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    Recent college grad, novelist, coffee shop writer, Truman Capote worshipper, opera singer, and book geek extraordinaire.

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An Update on 2015

I’m not a prolific blogger, but I figured that after three months, I was due for a 2015 update. So here’s what has been occupying my time away from the Internet/my computer/my job: As a Christmas present, my parents got me a membership to the Young Associates program at The Metropolitan Opera, along with tickets … Continue reading

2015: An Anticipation in Books

January approaches swiftly, meaning a whole new year to appear on copyright pages. Working in publishing gives me the distinct pleasure of getting to read books before their releases, which means I’ve already made a dent in the titles headed to a bookstore near you in 2015. In the first half of 2015, four new … Continue reading

Publishing- Part III: The Book Deal

This is the third part in an ongoing series that illuminates the publishing process. Click for Part I and Part II.  You’ve cracked the slush pile, mastered the phone call, and accepted an offer of representation from an agent. Now what? The good news is that you now have a partner, a professional to help … Continue reading

Publishing- Part II: The Agent

So you’ve finished your manuscript. Great! You have revised the structure, plot, and characters and polished your prose, eliminating those pesky double prepositions and excessive adverbs. You may have cut close to 20,000 words. Word count varies wildly and, in the grand scheme, is not all that important. Middle-grade fiction usually ranges from 40,000-60,000. Most … Continue reading

Publishing-Part I: The Manuscript

Today is November 1, known to some as the first day of NaNoWriMo, making today a fitting day to begin this series. At the request of several friends, I’m going to be doing a series on writing and publishing. I get at least one message a week from a friend or acquaintance with questions about … Continue reading

On Reading Joan Didion in Paris

On a Spring day that felt like Winter, I climbed the stairs to the second floor of Shakespeare and Company, the legendary Left Bank bookstore. It was the kind of day we call “smoggy” in Los Angeles, if only because smoggy days come more frequently than overcast ones. I passed under the doorframe, glancing up … Continue reading

The Concerns of Kaitlin Olson

Note: I wrote, but never pressed “publish” on this about a year ago. With the return of The Mindy Project this Tuesday, now seemed like an appropriate time for this post. Now that I work in publishing, I watch a lot of television. That may seem like an oxymoron to most of you, but I … Continue reading

My Friend, J.K.

I talk a lot about books. I’ve read widely, written about the books that changed my life. Each July 31, though, I return to the most important series of my life, the books that started it all: Harry Potter. I grew up in the era of Harry Potter. I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s … Continue reading

New York Chic

Last night I read Jennifer L. Scott’s delightful Lessons from Madame Chic, a lifestyle book inspired by her study abroad program in Paris under the tutelage of Madame Chic, her host mother. Jennifer’s experience in Paris is strikingly similar to mine. In fact, if one were to change a few details (children, arrondisement, country retreat), … Continue reading

Churros con Chocolate

On Sunday night, I went to get churros con chocolate with my friend Yuliya. We had discussed getting hot chocolate or coffee since we were meeting on the early side for dinner. So I searched “best hot chocolate nyc.” I scrolled through a few articles, but not many places caught my attention. Finally, I found … Continue reading