Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Weekly Scratch: A Deal, Biz News, Best Sellers, Awards

Hi, folks, great stuff from Andy Sherrod at our monthly Schmooze.  I hope that you are writing your heart out.  Here's a link to some interesting articles provided by James Frey, the guy that wrote the book on the fictive dream.  Don't forget to send in your SCBWI WIP grant applications!


From Publisher's Lunch 3/1/2011: Simon & Schuster editor and Columbia MFA grad Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel THE AGE OF MIRACLES, about an eleven-year-old girl and her family who wake one morning in their modest suburban home in California, to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow, setting a suspenseful family drama of the lows and highs of a girl's adolescence and a poignant story of first love against this looming global disaster, to Kate Medina at Random House, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2012, by Eric Simonoff at William Morris Endeavor (US).


From PW (3/1/2011):  Bloomsbury USA had its best year ever in 2010 with profits up 160% to 1.3 million pounds ($2.1million) before central charges of 200,000 pounds. Sales rose 1.6% to 19.1 million pounds ($31 million). Sales were led by The Finkler Question, backlist sales, three children’s bestsellers, right sales and e-books. E-book sales totaled $2.3 million for all of Bloomsbury with two-thirds of that coming from the U.S. In the first month Finkler was on sale in the U.S., 42% of sales were from e-books.

From Pearson to its investors:  Penguin will face another year of fast-changing industry conditions, driven by the rapid growth of both digital sales channels and digital books, and by the resulting pressures on physical bookstores. After particularly strong competitive performance and financial results in 2010, we expect Penguin to perform in line with the overall consumer publishing industry this year, while we continue to adapt the business to these industry changes.

"Words of Advice" c  "We asked a number of industry veterans about the best piece of advice they received when first entering publishing, and what advice they have for those just starting out today."


NY Times Bestselling Picture Books, the week begining Feb. 27, 2011.
NY Times Bestselling Chapter Books, the week beginning Feb. 27, 2011.
NY Times Bestselling Paperback Books, the week beginning Feb. 27, 2011.
USA Today bestsellers based on sales through Feb. 20, 2011.


Shaun Tan, children's book author and movie animator, wins the 2011 Academy Award for Animated Short.
Check out the film here!  Really worth your time.  It's weird and wonderful.  

I hope something here is helpful or inspiring here. See you next week with more scratch. 

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