Why so quiet? Here’s the thing: So much about writing is hush-hush. You can’t always disclose the title, topic, or finer details of books until they hit the press’s catalogue. This is pretty much always the case for books in literacy programs. The educational market is highly competitive and no publisher wants their competition to know what they’re cooking up. When it comes to confidentiality, I tend to err on the side of caution and assume I shouldn’t say too much.

For submissions in trade (books that are sold in bookstores, as opposed to those sold exclusively to schools), it’s not always smart to tell the world what you’re working on—at least, not in too much detail—before it is in production and the pages are being set. Even then, it’s all about strategically worded teasers and working to get that social media and word-of-mouth buzz happening.

So, that’s why I’m being strangely silent, even though it’s been a crazy-productive year so far, with lots on the go. I’d love to announce I have a new trade book coming out soon, but alas, it’s going to be a while.

Quiet space is important for writersFor now, I’m going to bask in this silence—and savour the pleasure of it. After all, silence makes a productive workplace for writers.


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  1. Cat London
    October 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I am in a similar boat, bursting with news about a neat thing I’ve been working on…about which I can say nothing, possibly for another six months or so.

    • Jill
      October 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Oh, that’s a long time, Cat, but I’m excited for you. In the meantime, you’ll just have to celebrate the happy, but secret, news quietly! So hard to do!!

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