Why are pre-orders important for book sales and authors?

Author Andrea Bartz schools us on why it is important to pre-order books — and especially to pre-order from independent bookstores. This information appeared as a series of tweets on the Twitter. The individual tweets were threaded together by an app called Threader. Very cool, eh? ​ After reading, please consider pre-ordering a book! ——————————————————————… Read more »

Agent Linda Epstein Dishes On Rejection

No nonsense literary agent Linda Epstein offers up some thoughts about rejection. The format you see below is created through an app called Thread Reader in which all the tweets in a thread are stitched together so you can read them more easily — like a blog post. It’s pretty cool stuff. Read Linda’s thoughts… Read more »

I’m Supporting the We Need Diverse Books Campaign. How about you?

Raise your hand if you are aware of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. Many of us don’t realize how few books are either published or marketed with characters that represent diverse communities. Here are some sad stats about this: http://blog.leeandlow.com/2013/06/17/why-hasnt-the-number-of-multicultural-books-increased-in-eighteen-years/ Of course we all want to see ourselves in the books we read. But… Read more »

ALA Awards Are Up

My agent, Jodell Sadler, is posting the American Library Assocation awards rolling in today. Very exciting! Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/PictureBookLunch/posts/579170455498150

Indies need us

The following article about independent bookstores is an interesting read: http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/12-stats-on-the-state-of-bookstores-in-america-todayThe bottom line? To continue to be effective resources, indies still need our support. Walk on in and buy a book today! 

Sylvan Dell Publishing Announcement!

This just hit my inbox from Sylvan Dell Publishing!We are very excited to announce the launch of our “Fun eReader” iPad  App.  Now you can enjoy it with this 30-day free trial offer! Imagine carrying 76 ebooks to inspire reading and teach children about science and math with you wherever you go.  Now all the great things you have… Read more »

Things Are Looking Up Around Here

If you feel like it is raining rejections in your neck of the woods, pop up your umbrella and read this article about the sunny side of children’s book publishing :  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2012/09/17/sales-worth-smiling-about.html.Do you agree with this outlook?