Wednesday Writing: Be Prepared!

(Sorry, Boy Scouts, debut writers need this motto more than you!)

If you are an avid follower of my blog you will notice two things: One, that my last post was exactly two Wednesdays ago. Two, that this post is very short. Both of these relate to today’s writing tip: Get all your auxiliary materials together before your editor asks for them… otherwise you will be a stressed squirrel!

GOLDEN BOY officially went into copyediting last Wednesday (hence the lack of posts up to then)… however, this prompted a flurry of activity that, though I should have been expecting it, I had not anticipated (hence the lack of posts since then).

Often with one-to-two day turnarounds, I have had to produce:

  • a fact-check of my catalogue copy
  • my official author photo (which, luckily, I had taken a while ago!)
  • my acknowledgements
  • my author’s note
  • my glossary
  • my dedication

Yikes! So, the moral of my story is: get this stuff together before they ask for it!

About Tara Sullivan

Author of GOLDEN BOY (2013), THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (2016), and TREASURE OF THE WORLD (2021). Published by Penguin Books for Young Readers Find out more at Or, follow me on Twitter: @SullivanStories
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