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Lauren Baratz-Logsted | Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Jul.04.2013
The Moment The Junior Library Guild Liked Me: The Junior Library Guild named the first two books in The Sisters 8 series, Annie’s Adventures and Durinda’s Dangers, as Main Selections. I even got a letter and a small pin to prove it.
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Jul.03.2013
The Moment Someone Hated My Book, Repeatedly: A blogger reviewed Secrets of My Suburban Life and hated it, which is perfectly fine. But then, each and every time someone on the Internet posted a positive review, that same blogger would pop up in the comments section to say some variation on, “How...
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Jul.02.2013
  The Moment I Feared A Cover: Some people object when a writer talks about their books being their “babies”. I get that. But when it comes to some things, when you’re a writer and you also have one or more kids, it’s tough not to make that analogy. For me, that happens when it comes to book...
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Jul.01.2013
The Moment I Hated A Cover: On the cover of Me, In Between there’s a picture of a blond girl wearing a pink cheerleading uniform. I’m not one of these people who’s anti-pink in terms of book covers – I mean, come on, people, it’s just a color – but what school has Pepto pink as its school color? No...
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Jun.30.2013
The Moment I Loved A Cover: When asked for my input on the cover for Secrets of My Suburban Life, the book whose title I still have trouble remembering myself, I said I’d like something with a house on the cover and that it should have a surreal aspect to it. I got my house, a yellow house that...
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Jun.29.2013
  The Moment I Got An Idea On Broadway: I was in New York for a few days, having meetings with two of my publishers. I’d brought my family with me, which I do whenever I possibly can. In the evenings, we went to see Broadway shows. One of the ones we saw was Beauty and the Beast. This was not...
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Jun.28.2013
The Moment I Took A Meeting: I went into the city to meet with the editors of Secrets of My Suburban Life and Me, In Between. After lunch with the editor of Me, I had a meeting with the editor of Secrets and the whole team behind it. They all raved about the book and debated their favorite parts,...
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Jun.27.2013
  The Moment I Discovered One Editor Was Better Than Two: The editor who had acquired Angel’s Choice, the book now called Secrets of My Suburban Life and the book now called Me, In Between departed to become the Paperback Publishing Director at another publishing house. She was my dream editor...
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Jun.26.2013
  The Moment A Title Changed Yet Again: Simon & Schuster decided that How Harry Potter Killed My Mother was unfeasible as a title, due to concerns that we might get sued. So the decision was made to change it. The new title? Secrets of My Suburban Life. The problem with that title? To this...
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Jun.25.2013
The Moment Another Title Changed: Simon & Schuster decided that Stacked was not a good title for my middle-grade novel about a 12-year-old who’s conflicted about her breasts. They thought this because there was another book with that title, but also because they felt it was too suggestive. So...