100 episodes

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

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 216 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.

    The Acquisitions Process!

    The Acquisitions Process!

    Grace and Alvina continue their "publishing curriculum" series and talk about the acquisitions process, including what happens at editorial meetings, the mysterious acquisitions committee, red flags for editors, how auctions work, and more! 
    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/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Personality Tests!

    Personality Tests!

    Grace and Alvina both take two different personality tests (the Myers Briggs and Big Five Tests) and talk about their results and the science behind personality tests in general.
    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/

    • 52 min
    Middle Grade and Market Fluctuations

    Middle Grade and Market Fluctuations

    Grace and Alvina talk about the slumping middle grade market and talk about how the market fluctuates overall.
    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/

    • 40 min
    CHOP SUEY: Hugo Award controversy, Author’s Equity, and Double Standards

    CHOP SUEY: Hugo Award controversy, Author’s Equity, and Double Standards

    Grace and Alvina have an odds and ends episode where they discuss the Hugo Award controversy, a new publishing house launching called Author's Equity, and an article about gender parity in publishing. And Alison Morris of First Books joins to offer some book recommendations!
    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
    5-year Anniversary!

    5-year Anniversary!

    Grace is back from sabbatical, and she and Alvina celebrate a bit belatedly the five-year anniversary of this podcast! They look back at where they and the publishing industry was five years ago, talk about how the podcast has changed, and where they see things going in another five years.
    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.
    Buy Girl Scout Cookies from Grace's daughter Hazel here: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/hazel476196.
    Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Moving with Libby Koponen!

    Moving with Libby Koponen!

    While Grace is on sabbatical, Alvina talked with their friend, author Libby Koponen about moving--how many times they've moved (Libby has moved over 40 times!), their favorite places they've lived, what they've learned, and tips and tricks for moving.
    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.
    Buy Girl Scout Cookies from Grace's daughter Hazel here: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/hazel476196.
    Follow us in Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookfriendsforever_podcast/
    Find Libby at www.libbykoponen.com

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 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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