Archive for June 2010
1 day ago by soupblog.
The CYA conference is the Children and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators Conference. It’s actually a conference for adults interested in children’s and young adults books and writing them. But now there’s something for kids, too.
The CYA conference will include a kids’ conference, called Hatchlings, aimed at children 8 – 18 years old, who are interested in writing and illustrating, or who want to meet the authors/illustrators at the conference.
There will also be book launches by Paul Collins, Jo Thompson and Aleeseah Darlison and dads are welcome to come for Fathers Day Tea!
Venue: QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove. Building Z2, Level 3.
Ages: 8 -18
When: 5 September 2010
For more info: http://www.cyaconference.com/
By Publishers Weekly Staff
Jun 29, 2010
Hachette Digital has announced three promotions and two new hires, and Penguin Group has announced a new head of its worldwide digital strategy.
After almost five years at Hachette, Neil DeYoung has been promoted to executive director of Hachette Digital. DeYoung has overseen the growth and management of Hachette’s e-book accounts, led its enriched e-book pilot program, and served as project manager for Hachette Book Group’s Web site re-launch. Liz Kessler has been hired for the newly created position of digital managing editor, reporting to DeYoung. Kessler will oversee Hachette’s Enriched Content Program and will be a liaison between editorial and IT.
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|Guest Blog: Bryan Russell on the Architecture of RevisionPosted: 28 Jun 2010 07:58 AM PDT
I’m busy trying not to melt in the New York City heat this week, and Bryan Rusell/Ink was kind enough to step in with this terrific post on revision. Bryan is Sheriff of the Forums, and blogs at The Alchemy of Writing. Enjoy!
A story is a house. We use words for bricks and wood, sentences to build and frame. Rhythm gives us a roof, diction a style. Plot gives us shape and form. We hammer and nail and build. We get drywall dust in our hair, blisters on our fingers.
And yet even when we’re done… we’re not done. We finish a house, maybe we even live in it awhile. But there always comes a time for revision.
We paint over poor choices and design flaws, whitewash those plotholes. We spruce it up. Drapes, a good color scheme. A nice polish on the hardwood floor. Clean windows. Who doesn’t like a good view?
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For creative types, the publishing business can seem confusing at best, bewildering at worst. What writers and illustrators really need is an experienced guide to take them by the hand and walk them through the publishing maze. A Crash Course in the Business of Children’s Publishing, developed by the Highlights Foundation, will do just that! During this weekend workshop, nine publishing professionals with dozens of years of experience will share their insider knowledge about the worlds of children’s books and magazines.
Workshop leader Clay Winters is president of Boyds Mills Press and has been in publishing for more than forty years. Before coming to Boyds Mills Press, he was president of Putnam/Grosset Books for Young Readers, the children’s book group of G.P. Putnam & Sons. Clay’s guest faculty will include Boyds Mills Press editorial director, Larry Rosler, and senior editor Kim T. Griswell; Highlights editors Joëlle Dujardin and Debra Hess; Highlights and Boyds Mills Press copy editor, Joan P. Hyman; Boyds Mills Press art director, Tim Gillner; and Margaret Mosomillo, Manager, Pre-media and Print Production for Highlights and Boyds Mills Press.
Faculty members will answer such questions as “How do I choose a publisher?”, “What happens when I submit my manuscript?”, “Do I need an agent?”, “What is the author’s role in book promotion?”, and “How do changes in the publishing industry affect me as an author or illustrator?”
If you’re ready to get the inside-scoop on children’s publishing, join us October 15-17, 2010, for A Crash Course in the Business of Children’s Publishing. Contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 570-253-1192 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or e-mail email@example.com.
Highlights Foundation Founders Workshops take place near Honesdale, Pennsylvania. You’ll stay in your own cozy cabin, surrounded by 1,300 wooded acres and hiking trails. Workshop fee includes individual cabins; all meals (provided by a top-notch chef); airport pickup service, if needed; and an intimate teaching setting in the living room of the Founders of Highlights for Children.
Please feel free to share this e-mail with others who might have an interest.
Kat is one of two talented ladies (Karen Collum is the other) that co-host the fun-filled and interesting #pblitchat on Twitter every Sunday night here in the USA and Monday in the land of Oz, better known to us in the USA as Australia.
One of the blogs I read on a regular basis just featured Kat. Here is a link to Kat’s ”Lights Out article. To read the rest of what Kat said about her reading when the lights were out, go to http://soupblog.wordpress.com/
To visit Kat’s website go to http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/
Lights Out!” (Kathryn Apel)
Kathryn Apel is the author of Fencing With Fear and This is the Mud. She’s here today to help us celebrate the launch of the Undercover Readers Club by sharing the books that she liked to read after ‘lights out’ when she was a child. Welcome, Kat!
What did I read after lights out when I was growing up
For my stateside readers, Soupblog is a blog I’ve been following for some time. I really like their latest venture as I was one of those kids who snuck my reading time in. I didn’t do it, reading I mean, under the covers as it might have disturbed the four other girls I shared a room with, but I did manage to find a place all my own to read in.
http://soupblog.wordpress.com/ to read more.
Welcome to day 2 of the celebrations for the launch of the Undercover Readers Club! Today Aleesah Darlison is visiting to talk to us about reading undercover. She has two books due out in 2010 – a picture book, Puggle’s Problem (out July), and junior novel, Totally Twins: Musical Mayhem (out September).
Since I have not yet had the pleasure of getting a pb book contract, there are some areas that I have little to no experience in. I’m looking for comments on how to do a book launch for an article I’m writing. Would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
*8 Good Writing Practices* By Neil Gaiman.
Special thanks to Judith Hans-Price for sharing the article with Iowa SCBWI listserv. There are few better than Neil to use as a expert in the writing field.
*8 Good Writing Practices*
2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it,
4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it
to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that
5. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for
them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they
think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
6. Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches
perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the
next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
7. Laugh at your own jokes.
8. The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance
and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule
for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So
write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it
as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that