Off to the Printer

Well, that’s it.  Earlier this afternoon, I had to approve two final sections of prose.  Once I did, my editor told me, we could Push. That. Button.   I checked them.  I even read them out loud again even though I was sure my editor and the copy editor had been extremely careful to make sure … More Off to the Printer

World Cup Fever!

ILBNH, otherwise known as InsertLiteraryBlogNameHere, included DEFENDING IRENE in their list of soccer books to read in preparation for the World Cup.   My book certainly shows why Italians are so passionate for the Azurri.  Soccer isn’t just the national game of Italy; it’s the national passion.  But the bias against girls playing the game runs … More World Cup Fever!

Done? Really done?

A week ago I got the “final interior” of SUSPECT.  My editor let me know that this would be my last chance to make any comments.  Another attachment held the last few comments from the copy editor along with some impressions from  a proofreader who had never seen any of it before.  This was helpful.  I … More Done? Really done?

Mowing the Lawn

About three weeks ago, my editor called me.  We were in the middle of copy edits for SUSPECT.  Usually, this is a matter of tweaking sentences and fixing mistakes.  A few continuity issues will pop up here and there.  But this was something much bigger.  The copy editor couldn’t buy into what was going on … More Mowing the Lawn


Sometimes books are challenged in libraries.  There might be a word, phrase, character or situation that people object to. But one parent really took objections to the next level when he paged through a book by Dan Gutman.  Mr. Gutman wrote about this surprising correspondence in an article for School Library Journal. (Note: Link updated.)  His experience … More Self-censorship?