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Beautiful People (Wendy Holden’s, not Marilyn Manson’s)

March 29, 2010 blog, Some Edited Titles in Print Comments Off on Beautiful People (Wendy Holden’s, not Marilyn Manson’s)

This week, I’m finishing up a proofreading job for Sourcebooks Landmark by the talented Wendy Holden, and it occurred to me that this amazing author’s first book to come out from Sourcebooks Landmark (though previously published in the UK) is coming out in April.

So, yes, I did actually proofread Beautiful People for Sourcebooks, but that’s not actually going to stop me from buying this book and placing it on my shelf as well. Chick lit has become a derogatory term in recent years, and though some remain embarrassed to love anything in this genre, I embrace it, especially when it is populated with flawed yet lovable heroines, shallow villains whose downfalls give you delightful schadenfreude, and witty dialogue. … Continue Reading

Everyone Loves Perfect Timing (by Jill Mansell, not the David Lee Roth song)

January 11, 2010 blog, Some Edited Titles in Print Comments Off on Everyone Loves Perfect Timing (by Jill Mansell, not the David Lee Roth song)

In this fresh and funny contemporary romance by bestselling author Jill Mansell, Poppy Dunbar’s whole life gets turned upside down after a chance encounter. This was the fourth Jill Mansell book Sourcebooks hired me for; the assignment was to get this romp ready for its stateside edition, which included Americanizing (to a certain degree) pop-culture references and some punctuation, while maintaining some British spelling and grammar to keep its tone accurate.

I love Jill Mansell’s work and highly recommend it; keep an eye out for her upcoming novel, Rumor Has It, which will be released in the US in May 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (and which I had the joy of working on as well). ~Gretchen

Pub. Date: November 2009
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 431
ISSN: 9781402226748
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8

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