Author Archives: danielnayeri

About danielnayeri

Daniel is the author of HOW TO TELL A STORY and STRAW HOUSE, WOOD HOUSE, BRICK HOUSE, BLOW. He is also the Director of Children's Books at Workman Publishing. He got his start in publishing as a Literary Agent. This site was created to answer any questions readers might have about books in one place. If you have a question, please email Daniel.Nayeri at gmail.

The Censorship of Noise

To continue the “Here’s a question” series, I wanted to talk about an essay by Lester Asheim, the former dean of the University of Chicago graduate library school, and president of the ALA, noted the practical similarity between gatekeepers like … Continue reading

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What Can Save May Also Harm?

I decided to start a series over on the CBC Diversity blog called, “Here’s a question,” because during our meetings, I sometimes raise my hand and say exactly that. I do try to emphasize the question, because I’m not particularly … Continue reading

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How I Got Into Publishing

Last year, I joined the newly created Diversity Committee of the Children’s Book Council. I’m sure I’ll talk more about it, but for now, I wanted to cross post a few pieces I did for the blog. I couldn’t be … Continue reading

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School Visits!

I am SO excited to unveil my School Presentation. This is the interactive dog & pony show I do at schools whenever I speak about storytelling conventions and genre writing. I hope you like it! Obviously, if you’re a teacher, … Continue reading

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Biblioklept Interview

Had a great time interviewing with Biblioklept. Somehow I let this inappropriate gem about the censorship issue get past my own internal censors: “I think both sides of the argument are often concern-trolling-—one side saying kids shouldn’t hear the f-word, … Continue reading

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Alison Bechdel

An interview of Alison Bechdel about her process–which seems to be part shaman, part craftsman. She’s a fascinating creator. Here’s the original link. Interview by Hilary Chute.

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Interview with

An interview with Mary Kole at! She calls me a “renegade,” which makes me feel like this guy: I’m probably more similar to the kid in Mary’s banner, though. Except for being a girl and all. On second thought, I … Continue reading

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