Authors You Should Know: Maryse Conde


Welcome to 2018, readers!

Here at Pen Name Publishing, we are looking forward to a new year – and a new set of authors. Ask any author and they will tell you that you need to read in order to write. Most authors we know are voracious readers.

2017 brought many important discussions in the literary community: diversity, representation, own voices, marginalized authors, publishing practices, and more. We saw the community band together over problematic content…and sometimes, over dissect and assign problems to innocent content.

We felt 2018 would be a great year

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Paperback vs. eBook

Team Jacob or Team Edward? Coke or Pepsi? UCLA or USC? Paperback or eBook? In all of these debates, I have a strong opinion, but none stronger than my opinion on paperback vs. ebook.


Top Ten Reasons I Prefer Paperback Books

10. The joy of bringing home a stack of books from Barnes & Noble

9. Spending hours lost in the shelves of a library, searching for a particular book or simply trying to discover my next read.

8. The smell of a new book// The smell of old books in a library

7. Organizing

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Influential Authors

I devoured books as a child. I couldn’t wait for summer because it meant I could read the books that I wanted to read instead of what they told me to read at school. I’ve always been this way—needing to discover books on my own. I discovered Nancy Drew and Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. Those names are the keywords of my childhood.

But there are a few authors who are a bit more important to me at this stage in my life. I went through a reading slump in my

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The Dark Side of Fairy Tales


I’ll admit it. The title makes this article sound a lot more macabre than it probably will be. But it had a nice ring to it, and since I was asked to chat about what most people don’t know about retellings, I thought it was a nice fit.

But I digress.

So, Fairy Tales. Easy. Right? I mean, if you’re an author who specializes in retellings, your job is halfway done for you. You’ve got characters, a plot, and everything all at your disposal. Change a couple

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The Struggle Is Real

There seem to be some people out there who believe that writers live glamorous lives filled with relaxing days sitting behind their computers in a cute little coffee shop, with smiles on their faces and a perfectly mixed latte in their hand.


I hate to break it to you, but that’s not entirely true.


More often than not, I hide behind my computer in my writing corner praying my kids don’t accidentally knock over my now cold insta-coffee as I bang my head against the back of my chair. (I’d say desk, but

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Cover Reveal: Chasing Eveline

Welcome to Monday, friends!

How is your manuscript today? Are you hard at writing or hardly writing? If it helps jump start your word count for the week, we are happy to bring you another beautiful cover reveal today.

Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser is a Young Adult novel with an epic quest – reunite one of the most popular bands of the 1980s, and Ivy’s mother’s favorite band. Unfortunately, Ivy’s mom has disappeared and no one really remembers Chasing Eveline except for Ivy and her best friend, Matt.Well, that and the fact

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Cover Reveal: Tobacco Sun

Today is a fantastic Friday indeed.  We not only rolled out this year’s release dates this week, we also decided to move up the cover reveal for Lorna Hollifield’s debut novel, Tobacco Sun, to today!

A few weeks ago, we showed you the stunning proof set that Dionne created for Lorna’s beautiful Southern Fiction novel centered around the bond of sisterhood. You can find that blog and refresh your memory on those beautiful options by clicking here.

Designing this set was not only fun, it was probably one of our favorite proof

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Cover Reveal: J.M. Sullivan

Guess what? It’s a Funday Friday with ANOTHER cover reveal! If you’ve been playing #AuthorConfession on Twitter, you’re familiar with the runner of that hashtag, J.M. Sullivan.

Today, we bring you the beautiful cover behind Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles. This story is a dark retelling of our beloved Alice in Wonderland. Unlike our other cover reveals, I don’t want to say too much. If you want to know more about J.M.’s work, go meet her on #AuthorConfession!

Here are the cover proofs that we gave to J.M.

What was interesting about this set

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How Chasing Eveline Relates to My Life

I wrote a love letter to music. It’s called CHASING EVELINE, my debut YA contemporary novel due out this year from Pen Name Publishing. The “why” of this starts with what music really is. Merriam-Webster says it is “the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity; vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony”. It certainly is an art that colors the world in unity and harmony. For me, though, it’s more

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Cover Reveal: Prisma by Lian Villanueva Lansang

Happy #FundayFriday, and as always when we have a cover reveal, what a fun day this Friday is!

Today we will be doing our second cover reveal for our 2017 catalogue. Lian Villanueva Lansang is a young voice out of California. She has been an absolute gem to work with, taking all feedback and suggestions in stride and doing a complete transformation of her key narrator.

Her debut YA Coming of Age novel will have its official release date set soon. If you are waiting for that announcement, you can stay up to

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