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1. Shout out to Dan Santat for his book The Adventures of Beekle winning the Caldecott

Congratulations to longtime JacketFlap member Dan Santat. Dan was awarded the Caldecott for his book The Adventures of Beekle. Congratulations Dan!

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From Kirkus:
If an imaginary friend is unimagined, does it become a real friend?
Beekle (a crowned white gumdrop of lovable cuteness) lives on a fantastic island with other creatures “waiting to be imagined by a real child.” After seeing his companions leave, one by one, Beekle loses faith that he will ever “be picked and given a special name,” and so he does “the unimaginable” and ventures forth to find his friend. Upon arriving at a port city, he observes adults going about their daily lives in monochrome, dingy settings that lack any spark of color or vitality. Perspectives that often isolate the tiny Beekle in corners or surround him with large figures accentuate his loneliness. Everything changes when he arrives at a playground awash in color and sees children playing with their imaginary friends—many of whom had been on his island. But even here, he still cannot find his special friend. Feeling sad, he climbs a tree, and from his perch, he hears a voice calling to him. Lo and behold, he meets his special friend, Alice. She’s imagined him after all, as evidenced by the picture he retrieves for her, which is of himself handing her a picture. In a delightful comic sequence, the pair become acquainted, and “the world began to feel a little less strange."


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2. Just in time for Valentine's Day!

If you have Bitcoin and someone special in your life, show how much you love them by buying flowers at Bitroses.com. Use coupon code: JF2015 and receive $5.00 off your purchase at check out.

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3. Quote of the week!

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” 
- Mark Twain

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4. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Volunteer Program April 18-19, 2015

Festival of Books
April 18 - 19, 2015

Festival of Books Volunteer Program

Repost from The Los Angeles Times Website


Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
The Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: Bring together the people who create books and the people who love to read them. The Festival was an immediate success and has become Southern California's major literary event, now celebrating its 20th year! The 2015 Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 at the University of Southern California and we would love to have you join us as a volunteer.
Last year 153,500 people attended the Festival, which featured over a hundred ticketed author events, children’s storytelling, poetry readings, book signings and nearly 500 exhibitor booths.  The Festival’s success has been due in part to the generous assistance of volunteers who welcomed attendees, assisted with registration, staffed author events, supervised book signings and much more.
Some details about volunteering: 
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.  You cannot bring children under the age of 18 with you during your shift. 
  • Volunteers will receive free parking, shuttle service from the parking lot, and lunch. 
  • We will provide t-shirts for volunteers to wear and keep after the event.  (Please wear khaki, or beige pants or shorts.) 
  • The majority of volunteer activities require being on your feet for most of your shift. Please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Volunteer shifts last 3 - 4 hours, and you may sign up for as many shifts as you wish for one or both days. You may sign up for overlapping shifts and work the duration of the hours for those shifts.
  • If you're flexible as to when you can work, when you sign up online, indicate which shifts you could work, and check the box indicating you'll work any ONE of the shifts indicated. If you'd like to work multiple shifts, check the box indicating you'll work ALL shifts selected. 
  • bookwormsMost volunteer positions are assigned when you check-in on the day of event. There are a few assignemnts with special time requirements (author escorts, registration, etc.) that you can express interest in as part of the online registration process. 
If you are a volunteer with strong leadership qualities, you might be interested in our Bookworm program.  This program rewards volunteers who provide leadership and commitment above and beyond the norm. Bookworms will be selected from those volunteers who agree to serve as Area Captains for an entire day of the Festival and attend a special training session. Bookworm roles include managing panel rooms, taking charge of Information Booths, supervising volunteers at Booksignings and other leadership activities. In addition to receiving a special shirt to wear at the Festival and other perks, Bookworms will be recognized in the Festival of Books program. While most Bookworms are veteran volunteers of the Festival of Books, we will still consider your interest if you are a first-time volunteer. If you wish to be considered as a bookworm for the first time, in addition to filling out the online application linked below, please email a resume that tells us a bit about your work experience.  If selected, you will be notified by the first week in March. 
VolunteersIf you experience any difficulties registering online please email us or call the volunteer hotline at (213) 237-6503 and leave a message. Further information about the Festival of Books and other L.A. Times events is available on the Los Angeles Times Signature Events page. For any specific volunteer-related questions, e-mail Larry Deckel, Volunteer Coordinator.
After you have registered, full information about volunteering, including a map and parking passes for both orientation and the day(s) of event will be sent to you via U.S. mail the during the first week of April.
If you have already registered and find you are unable to attend and must cancel as a volunteer, please email us as far in advance as possible and let us know so we can offer your space to someone else!http://www.troutco.com/fob/

