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

(some early art from Faith Erin Hicks’ upcoming graphic novel, The Nameless City — which she shared on her tumblr in a discussion of paper vs. digital art creation processes) When you have a book contract, it is time to rejoice!  Your book will be published!  By a publisher!  It will go out into the world Read the Rest…

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

(or, why a publisher almost never responds to a book pitch at a show by saying, ‘sold!’ and producing a contract right then and there.) (us at last week’s MoCCA Festival, at which we saw lots of great writers and artists — but did not agree to publish any books by them at the time) Read the Rest…

April 10, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

Let’s go with the most depressing reason possible: sometimes, authors die.  Sometimes (less depressingly) they give up writing or drawing because they feel like their books aren’t reaching people.  Sometimes, they get depressed and have bad days and wonder why they’re struggling along in this challenging industry. We all love books because they change our Read the Rest…

March 31, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

This year is an exciting year for us with ISBNs. (If you don’t already know, ISBNs are an identifying number for books — each book has its own, so that it can be identified numerically.  This is helpful for things like being scanned in a store or a library and registering in a general system.) Read the Rest…

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

(This post is inspired by the person on tumblr who commented that doing all the stuff we talked about previously to get your work out there was difficult when you’re a person who is shy.  Thanks for your topic suggestion!) We write a very aspirational blog.  What’s the best possible thing that you could be Read the Rest…

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

We get a lot of job application e-mails. A lot of them are really flattering!  People send us great e-mails about how much they like our books and would really like to work here, which is exactly the sort of e-mail that a person should send if they are endeavoring to get a job somewhere.  Read the Rest…

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

(This is more of a general purpose post than one that’s specifically applicable to First Second.  Because we’ve only got two people on staff who edit books, there’s not as much of a hierarchy here than there is at a lot of other publishers.) When you’re submitting a project to a publisher, it’s hard to Read the Rest…

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

(image from NY Mag.  It is a very attractive (but wrinkled!) book.) The best reason to pick a publisher is because you like the books they publish. So the process should go like this: 1. Read lots of books.  Read as many of them as you can get your hands on!  Read them even if Read the Rest…

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

(with these five easy tricks!) (I have taken this photo of the awesomeness that is TCAF from blogTO.) If you are a comics-creating person, it is possible that one of your goals is to have publishers notice you!  Because some day (perhaps now) you have a book that it’d be great if they could publish. Read the Rest…

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

(image purloined from here.  No text characters were harmed in the making of this blog post.) You may be considering drafting an e-mail to First Second.  You’re thinking, ‘Important things are on my mind that I must tell those folks at First Second!  An e-mail shall be composed straightaway!’ Here is the first thing to Read the Rest…