ALA Wrap-Up

January 26th, 2009

First, of all, hooray for Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book winning the Newbery Award!! I was really impressed, not just with the award winners, but also with some of honor books, particularly for the Printz Award. Check out the whole list of winners online here.

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A conversation about yesterday’s post

January 23rd, 2009

There’s been some really interesting comments on yesterday’s post about Lev Grossman‘s article on Modern Book Publishing. I was particularly taken by Joe’s comment. “The existence of a publishing hurdle will make the accomplishment of getting published a more meaningful one when it finally comes and, beyond that, will make it more likely that I will actually enjoy some success in connecting to readers, because it keeps me from inflicting my worst work on people.” That’s really close to what I was getting at!

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Modern Book Publishing

January 22nd, 2009

There’s an interesting piece in Time Magazine this week by Lev Grossman about modern book publishing, and how the way mainstream publishing does things now is a dying breed, and that change is-a-coming.

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Following up

January 21st, 2009

We’ve all got to do it — following up. You guys are waiting to hear from an agent, and time just keeps going by, until the deadline she gave you is long since past, and you’re wondering about the protocol for reminding her. And, to draw back the curtain here a bit, I have to follow up as well.

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Big Day

January 20th, 2009

t’s a big exciting day in the world today. The official kt literary puppies and I are watching the inauguration festivities on tv, and I’ve heard from a number of editors who are also taking time off to watch the ceremony either in person or on tv.

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