During BEA last week, middle grade books got some extra attention with their first ever Buzz Panel. Since I’ve never attended BEA (someday!!) I didn’t realized that there wasn’t a buzz panel before now. Young Adult books, of course, get plenty of attention. I’m glad to see that middle grade is getting noticed, too.
And what were they buzzing about? New books by Matthew Kirby (I interviewed him here) and N.D. Anderson look amazing. And YA author Lisa McMann will be introducing a new middle grade series that sounds very promising. Publisher’s Weekly has a full article about the buzz panel here.
You may have noticed that a growing number of literary agents are helping their clients e-publish. Now Bloomsbury is taking advantage of the trend. They’ve formed an imprint that will work with literary agents to create e-book and print-on-demand editions of books where the rights have reverted back to the author. The imprint, Bloomsbury Reader, will launch in September with 500 titles. Publisher’s Weekly has the full article.
Stories of self-publishing success keep making big news. But the Washington Post ran an article about the self-publishing “gold rush” with this quote from Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords: “We have less than 50 people who are making more than $50,000 per year. We have a lot who don’t sell a single book.” So much for a gold rush. Read the full story at the Washington Post.
Starting June 23, you’ll be able to download two FREE audiobooks every week through August 17. Some of the free titles include Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (who I was thrilled to interview last year), Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Storm Runners, the newest title from Roland Smith (I interviewed him here). Get the full list of audiobooks and links for downloading at School Library Journal.