Who’s Moving Where?

If you haven’t seen this amazing resource, created and maintained by editor Harold Underdown, you’re missing out. Not only does Underdown list information on staff changes in the publishing world, but he orders it by date and color codes it, too. (I know, right?) As he states, “The latest information is added at the top. Companies losing or laying off staff are coded in red, while those adding staff or filling vacancies are in green.”

Great stuff, right? There’s even more. Imprints! New imprints are listed as well, with hotlinks for more information. Once you’ve gotten all you can from that page, click around the whole site. There’s a TON of good information. This is big, people! BIG! What are you still doing here? You have work to do!

Harold Underdown, “Who’s Moving Where? News and Staff Changes at Children’s Book Publishers,” Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books: The Purple Crayon (blog), May 2017, http://www.underdown.org/chchange.htm.

WEBINAR: Finding an Agent

Did you attend the query letter session at Spring Spirit and are ready to take it to the next level? Maybe you didn’t make that session because you were busy honing another important facet of your craft but still want tips on your query. If so, check out this $10 webinar on finding an agent, hosted by SCBWI Texas.

Beyond the Query: Finding an Agent Through Conventional and Not-so-Conventional Methods with Empire Literary agent Carrie Howland.  

The webinar will be April 18 at 7pm Central time, and a recording will be available to registered attendees if you can’t make it live. Agent Carrie Howland will also do a limited number of query critiques after the webinar, so register quickly. Cost is $10 for SCBWI members, $35 for non-members. Critiques are $15. Get more information and register at the link above. Good luck!




SCBWI Books for Readers Book Drive!

unnamedSCBWI recently announced the launch of Books for Readers, its new Book Drive. The literacy initiative is meant to increase book access for readers in desperate need of books by collecting and donating books created by SCBWI members, to help promote SCBWI authors, illustrators, and their books, and to advance SCBWI’s mission as an organization of book creators and literacy advocates.
Sounds pretty great, huh? Want more info? The Books For Readers web page is up and running, so as soon as you’re done here, check it out!
BOOKS FOR READERS will have 4 phases:
Nomination, Selection, Collection, and Celebration!

To begin, SCBWI asks you to nominate 1- 2 local causes with readers in need in your region by downloading an entry form (located on the web page), and emailing it to your regional team by April 30, 2017.

Next, each region will review these nominations and submit their final choices to SCBWI Headquarters by May 22, 2017. Then, the selecting, collecting, and celebrating will soon begin!

To learn more about how SCBWI will be selecting the 1-2 final recipients, how the collecting will transpire, and about all the celebrating at the recipients’ venues, visit Books for Readers!


New Imprints!

Tons of new imprints have popped up over the last few months. (Okay, there are six, but it feels like tons.) With missions and focuses ranging from picture books on health and healing to mythological middle grade, you might just find the perfect fit for your manuscript. Dig in, and good luck!

Rodale Books is launching Rodale Kids, to be distributed by Macmillan. Books will be 42444-v2-600xfiction and non-fiction, targeted for infant through teens, and like Rodale’s adult books will focus on health, fitness, and happiness. Ten titles are due fall 2017, with the intention of eventually reaching 30-45 titles each year. For more details, read the full article.

Rick Riordan Presents, launched by Disney-Hyperion, is intended to address the seemingly insatiable need for middle grade books about all kinds of mythology. Though Riordan won’t be writing the new books, he will be involved in curating and editing, and has agreed to provide endorsements for new titles. The imprint, which hopes to publish the first two titles in summer 2018, says the mission is to “find, nurture, and promote the best storytellers for middle grade readers.” The new imprint will focus on diverse, mythology-based fiction by new, emerging, and under-represented authors. For more details, read the full piece.

Elsewhere Editions, launched by Archipelago Books, hopes to find books with “entire universes” in the pages that both children and adults will love. Like its adult counterpart, Elsewhere Editions will focus on the beauty of the physical book as well as the story. The imprint will be run by Jill Schoolman, who began her career at Seven Stories Press. It was there she first thought of starting Archipelago, a nonprofit press focused exclusively on international titles. Schoolman hopes that Elsewhere Editions will publish “creative, innovative books from around the world.” For more details, read the full piece.

