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Author: Alvina and Grace

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Children's book publishing’s secrets are revealed as we listen in on fascinating, unguarded, insider discussion from two uniquely qualified best friends: award-winning author/illustrator Grace Lin, and one of NYC’s top editors, Alvina Ling. Go behind the scenes of kid lit and catch a glimpse of the lives of the best-selling author and editor, and the relationship between them.
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Grace and Alvina look back at their new year's resolutions to see if they've made any progress (spoiler alert--they have!). For their fortune cookie segment, they talk about what song best represents their graduation. Also, hear about Alvina's mega family reunion trip to Puerto Rico! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and welcome special guest Andy Ball, Director of Managing Editorial, to talk about the Managing Editori's role in the publishing process. For the Fortune Cookies segment, they talk about what they're obsessed with right now! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina have an odds and ends episode where they tallk about how they deal with deadlines and time management, what their friendship style is, and two updates in AI in the industry! And, Alison Morris of First Book shares a few book recommendations. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and welcome special guest Lillian Sun, Production Director, to talk about the book production process. For the Fortune Cookies segment, they talk about what they're looking forward to reading this summer! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and welcome special guest Sasha Illingworth, Associate Creative Director, to talk about the middle grade and young adult book design process, and Sasha shares some tips for aspiring illustrators, and the talk about cover trends. For the Fortune Cookies segment, they talk about what they want for their personal styles! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/ Find Sasha Illingworth at https://www.sashaillingworthdesign.com/  
Episode 253: Change!

Episode 253: Change!

2024-05-3047:44

Grace and Alvina talk about change--what the major changes in their lives have been, and how one can become better at adjusting to change. For the Fortune Cookie segment, they talk about posting children on social media and privacy issues. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina are recording together on the day after Grace's 50th birthday! They talk all about the concept of growth mindset and what it means, and if they feel that they themselves have growth mindset. For the Fortune Cookie segment, they discuss birthday wishes and whether it's "game over" for them! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina have an odds and ends episode where they tallk about how they feel about posthumous publishing, using AI for audiobooks, and the disaster that was what was dubbed the "Fyre Festival of Books"! They also share a few book recommendations for Asian American Heritage Month. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and welcome special guest Christine Ma, to talk about the copyediting and proofreading process. For the Fortune Cookie segment, they talk about planning the perfect birthday and/or vacation! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/ Find Christine Ma here: https://mschristinema.com/
Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and welcome special guest Saho Fujii, Executive Art Director, to talk about the picture book editing and revision process. They talk about how picture book illustrators are chosen, Saho shares what she looks for when she reviews sketches, and also shares about her special connection to the late Jerry Pinkney. For the Fortune Cookies segment, they talk about whether they're heavy or light sleepers, and talk about dreams! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member:  www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram:  www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/ Find Saho Fujii at sahofujii.squarespace.com/
Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and talk about the writing, editing, and revision process, with a focus on writing, editing, and revising novels. Find out how Grace feels the first time she receives an editorial letter from Alvina! They also finally share their ideas for patreon perks in the Fortune Cookies segment! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina have an odds and ends episode where they discuss the various publishing news including some relating to book banning, they discuss the results of the World Happiness Report, and they talk about the book THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant. And Alison Morris of First Books joins to offer some book recommendations! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com.  Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and talk about the acquisitions process, including what happens at editorial meetings, the mysterious acquisitions committee, red flags for editors, how auctions work, and more!  See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina both take two different personality tests (the Myers Briggs and Big Five Tests) and talk about their results and the science behind personality tests in general. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina talk about the slumping middle grade market and talk about how the market fluctuates overall. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace and Alvina have an odds and ends episode where they discuss the Hugo Award controversy, a new publishing house launching called Author's Equity, and an article about gender parity in publishing. And Alison Morris of First Books joins to offer some book recommendations! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
Grace is back from sabbatical, and she and Alvina celebrate a bit belatedly the five-year anniversary of this podcast! They look back at where they and the publishing industry was five years ago, talk about how the podcast has changed, and where they see things going in another five years. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Buy Girl Scout Cookies from Grace's daughter Hazel here: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/hazel476196. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
While Grace is on sabbatical, Alvina talked with their friend, author Libby Koponen about moving--how many times they've moved (Libby has moved over 40 times!), their favorite places they've lived, what they've learned, and tips and tricks for moving. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Buy Girl Scout Cookies from Grace's daughter Hazel here: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/hazel476196. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/ Find Libby at www.libbykoponen.com
Grace takes a break from her sabbatical to record the podcast in person with Alvina and special guest author Laurel Snyder. They're recording together at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA and talk about upheavals in the publishing industry, what to do when you're in a slump, and how to rekindle creativity.  See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Buy Girl Scout Cookies from Grace's daughter Hazel here: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/hazel476196. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
While Grace is on sabbatical, Alvina talked with author Shelli R. Johannes about the book BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert and how it changed her perspective on writing and publishing. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1. See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com. Buy Girl Scout Cookies from Grace's daughter Hazel here: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/hazel476196. Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
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