Happy Birthday to Beverley Cleary!
And how perfect that her birthday came around just in time for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The fair showcased many new books that will be out this year in the children’s and YA genres. As the next week comes around, commentaries for next year’s predictions for children’s and YA will be predicted and out for reading. In addition to all the new books, children’s awards were given out this week to very talented author, Meg Rosoff:
Taking The Long View
Pic: Beverley Cleary Born 12 April 1916
Both of these articles are good reads. As always read the comments where you get a fuller sense of the conversations around both points of view.
Two people who have much to say on publishing and writing are Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. They both keep a sharp eye on the industry and have tremendous business smarts.
Kris is starting a new Business Musings series on Contracts and specifically deal breakers in contracts. Kris starts out by saying she was hoping that contracts would have improved in the three years since she wrote her book on Contracts but sadly they haven’t. With Author Societies calling for fairer contracts in the US and UK, writers need to keep these posts in their must read list.
In the Craft Section,
In the Marketing Section,
This coming week Beverley Cleary turns 100 years old. Her books have touched the lives of millions of children around the world. We all love Henry and Ribsy, Beezus and Ramona and a whole cast of characters from neighborhoods just like ours. She has had a remarkable publishing career which started when one little boy marched up to her library desk and asked ‘where are the stories about kids like me?’
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.