We interrupt our regular arc of Graphic Novel TK posting to bring you our different feature: Graphic Novel TK Backmatter. Where Graphic Novel TK follows a book through its publication life from book deal to post-publication, Graphic Novel TK Backmatter focuses on specific topics in comics publishing. We’ll be sporadically bringing you featured episodes on these special topics in the months to come.
2020 and 2021 have been a very strange time in publishing — a time when the way that publishing a book works has changed rapidly and in unexpected ways. At the start of 2020, the expectation was the year would proceed as usual — and then only months later, as covid spread, authors and publishers scrambled to adjust plans as everything that would’ve been in-person shut down.
In this interview, we talked to Shannon Wright about her experience with publishing a book during covid. Shannon’s first graphic novel, Twins, came out in October 2020, and she and her publisher, Scholastic Graphix were changing and adjusting plans and processes as 2020 unfolded.
This episode was edited by Amanda Freberg.