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the Book Friends Forever Podcast

Children's book publishing’s secrets are revealed as we listen in on fascinating, unguarded, insider discussion from two uniquely qualified best friends: award-winning author/illustrator Grace Lin, and one of NYC’s top editors, Alvina Ling. Go behind the scenes of kid lit and catch a glimpse of the lives of the best-selling author and editor, and the relationship between them.

Episode 5: Public Speaking!

Episode 5: Public Speaking!

Grace and Alvina talk about their weeks—Grace was sick and lost her voice! Alvina had a busy week with Sales Conference.

Grace and Alvina talk about how Sales Conference at a publishing company works, and how author Chris Colfer joined them as a guest.

They take a trip down memory lane and remember when Grace was the LBYR guest to the Sales Conference for A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR.

Grace and Jake Tapper at the Hachette Book Group Sales Conference

Grace and Jake Tapper at the Hachette Book Group Sales Conference

And for “what’s on their minds,” Grace and Alvina talk about and how they’ve both developed as public speakers when it doesn’t come naturally to either of them. They talk about how much they prepare and practice. Alvina talks about how she overcame her fear of public speaking by attending the Landmark Forum!

Alvina speaking at some conference or another…perhaps SCBWI.

Alvina speaking at some conference or another…perhaps SCBWI.









Grace speaking at some place or another!

Grace speaking at some place or another!

They end with what they’re grateful for. Grace is grateful for her voice back, and is grateful for feeling healthy after being sick. Alvina is also grateful for her health, and feels like she’s in the best shape of her life.

Books and authors mentioned: A TALE OF MAGIC by Chris Colfer, INTERNMENT by Samira Ahmed, Jake Tapper, Malcolm Gladwell, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (AND A FEW WHITE LIES) by Justina Chen, A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR by Grace Lin

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Grace’s TEDx talk that was referenced in the podcast:

Work-Life Balance

Episode  4: What success means to us, and we remember Grace’s first novel, the Year of the Dog

Episode 4: What success means to us, and we remember Grace’s first novel, the Year of the Dog