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5. Upcoming Book Events for February and March 2015 Domestic & International

United States Upcoming Book Events for February and March 2015


American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
Where: Chicago, IL
When: Jan. 30th – Feb. 3rd 2015
Web site: http://exhibitors.ala.org/

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Where: NY, NY
When: Feb. 6-8, 2015
Web site: http://www.scbwi.org/2015-annual-winter-conference-in-new-york/

San Francisco Writers Conference
Where: San Francisco
When: February 12-15, 2015
Web site: https://sfwriters.org/

West Coast Writers Conference – The Big Story
Where: Van Nuys, Calif.
When: February 20-22, 2015
Web site: www.wcwriters.com/genrela/index.html

SleuthFest 2015
Where: Orlando, Fla.
When: Feb. 26–Mar. 1, 2015
Web site: http://sleuthfest.com/

International Upcoming Book Events for February and March 2015

Cairo International Book Fair, 
Where: Cairo, Egypt
When: January - February 2015
Web site: http://www.cairobookfair.org/

Kolkata Book Fair
Where: Kolkata, India
When: January 28 –February 8, 2015
Web site: http://www.kolkatabookfair.net/information15.php

Jerusalem International Book Fair,
Where: Jerusalem, Israel
When: February 8-12, 2015
Web site: http://www.jerusalembookfair.com/

Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE),
Where: Taipei, Taiwan
When: February 11-16, 2015
Web site: http://www.tibe.org.tw/enhtml

San Miguel Writers Conference
Where: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
When: Feb. 11–15, 2015
Web site: sanmiguelwritersconference2014.org

New Delhi World Book Fair
Where: New Delhi, India
When: Feb. 14–22, 2015
Web site: www.newdelhiworldbookfair.gov.in/

Vilnius Book Fair
Where: Vilnius, Lithuania
When: Feb. 19–22
Web site: http://www.eventseye.com/fairs/f-vilnius-book-fair-4062-1.html

Brussels Book Fair
Where: Brussels, Belgium
When: Feb. 26- MARCH 2, 2015
Web site: flb.be/

Dublin Book Festival
Where: Dublin, Ireland
When: Mar. 4-6, 2015
Web site: http://joobili.com/dublin_book_festival_dublin_12850/

Leipzig Book Fair
Where: Leipzig, Germany
When: Mar. 12–15, 2015
Web site: www.leipziger-buchmesse.de/

Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre)
Where: Paris, France
When: Mar. 20–23, 2015
Web site: www.salondulivreparis.com/

Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Where: Bologna, Italy
When: Mar. 30–April 2, 2015
Web site: www.bookfair.bolognafiere.it/home/878.html

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6. THE WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS SHORT STORY CONTEST

