by Jeanne Devlin Every now and again, a book comes along that you have to tell others about—it’s like you’re compelled to do so. In the process, that book becomes a friend, one you cheer when good things happen to it, and one you turn to in moments of despair. In the spirit of full… Read More
Jeanne Devlin is editor of The RoadRunner Press, an award-winning traditional publishing house based in the American West. An editor of newspapers, magazines, and books for more than thirty years, she has also worked on national marketing and publicity campaigns with such publishers as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin's and for a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Robyn Carr, Sabrina Jeffries, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, and Wendy Corsi Staub.
A graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Course, Jeanne is a member of the Children's Book Council, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. She also consults with boutique publishers.
QUESTION: Alton, you walked away from an abusive, poverty-stricken home and spent years as a foster child and at a boys ranch. The name of your debut YA nonfiction book is The Boy Who Carried Bricks. What do you mean by “carrying bricks”? ALTON: Part of it is literal—one of the punishments at the boys… Read More
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Flawed Characters in Fiction
by Diane Alberts One of the things that writers struggle most with is making our characters realistic, likeable, kind, and yet…flawed. Yep, you heard me. Flawed. No one likes perfection, and let’s be honest, perfection isn’t realistic. Have you ever met someone who was PERFECT? And if you have, how much do you want to… Read More