Looking Ahead to New Titles

One of the challenges—and perks—of being a publisher is the way you have to jump around between past, present, and future. So as we're editing and launching our current books, we're look for opportunities to showcase our backlist books and…

Lian Dolan appearing at WI8 this weekend

Lian Dolan appearing at WI8 this weekend. ABA's annual Winter Institute is this weekend, and our very own Lian Dolan of Helen of Pasadena and the forthcoming Elizabeth the First Wife will be appearing - alongside the likes of Daniel Pink,…

College Timeline for Neurotic Parents

Here is a private tweet that I received from a follower: Q: I have ordered your book, but frankly, with all the stress involved preparing my junior for applying for colleges, I doubt if I will have the time to read it. Is there any way you can provide a timeline of what I should do when? A: If your child is a junior in high school, you are a tad late to begin preparing. But just in case you want to agonize about all the missed opportunities, here is a brief summary of what to do when: ONE MONTH BEFORE BIRTH -- Travel to Dhaka, so your baby will qualify for Bangladeshi citizenship. BIRTH -- Send APGAR scores to the colleges you will be considering in 17 years.

Goodreads Tips for Authors

Goodreads Tips for Authors Our author Jennifer Worick is not just one of the funniest writers out there—she's also a very savvy publishing veteran who's had more than 25 books published...and she's still pretty young! She and her business…

Happy Valentine's Day, Spider!

Although diamonds, chocolates, and roses are the order of most Valentine’s Days, this year I’m thinking about the very special creatures who receive love letters in our children’s book, Vulture Verses: flies, snakes, mosquitoes, and,…

Break-Up Activity Book at Vroman's on Sunday

Protect yourself against the V-Day blues at this discussion and signing with author Lynn Chang of The Break-Up Activity Book. Come check out the hilarious crafts for mending a broken heart and get tips on surviving holidays like this one as…

Books We Love

Books We Love: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg Nearing the end of my undergraduate career a few years ago, I attended a conversation at UCLA’s great Hammer Museum between the biographer A. Scott Berg and Mona Simpson,…

9 Tips for a Successful Author Event

While you might be in the process of writing your book and haven’t gotten to the stage of publishing, let alone promoting, it, it’s important to think creatively about bookstore events and author readings from the get-go. (I thought this…

Lance Armstrong, #DOPRAH, and Publishing

I think about Lance Armstrong a lot. It all began with a chance television viewing of the Tour de France set to the mellifluous tones of broadcasters Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen during one of the many dog days of a Los Angeles summer.…

Food52 Picks Little Flower for the Piglet

It's not just the college-sports world that looks to bracket tournaments this time of year. In the cookbook world, February Madness means one thing: the Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, run by the prestigious blog Food52.com. The round of…