THE WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS SHORT STORY CONTEST

by We Need Diverse Books 

The We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
We Need Diverse Books (“WNDB”) is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. WNDB is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.
WNDB is proud to announce that Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House, has acquired publication rights to the Middle Grade WNDB Anthology, working title “Stories For All Of Us.” Ellen Oh, President of WNDB, will edit the anthology, which will have a January 2017 release date. Contributing authors include: Kwame Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Rachel Renee Russell, and Jacqueline Woodson.
The anthology will be in memory of Walter Dean Myers and it will be inspired by his quote: “Once I began to read, I began to exist.” Every new story contribution to this anthology will be by a diverse author.
WNDB is proud to announce that the anthology will have one story reserved for a previously unpublished diverse author. WNDB will fill that slot via a short story contest. The winner will be included in the anthology and will receive a payment of $1000 US.
General Rules
  • Entries will be accepted after 9:00AM EST on April 27th until 5:00PM EST on May 8th, 2015. Any submission made prior to or after the entry period will not be considered.
  • Entry is free.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
  • All applicants must include a 75 word bio and headshot.
  • Winner will be announced on June 15, 2015.
Short Story Rules
  • All submissions (short story or illustrated story) must be in English and never before published in any medium, print or digital.
  • Submissions must be no longer than 5000 words.
  • All submissions must be electronic and sent to the following email address: contest@diversebooks.org
  • All submissions must also be appropriate for a middle grade audience, ages 8 to 12.
  • If your submission is illustrated, it must be in a graphic novel format, but no longer than 10 pages.
  • Illustrations must be submitted electronically. Do NOT mail hard copy submissions to WNDB. They will not be reviewed, nor will they be returned.
Eligibility
  • Open to diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds (as defined above). Applicants must include this information in their bio.
  • Open to diverse writers who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-pubbed, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market.
  • EXCEPTION – Short story publication credit in a magazine, literary journal, or periodical will not disqualify the applicant.
Prizes
  • First prize winner will receive an award of $1000 plus their entry will be published as part of the WNDB Anthology to be released by Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books in January 2017.
  • Two runner-up winners will receive honorable mentions and awards of $250 each.
PLEASE NOTE: 
Any submissions sent in before the entry period will be deleted, the email address flagged, and the author automatically disqualified.
FAQs
Who can apply?
We recognize anyone from a diverse background, including but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities currently marginalized in North America.
What should the story be about?
It can be about anything as long as it relates to the prompt “Once I began to read, I began to exist” and a diverse experience. The story must also be appropriate for a middle grade audience, ages 8 to 12.
What about a submission in verse?
We accept submissions in free verse only.
What about entries that are a combo of both text and graphics? For example, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid format? Are they acceptable?
Absolutely!
Do the winners get free copies of the book? How many?
The winner will receive 1 copy of the Anthology when it is published.
Are joint authors for a project okay?
As long as both authors are diverse as defined above. Joint authors will share any prizes given by WNDB.
Is non-fiction acceptable? 
No.
Does having a mental illness qualify as having a diverse background?
WNDB recognizes mental illness as a disability and therefore part of our definition of diversity.
What genres are eligible? Fantasy, historical, contemporary, etc?
Submission can be of any genre as long as it is MG (middle-grade).
My self-published book is no longer in print/on the market. Does this disqualify me as an author?
If we can search your name and find a published book online anywhere, you will be disqualified.
Does the exception for a short story publication credit extend to a credit in an anthology series?
The exception only applies to short story credit in a magazine, literary journal, or periodical.
If I’m white am I disqualified?
If you self-identify as a diverse person from one of the definitions stated above, you are still eligible.
If I’m disqualified for this anthology, will I remain eligible for for future opportunities?
We cannot say at this time.
Do authors have to be over 18?
Parental consent will be required upon signing of contract if the winning author is under the age of 18.
What if I’m already published in a language other than English?
Previously published authors in any language are not eligible. The only exception is if the published work is a short story credit in a magazine, literary journal, or periodical.
Can international authors apply?
As long as your submitted work is in English and you are not a previously published author.
What if I have a question not covered in this FAQ?
You can email questions to contest@diversebooks.org. While we can’t answer every email personally, we will post any new and relevant questions directly to this FAQ.

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7. January Book Conference reminders!

Reminder of upcoming book conferences coming your way in January 2015! Happy Conferencing!

United States

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
Where: New Orleans, La.
When: JANUARY 9-10-11, 2015
FRI-SAT-SUN

Digital Book World Conference & Expo
Where: New York, N.Y.
When: Jan. 13–15, 2015
Web site:

Wizard World Portland Comic-Con
Where: Portland, Ore.
When: Jan. 23–26; 2015 

American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
Where: Chicago, IL
When: Jan. 30th – Feb. 3rd 2015

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8. CDW! - Carpe diem Wednesday!

Poetry and I have never been friends. Although I love to read it and listen to it, writing it is has always been a whole other beast.  That said, I decided today, I would seize the day, and take on that  beast. Good, bad, or indifferent, it felt great to write it and take a stab at something new. 
Carpe diem! 

