Archive for the ‘ Behind the Scenes ’ Category


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…

June 16, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

If you’re an author who’s not from North American, submitting your work to a US publisher for consideration — whether or not it’s been published in your home country before — can be extremely nerve-wracking. It’s hard enough to get a sense of what the market, the audiences, and the publishers for your comic are Read the Rest…

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

Here at First Second, we believe that stories don’t always need morals or lessons. Don’t get us wrong!  Morals and lessons are great, and there are lots of absolutely fantastic books that teach you that genocide is bad, that sharing is kind, that everyone is good at heart, etc. in more and less minimalist iterations Read the Rest…

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

“There’s no moral to this story, no lesson to be taken away and pondered. It’s just a blast. . . .  And here’s to the books that bring us such laughs right when we need them,” said Julie Danielson recently, in this Kirkus Reviews round-up of funny books for kids. (Humpty Dumpty laughing while reading Read the Rest…

April 28, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(My current bookshelf.  I’m just waiting for one of the shelves to collapse.) There are a lot of small parts of books that often pass unnoticed for most readers. If you’re an aspiring book-creator, these can be good things to watch out for when you’re in the ‘read all the books for reference’ phase of Read the Rest…