Tiger Tales, best known for picture and novelty books, launched 360 Degrees in September, a new imprint focusing on middle grade non-fiction. The Connecticut publisher, with parent ties in the U.K., says “the imprint is dedicated to creating interactive, illustrated books that explore the world from multiple angles.” For more details, read the full article.

St Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan, is launching Wednesday Books, an imprint focusing on YA and adult titles with coming-of-age themes. With first titles due in fall 2017, the imprint is looking for “bold, diverse, and commercial voices in fiction and nonfiction who speak to readers looking for stories in and beyond the YA category.” Sara Goodman, editor of noted author Rainbow Rowell, will be the editorial director for Wednesday Books. For more details, see the full article.

Penguin Teen, launched by Penguin Random House Canada, will be the new imprint for all YA titles previously published under Doubleday Canada Books for Young Readers and Razorbill Canada. First titles are expected in summer 2017. For more details and effects on imprints due to the larger Penguin Random House merger see the full piece.

Reid, Calvin. (2016, Sept. 2). Rodale to Launch a Kids’ Imprint Next Fall. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/71393-rodale-to-launch-a-kids-imprint-next-spring.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=9fb6514c0a-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-9fb6514c0a-305871045.

Corbett, Sue. (2016, Sept. 13). Disney Announces New Rick Riordan imprint. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/71466-disney-announces-new-rick-riordan-imprint.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=cc2c13f375-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-cc2c13f375-305871045.

Burnett, Matia. (2016, Oct. 6). Here, There, Elsewhere: Archipelago Books Launches a Children’s Imprint. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/71685-here-there-elsewhere-archipelago-books-launches-a-children-s-imprint.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=cff1fc8b80-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-cff1fc8b80-305871045.

Lodge, Sally. (2016, Sept. 29). Tiger Tales Adds Nonfiction Imprint. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/71615-tiger-tales-adds-nonfiction-imprint.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=02c49728e1-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-02c49728e1-305871045.

Deahl, Rachel. (2016, Oct. 12). SMP Launching Crossover Imprint, Wednesday Books. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/71734-smp-launching-crossover-imprint-wednesday-books.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=3204036b25-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-3204036b25-305871045.

Godfrey, Laura. (2016, Oct. 13). PRH Canada Launches New Penguin Teen Imprint. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/71746-prh-canada-launches-new-penguin-teen-imprint.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=3204036b25-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-3204036b25-305871045.

An Abundance of Imprints

New imprints are popping up all over!

Christopher Myers and Random House focus on underrepresented stories and worlds, California publisher Cameron + Company looks for that “classic feel,” and graphic novel publisher Papercutz gets hyper focused on tween girls.

With a little digging and a lot of luck you might just find the sweet spot for that amazing manuscript you’ve been shopping. 😉 Details and full articles are below. Good luck!

Make Me A World with Christopher Myers and Random House Children’s Books launched

Christopher Myers

Jul 7, 2016. In a Publisher’s Weekly piece by Shannon Maughan, Myers said, “I want this imprint to build worlds for young people to grow up in. Each book is a world – and there are so many worlds that have yet to be created.”

Cameron Kids from Cameron + Company is looking for books “with classic potential” that their whole team will love. The imprint not only seeks first time authors and illustrators, but also boasts the talents of editor Amy Novesky, who began her 20 year career at Chronicle Books. Read the full piece by Anisse Gross here.

Charmz by kids’ graphic novel publisher Papercutz is set to launch in May 2017. Charmz seeks “relationship driven stories” for tweens, especially girls. Brigid Alverson’s full article in Publisher’s Weekly quotes Papercutz vp of marketing, Sven Larsen: “We are looking at ages 10–13 as the sweet spot for this with the potential for it to go slightly older and slightly younger.”

Four new Charmz graphic novels, to be released simultaneously.

