Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 25, 2010

Digital Appetizers and More Additions

New ideas being employed by Children’s Publishers.  Thought you would want to know.

Publishers to Issue Digital Works Intended as ‘Appetizers’ for Novels

By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG

In a sign of how digital technology is influencing traditional book publishing, Ballantine Books and Harlequin Teen each plan to issue short standalone digital works intended to serve as “bridges” to coming novels.

On June 1, Toronto-based Harlequin Enterprises, a unit of media company Torstar Corp., intends to give away e-book copies of Julie Kagawa’s “Winter’s Passage.” The 15,000-word novella will serve as a link between Ms. Kagawa’s February debut novel, “The Iron King,” and her second teen novel, “The Iron Daughter,” which goes on sale July 27.

“The purpose is to keep her audience interested while building their excitement for the next book,” said Malle Vallik, director of digital content for Harlequin Enterprises.

Harlequin plans to offer “Winter’s Passage” at $2.99, beginning in late August.

Separately, Ballantine Books, an imprint of Bertelsmann AG’s Random House Inc. publishing arm, plans to publish in September a digital short story, priced at $1.99, from thriller writer Steve Berry. It would be the first time that the Random House Publishing Group, which includes Ballantine, has issued a digital short story as a bridge to the next book in an established series.  Read more… __________________________________________________________________________________

Today, Erica Sussman – Editor, HarperCollins; Shauna Fay –  Assistant Editor, Putnam; Karen Chaplin – Editor, Puffin; and Regina Griffin – Senior Editor, EgmontUSA all agreed to join our networking dinners this summer.

Katherine Harrison, editorial Assistant at Knopf offer to donate a full picture book critique.  You can see the complete lists of editors donating critiques, coming out to the network dinners and the post-conference dinner, byt going back to May 13th, 14th and May 21st.  I keep updating the lists.

Carolyn Yoder sent me her handout for the Historical Fiction Intensive Workshop.  We are asking the people signed up to print it out and bring it with them.  If you do not get an e-mail from Laurie Wallmark with the handout, please let me know.  Lots of great information in there.  I want everyone to be prepared.

Lot more to do in the few days that are left.  Make sure you say “Hello” when you see me running around at the conference.

Just opened a Snapple bottle.  Did you know that tigers have striped skin, besides striped fur?

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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  1. LOL Kathy, was that inside the cap? Actually, I remember hearing that 🙂

    So, what are you caffeining it up and burning the 1AM oil? Seems to be goin’ around lately!
    Donna

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    • Donna,

      I had a bad day. I called about the book order for the conference and they said, I might have to wait a few more weeks to get them. When I explained that I did not have a few more weeks, they wouldn’t even check on the order to see if they could find out. I have a call into Boyds’ Mill Press to see if they can help me. I checked Amazon and they only have one of each book. My poor heart has been jumping out of my chest since I called this afternoon. I’m holding my breath and praying. I did everything I was supposed to do and yet things happens. (Fill it the appropriate word for things).

      Kathy

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      • Oh, Kathy 😦 This is terrible. Are these the books for sale by the authors? If so, can the authors themselves make sure they have their own books for sale? I’m sure they would understand and, IMO, should be willing to step in to be sure their own books are there to sell, seeing as this is something out of your control.

        And PLEASE try to relax yourself about it. Seriously—don’t hold your breath—take some deep ones. The last thing ANYone wants is you having a heart attack! And certainly not over a stack of books! If, for any reason, if there’s no getting the books you need, is there a feasible alternative?
        Donna

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      • Donna,

        The books are for the keynote speakers. I supposed to get their books for them. The rest of the authors who are selling their books during the book fair are bringing their own books. David L Harrison is flying in from MO and he certainly could bring all his books with him. After many hours of work, I got things striaghten out. Also had to order from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

        Kathy

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      • Kathy,

        I’m so glad you were able to clear it up, though not after many hours of work *sigh* An idea crossed my mind, in case you couldn’t get the books: to have bookmarks or book plates/stickers made up (or gotten from the publishers) with the covers of the books, etc. for the keynote speakers to sign as a “companion” to the book the attendees could purchase at a later date. I thought that could be “the next best thing”, you know?

        Anyway, thank God it’s become unnecessary, but at the expense of a tremendous amount of stress and time. And you probably had to pay more through Amazon and B&N, I would think 😦
        Donna

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      • Donna,

        One week left. I wonder if I will have a day where something doesn’t go wrong? Maybe it will be during the conference.

        Kathy

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  2. Kathy,

    I REALLY hope you get some relief before the conference, and hopefully the conference will come off without a hitch.

    And honestly, even if it doesn’t and something goes wrong, regardless of what that is, there should only be understanding on the part of all who attend, including the faculty, because sometimes things happen that are beyond our control, and for sure, with all the painstaking and diligent volunteer work that goes into this, no one would be blamed. It’s the knowledge and acceptance of that that helps one breathe under pressure.

    I’ve never had the pleasure to work closely, hand-in-hand with you on something like this, but what I HAVE had the pleasure of doing is being a conference attendee these past years. I’ve witnessed the tremendous expansion, success and general elation by everyone, feeling only admiration and gratitude for you, Laurie and anyone who puts this work in for all of us.

    Last year I remember telling you, on Friday, how outstanding the conference was. You told me it wasn’t over yet and to wait to see if that was the case by the time it was over. At the end I made a point of finding you, and with even more conviction I told you what a fantastic conference it was.

    This year will be just as wonderful, perfect or not, and what comes or doesn’t come of it will be what it will be. No humans alive could put more effort into something like this than you and the other wonderful NJSCBWI cronies do. With all the eyes and hands and backs and brains, the kinks get ironed out as best they can. And for me personally, I’m feeling more satisfied knowing I’ll contribute this year, even though it’s in such a small way.

    Feel proud of yourselves, knowing you are giving your all for the jobs you’ve taken on. I know that when you take on this kind of responsibility, you take it seriously and when problems arise, they are more weighty BECAUSE of that responsibility. Regardless of who’s paying however much, and who expects whatever much, if they have the nerve to complain about ANYthing, maybe think they can do it better or would somehow have some superior, supernatural, magical control over the whole affair, as someone else stated somewhere else on your blog—let them volunteer to do it—plain and simple.

    So even if things go wrong, as long as you let yourSELF off the hook, that’s all that matters. I know it’s hard to do, but BREATHE—and take really good vitamins, drink water along with whatever you might be drinking to stay awake, and try to fit in SOME nutrition with all the probable fast food and junk you may be eating, simply because it’s easy and it’s impossible to really cook.

    It’s a good thing it’s only once a year! lol I hope there’s a part of you that’s looking forward to the conference—some aspects you get to enjoy—and that you’re not just looking forward to when it’s over because the stress will be in the past.

    Please hang in there, and if more problems arise to eat up your time, stop and think of what more you can delegate and to whom to relieve some of your pressure. God bless ALL of you!
    Donna

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    • Donna,

      Thanks! I don’t know why your e-mail bounced back. I was getting e-mails all day. Maybe it is like the phone, where the voice mail doesn’t pick up if you are dialing.

      Kathy

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      • Kathy, who knows? It could be the servers or some glitch that creates incompatibility or something. No matter if you got it 🙂
        Donna

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