See You Later, Frustration!

Frustration, Frustration go away
I don’t want to feel you in my body today.
You make my stomach hurt and I feel tight in my chest
Some days it is hard to take you and I need a rest.
My mom says taking deep breaths is the best thing to do
And I try to do that, but frustration, you are making me feel so blue.
My dad tries to tickle it out of me and sometimes that works,
But this time it is not going away, and I still feel it lurks.
Suddenly, my dog licks my foot, and I feel a twinge better
I finally feel able to get dressed and put on my sweater.
My bird on its perch tweets to me a hello
And I take a deep-down belly breath and let that frustration finally go.
Frustration you are not going to get the best of me today

The breath, the tickle, lick and tweet will help me get through this day.

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9. Wearable Art from Books

Scrolling through my Facebook feed today, I came upon this website that I had to share with my JacketFlap community.  Imagine your favorite classic American novels  i.e., The Great Gatsby or Moby Dick or classic British novels i.e.,  Pride and Prejudice or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or the great works by Shakespeare such as Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet and having every word and every line of these stories on a t-shirt.  You can wear the entire story on your body.  
FYI, I have no connection with this site AT ALL - but wanted to share it with all of you because it is super cool!  http://www.litographs.com/

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10. 'Tis the season to calendar the book conferences to attend in 2015!



Ho Ho Ho!...'Tis the season to start planning for upcoming book conferences in 2015.  The early bird gets the worm, or at least the possibility for cheaper flights and hotels, therefore scroll through the list below of many domestic and international book conferences taking place in the new year. 

Happy Conferences!

United States

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
Where: New Orleans, La.
When: JANUARY 9-10-11, 2015
FRI-SAT-SUN

Digital Book World Conference & Expo
Where: New York, N.Y.
When: Jan. 13–15, 2015
Web site:

Wizard World Portland Comic-Con
Where: Portland, Ore.
When: Jan. 23–26; 2015

American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
Where: Chicago, IL
When: Jan. 30th – Feb. 3rd2015

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Where: NY, NY
When: Feb. 6-8, 2015

San Francisco Writers Conference
Where: San Francisco
When: February 12-15, 2015

West Coast Writers Conference – The Big Story
Where: Van Nuys, Calif.
When: February 20-22, 2015

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
Where: Minneapolis
When: April 8 - 11, 2015

SleuthFest 2015
Where: Orlando, Fla.
When: Feb. 26–Mar. 1, 2015
Web site: http://sleuthfest.com

Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
Where: Sacramento, Calif.
When: JUNE 19-20-21, 2015

South By Southwest
Where: Austin, Texas
When: Mar. 13–17, 2015
Web site: sxsw.com/

EPICon
Where: San Antonio, Texas
When: March 13 - 14, 2015

Unicorn Writers Conference
Where: Portland, Conn.
When: Mar. 14, 2015

PubSmartCon
Where: Charleston, S.C.
When: March 22-24, 2015

WonderCon Anaheim
Where: Anaheim, Calif.
When: April 3, 4, and 5, 2015
  
Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous
Where: Boise, Idaho
When: May 14-16, 2015
  
BookExpo America (BEA)
Where: New York, N.Y
When: May 27–May 29, 2015

uPublishU at BEA
Where: New York, N.Y
When: May 30, 2015

ALA Annual Conference
Where: Las Vegas, Nev.
When: June 26–July 1, 2015
Web site: ala14.ala.org/

ThrillerFest IX
Where: New York, N.Y.
When: July 7–11, 2015

Comic-Con International: San Diego
Where: San Diego, Calif.
When: July 9–12, 2015

DragonCon
Where: Atlanta, Ga.
When: September 4 – September 7th, 2015

CANADA:

Montreal Book Fair
Where: Montreal, Canada
When: Nov. 19–24, 2014

Québec International Book Fair
Where: Québec City, Canada
When: Apr. 8–12, 2015

Ontario Writers’ Conference
Where: Ontario, Canada
When: April 24th-25th , 2015

International:

Angoulême International Comics Festival
Where: Angoulême, France
When: Jan. 29–Feb. 1, 2015

