The conference is a great place to meet your favorite librarians, book lovers, book writers, and whatnot, a fine place to socialize and talk about the business of books. It's where they fête the Newbery and Caldecott winners. It is a fine thing.
One not so fine thing the conference brought was this exchange:
Her: And if the numbers are good enough, we will send you ONE BOOK and IF WE LIKE HOW YOU HANDLE THAT TITLE YOU CAN HAVE ANOTHER ONE.
Me: (Blankly.) Oh?
Anyone who has worked with Tasha from the Kids Lit blog knows that she's a mild-mannered soul who has been seeking out some of the best in children and teen literature and blogging those books for the last five years. Before we even knew her name, tons of us knew her blog, and it was a go-to site for me before I went to the library. We know Tasha. Apparently, some publishing house reps don't... and they lump all bloggers into the same basket, and ...then they're rude to all of them.
Wow. Tasha's experience reminds us: that... a.) book blogging isn't a blog popularity issue, and b.) children's literature librarians and bloggers do this because we love books, and c.) we're independent reviewers. We read what we want, and we say what we want.
Right now, I'm glad Tasha is saying "NO" to the publishing company that expected her to kiss feet and beg to be allowed to do reviews their way so that she could pleasepleaseplease have another book.
Meanwhile, Charlotte already has the lowdown on the next Kristin Cashore book. Only seventeen months til publication! I kind of have to laugh at our long-term enthusiasm. I love that we're all waiting like this. Cashore is an evocative storyteller.
Another thing to anticipate and enjoy is the novelization of Cory Doctorow's latest book, MAKERS, in current serialization at Tor.com before coming out in print this November. How cool is that?
Everything Yat Yee knows about writing, she learned in the garden. I'm honestly not sure where those two snakes come in, though.
And finally: Quirk Publishing. Jane Austen. And... sea life. You loved Jane with the Zombies. Now, there's more to love. I posted the trailer yesterday... and am still completely bewildered.
Whose bizarre idea were these books!?