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Lauren Baratz-Logsted | Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Jun.24.2013
  The Moment Big Breasts Came In Handy: Having gone through puberty early myself, and having been invited by my editor at Simon & Schuster to submit a proposal for a book for a new middle-grade line they were starting there, I came up with a story about a well-endowed 12-year-old who feels...
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Jun.23.2013
  The Moment An Idea In One Book Became An Idea For Another Book: In one of my earlier unsold adult novels, eight of ten characters die in spectacular ways, one of which is a novelist getting crushed to death by a stack of her own books when the freight elevator on a truck malfunctions during...
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Jun.22.2013
The Moment I Realized It All Mattered: I received two letters – not emails, but actual real-world letters – from two teens. Both concerned Angel’s Choice. One single-spaced, full-page letter contained the following: “One lesson that this book taught me is that I need to make the right thing the...
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Jun.21.2013
The Moment Nothing Happened: After having had four books published in 2006 – a personal record up to that point – I had zero books published in 2007. Hey, everyone needs a break. Plus, how can people miss me if I never go away?
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Jun.20.2013
  The Moment A Cover Changed Its Face: The cover of Angel’s Choice was all set. The background looked like ruled notebook paper and there was a girl on the cover with blond hair. Although the main character was not a blonde – Angel Hansen has black hair – it was an attractive cover. Then it...
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Jun.19.2013
The Moment A Cover Confused: A writing acquaintance said she wasn’t sure how she felt about the cover for Vertigo, which showed a woman’s naked back, head bent. “It doesn’t look very funny,” she said, “not very Chick Lit. That woman looks like someone you’d run away from, not someone you’d want as...
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Jun.18.2013
  The Moment I Got An Idea For A Children’s Series (With A Lot Of Help From My Family): In December of 2006, when Jackie was still just six, we were visiting friends in Crested Butte, Colorado, when a great blizzard hit that closed Denver Airport. Our friends have no TV nor were there any...
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Jun.17.2013
  The Moment I Received A Favorable Comparison: Diane White, reviewing Vertigo in The Boston Globe, wrote, “In Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s VERTIGO, Emma Smith, the privileged young wife of a successful English novelist, narrates her own story, building layer upon layer of tension in a plot...
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Jun.16.2013
The Moment I Felt Vindicated: Bust magazine did a dual review of This is Not Chick Lit and This Is Chick-Lit that concluded with the following: “Like a lot of snotty literary types, I have often sneered at chick lit... I’m here to tell you: I was wrong... These stories, which take chick lit beyond...
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Jun.15.2013
  The Moment Rachel Maddow Disappointed Me: Rachel Maddow was interviewing Publishers Weekly’s Sara Nelson on NPR and since I’d heard they were going to be discussing This is Not Chick Lit and This Is chick-Lit, I thought I’d give it a listen. When Rachel Maddow said that even though she hadn’...