Cairo International Book Fair,
Where: Cairo, Egypt
When: January - February 2015

Kolkata Book Fair
Where: Kolkata, India
When: January 28 –February 8, 2015

Jerusalem International Book Fair,
Where: Jerusalem, Israel
When: February 8-12, 2015

Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE),
Where: Taipei, Taiwan
When: February 11-16,  2015

2014 San Miguel Writers Conference
Where: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
When: Feb. 11–15, 2015

New Delhi World Book Fair
Where: New Delhi, India
When: Feb. 14–22, 2015

Vilnius Book Fair
Where: Vilnius, Lithuania
When: Feb. 19–22

Brussels Book Fair
Where: Brussels, Belgium
When: Feb. 26- MARCH 2, 2015
Web site: flb.be/

Dublin Book Festival
Where: Dublin, Ireland
When: Mar. 4-6, 2015

Leipzig Book Fair
Where: Leipzig, Germany
When: Mar. 12–15, 2015

Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre)
Where: Paris, France
When: Mar. 20–23, 2015

Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Where: Bologna, Italy
When: Mar. 30–April 2, 2015

London Book Fair
Where: London, England
When: Apr. 14–16, 2015

St. Petersburg International Book Salon
Where: St. Petersburg, Russia
When: Apr. 23–26, 2015

Buenos Aires International Book Fair
Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina
When: Apr. 23–May 11, 2015

Budapest International Book Festival
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: Apr. 24–27

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11. Congratulations to the 2012 Children's Choice Book Award finalists and Get the Widget

The finalists for the 2012 Children's Choice Book Awards were recently announced. I'm excited to say that books written by four of JacketFlap's members are among the finalists! Please join me in congratulating the four finalists by clicking their names below and leaving a congratulations comment on their profiles:

Zombie in Love, written by Kelly DiPucchio

Sidekicks, written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Pirates Don't Take Baths, written and illustrated by John Segal

DORK Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star, written and illustrated by Rachel Russell 
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12. Congratulations to Children's Choice Award finalists and get the widget

The finalists for the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards were just announced. I'm excited to say that books written by four of JacketFlap's members are among the finalists! Please join me in congratulating the four finalists by clicking their names below and leaving a congratulations comment on their profiles:

Shark vs. Train, by Chris Barton

Hot Rod Hamster, by Cynthia Lord

Finally, by Wendy Mass

Even Monsters Need Haircuts, by Matthew McElligott

Voting for the finalists is now open. Children and teens will be able to cast their votes for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at the Book Week website ( 0 Comments on Congratulations to Children's Choice Award finalists and get the widget as of 1/1/1900
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13. Talk to Wendy Mass During her Book Phone Tour Monday November 22nd at 7PM (Eastern)

I just learned that JacketFlap member Wendy Mass (author of ten novels for young people such as Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and A Mango-Shaped Space) will be doing a book phone tour this Monday, November 22nd at 7PM (Eastern Time) to promote her new book, The Candymakers. That means you can call in and join a 30 minute chat with Wendy from the comfort of your very own home! The book phone tour was organized by the Books of Wonder bookstore in New York City.

To join the tour, you need to register in advance here. You sign up (it's free!), and then you'll receive an email with instructions on how to call in. Wendy will talk a bit about what went into writing The Candymakers, and then they'll open up the call for a live Q&A session. If you order a book, she'll sign it to you (or whoever you like) and Books of Wonder will ship it in time for the holidays! 

If you decide to join the chat, please leave a comment here to let us know how it went!

Tracy

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14. Borders eBook Store Online and Free Coffee!

Borders eBook store is now online. According to their site, there are now more than one million titles available, including hundreds of thousands of free eBooks. These eBooks will work on a variety of devices. There are desktop apps for PC and Mac computers. And, for the mobile reader, there are apps available for iOS devices (iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads), Blackberry and Android devices. Finally, the eBooks are also readable on several eBook readers, including Sony Readers, the Kobo eBook reader, and soon the Aluratek Libre reader.

Free Coffee!

