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Archive of posts filed under the From the Managing Editor’s Desk category.

Happy Man Day 2014!

Is this thing on? Is it really Man Day, 2014, already? If you’ve somehow made it this far in life without learning about Man Day, you can get caught up here, here, here, and here. This particular Man Day, we’re preparing for a move downtown, and we’re making some tough decisions. You see, we’ll have less [...]

Shenanigans/rascality/monkeyshines with Webster’s

We’re not sure who’s noticed this, but at least once in each of Joe Delaney’s truly scary Last Apprentice books, Tom spins his silver chain widdershins. Or the Spook (or a witch shrieking and howling with blood lust) turns widdershins. By now, the word is deeply embedded in the Greenwillow vocabulary—“Bring that chair widdershins around [...]

The “T” Word

Even though it’s been a few days since it published and was thoroughly chewed over by the digerati, I couldn’t help but write about Virginia Heffernan’s NYT blog post  “The Price of Typos.” I have honest-to-goodness nightmares about typos. The book-making process on children’s side of the business hasn’t gotten as compromised it has on [...]

Oh, Dear

Rushing to get a book to the printer + some inconceivably, perversely poor industrial design (I’m looking right at you, whoever designed the HP Laser Jet 5200tn!) = a situation in which accidents can happen. And man did we ever have a humdinger here at the shop yesterday. Oh, dear. There’s nothing you can do after [...]

City Discoveries: Secret Literary Histories

We’ve been in our new digs at the HarperCollins building for more than a year, but we just discovered something right next door. It turns out that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote a large portion of The Little Prince next door to us on 52nd Street, in the building that now houses the famed French restaurant [...]