Interview With Author & Illustrator, Marla Frazee!

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Welcome to our first post of 2018! So Booking Cool had the pleasure of interviewing award-winning illustrator and bestselling author, Marla Frazee. The California native recently illustrated the picture book-version of Hillary Clinton’s It Takes a Village, both published by Simon and Schuster. In our exclusive interview with Frazee, she talks the early days of her career, being … Read the rest

Interview With Artist & Illustrator Keturah Ariel!

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Entrepreneur and artist Keturah Ariel chatted with So Booking Cool about her company, the art industry, book publishing–including the upcoming Spring title, I Am Enough (HarperCollins) she illustrated by Empire star Grace Gealey-Byers. Keturah has been drawing and creating artwork for others since she was a child. The Columbus Ohio native worked at an art company before launching her very own, Keturah Ariel Brands.

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Interview With Lisa DuBois, Illustrator of the New Rugrats Comic Books!

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Rising artist-star Lisa DuBois recently chatted with So Booking Cool about the brand new Rugrats comic book series, published by BOOM! Studios. The Michigan-based illustrator always knew she wanted to be an artist and envisioned creating animations. Check out the full interview with DuBois to learn how she got started, her advice for aspiring comic book artists, the challenges that come with being an illustrator, why maintaining good health … Read the rest

Interview With Joy Peskin, Editorial Director at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers!

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Joy Peskin is the editorial director at Farrar Straus Giroux (FSG) Books for Young Readers, an imprint at the Macmillan Children’s Group, where she manages a department of editors and edits her own titles–a career Peskin describes as “the best of both worlds.” The esteemed editor has worked at Penguin Random House (her first publishing job was at Puffin) and Scholastic prior to joining Macmillan in 2012.… Read the rest

Interview With Executive Editor and Writing Life Coach Kendra Levin!

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We had the pleasure of talking with Kendra Levin, the executive editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, about her multifaceted career and views on the industry. In addition to editing all ages in the children’s market, which means everything from picture books to young adult novels, Levin is also an author, teacher, and life coach to writers around the world. “Everybody has to … Read the rest

Interview With Laura Dail Literary’s Vice Prez & Director of Subrights, Tamar Rydzinski!

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Tamar Rydzinski, Vice President, Director of Subsidiary Rights at the Laura Dail Literary Agency got bitten by the book industry bug while interning at an agency. At the time, she attended Yeshiva University, where she majored in Literature and minored in Business. Now with almost 12 years in her career (she previously worked at Greenburger Associates before joining Laura Dail in 2015) Rydzinski tells us how she’s seen the industry … Read the rest

Interview With the Co-Founders of Callaloo Kids!

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Yesterday, we had the pleasure of speaking with the co-founders of Callaloo Kids, a children’s media company based in Washington, DC. In our interview, Marjaun Canady, and Nabeeh Bilal, who have known each other since high school, discuss the journey of creating Callaloo Kids, the importance of networking and building a team, as well as their perseverance and plans to keep evolving children’s media. To learn more about Callaloo … Read the rest

Interview With Tamara McNeil of Just Like Me! Box

meet the mcneils.png.JPGToday we had the pleasure of talking to Tamara McNeil, the founder of Just Like Me! Box, a monthly subscription that delivers 2-3 books in urban children’s literature to families. Get to know Tamara, the inspiration behind her company, the types of books she delivers and looks for in submissions, as well as why she is reluctant to expand her market to young adult fiction.

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