Three Children’s Literary Blogs: One Book
And now, a public service announcement from your local blog:
What this video may fail to explain in detail is the nature of this announcement. Here are the salient facts, as we know them at this time.
1. A couple months ago I contacted Jules Danielson of the magnificent Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and Peter Sieruta of Collecting Children’s Books and asked them the following question: Would you like to write a book with me?
2. They said yes.
3. Over the next few months we hammered out a proposal, including summaries, a sample chapter, the works.
4. Having finished it, here is a quick look at what the book is about:
" . . . we take an irreverent, but affectionate, look at the world of children’s books, noting how this once niche market has, in recent years, achieved mainstream interest and appeal. The wide-ranging text examines the history of subversive books (sometimes it’s all about who gets to eat and who gets eaten), uncovers a few literary mysteries (what, exactly, is inside the real Winnie-the-Pooh’s gastro-intestinal tract?), and delivers the scoop on nasty little things that cagey writers have slipped right past their editors. We’ll also tell you which author murdered her mum and which one wrote hardcore porn. There are tales about famous feuds and lawsuits, information on banned books, and descriptions of titles that were quietly changed after publication to remove offensive stereotypes. Oh, and did you know that Courtney Love’s grandmother is an award-winning children’s writer?"
5. Happy happy very happy ending: Our book has been acquired by Candlewick. Our editor, I am also entirely thrilled to report, is even Associate Publisher and Editorial Director Liz Bicknell herself!
6. This deal was brokered by my fantastic agent Stephen Barbara, who now represents Jules and Peter, as well as myself. Stephen is brilliant, broke his back over this thing, and is even a spiffy writer in his own right. If you haven’t read his recent Publishers Weekly article, How Stephenie Meyer Cramps My Style then you are missing out.
And that is that! From our three blog platforms we cast a wide net. It’s my own little dreamteam of co-authors. Together, we are going to write a fantastic book. A book like no other out there. Keep an eye peeled for it in the future and be sure to check out their blogs for similar announcements.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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