Year of the Books: April

This month, I’m reading a 2020 debut.

Debuts definitely have a hard time right now, as we learn to operate in an online-only world. Authors have missed release parties and in-person readings—special writing firsts they’ve dream of for a lifetime. And while the writing community has rallied around each other to uplift debuts, there’s still an understandable sadness that comes with the sudden loss of a celebration.

I’m reading Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega, which released early April. I follow Ortega on Twitter, which is how I discovered this wonderful book. It’s thrilling to watch an author promo their book during pre-release. It’s unbridled and well-earned excitement. (And it’s often filled with dog and cat pictures!)

As you support your favorite indie booksellers during isolation, consider buying a debut author’s title. You can browse Twitter and Instagram using the tags #Roaring20sDebut and #debutauthor; view a publisher’s current catalog; or ask your bookseller what they’re looking forward to.

And keep an eye on the UNG Press’s social media for some upcoming debut announcements.

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About Jillian Murphy

Jillian Murphy served as the Assistant Managing Editor of the UNG Press from 2017 to 2021. She is a writer and editor who specializes in kid lit, copyediting, and lame puns. Murphy is a UNG alumna, class of 2016.

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