Guest Blogger: Reflecting on Creating “The War at Home” Series

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By John McEveety Woodruff *Note: The following contains spoilers for The War at Home series* , like many projects, started out as a completely different concept. When folks ask me how long the trilogy took to write, I usually say ten years, and in its current form, that is the truth. But

Our Favorite Book-To-Movie Adaptations

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By Emily Evans-Miller With Contributions by Jordan Latham It’s not every day that you hear “the movie was better than the book.” As lovers of books, we asked around the office to see what favorite movies did their book counterparts justice, at least according to the Mascot Books staff.

New Releases for November!

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Happy November! Here at Mascot, we’re thankful for all our authors and all our readers. Be sure to check out the full release list to find your next favorite book.  This month, we’ve got everything from alien fiction, to illustrated political satire just in time for the midterms. Don’t forget

Illustrator Spotlight: Stephanie Fliss

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By Emily Evans-Miller Here at Mascot, we think it’s high time to recognize the unsung heroes of the publishing community: illustrators and editors. We have an extensive network of freelance professionals who do fantastic work for our authors. This month, our featured freelance publishing professional is illustrator Stephanie Fliss!

Spooky, Scary Books

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By Emily Evans-Miller There’s only a few days left until Halloween! Here at the Mascot Books office, we’re eager for the big day–especially so we can see Bowie in an adorable costume. It’s a tradition! In preparation for everyone’s favorite mischievous time of year, we’re sharing our favorite spooky books

Q&A with Merril Hoge, Author of Brainwashed

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By Emily Evans-Miller CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) is a hot-button topic in the sports world. From the mildly concerned to the downright panicked, misinformation is spreading like wildfire. Merril Hoge, former NFL player and author of , shared what motivated him to speak out against the crowd. You contend

How to Write Successful Back Cover Copy

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By Emily Evans-Miller Last week we talked about how to design a great front cover, but the dust jacket and back cover are some of the most important real estate on a book. Back cover copy (also called flap copy) is the text that goes on the back cover

What Makes a Great Cover Design?

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By Emily Evans-Miller As much as we emphasize the importance of a book’s content, the cover is important as well. From typography, to photography or illustration, to the overall design and colors used, books really do get judged by their covers. Our blog editor, Emily, asked some of our graphic

October 2018 Featured Title: Craft Beer Country

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Every month we feature a new release that we think really shines. This month’s featured title is  by Kirk Richardson! Why We Love It With Oktoberfests in full swing all over the world, what better way to celebrate the fall season than with a book about beer? Food and beverage

New Releases for October!

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We’re officially in the swing of fall! As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, curl up with a Mascot book. This month, we’re releasing new fiction to take you on your next adventure, a sports-science exposé that will change the conversation around football, coffee table books to