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Bad On Paper

Jul 20, 2022

We’re BACK and continuing our series about how a book gets made! This week we’re chatting with Amanda Bergeron, an executive editor at Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and Carley Fortune, the author of Every Summer After


Amanda breaks down the acquisition & publication process from the editor's end, how many submissions she receives, and what leads her to choose a book to work on. Carley shares her writing process from conception to submission, how she felt when she got her initial edit letter, and how much her manuscript changed from acquisition to publishing. We also ask them about how many rounds of edits they worked through together, what happens when they disagree on a change, and what makes a successful author/editor relationship. 


Find Carley Fortune at @carleyfortune on Instagram,, and get a signed copy of Every Summer After via Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston Texas


Books Carley and Amanda are Excited about

The No-Show by Beth O'Leary

A Hundred Other Girls by Iman Hariri-Kia (Out July 26) 

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez




Paris, Perfected

Burgundy Wines!

Digit for a rainy day fund


Pod Meets World Podcast


What we read this week


Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors by Sarah Stodola

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark


Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore

The Cloisters by Katy Hays (Out November 1)

The Work Wife by Alison B Hart


This Month’s Book Club Pick: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus




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