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Behind-the-Scenes: An author and editor discuss the collaborative process of creating a novel

Date(s) - 10/16/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Behind-the-Scenes: An author and editor discuss the collaborative process of creating a novel

October 16th, 2020, 7pm Mountain Time

Award-winning author Alexandra Diaz and Senior Editor Sylvie Frank share the start-to-finish process of making a novel, from the idea to the bound book—and everything in between. They’ll take a deep dive into the brainstorming, editing, and copyediting process. And for bonus content, Alexandra will discuss the process of translating her own novels from English into Spanish.


Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor

Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster

Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. She is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by John Parra; The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz; and OCDaniel by Wesley King. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for kid-focused, snappy picture books and literary, character-driven middle grade. She is drawn to original and diverse voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running while listening to audiobooks.



Alexandra Diaz, Award Winning Author

Alexandra Diaz is the author of The Only Road, which was a Pura Belpré Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and the recipient of two starred reviews. She is also the author of Of All the Stupid Things, which was an ALA Rainbow List book and a New Mexico Book Award finalist, The Crossroads, and Santiago’s Road Home. Alexandra is the daughter of Cuban refugees and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but got her MA in writing for young people at Bath Spa University in England. A native Spanish speaker, Alexandra now teaches creative writing to adults and teens. Visit her online at



Alexandra Diaz will critique the first ten pages of a limited number of middle-grade and young adult manuscripts. The critiques will be written, with a 10 minute Zoom consultation. Please no horror or disturbing paranormal. Critiques are open to members only.

Submissions are due by Oct. 2nd.


New Mexico Authors & Illustrators Picture Book Launch Party

Following the conversation with Alexandra and Sylvie, a panel of New Mexico authors and Illustrators will discuss their newly published books: Melinda Beavers, illustrator; Jenny Sue Kostecki, author/illustrator; Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author; Caroline Starr Rose, author. Please join us to celebrate the launch of these great books and learn more about these authors and Illustrators, their process, and experience. Free Event!


Melinda Beavers, Illustrator


Jenny Sue Kostecki, Author/Illustrator

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Author


Caroline Starr Rose, Author