Maughan, Shannon. (2016, July 7). Christopher Myers and Random House Partner for New Imprint. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/70848-christopher-myers-and-random-house-partner-for-new-imprint.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=51a1983180-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-51a1983180-305871045.

Gross, Anisse. (2016, July 7). Cameron + Company Launches Children’s Imprint. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/70838-cameron-company-launches-children-s-imprint.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=51a1983180-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-51a1983180-305871045.

Alverson, Brigid. (2015, July 14). Papercutz Launches Charmz Teen Imprint for Girls. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/70907-papercutz-launches-charmz-imprint-for-teen-girls.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=7020787ade-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-7020787ade-305871045.


The Tomie dePaola Award Says Goodbye

For many years illustrators have competed for SCBWI’s coveted Tomie dePaola Award

Tomie dePaola

and 2017 is no different. The prize includes complete tuition to SCBWI’s New York Winter Conference in Manhattan, compensation for travel and accommodations, and is judged by Tomie himself.

But this year will be the last.

After 2017, the illustration award will be replaced with the SCBWI Board of Advisors Illustration Award. The new award will retain a similar structure, but will be judged by a panel. Click here for more details.

But it’s not too late to enter!

This year’s assignment is to cast yourself, as a child, in a picture book. Show your autobiographical character in a scene and make sure to convey the emotion of your character. The viewer should be able to read the emotion of the character immediately and clearly. No words or captions are allowed in the image

Submissions must be at the SCBWI home office by December 1, 2016. For complete rules and submission information, click HERE.

Kids Can Press to Launch Teen Imprint

Have a great story, told in a new voice? Check out this new imprint.

“We are looking for stories that we haven’t heard before.

Kate Egan

So we’re not looking for any particular story, or any particular genre; we’re just looking for strong stories told well in voices that feel fresh to us.” —Kate Egan. Egan is a Brunswick, Maine-based freelance editor who has worked with many major publishing houses, and was one of the editors of the blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy.

Read the full story by Laura Godfrey at Publisher’s Weekly.


Godfrey, Laura. (2016, April 14). Kids Can Press to Launch Teen Imprint. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/69966-kids-can-press-to-launch-teen-focused-imprint.html .

Sneak Peek of Keynotes for LA

Are you ready to sparkle? Get registered (or at least get on the waiting list) and head to LA for TONS of amazing information, inspiration, and FUN!

via Lee Wind at SCBWI: The Blog

SCBWI’s 45th Annual Summer Conference, July 29-Aug 1, 2016, will feature keynotes from these bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators:

Marie Lu

Sophie Blackall

Neal Shusterman

Carole Boston Weatherford

Deborah Halverson

 Ellen Hopkins 

Drew Daywalt 

Jon Klasson

Pam Munoz Ryan

Jenni Holm

Registration will go live at scbwi.org on April 19, 10am Pacific Time!

We hope to see you there.

Illustrate and Write On,

About Lee

About Lee
Completely honored and grateful to be recognized as SCBWI’s 2015 Member of the Year! I work in children’s publishing/media, but I’m not blogging here in that position. Here I’m a kid lit blogger and author, a former co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI Los Angeles, the Captain of Team Blog, and your official SCBWI blogger!

24 HOUR Open Submission for Pushkin Press

On your mark, get set…GO!

Sarah Odedina, Editor-at-Large for the children’s imprint of Pushkin Press, will be accepting unsolicited submissions for 24 hours on June 20 from 00.00 to 23.59, to coincide with the announcement of the 2016 Carnegie Medal, the UK’s most prestigious book prize for fiction for young readers.pp_logo

Authors of full length novels for 8 yrs. and above are invited to submit the first 20 pages and a synopsis.

Submissions should be sent to books@pushkinpress.com with the subject line ‘SARAH ODEDINA OPEN SUBMISSION MATERIAL’.

For more details in the full article, including the original press release, click here.

Sarah Odedina, “Calling All Authors…Open Submission Details,” The Read Quarterly (blog), June 7, 2016, http://www.thereadquarterly.com/calling-all-authors-open-submission-details/.