Borders has an interesting offer to entice people to download their mobile apps. If you go to your local Borders and show them an installed eReader app, they'll give you a free cup of coffee. Their website for the promotion indicates that this is limited to the apps for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.  They don't mention support for people with the Borders app on an Android phone, but I guess it couldn't hurt to ask since the ad does say "show us your Borders eReader App, get a FREE Small Brewed Coffee".

Let me know what you think of the apps, the eBook store or the coffee!

Tracy

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15. Independent Booksellers partner with Google Editions

According to an article in the New York Times, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) will soon partner with Google Editions as the primary source for e-Books on the websites of independent booksellers. This is significant, as the ABA has over 1,400 bookstore members. If you're interested in the growing number of options for retailing e-Books, I recommend you read the article:

Stores See Google as Ally in E-Book Market

Tracy

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16. Amazon 70% Royalty Option for Kindle Digital Text Platform Now Available


Amazon's new 70% royalty option is now available for it's Kindle Digital Text Platform. The 70% option provides authors with the means to earn a larger share of revenue from each Kindle book sold. Amazon's existing standard royalty option still remains as an alternative. See Amazon's press release below for details on qualifying for the 70% option program.
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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the 70 percent royalty option that enables authors and publishers who use the Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) to earn a larger share of revenue from each Kindle book they sell is now available. For each book sold from the Kindle Store for Kindle, Kindle DX, or one of the Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Android phones, authors and publishers who choose the new 70 percent royalty option will receive 70 percent of the list price, net of delivery costs.
In addition to the 70 percent royalty option, Amazon also announced improvements in DTP such as a more intuitive “Bookshelf” feature and a simplified two-step process for publishing. These features make it more convenient for authors and publishers to publish using DTP. Delivery costs are based on file size, and pricing is set at $0.15/MB. At today’s median DTP file size of 368KB, delivery costs would be less than $0.06 per unit sold. For example, on an $8.99 book an author would make $3.15 with the standard option and $6.25 with the new 70 percent option. This new option, first announced in January 2010, will be in addition to and will not replace the existing DTP standard royalty option.
“We’re excited about the launch of the 70 percent royalty option and user experience enhancements in DTP because they enable authors and publishers to conveniently offer more content to Kindle customers and to make more money from the books they sell,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content.
DTP authors and publishers are now able to se

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17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer



The new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is out, and it's great! I can't wait to see this!

Tracy

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18. Correction regarding Children's Choice Book Award finalists

Earlier today I announced the names of three JacketFlap members as finalists in the Children's Choice Book Awards:

Shiver, written by Maggie Stiefvater

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, written by Rachel Russell and illustrated by Leisl Adams.

In fact, Rachel Renee Russel is the sole credited author and illustrator of Dork Diaries. JacketFlap member Liesl Adams and Rachel's daughter Nikki contributed artwork to the book as assistant artists under her direction.

Congratulations again Rachel!

Tracy

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19. Win booth space at Orange County book festival - Aug 17th entry deadline

The Orange County Children's Book Festival is a huge interactive and fun family festival in southern California that invites children of all ages to experience the magic of books. This year's festival is scheduled for Sunday Oct. 4, 2009 from 9:30AM - 4:30PM. The Festival is free to attend and draws 20,000 people. A few of this year's featured authors and illustrators include Robin Preiss Glasser, Frank Beddor, Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt, Jim Gilbert, Paul Brewer, and Diane Adams.

JacketFlap had a booth at last year's festival, and it was a great success. We will have a booth again at this year's festival, and we're going to use it to help promote the work of our incredible members. We are giving away space in our booth for six people to sign autographs, display, and sell their books. To qualify, you must be a published author or illustrator of children's or young adult books, and at least one of your books has to be listed on your JacketFlap profile in your published works section. How do you enter? All you have to do is post a comment saying "I want the space" on the Event's page on JacketFlap:

http://www.jacketflap.com/eventdetail.asp?Event=1159


Six winners will be randomly selected from the entries between now and August 17th, 2009. If your name isn't selected, don't be too disappointed. JacketFlap's booth will have a flat screen monitor showing a slideshow of our members books. If you have books listed in the published works section of your JacketFlap profile, your books will appear on our monitor throughout the show.

