There have been several additions of agents and editors at conferences and a couple of new retreats, so please click on the links on the menu bar to go to those pages then look for the . I’ve also added three more publishers to the Independent Press Gallery: Oklahoma’s Doodle and Peck, Clean Teen Publishing from Texas, and Utah’s Shadow Mountain. More coming soon!
January is moving on, but the recovery from Hurricane Harvey continues to be a hugely time-consuming endeavor. Unfortunately, I still don’t have time to update this blog on a weekly basis. I am continuing to update all the conference pages, so please click on the links on the menu bar to go to those pages then look for the . For a while, my home page will host a new feature, an independent small press gallery. (I’ll try to come up with a catchy name later.) Like the Book Friends Bookshop, this will be a never-ending work in progress, as new presses bravely step forward.
Most books in brick-and-mortar stores are from the big five publishing houses and well-known mid-size publishers from the east and west coasts. But all across the United States, small presses are giving voice to authors whose stories won’t get a chance from the bigger houses but may resonate with readers across the middle of the map. All books shown in this gallery are by authors in the Book Friends Bookshop. Clicking on a cover will take you to the page for that book. A link to the independent publisher is in the information box on that page. Note to writers: many (not all) of these presses are open to submissions.
If you find something you like, as well as buying it, please consider requesting it from your local library or recommend it to your local school library.
Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah! I hope all of you can be with friends and loved ones this season. We were delighted to get a bit of snow last week. Our two-year-old dog had never seen snow before. She loved it! She had a blast running and chasing around in the white stuff with our son who was home from college. Fun times 🙂
This may be the last post for 2017. Along with flood-related issues, I’ve had a number of technical difficulties with this site (as some of you have noticed). I’m far behind where I’d hoped to be in adding new authors and books in the Book Friends Bookshop, but the technical issues are dragging the whole site down. So, in the time I have to work here, I’ll be concentrating on resolving these problems.
Book Friends Spotlight
This week’s features are three seasonal books from small presses. THE SANTA THIEF is published by SparkPress in Arizona and HANUKAH and CHRISTMAS are from Capstone in Minnesota. Look here for more holiday-focused books.
Happy Book Birthday!
Penelope Wryter’s life has been a mess ever since her sister committed suicide a year ago. Now Pen’s hooked on Fix, an illegal drug that makes her feel, think, and see differently. The hallucinations are intense, but there’s one vision that keeps Pen coming back for more–Nate. He’s the only person who cares about her. Too bad he’s just a side effect of the drug. Pen knows she’s going nowhere fast. She’s desperate to change. But when she tries to say goodbye to Nate, he professes his love for her making her more confused than ever. Then, when a girl from school goes missing during a bad Fix trip, Pen realizes she may be in a lot more danger than she ever imagined. Unless Pen straightens up and faces reality quick, she might be the next missing girl on the list.
WHERE ARE ALL THE FLOWERS?
Katie gets flower bulbs from Nana for her birthday. She helps Mama plant them. Everybody keeps talking about her flower bulbs, but Katie doesn’t see any flowers. She keeps wondering where they are.
Will Katie ever get to see the flowers? Join her as she waits and wonders about the miracle of growing things.
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FEBRUARY 16-18: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA
AGENTS: Jenny Herrera—David Black Agency; Kaitlyn Johnson—Corvisiero Literary
APRIL 12-15: PATHWAY TO PUBLICATION, MADISON, WI
AGENT: Dawn Michelle Frederick—Red Sofa Literary
APRIL 28-29: AUSTIN SCBWI WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS WORKING CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX
EDITORS: Alvina Ling—VP, Editor in Chief,Little, Brown BFYR ; Mallory Kass—Senior Editor, Scholastic
ART DIRECTOR: Lucy Cummins—Simon & Schuster Art Director
AGENTS: Marcia Wernick—Wernick & Pratt Agency; Sarah La Polla—Bradford Literary Agency
APRIL 12-15: PATHWAY TO PUBLICATION, MADISON, WI
Throughout the last 29 years of this conference, writers have for the most part succeeded with their goals of being published through the traditional path of pitching to and working with an agent and then securing a publisher for their books. In the past five to ten years, we have seen a shift in the many publishing options that are available to writers. Therefore, this year’s conference will feature a Pathway to Publication Keynote Panel on Saturday morning. Representatives from both a traditional agency and self-publishing companies will be on hand to walk us through the advantages—and disadvantages—of each type of publishing path. You will walk away armed with much more knowledge about your book’s future.
JUNE 17-30: WRITING & THINKING WORKSHOP, LAKE FOREST, IL
Residential, Lake Forest College
High school students can join a creative community of writers who share a commitment to the work and fun of writing together in our residential summer workshop. Our program is part of a long-standing national program established by the National Writing and Thinking Network at Bard College. Supportive faculty work with students in small groups to help them develop confidence in their voices as writers. Participants learn strategies to generate fresh and compelling ideas, the kind of well-reasoned ideas first-rate colleges and universities expect from their students.