Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Weekly Scratch: Boy Books, Passage, New Horizons, World View, Deals

Hi folks, I'm speaking tomorrow about how to connect your work with the children's market at 10 am at the Barnes and Noble in College Station, TX.  


Publishers continue to scramble to find a way to get boys reading. Are you thinking about the Holy Grail of children's writing? Here is an interesting article in the Washington Post.


A new imprint for the preschool set -- Abrams' Appleseed will publish 8 to 12 titles a year. Reported 3/24/11. PW.

"WingedChariot is the latest digital partner for Walker...WingedChariot, already known for its pioneering work in the digital picture book publishing arena, will work with Walker to produce interactive apps based on Walker's award-winning, best-selling children’s book properties."  Press release from Bologna CBF.

Do you know what the Bologna Children's Book Fair is about?  This book fair is really about the global market. Check it out if you want to a world-view perspective. Some highlights:  Arab publishers at the fair.
Taiwanese illustrators at the fair, and more good news for Shaun Tan. He won a Oscar for his short THE LOST THING and now he's won the Lindgren Award.   Reported 3/29/2011, PW.


Dianna Wynne Jones, author of over 40 fantasies -- many for children, passed away on March 26.  Her wild imagination and wit will be sorely missed. Here's a nice article in THE TELEGRAPH if you want to read more.


Are you interested in getting an agent?  Here is an article about a YA author that just made such a leap and is now happily published. From GalleyCat, 3/29/2011.

Self publisher Amanda Hocking, Kindle phenom, just landed a traditional publishing deal.  Read about it in THE NEW YORKER book blog.

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