Finally, there is also the opportunity (first come first served) to purchase time in one of the bookstores that are offering 3-hour blocks of time for $75. To find out how you can be a part of this wpnderful event, email the Cofounder and Executive Director Pat Burns - speakr@aol.com or call her Mobile - 949.836.4722. Visit www.KidsBookFestival.com for more information.

Best,
Tracy

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20. Meet the Winners of the JacketFlap OC Book Festival Booth Contest

The Orange County Children's Book Festival will be held this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 from 9:30AM - 4:30PM. The Festival is free to attend and is expected to draw 20,000 people. Just like last year, JacketFlap held a contest for authors and illustrators to win space in the booth to display, sign and sell their books. I'm excited to announce the six winners whom will be sharing the JacketFlap booth this weekend are Joy Allen, Erik Brooks, Merrily Kutner, Susan Lendroth, Dan Santat, and Ashley Wolff!

Following is some information on each of the winners. Please click on their names to visit their profiles and wish them congratulations!

Joy Allen will be promoting her latest work - PRINCESS PARTY (Putnam Children's Books). Joy's board book BABY SIGNS is on Oprah's website (Oprah.com) as recommended reading for infants ; she received the Oppenheim Toy Platinum Award for her artwork in books with American Girls; the Silver Angel Award for her illustrations in Mud Pie Annie (Zonderkidz); the Bank Street choice for BEING FRIENDS (Dial). She is the illustrator for the CAM JANSEN series (Viking).

Erik Brooks is an author and an illustrator. He will be promoting his latest illustration project - BOO'S SURPRISE (Henry Holt), which was written by Betsy Byars, and is a sequel to their 2006 collaboration BOO'S DINOSAUR. Erik has illustrated several books, including MONKEY BUSINESS: STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, 2005 Bank Street "Best Book" and New York City Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" selection.

Merrily Kutner will be promoting THE ZOMBIE NITE CAFÉ (Holiday House), which won a Children's Moonbeam Award (gold medal) for best picture book of the year in the Holiday Category. She is also the picture book author of Z IS FOR ZOMBIE. Her next book ALPHABET MAGIC is forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press/Neal Porter Books in the fall of 2010. Merrily teaches an online course given through the UCLA Extension Writers Program entitled Structure Your Picture Books Like The Pros. She teaches a unique course on picture book diagramming and offers one-on-one online instruction and written critiques.

Susan Lendroth will be promoting OCEAN WIDE, OCEAN DEEP (Tricycle Press). Susan has had a lifelong fascination with history. The seaside setting of OCEAN WIDE, OCEAN DEEP, which follows her first picture book, WHY EXPLORE?, also depicts her love of the ocean. When she's not working on picture books, Susan writes essays and freelance travel articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

Dan Santat will be promoting BOBBY VS GIRLS (Arthur Levine Books). Dan appeared on the scene with his first book THE GUILD OF GENIUSES in 2004 (Arthur A Levine Books) which won several awards including the Marion Vanett Ridgeway Award for best debut author/illustrator. He illustrated the OTTO UNDERCOVER series written by Rhea Perlman and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER KITTY by Barbara Jean Hicks (Knopf). He is also the creator of the new animated series, "The Replacements" which is currently featured on ABC and the Disney Channel. He is currently working on THE DOMESTICATED FOUR (Arthur A. Levine Books) and illustrating THE GHOSTS OF LUCKLESS GULCH written by Anne Isaacs (Atheneum). Dan graduated with distinction from the Art Center, College of Design in 2001. He was recently one of the 2009 National Green Earth Book Winners.

Ashley Wolff will be promoting I CALL MY GRANDMA NANA and I CALL MY GRANDPA PAPA (Tricycle Press). Ashley is an author/illustrator of more than 60 books including ONLY THE CAT SAW, BLOCK CITY by Robert Louis Stevenson, BABY BELUGA by Raffi, STELLA AND ROY GO CAMPING, The Miss Bindergarten series by Joseph Slate, ME BABY, YOU BABY, SHE'LL BE COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN by Philemon Sturges and MAMA'S MILK by Michael Ross. Her books have won numerous state and national awards.

