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Publisher’s Weekly Profile



For those interested in editing (and more specifically in my background), the kind folks at Publishers Weekly have posted this profile. Now with a partial title list*, for the curious.

*The titles included are just some of the books I have published in my career, with an emphasis on recent history and those similar to my current acquisitions (YA-centric, etc.)

A great profile of Julie Strauss-Gabel, my editor and publisher, in PW!

You are 12. You’re at the library looking for some generic young adult fiction novel about a girl who falls for her best friend. Your dad makes a disgusted face. “This is about lesbians,” he says. The word falls out of his mouth as though it pains him. You check out a different book and cry when you get home, but you aren’t sure why. You learn that this is not a story about you, and if it is, you are disgusting.

You are 15. Your relatives are fawning over your cousin’s new boyfriend. “When will you have a boyfriend?” they ask. You shrug. “Maybe she’s one of those lesbians,” your grandpa says. You don’t say anything. You learn that to find love and acceptance from your family, you need a boyfriend who thinks you are worthy of love and acceptance.

You are 18. Your first boyfriend demands to know why you never want to have sex with him. He tells you that sex is normal and healthy. You learn that something is wrong with you.

You are 13. You’re at a pool party with a relative’s friend’s daughter. “There’s this lesbian in my gym class. It’s so gross,” she says. “Ugh, that’s disgusting,” another girl adds. They ask you, “do you have any lesbians at your school?” You tell them no and they say you are lucky. You learn to stay away from people.

You are 20. You have coffee with a girl and you can’t stop thinking about her for days afterwards. You learn the difference between a new friendship and new feelings for a person.

You are 13. Your mom is watching a movie. You see two girls kiss on screen. You feel butterflies and this sense that you identify with the girls on the screen. Your mom gets up and covers the screen. You learn that if you are like those girls, no one wants to see it.

You are 20. You and your friends are drunk and your ex-boyfriend dares you to make out with your friend. You both agree. You touch her face. It feels soft and warm. Her lips are small and her hands feel soft on your back. You learn the difference between being attracted to someone and recognizing that someone you care about is attractive.

You are 16. You find lesbian porn online. Their eyes look dead and their bodies are positioned in a way that you had never imagined. You learn that liking girls is acceptable if straight men can decide the terms.

You are 20. You are lying next to a beautiful girl and talking about everything. You tell her things that you don’t usually tell anyone. You learn how it feels not to want to go to sleep because you don’t want to miss out on any time with someone.

You are 15. Your parents are talking about a celebrity. Your dad has a grin on his face and says, “her girlfriend says that she’s having the best sex of her life with her!” You learn that being a lesbian is about the kind of sex you have and not how you love.

You are 18. You are in intro to women’s and gender studies. “Not all feminists are lesbians- I love my husband! Most of the feminists on our leadership team are straight! It’s just a stereotype,” the professor exclaims. You learn that lesbianism is something to separate yourself from.

You are 21 and you are kissing a beautiful girl and she’s your girlfriend and you understand why people write songs and make movies and stupid facebook statuses about this and time around you just seems to stop and you could spend forever like this and you learn that there is nothing wrong with you and you are falling in love.

You are 21. And you are okay.

—   a thing I wrote after arguing with an insensitive dude on facebook all day or Things Other People Taught me about Liking Girls (via samanticshift)

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“You know who would want to read that book, An Abundance of Katherines? Henry the Eighth.”

—   my eight year old brother (via mikkelsenning)

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“It’s like every time I sit down to write, I’m all like, “No, THIS time, I’m going to write a REAL story about BOYS doing BOYS’ THINGS.” Finding themselves and crushing out on girls and being straight and manly and stuff. Like an emotional (but obviously not TOO emotional) journey of self-discovery and coming of age with poignant moments of bittersweet, wrenching humor and maybe cancer—you know, something really universal and relatable that brings Americans together around our shared common values. But when I start writing, I get possessed by these overwhelming urges to write about experiences that are actually interesting to me, and I do that instead!”


Sarah McCarry, author of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS and DIRTY WINGS on why she chooses to write about girls. (via summerscourtney)


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We’re seeking submissions of Young Adult stories with asexual/aromantic main characters! We’re looking for main characters ages 14-18 who experience positive character growth though the story.

Please see the information in the poster above or check our our submission guidelines.

