Author-Tested Middle Grade Marketing Tips
We asked a number of authors to offer their insights and best advice for promoting books to young readers, both online and off. more
Reycraft Aims to Create Authentic Stories for
Launching this fall, the diversity-focused children's book line is the brainchild of publisher Sera Reycraft, whose roots in educational book publishing inspired her and her husband, Tom, to harness their editorial experience for a new publishing venture. more
Follett Launches Book eFairs
In time for the new school year, Follett Corp. is rolling out Follett Book eFairs, an online expansion of the company’s book fairs business, which debuted in fall 2017 and continues to grow. more
Adult Authors Dominate Triangle Square's Fall List
Founded in 2012 as an imprint of Seven Stories Press, Triangle Square Books for Young Readers publishes children’s books by a wide range of writers. The company’s eighth season, however, is unusual in that five out of its six books are by authors primarily known for their adult work. more
Noteworthy Picture Book and Graphic Novel Sequels: October 2019
Picture book and graphic novel sequels hitting shelves next month include a field trip in outer space, a seek-and-find family adventure, a squirrel with superpowers, and more. more
London-based Anna James's professional credits include school librarian, book blogger, and book news editor of the Bookseller. Her debut middle-grade novel, Pages & Co., which launches a trilogy, came out in the U.K. in 2018 and is due from Philomel this month. The novel introduces 11-year-old Tilly, who is transported into the pages of books. PW spoke with James about this new chapter of her career.
Q: When did it occur to you, as an avid reader, that you wanted to write your own stories?
A: Books have always been a huge part of my life. Growing up, I was fortunate to have access to wonderful school and public libraries. I wrote a lot as a child for the pure enjoyment of it, writing what we’d now probably call fan fiction. I used to insert my sister and me into my favorite stories. I think that was the early seeds of Pages & Co. in terms of imagining myself adventuring alongside my favorite characters. more
Week of September 23, 2019
Among the books hitting shelves next week are a picture book about a child who wants a pet, a middle grade graphic novel adaptation of an award-winning novel, and a book of advice for teens. more
In Brief: September 19, 2019
This week, Mariko Tamaki and Gene Yang have a super conversation; Neil Patrick Harris makes a magical appearance at the Library of Congress; Mo Willems wows on stage; Max Brallier celebrates the latest Last Kids on Earth novel; Nandini Bajpai hosts an unmatchable book launch; and Pam Berkman and Dorothy Hearst take a ride to Novato, Calif. more
Zareen Jaffery at Simon & Schuster has bought Kathryn Ormsbee's The Sullivan Sisters, the second YA book in a previously announced deal. The novel is about three estranged teenage sisters spending a miserable winter holiday together when a letter arrives, informing them of a family inheritance they knew nothing about, which forces them to band together in the face of a sinister family mystery. Publication is slated for summer 2020; Beth Phelan at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.
Lauren Knowles at Page Street has acquired Of Leaves and Stars by Joanna Meyer, a dual-perspective, gender-swapped, YA fantasy in the vein of “Beauty and the Beast.” In the story, an astronomer's son is lured into a dangerously magical wood, and finds himself falling for Seren, the tree-siren daughter of the witch who rules the forest. But the stars hold a dangerous curse, and Seren's quest to become human will lead the couple into an ancient war raging between the witch and the king. Publication is set for winter 2021; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has bought Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad. Pitched as a little bit Heathers, a little bit Miss Peregrine, the YA thriller follows a secret society of girls who discover that when they handle liquid mercury, they are able to visit long-dead people who appear in daguerreotypes. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Marly Rusoff at the Rusoff Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Harriet Low at HMH has acquired Chelsey Furedi's debut YA graphic novel, Project Nought, a story of time travel, forbidden romance, and corporate espionage, in which Ren Mittal, an unassuming high-school graduate from the year 1996, is drawn more than 100 years into the future by a time travel exchange program, where he tries to keep a low profile. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Jessica Mileo at InkWell Management handled the deal for world rights.
Elizabeth Lynch at HarperTeen has bought North American rights to Claire Eliza Bartlett's The Good Girls, a twisty feminist thriller in which three girls become the primary suspects in the murder of a fourth, but play on stereotypes in order to expose the dark truth behind the crime. Publication is slated for fall 2020; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management brokered the deal on behalf of Glasstown Entertainment.
Gina Gagliano and Whitney Leopard at Random House Graphic have acquired a middle-grade graphic novel adaptation of Tamora Pierce's (l.) fantasy classic First Test. The book introduces the character of Keladry of Mindalen, a girl who is determined to overcome both bullying and societal convention to become a knight of Tortall. Devin Grayson (c.) will adapt, and Becca Farrow will illustrate. Publication is planned for 2021; Emily Van Beek at Folio Jr. represented Pierce, and Farrow represented herself in the deal for world rights.
Sheila Keenan at Viking has bought, in a six-house auction, City of Secrets, a debut middle-grade graphic novel by DC artist and Disney animator Victoria Ying. The fantasy with a steampunk sensibility tells the story of a lonely orphan boy guarding a secret in a puzzle-box of a building, who's befriended by the spunky daughter of the building's owner. Protecting the secret thrusts the friends into a world of thuggish villains, secret societies, and murder and mayhem. Publication of the first book is set for summer 2020; Heather Flaherty at the Bent Agency negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.
