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Children's book publishing’s secrets are revealed as we listen in on fascinating, unguarded, insider discussion from two uniquely qualified best friends: award-winning author/illustrator Grace Lin, and one of NYC’s top editors, Alvina Ling. Go behind the scenes of kid lit and catch a glimpse of the lives of the best-selling author and editor, and the relationship between them.

Book Friends Forever Podcast Alvina and Grace

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    • 4.9 • 220 Ratings

Children's book publishing’s secrets are revealed as we listen in on fascinating, unguarded, insider discussion from two uniquely qualified best friends: award-winning author/illustrator Grace Lin, and one of NYC’s top editors, Alvina Ling. Go behind the scenes of kid lit and catch a glimpse of the lives of the best-selling author and editor, and the relationship between them.

    Book Production with Lillian Sun!

    Book Production with Lillian Sun!

    Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and welcome special guest Lillian Sun, Production Director, to talk about the book production process.
    For the Fortune Cookies segment, they talk about what they're looking forward to reading this summer!
    See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com.
    Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.
    See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com.
    Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/

    • 48 min
    Novel Design with Sasha Illingworth!

    Novel Design with Sasha Illingworth!

    Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and welcome special guest Sasha Illingworth, Associate Creative Director, to talk about the middle grade and young adult book design process, and Sasha shares some tips for aspiring illustrators, and the talk about cover trends.
    For the Fortune Cookies segment, they talk about what they want for their personal styles!
    See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com.
    Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.
    See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com.
    Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
    Find Sasha Illingworth at https://www.sashaillingworthdesign.com/
     

    • 51 min
    Change!

    Change!

    Grace and Alvina talk about change--what the major changes in their lives have been, and how one can become better at adjusting to change.
    For the Fortune Cookie segment, they talk about posting children on social media and privacy issues.
    See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com.
    Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.
    See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com.
    Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/

    • 47 min
    Growth Mindset!

    Growth Mindset!

    Grace and Alvina are recording together on the day after Grace's 50th birthday! They talk all about the concept of growth mindset and what it means, and if they feel that they themselves have growth mindset. For the Fortune Cookie segment, they discuss birthday wishes and whether it's "game over" for them!
    See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.
    See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com.
    Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/

    • 58 min
    CHOP SUEY: Posthumous Publishing, AI and audiobooks, and Fyre Festival of Books

    CHOP SUEY: Posthumous Publishing, AI and audiobooks, and Fyre Festival of Books

    Grace and Alvina have an odds and ends episode where they tallk about how they feel about posthumous publishing, using AI for audiobooks, and the disaster that was what was dubbed the "Fyre Festival of Books"! They also share a few book recommendations for Asian American Heritage Month.
    See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com.
    Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.
    See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com.
    Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/

    • 53 min
    Copyediting with Christine Ma!

    Copyediting with Christine Ma!

    Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and welcome special guest Christine Ma, to talk about the copyediting and proofreading process. For the Fortune Cookie segment, they talk about planning the perfect birthday and/or vacation!
    See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com.
    Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.
    See info about Grace Lin's books here: gracelin.com.
    Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
    Find Christine Ma here: https://mschristinema.com/

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
220 Ratings

220 Ratings

Dan Liu & Jun Yin ,

Made me read more books!

Discovered this podcast after reading “Chinese Menu” by Grace Lin. Fascinating insights into Children’s book publishing! I have a new-found appreciating for authors publishing diverse books — these books already have a positive impact on my child. The podcast also have tons of book recommendations and I have tried some and loved them, including “Simon sort of says”, “Mexikid” and “Last chance”.

B is for Brooklynite ,

Generous approach

I love that when I listen to Alvina and Grace, I feel like I am right there with them talking shop. I get to keep up with what’s going on in the industry while making art on my own books. Their approach is so down to earth and generous. I am grateful for all the knowledge they share and for the community they provide. I particularly enjoyed the recent episode on FOMO and envy.

Allisonm610 ,

Amazing insight and lots of fun

This isn’t Alvina or Grace’s main gig, but they are naturals

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