Hi Fellow Readers!

A lot goes on behind the scenes before a new book enters the world. This week on Shelf Pleasure, we introduce three authors who explain some of the hard work involved. Debut mystery author Leslie Karst talks to us about her path to publishing and the benefits of working with a developmental editor (it’s a must if you want to get published!). Author Paige Shelton takes us inside the adorable bookshop in Scotland that served as the inspiration for her new series—and gives us major travel envy. And author Robin Yocum, a former investigative reporter, explains the transition from writing true crime to crime fiction.

Here are this week’s must reads:

Leslie Karst on Dying for A Taste
From finding an agent to securing a book deal, Karst walks us through the publishing process—rejection letters and all.

Beginnings By Paige Shelton
Take a trip to Scotland with Shelton who shows us the must-see bookshops. Fun fact: the city of Edinburgh has more bookstores per capita than any other city in Great Britain.

Blending Fact and Fiction
They say to write what you know. Author Robin Yocum talks about using his hometown as the setting in his new novel—and what the neighbors really think.

8 Art Books Worth A Look
Even if you think “art books” aren’t your thing, these beautiful books might be what your collection needs.

Reading Roundup: Top Banned Books
Find out the top 10 books Americans tried to ban last year and get the scoop on just how far JK Rowling and her publisher were willing to go to prevent any Harry Potter leaks.

Best New Books of the Week
Looking for a new book? Here are Shelf Pleasure’s must-reads of the week.

The Storied Life of A J KFikry

This week on Shelf Pleasure …

We’re reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. If you like books and reading as much as we do, you’ll enjoy this charming story about a youngish widower who owns a book store on fictional Alice Island. Fed up with the world around him after the death of his wife and the decline in book sales, A.J. is in for an unexpected surprise that changes his life forever. A wonderful reminder that when you open your heart great things can happen. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry manages to avoid the schmaltz while leaving you feeling good and maybe even a little hopeful.

Until next week, happy reading!