See a more complete list of what we’re looking for at the original post. And please, give us feedback if there’s something you’d like to see that we’ve left out.

I will boost this as much as possible. Seeing ace stories when I was younger would have made a world of difference, and even now that I’m older and know what I identify as, there still aren’t enough stories about people like me. Kudos to HIP for being so proactive about the representation available through their publishing house.

Do check out the original post for more submission categories!

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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Hachette - NYTimes.com


This is seriously so, so alarming, and I DESPERATELY URGE all of you who order books (or, indeed, anything) from Amazon to read it. I have been anti-Amazon for a long time, by which I mean I will very rarely order something from them but almost never books if I can help it, and then only obscure out of print titles, and this is hardening my resolve to try all possible alternatives in future before doing so.

I realize, of course, that I have the privilege of living in a city with an abundance of bookstores, though compared to twenty years ago their number has diminished precipitously; many (indeed, most) people are not so fortunate. But because it is easy for me I buy my books in independent bookstores: that is where I want my money to be going. If you live near an indie bookstore and are a reader I don’t doubt that you patronize it, but if you regularly order books online through Amazon I STRONGLY URGE you to seek out alternative options, of which there are many: Indiebound is obviously the best choice, but Barnes and Noble is also good. I’m not trying to sound patronizing — Amazon is SO EASY to use that it is most people’s default, which makes sense! I used to order books there all the time, because if you don’t… follow publishing industry news… you wouldn’t necessarily have a reason to be thinking about this, and so most people don’t. But the ramifications of their increasing monopoly are really bad and will get worse. This incident is really, really worrisome.

The problem, of course, is that so many people DO buy books on Amazon, and as a publisher you want your books to have the widest reach as possible. Particularly for a young startup like us there’s not really any way to NOT offer books for sale on Amazon, which is really unfortunate because it plays into a system that undermines the very existence of small presses in the long term. We will make less money through those sales than we will through just about any other retailer, and Amazon will profit, and in the long run they want to cut out publishers entirely, which is pretty dystopian: but what else can we do? Not put the books up? We would die out immediately. Because they have a stranglehold on the industry. I can only hope the big guns try to do something about it, because otherwise this is all headed nowhere good.

“In February, in a New Yorker piece originally titled “Is Amazon bad for books?,” a small press publisher, Melville House co-owner Dennis Johnson, described how Amazon had bullied him into signing up for its paid distribution service despite refusing to relinquish any information to him about his actual on-site sales.

Johnson described how, after his initial refusal to play on their terms, Amazon representatives approached him at Book Expo and advised him to “get with the program.” He also described the way Amazon unsummarily pulled the “Buy” buttons from Melville House titles after he publicly criticized the company.

Proponents of Amazon’s lower pricing strategies argue that Amazon is the underdog in the publishing monopoly, not the other way around. But the fact remains that Amazon is a company that singlehandedly controls 30% of the market share of the entire publishing industry. And unlike its competitors, it has a publishing arm, a distribution arm, and a retail arm. Although the price-fixing that the Big Six and Apple were engaged in was blatantly illegal, the maneuver was a unilateral way of competing as a group against Amazon’s predatory pricing—that is, its ability to leverage its other retail holdings to offer rock-bottom pricing for its books, effectively decimating the landscape of other booksellers.

Increasingly, the rhetoric about Amazon’s bullying tactics is that the company is violating the same antitrust laws that it used to spear Apple and the Big Five on the Department of Justice’s hook. “Monopoly achieved,” Johnson wrote after the verdict.”


You can’t pre-order JK Rowling’s newest book from Amazon because Amazon is holding it hostage

"Better for Amazon is rarely better for the publishing industry."

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“She added to her dress all the accessories it demanded, which were a straight back, a severe hairline, and a scowl.”


Dorothy Dunnett, Checkmate.

This is quite possibly my favorite Lymond quote.

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favorite books  of all time ↝ kamikaze girls by novala takemoto

"I am a lolita. I don’t believe in growing up. No matter how old I get I remain devoted to ruffles and frills"







To All the Little Black Girls With Big Names (Dedicated to Quvenzhane’ Wallis)

Standing mothafucking ovation.

I almost cried! I needed this!

Everyone needs to watch this right now.

Say it right or don’t say it at all


And to my fellow white people - when someone is trashing on black women’s names, we all have to get better at looking THEM in the eye and saying, “Stop being so fucking racist.”

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