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Ask Greenwillow!

We’ve been blogging for six months now, if you can believe it! It seems high time to give you, our readers, a chance to ask us questions. Want to know what a verb of utterance is and when you should use one? Seeking illumination on a moment in Greenwillow history? (This is an anniversary celebration, after all.) Curious as to what the time and temperature is right now, according to the Burberry clock Virginia can see from her window?

 Any and all questions are welcome! Leave them in the comments below. We’ll post our answers on Friday.


  1. Erin Green says:

    How can a person get published at Green Willow?

  2. Well this is a thrill! My novel has been requested by two editors and two agents. I’m starting to think I might want to wait for an agent before submitting to the editor. How does Greenwillow handle this? Do you prefer writers to have agents?

  3. What I was wondering is, how much does an editor change a novel once they start working with the author through revisions.

    Do they change plots? Do they get rid of unnecessary characters?

    Is a copy editor a completely different thing? Like, is there someone who just goes in and checks for grammar, spelling, etc.?

  4. Robert Fringston says:

    What is the average number of books printed in the first publication of a new book?

    What determines if you make a second or further printing of the book?

  5. Rondi Olson says:

    How has the economy been for children’s books? Did things hold steady during the downturn? If not, have things been picking up lately?

    What are you looking for right now in terms of acquisition? What trends are you seeing in children’s books, especially YA?

    And most importantly, has Razzle fully recovered from his bad day?

  6. Heather says:

    Do you guy have any friends who are Mole-people? Because if you do, I want IN.

  7. Hallie says:

    What does the future look like for Greenwillow? What will be the same and what will be different in a year, five years, ten years?


  8. Jaime Temairik says:

    Snacks. I want to know what everybody’s chomping on when they are making books.
    More test kitchen posts.
    Thumbnail sketches or dummies would be amazing to see.
    The stages of a cover or page spread being designed.
    More tea towel winning opportunities.
    All the posts so far have been aces!

  9. Peggy says:

    Will there be a new tea towel?

    What IS a verb of utterance and when are they best (and when should the never) be used?

  10. Tracy says:

    How many books does Greenwillow typically acquire each year? And how many by debut authors?


  11. cindy says:

    why leaped and not leapt? =)

    what are some
    favorite reading genres for
    the greenwillowites.

    also, for mwt, i’m curious to know
    who is narrating the rest of her
    books in the series???? 8) hee!

  12. Maria says:

    Which is harder to edit, a picture book or a chapter book?

    What authors and illustrators would you like to work with in the future?

  13. Chersti says:

    How can I get added to a list to get an ARC for the next Megan Whalen Turner book to review on my blog?

  14. Jen Hayley says:

    What is the cover process like? Do you ever do photo shoots for covers?

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