For directions and more information about the event, you can visit the event website at:

www.kidsbookfestival.com

Congratulations again to the winners, and if you're at the OC Book Festival this Sunday, please stop by the JacketFlap booth to say hi!

Tracy

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21. Live Pictures From the New Moon Premiere

One of the fun things about living in Los Angeles is the fact that movie premieres happen pretty regularly. I happened to be at lunch in Westwood Village today, and that's where New Moon is having its premiere. There are several thousand people fans lined up to see the stars, and they're screaming their heads off. Forget about parking. You can't find a parking spot for under $30. The craziest thing of all is that 500+ fans have been camping out along the street with sleeping bags and tents for the past four days. Wow, that's dedication!

Here are some pictures I took a few minutes ago. Here's wishing all of your books get a movie deal!

Tracy





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22. Video from New Moon Premiere

As a follow-up to my last post, here's a short video of the crowd at the New Moon premiere:




Wow!

Tracy

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23. Kirkus Reviews shut down

Nielsen announced this morning that they have closed their Kirkus Reviews book review publication. Here are a couple of articles on the closure:

First They Came for the Trade Publication: Kirkus Closes (New York Magazine)

Kirkus Reviews Closes; Twittersphere Ponders Future of Book Reviews (MediaBistro)

Nielsen's Editor & Publisher has also been closed down. See the article on the E&P closure from Shawn Moynihan, E&P's managing editor/online editor.

As many of us know, the world of book reviews has evolved to include hundreds if not thousands of online review sources. One only has to browse through the reviews category in JacketFlap's blog reader to get a taste of what I'm talking about.

Tracy

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24. Kirkus Reviews has new owner!

Previously I reported the sad news that Nielsen was closing Kirkus Reviews. I'm happy to note that Herb Simon, owner of the Indiana Pacers, has bought Kirkus Reviews.

The company will be renamed Kirkus Media, and Marc Winkelman has been named as the CEO of the company. According to the New York Times:

Mr. Winkelman said that Mr. Simon was “an inveterate and unquenchable and voracious reader” who was a longtime subscriber to Kirkus, which was founded in 1933. “The idea that Kirkus was leaving was a real shame for him,” Mr. Winkelman said.

Editor & Publisher has also been saved. It has been bought by Irvine, California-based boating magazine publisher Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. In December, Nielsen agreed to sell The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and Back Stage magazines, as well as Nielsen’s Clio Awards and Film Journal International to e5, a company formed by private equity firm Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners.

Here's a link to the latest Kirkus Children's Reviews.

Tracy

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25. Congratulations to Children's Choice Award finalists and get the widget

The finalists for the 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards were just announced. I'm excited to say that books written and illustrated by two of JacketFlap's members are among the finalists! Please join me in congratulating the two finalists by clicking their names below and leaving a congratulations comment on their profiles:

Shiver, written by Maggie Stiefvater

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, written and illustrated by Rachel Renee Russell.

Voting for the finalists will open March 15th. Children and teens will be able to cast their vote for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and online until May 3, 2010. 15,500 children and teens from around the US spent months reading and evaluating books submitted by publishers. The five favorite books published in 2009 in each of these categories are open for a nation-wide vote in March and April 2010 in each of four grade categories: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and Teen as well as Favorite Author, and Favorite Illustrator. The winner in each category will be named at a gala during Children's Book Week on May 11th, 2010 in New York City as part of Children's Book Week (May 10-16, 2010), the oldest national literacy event in the United States.

To enhance the awareness of the awards, the Children's Book Council is working with JacketFlap again this year to create a Children's Choice Book Awards Widget, which displays a different finalist book every time it loads on a web site or blog. You can get the Widget for your own blog or web site at:

http://www.jacketflap.com/widgets/widget.asp?widgetname=ccba2010


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Please spread the word to children and teens so they can vote. Remember, voting ends May 3, 2010! The full list of award finalists are listed below.

Tracy

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year

The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick, illustrated by Kevin O'Malley (Marshall Cavendish)
Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan (Bloomsbury USA)
Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban, illustrated by Henry Cole (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster)
Opposnakes by Salina Yoon (Little Simon/Simon & Schuster)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
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