Author Archives: Sarah Murphy

Get Excited: Laura Tisdel’s Debut Post

Ever since I received the exhilarating news that I got the job working as an editor with Reagan, Sarah, and Marlena over here in midtown, I’ve been worried about this blog.  You don’t know me, dear reader, but I am chatty.  I am gregarious.  My high school Geometry teacher used to do this turning-down-a-dial motion […]

If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home

Megan Abbott shares what she learned about her new novel, The End of Everything, and herself as a writer while on her recent book tour.  Abbott will be appearing with authors Michele Carlo and Kio Stark at Sunny’s Reading Series in Red Hook on Sunday, September 11th at 3pm. For the past several weeks, I’ve […]

You Will Have to Know Life

Today we’re celebrating the publication of Megan Abbott’s acclaimed novel The End of Everything, which takes place over the course of a summer in the suburbs, where a teenage girl goes missing.  Here Megan writes about her own childhood in the suburbs, and how that has inspired her work.  I have always been drawn to […]

Deal Book

We’re excited for two just-announced deals for forthcoming Reagan Arthur Books titles.  In 2013 the imprint will publish Austin Ratner’s novel Little Boys Lost, about doctors, families, and how a young father’s death reverberates decades later in the lives of his grown sons.  Ratner is the high-jumping author of The Jump Artist, which won this year’s […]

Catalog Girl

Book catalogs fill my heart with glee.  Every year when I go to BEA I collect so many that the canvas tote bags I carry them in dig long red gouges into my shoulders.  I’m fascinated by the books publishers are banking on as their big, blockbuster novels for the season and by the most […]

Things that are making us happy: Thursday edition

*Seeing starred Publishers Weekly reviews for forthcoming books by Megan Abbott and George Pelecanos. *Seeing our cover for The Book of Life here. *This amazing comic that Anna North and Cole Weathers did for America Pacifica. (First image here, but you must click through to read the entire story!)

Meg Mitchell Moore: Influences and Inspiration

For her last day of blogging we asked Meg to write about the artists and creators outside the literary world who have shaped her work as a writer. Music: Colin Meloy of the band The Decemberists has influenced me because of his ability to tell a large story in a small and contained space and […]

Meg Mitchell Moore: On Being Edited

I love being edited. I love being copyedited too. This might come from the years I spent working for a magazine, where I was variously a copyeditor, an editor and a staff writer; all three are jobs whose expertise I value. I like feeling that the production of a book is a collaborative process. I […]

Meg Mitchell Moore: The Two-Book Deal

I have heard more than one author say, “I would never take a two-book deal!” This is sometimes followed by an admonition: “And you shouldn’t either.” The reasons behind these statements go something like this: What if you turn out a bad book because you’re writing it under pressure? Alternatively, what if your first book […]

Meg Mitchell Moore: On Running and Writing

Running and writing are two things I’ve been doing for a long time, and I think a lot of parallels exist between the two. When I wrote a guest post on the topic recently for The Divining Wand I realized that the first few comparisons I came up with cast the two pursuits in a […]