A Peek Behind the Scenes in Publishing

If you're interested in publishing a YA novel, this interview with Kat Brzozowski about Swoon Reads and what happens behind the scenes is for you.

Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read
Episode #741

In this interview with Kat Brzozowski, a senior editor at Swoon Reads, we got excited about National Novel Writing Month (November) and all the interesting behind-the-scenes activities at a publishing enterprise such as Swoon Reads.

We talked about:

  • How Swoon Reads lets authors upload manuscripts, readers give feedback, and editors select great books to publish
  • How writers can fix the most common problems Kat sees in submissions
  • How a writer can know when a manuscript is really ready to submit
  • How typos make it into published books
  • What different types of editors do
  • Why writers should stick with "said" for dialogue tags
  • What happens after a manuscript is acquired
  • How new authors can deal with feedback from editors when it might seem extreme (like eliminating a whole character)
  • Which books coming out soon Kat is excited about
  • What kind of books Kat is looking to acquire right now
  • What kinds of books and shows make a good comparison when you're trying to describe your project

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the player above or by finding the Grammar Girl podcast on any podcasting app, but if you prefer to read it, we also have a complete (rough) transcript.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.