• Join the National #RamadanReads Campaign

    When novelist & #WeNeedDiverseBooks co-founder Aisha Saeed walked into her local Barnes & Noble ten days ago, she was surprised & thrilled to see a Ramadan book display for children. She wanted to buy all four books displayed but after chatting with the bookseller, she realized that those were the only books in stock. If… Continue Reading

  • Should I Use Twitter to Promote My Book?

    Welcome to  story and chai’s “Ask an Author.”  Here, we’ll respond to questions we’ve received about the writing and publication process, as well as new questions, which you can ask us on twitter, Facebook, or through email (jazobair AT comcast DOT net).  Sometimes we’ll ask other authors to “guest answer” your questions as well. We hope this is… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part IV

    We are so grateful to Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery for her kindness and generosity in sharing so much insight and advice with us during this Q&A series. Aisha had one last request for Zareen, which was to share culturally diverse books from her or Simon & Schuster’s list. We’re sure you’ll recognize some favorites,… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part III

    Welcome to  the third part of our four-part Q&A series on diversity in publishing with Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery. You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here, and Part 4 here. *** Aisha: For others who wish to follow in your footsteps, what advice would you offer to readers who may… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part II

    Welcome to  the second part of our four-part Q&A series on diversity in publishing with Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery. For Part 1, please click here. For part 3, please click here. For part 4, please click here. *** Aisha: When it comes to widespread commercial success, I’ve read that culturally diverse books face… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part I

    We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery to story and chai! Zareen was kind enough to respond to Aisha’s questions about diversity in publishing and to offer advice for aspiring editors and writers. We’ll  be posting parts of the interview all week, so stay tuned! ***  Zareen Jaffery: Thank you so much… Continue Reading

  • Prose Economy

    by Tracy Strauss When we’re sending out our work for possible publication, we are often required to submit our stories and essays within a specific, limited word count. How can we shape or carve or whittle down a longer work into one that will fit the submission guidelines of a particular publication, and still retain… Continue Reading