Amazon has launched a dedicated publishing website…
Beginning with this weekend’s Book Expo America in New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, THE PENGUIN BOOK TRUCK AND PUSHCART will be making their way to book-related events, festivals, and more, stocked with books from all Penguin Group imprints. Offering readers choices on the go from a wide selection of titles by authors ranging from Patricia Cornwell to John Green, Elizabeth Gilbert to Khaled Hosseini, Nate Silver to Sylvia Day, as well as Penguin Classics. Be on the lookout for the Penguin Book Truck at locations near you!
Inspired by the design of the classic New York City hot dog cart, the Penguin Book Pushcart will be transported by the Penguin Book Truck to various locations including bookstores, parks, beaches, sidewalks in shopping districts, summer theaters, and green markets.
WRITERS in the Highlands and Islands have a unique opportunity to gain vital insights and information on the latest trends in children’s publishing and what publishers are currently looking for, at two events in Inverness hosted by two of the industry’s leading figures.
Kate Wilson, managing director of highly innovative and original children’s publisher Nosy Crow, and Kathryn Ross of Scotland’s leading literary agency for children’s authors Fraser Ross Associates, will lead the sessions on Wednesday 5th June at the Mercure Hotel, Inverness.
In recognition of a commitment to bringing exciting and original books from around the world to the UK b small publishing have been awarded a publishing grant from the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.
The grant has been awarded in support of a new title – Creative Hand Art – due for publication in August this year.
As part of their autumn programme for 2013, b small will be publishing activity books from France, Chile and Korea. This is a new direction for the independent children’s publisher intended to complement their existing and continuing commitment to foreign language publishing, with a focus on culturally diverse activity books.
“This grant is a reassuring vote of confidence in our work and we’re extremely proud to be collaborating with LTI Korea. Our forward programme is made up of a healthy mix of foreign and home-grown titles, all of which embraces the idea that activity books can be artistic and inspiring whilst remaining fun and affordable.” – Sam Hutchinson, Director
There are eight books longlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Follow the link for a Guardian Gallery of the book jackets with descriptions…
• The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond, Walker Books
• After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross, Oxford University Press
• Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books
• The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Puffin Books
• Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, Faber and Faber
• Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead, Andersen Press
• The Wall by William Sutcliffe, Bloomsbury Publishing
• A World Between Us by Lydia Syson, Hot Key Books
An 8-slide Guardian gallery
Cartoonist Posy Simmonds has been keeping sketchbooks since she began her weekly Guardian strip in the 70s. Here she talks us through some of her pages, and explains why Princess Diana had exactly the come-hither eyes she was looking for
Nikon D3 Endurance Test
Ruggedness is often a characteristic that’s touted in new camera announcements, but exactly how rugged are flagship DSLRs? French Nikon photographer site Pixelistes recently decided to find out by torture testing a Nikon D3s.
The LIANZA Children’s Book Award 2013 Finalists:
LIANZA Junior Fiction Award – Esther Glen Medal
• The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A tale of Fontania by Barbara Else, (GECKO Press)
• Drover’s Quest by Susan Brocker, (HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd)
• When Empire Calls by Ken Catran, (Scholastic NZ Ltd)
• Red Rocks by Rachael King, (Random House New Zealand)
• The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate de Goldi, (Random House New Zealand)
• Lightening Strikes: The Slice by Rose Quilter, (Walker Books Australia)
LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award
• My Brother’s War by David Hill, (Penguin NZ)
• The Nature of Ash by Mandy Hager, (Random House New Zealand)
• Marked by Denis Martin, (Walker Books Australia)
• Earth Dragon, Fire Hare by Ken Catran, (HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd)
• Snakes and Ladders by Mary-anne Scott, (Scholastic NZ Ltd)
LIANZA Illustration Award – Russell Clark Award
• The Dragon Hunters by James Russell, illustrated by Link Choi, (Dragon Brothers Books Ltd)
• Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Gavin Bishop, Gecko Press)
• Kiwi: The Real Story by Annemarie Florian, illustrated by Heather Hunt, (New Holland Publishers Ltd)
• Blue Gnu by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Daron Parton, (Scholastic NZ Ltd)
• Melu by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly, (Scholastic NZ Ltd)
• A Great Cake by Tina Matthews, (Walker Books Australia)
LIANZA Non Fiction Award – Elsie Locke Medal
• At the Beach: Explore & Discover the New Zealand Seashore by Ned Barraud and Gillian Candler, (Craig Potton Publishing)
• Eruption! Discovering New Zealand Volcanoes by Maria Gill, (New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd)
• 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa by Simon Morton and Riria Hotere, (Te Papa Press)
via 2013 Lianza Children’s Book Award Finalists | Scoop News.
Who are you, and what is your job title?
Hello! I’m Katie and I work in UK Sales at Headline Publishing. My job title is Digital Sales Executive and I’m responsible for the day to day running of some of our key digital and audio customer accounts, as well as assisting with online and high street customer accounts too.
Describe an average day
An average day for me would include running reports to see how many books we’ve sold, preparing presentations and sales materials for forthcoming customer meetings, corresponding with customers about new titles and possible promotions, processing orders and checking that our books are displaying correctly on retailer websites.
It’s really exciting working in digital sales as it’s a growing and changing area, and it’s brilliant to see how many different ways people can now read books – from print, to ebooks and audio downloads too.
One of my favourite parts about my job is presenting new titles to our customers and being able to talk about all the fantastic books we will be publishing! We generally present titles about 3-4 months in advance, so right now we are talking about summer books but are also just starting our Christmas highlights too.
We make sure our customers have as much information as possible about our books in advance of publication – in meetings we’ll describe the books to our customers and tell them about any significant information such as publicity and marketing, as well as details about the author too, and will give proof copies of the books we present to our customers to read.
Between the whole sales team we sell our books to all of the major UK high street bookshops, supermarkets, online and digital retailers, as well as independent bookshops, wholesalers and international customers too.
Pick your favourite YA book
My favourite YA read is actually a Headline book that hasn’t been published yet – Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (which is out in August, and available for pre order). It opens on Leonard’s 18th birthday and he has five presents to give away – four are for people who have been influential in Leonard’s life and the fifth is a present for himself – his grandfather’s WWII gun. He plans on giving all of the presents away before shooting his former best friend, and then himself. I won’t give the rest of the story away but this is a really special book with an amazing character in Leonard Peacock – it’s a brilliant read that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading. I also loved Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne as it was a really compelling read that left me guessing right to end, and I’ve just started reading Wonder by RJ Palacio and am totally absorbed by August’s story already.
Very highly recommended, long magazine-style profile of the author Gary Paulsen, by Elizabeth Royte, who recently spent three days with him.
Paulsen was dressed, as he would be for the next three days, in black Carhartt overalls and a black long-sleeved T-shirt—half hipster, half biker. “Are you hungry?” he asked. My thoughts immediately turned to the exalted morsels of Dogsong (1985), in which Eskimo children tuck into meat that’s “red and had coarse texture and rich yellow fat. All over the children’s faces and in their hair the grease shone and they were happy with it.” Instead we headed toward a seaside restaurant, where the author had a standing order of white rice, veggies, and tofu, hold the veggies. He ordered one of the roughly eight Diet Pepsis he consumes daily.