if you are at the printsource show in new york today you may want to pop along and see the brand new collections from designer josi severson. just stop by josi's corner booth F6. if like me you cant make the show you can still check out josi's work at ten14 textiles online here.Add a Comment
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i have some more storesnaps to post up today from recent shopping trips. the first are from habitat which continues to trade from a few stores after it was taken over by the 'home retail group'. here are my pick of the patterns at their tottenham court road shop.and below : i also spotted a few interesting bits in pieces in accessorize. and below, after my previos post on designer sarah papworthAdd a Comment
throughout the rest of the week i'll be posting some of the many images that have arrived in my inbox over the past few weeks. it will soon be time for the print & pattern annual summer vacation so i hope to fit lots of designers in before i go. these geometric designs arrived courtesy of a blog called 'design break'. below : personalized designs available as lucite trays from polka dot design.Add a Comment
In the third in a series of essays on digital media and publishing, Ewan Morrison, who will appear at the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, claims that as the project to monetise social media falters the self-epublishing industry's defects will be laid bare...
Well worth reading. Epublishing is clearly NOT "another tech bubble" but the curent wave of self-publishing may well be. Morrison's figures and stats are very negatively persuasive.
ACHUKA has always believed that the 'publisher' dynamic still needs to operate in the selection, editing, production and selling of ebooks, and I think it is THAT which will dawn on people in 18 months time (or sooner) rather than the bursting of the whole epublishing 'bubble'.Add a Comment
Blog: inspiration from vintage kids books and timeless modern graphic design (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I always enjoys seeing studios diverse in clients and in style. Madrid’s Patten does this very well, with their hands in many different areas. Stylistically they are bold and minimal, clever and catchy. Their work in fashion and design spans photography, illustration, lettering and poster design.
Patten also has some tasty work in their shop as well, definitely worth a look.
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Our amiga and Bloguera Tatiana de la Tierra made her starry journey yesterday, July 31, 2012. She will be our eternal Sirena. I met Tatiana in San Antonio during Macondo Week. In Los Angeles, she introduced me to La Luciérnaga, a group of Latino writers in Southern California.
Tatiana, te vamos a extrañar. Here is Tatiana reading and talking about her life.
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Something Blue releases today!
To celebrate, I'm giving away this precious Amish doll.
It's an original, signed by Carol Ann.
Please pass along the good news about
book three of the Plain City Bridesmaids series
Life is going well for Megan. She's working with Chance, a charming and daring missionary pilot. Then Micah Zimmerman moves into her parent's home as a pastoral candidate for their Conservative Mennonite church--and he doesn't look anything like the gawky young man who had a crush on her in college.
Reading through her grandparent's love letters helps Megan see the true difference between Chance and Micah. Will her insight come too late or is there still time to find the hero of her dreams?
To enter the giveaway, comment about your favorite something that's blue. If you're not registered on my site, don't forget to leave your email address. (If you're reading this post from another site like Goodreads, Amish Living, Facebook etc., first click on the title and get to my website before you enter your comment.) Only comments from the blog on my website get entered. Thanks!
This contest ends August 15th.
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Blog: An Awfully Big Blog Adventure (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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When I visit schools I often tell the children how I had whooping cough when I was 8 and had to have a whole term off school. As it was pre-computer days, and my mum didn't want me watching too much TV, every week, and usually more than once a week, she'd bring me home all the library books she could and I’d read them all, along with lots of adult books including Reader's Digest versions of ‘A Town Like Alice’ and‘The Devil Rides Out’.
Blog: Writing and Illustrating (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Last week I had dinner in NYC with Agent John Cusick from the S©ott Treimel NY Literary Agency. He told me about the live Webinar he is doing with Writer’s Digest on August 9th at 1pm. It is titled, Writing and Selling Sci-Fi & Fantasy for Kids and Teens. Since this is a hot genre and the fact that John did a fabulous job with the workshops he ran in June, I thought I would pass this information on to all of you Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors.
Event Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Event Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Duration: 90 minutes
Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well.
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit a query letter for their novel. Every query is guaranteed a written critique by instructor John M. Cusick within 60 days of receipt. John reserves the right to request manuscripts or sample chapters from attendees by e-mail following the event.
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
Young adult and middle grade are two of the fastest growing and most robust fiction genres in publishing. These juvenile categories have a tradition of fantasy and sci-fi narratives that continues today with wizards, vampires, and clockwork princesses. The young adult and middle grade markets are rich with imaginative and fantastical stories, worlds, and characters.
What makes some stories stand out, and others unsuccessful, cliché, or—worst of all—left buried in the slush pile? How can you refine your craft to create novels at once lasting and fresh? How does writing for kids and teens differ from writing for adults? How can you capture the attention of an agent in this rich and extremely competitive market? In other words, how can you give your story the best chance to get published?
