask: does the book work best as a stand-alone?  Should the author take their future projects in a different direction?  Will a sequel be as Read the Rest…

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

As things go, being an author publishing a book is super stressful.  You’re putting your personal creative project out in the world for everyone to see . . . and who knows who will see and it what kind of success it will have?  Every single thing you do, every decision you make during the Read the Rest…

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

When we send galleys out, or when we’re at shows with galleys, we occasionally get questions from the people we’re giving them to: is this a galley? First: galleys, or AREs, advanced readers editions, or ARCs, advanced readers copies, are terms for bound promotional copies of upcoming books.  Galleys are produced ahead of publication and Read the Rest…

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

(all books are different — as exemplified by: the bookshelf) When we do posts on our blog about behind-the-scenes sort of things — submissions, book length, cover design, book tours, etc. — we get a lot of responses that basically amount to, ‘I know you said you wanted X thing, but what will happen if Read the Rest…

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

(or, what happens if your book gets reprinted a lot) A few weeks ago, we reprinted Box Brown’s Andre the Giant, which is exciting, because reprints are always exciting!  You’ve sold all the first printing of a book!  And you get a chance to fix any mistakes and add praise and accolades your book has Read the Rest…

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

(image: Box Brown and Andre the Giant in the Philly Daily News.  Media attention is one of the best ways to get publishers to notice you.) A few months ago, we talked a little on our blog about ways to get publishers to notice you so that they’d buy (and publish) your book.  And then Read the Rest…

June 30, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes, Books

(not-entirely-relevant-image from here.) When your book is about to be published, it’s a good time to sit down and think about how to talk about it to people who are members of the general public (if you haven’t already). Figuring out how to talk about your book to people is a thing that can take Read the Rest…

June 19, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(Sailor Twain vs. Deogratias, The Professor’s Daughter, The Fate of the Artist, and Shackleton) I love long books. The book I’m reading right now (Sarah Water’s The Paying Guests) is 564 pages long.  And it’s prose. For all I’m concerned, long books mean more story is involved, and I think that’s just great.  Once I Read the Rest…