📚🎧Live Q&A with Penguin Editor & Bestselling Author Jill Santopolo

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We are so happy to welcome Jill Santopolo, a New York Times bestselling author and editor and publisher at Philomel/Penguin Random House.

We talk about what it feels like to pitch your book when you’re already in the industry, how to find experts on exactly what you need to know for your world building and historical accuracy, and how to keep tension when half your story is set in the past.

We loved this time with Jill, and hope you will too.

This was recorded in front of our Member Lounge, https://manuscriptacademy.com/member-lounge. Many thanks to Kristin Kurian at Penguin for helping us set this up.

Jill Santopolo is the internationally best-selling author of Stars in an Italian Sky, Everything After, More Than Words and The Light We Lost, which was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and has been optioned for film. Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages and have been named to the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Apple, and Indie Bound bestseller lists. She is also the author of the Alec Flint Mysteries, the Sparkle Spa series, and the Follow Your Heart books.

Jill holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. She is the publisher of Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, where she edits many critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and best-selling books including She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, Girling Up by Mayim Bialik, Calling All Minds by Temple Grandin, Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Rafael Lopez, and Superheroes Are Everywhere by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Mechal Roe. Jill has worked as a thesis advisor at The New School in their MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and was on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course. She was also an adjunct professor at McDaniel College, where she helped develop the curriculum for their certificate program in Writing for Children. Jill has traveled all over the U.S.—and to Canada and Europe—to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in Washington, DC and New York with her husband and daughter.