Julie Rosenberg at Razorbill has acquired A Totally Awkward Love Story co-author Lucy Ivison's middle grade debut, The House of Serendipity. The story follows an impoverished young lady's maid and the impetuous daughter of an eccentric duke and duchess who discover that their talent for dressmaking has the power to shake up the debutante season... and get them into heaps of trouble. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency did the two-book deal for North American rights.
Andrea Colvin at Little, Brown has bought, in a preempt, world rights to Tori Sharp's middle-grade graphic memoir Just Pretend, and a second book. Tori has never lived in just one world. She's got her mom's house, her dad's house, school, and, best of all, books. And it's books—and the stories she makes up in her head—that Tori will turn to when everything else around her seems to be crumbling. Publication is slated for spring 2021; Brent Taylor at Triada US brokered the deal for world rights.
Mallory Kass at Scholastic has acquired Zoraida Córdova's middle grade debut, The Way to Rio Luna. Eleven-year-old Danny Monteverde discovers a magical book at the library that holds a map to an enchanted fairyland, and the key to reuniting with his missing sister. Along with unlikely friends—a runaway jackalope prince and a bookworm named Glory—Danny's adventure takes him from New York to Ecuador to Brazil, racing against time and the greatest threat the magical realm has ever known. Publication is set for summer 2020; Adrienne Rosado at Stonesong handled the deal for world rights.
Calista Brill at First Second has bought Blue, Barry, & Pancakes by Dan Abdo (l.) and Jason Patterson, a graphic novel series featuring three friends (a bunny, a worm, and a frog) who have adventures driven by their very different personalities. Publication will begin in 2021; Erica Rand Silverman at Stimola Literary Studio negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Alex Arnold at Quirk has acquired, in a four-book deal, Beth Beckman (l.) and Holley Maher's Little Kid, Big City series. Based on Beckman's website of the same name and illustrated by Maher, the interactive travel guides aim to inspire curious young minds to imagine, create, and navigate their own itineraries across the biggest cities in the world. Publication of the first two titles is set for spring 2020; Stephen Barr at Writers House did the deal for world rights.
Simon Boughton at Norton Young Readers has bought world English rights to debut author-illustrator Jashar Awan's picture book What a Lucky Day!, in which a group of new animal friends confront some old myths after a day of fishing together. The book aims to be a useful tool for talking to children about assumptions and stereotypes. Publication is planned for fall 2020; Erica Rand Silverman at Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal.
Tamar Brazis at Viking has acquired Moon Camp by author-illustrator Barry Gott, about a boy who hates all the traditional activities at sleepaway camp—but this camp takes place in outer space. Camp is a cosmic disaster until he realizes the sky's the limit when you discover a friend. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Christian Trimmer at Holt has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Voices of Justice by former Kentucky poet laureate George Ella Lyon (l.) with art by Jennifer Potter. The nonfiction picture book includes profiles in verse of activists who have changed the world for the better, such as Shirley Chisholm, James Baldwin, and Greta Thunberg, among others. Publication is slated for fall 2020; Brenda Bowen at the Book Group represented the author, and Susan McCabe at Lilla Rogers Studio represented the artist.
Dianne Hess at Scholastic Press has acquired world rights to Karen English's (l.) picture book, The Red Shoes, featuring young Malika who dances, runs, plays, taps, and splashes in her amazing red shoes. But one day, they begin to pinch her toes. The book explores how the much-loved shoes journey from America to Africa to become a gift for another girl. Ebony Glenn will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2020. Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the artist.
Carol Hinz at Lerner/Millbrook has bought Beyond by Miranda Paul (l.). The nonfiction picture book, written as a free verse poem, takes readers on an interstellar journey from the outer reaches of our solar system to the edge of the observable universe. Sija Hong will illustrate in her U.S. debut; publication is planned for spring 2021. The author represented herself in the deal for world rights, and Stacey Endress at Illustration Ltd. represented the illustrator.
Michelle Bisson at Capstone has acquired world rights to Patrick's Pink Tights, a picture book by Kristen McCurry (l.). The story centers on a boy who loves his sister's tights, which are perfect for pretend play. That is, they're perfect until something happens to them—and some quick thinking is needed to save the day. Addy Rivera Sonda will illustrate; publication is scheduled for fall 2020. The author represented herself, and the Astound Agency represented the illustrator.
Christy Cox at Little Bigfoot has bought world rights to The Heart of the Storm by Sharon Mentyka (l.), a picture book biography of WNBA player Sue Bird, who plays for the Seattle Storm. Ellen Rooney will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2021. Both the author and the illustrator were unagented.
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Manhattanville College is hosting “The Story of Owl Moon,” a panel commemorating the 1988 Caldecott-winning classic written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by the late John Schoenherr, on October 16 at 4:20 p.m. During the event, Yolen; her editor Patricia Lee Gauch; Yolen’s daughter Heidi, who stars as the book’s unnamed protagonist; Schoenherr’s wife, Judy Schoenherr; and art director Nanette Stevenson will discuss the picture book’s journey to publication. A read-aloud by Yolen will follow. The event is free and open to the public; to RSVP, email Linda Putorti or call (914) 323-3153.
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