If you’d like to read further to learn more about other parts of the industry, it’s helpful to know about the trade and specialty media that cover various aspects of the field.
Whatcha reading? Glad to see that you’re reading the SCBWI Bulletin, which has lots of specific news you can use about the editorial and business sides of publishing for children and teens. Many of the SCBWI regional chapters also have newsletters, so you may want to consider subscribing there as well, if there is one in your area.
If you’d like to read further to learn more about other parts of the industry, it’s helpful to know about the trade and specialty media that cover various aspects of the field. Here are sites worth visiting and e-newsletters to consider signing up for.
American Libraries Direct
This is the e-newsletter of the American Library Association. It’s e-mailed once a week and gives local, national and international news about libraries and library information science and technology. It includes American Library Association press releases and other news from ALA divisions and offices. Individuals will find registration information at www.ala.org/alonline.
Senior Editor Keir Graff and editors from Booklist write about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry on the blog Likely Stories at http://blog.booklistonline.com.
A daily e-newsletter from the UK that provides links to articles and international news about the book industry. Recent issues have included stories about new technologies, trends in graphic novels, mergers and acquisitions and “the most left-behind books in a chain of travel lodge hotels in the UK.” Information is at: www.book2book.com.
Author Cynthia Leitech Smith’s popular blog features interviews with authors, illustrators and industry professionals as well as reading recommendations, publishing information, literacy advocacy, writer resources, and news about children’s and young adult literature. Subscribe at:
This daily e-newsletter is available in a free version, and it provides information on deal news and happenings in the publishing industry. Each report includes original articles, as well as stories from all over the web and from print media that are of interest to the professional trade book community. It also includes personnel news and deal announcements. There’s also a more in-depth paid version of the service, PublishersMarketplace.com, which includes the longer e-newsletter Publishers Lunch Deluxe along with access to proprietary site resources and databases. To find out more, visit: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/lunch/subscribe.html.
PW Children’s Bookshelf
This is a free weekly email newsletter from Publishers Weekly, which contains news about children’s and teen books and publishing and is a good place to go to learn more about the business. To see a sample issue, go to www.publishersweekly.com/bookshelf and click on the
most recent date. To register for the newsletter, go to www.publishersweekly.com/register.
Roger Sutton is the editor-in-chief of The Horn Book review journal. His blog, www.hbook.com/blog, gives his insights on the children’s publishing business and provides “frequently contentious” discussions of issues facing children’s book publishing today.
School Library Journal Online
The site, www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blogs.html, includes a number of blogs including “A Fuse #8 Production” by Elizabeth Bird, children’s librarian at New York Public Library, and “Nonfiction Matters” by Marc Aronson, who is an author, editor and publisher.
This free e-mail newsletter focuses on the business of bookselling. Here you’ll find news about store openings and closings, store events, which books are getting a lot of media attention, which have had movie and TV deals, and are tying in with current events. It also includes bestseller list information and general news about the publishing business. www.shelf-awareness.com. 9:10/08