In this webinar, John M. Cusick will answer these questions and more, using his experience as a literary agent, author, and editor to explore the art and business of writing. This invaluable course with an industry insider will help authors open new doors in their craft and career.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
•How to write for young people—capturing the voice, narration, story, and style
•How to use tropes, myths, and archetypal story structures to create striking, unforgettable fantasy & sci-fi tales
•How to craft detailed, unique, engrossing worlds, full of history and depth
•How to bring to life layered and compelling heroes, anti-heroes, villains, and antagonists
•How to avoid cliché and trend-chasing, and create wholly fresh, standout novels
•How to win the interest of an agent in this competitive market.
John M. Cusick knows the business from both sides, as a literary agent for young adult and middle grade fiction at Scott Treimel NY, and as a young adult author. His debut novel, Girl Parts, was published by Candlewick Press in 2010, and his much-anticipated follow-up, Cherry Money Baby, is slated for 2013. His clients include debut novelists and veteran authors. John has lectured for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Writers’ League of Texas, and for Utah’s Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. His pieces on writing for teens have appeared in Writer’s Market, The New Inquiry, and on muAdd a Comment
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It never fails, no matter the Workshop or class I teach, no matter my students, their ages and/or experience: I always learn as much as my students,
most times even more,
courtesy of those students.
back row, left to right - Debra Mitchell, Nancy Lee Wells, Philippa Norman, Susan Halko, Sarah Hoban; front row, left to right - T. Kari Lewis, (Susan Bazargan in absentia) and Carrie Golus.
Two Chicago students lived but two streets apart, and didn’t even know it!
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Blog: Silver Apples of the Moon (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Blog: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I wish I could say yes to every author who approaches me to review their book. Unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day to read as much as I want and with the number of review request I receive I'm falling further behind everyday!
When I can't accept a book I like to provide the author or publisher with a list of bloggers who are accepting books for review.
If you'd like to be included on the spreadsheet that will be given to authors/publishers looking for book reviewers just fill out the form below. They can check out your site to see if it's a good fit for their book and contact you. Please be aware that I simply send them the entire spreadsheet and allow them to choose who might be a good fit for them. If you are approached by someone who has obviously not read your review policy feel free to ignore their request.
This is a new updated spreadsheet. If you filled out the spreadsheet from a couple months ago please update your information on this one.
If you are an author or publisher and would like to view this list just send me an email.
Blog: The Leaky Cauldron (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Foreign publishers will not receive a copy of the manuscript for The Casual Vacancy until the book is published in English on September 27th. France and Germany have received advanced copies but countries viewed at a high risk for piracy, including Finland, Italy and Slovenia, have not, meaning they will have to rush the translation, editorial and production process. This Guardian article has more insight on how the decision will affect the translation process around the world:
"We will most likely be forced to employ more than one translator and abnormally speed up the editorial and production process to publish in time for the Christmas season," said Ilc [Slovenian Editor].
In Finland, the process is moving even faster. "The translator has to agree, sight unseen, to turn in the finished copy in three weeks, by October 18, in time for release for Christmas sales. That's 23 pages of polished final text every day for 21 days – without time to read the book beforehand!" blogged Jill Timbers, a translator of Finnish books into English. Timbers said that discussion was "swirling" among Finnish literary translators about quality of translation, and "preserving true Finnish language versus slipping inadvertently into anglicisms under such time pressure".
"Some translators argue that it's good [that] bestsellers are translated into Finnish, even if time pressure means the level of the Finnish isn't top-quality," she said. But "there's a derogatory nickname in Finnish for translations that 'straighten all the curves', convey the storyline but skim past finer bits and nuances. Perhaps that wouldn't so diminish Rowling's new book? Who can say, since no one's seen it."You can read the full article at this link.
What do you think? Is this unfair or is it the price to pay to protect the plot?
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Thanks to everyone who commented on Becca Puglisi's Swoonworthy Characters guest blog. A random selector has chosen one commenter to win a PDF copy of The Emotion Thesaurus, an excellent resources, written by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. And the winner is: Elliah Terry. I will send your email to Becca and she will contact you for further information. Gail The Emotion Thesaurus isDisplay Comments Add a Comment
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We’ve been diligently sharing Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie books with the kids at our afterschool groups this school year and they love them and ask for them again and again. What else is there to do but offer an Elephant and Piggie program over the summer? But since the books have become so beloved in our community, we were a little wary about having overwhelming attendance at such an event, so we decided to go another way.
On Friday, June 22 (a truly random date, not one that has any particular relation to Mo Willems), we held Elephant and Piggie Day at our library. Instead of having an event with a limited number of kids for a limited amount of time, we set up stations all around the Children’s Room that we left up all day long. Families could bring children of all ages to do crafts and play games throughout the department. There was quite a bit of prep work to do, but we could do it far in advance and then the workload was relatively light on the actual day of the program. Plus, we were able to accommodate many more children than if we had held a regular library program.
Here’s what we had available for patrons:
Cardboard stand-ups for photos. We took some with our camera for the library’s Facebook page and many families also had phones or cameras to take pictures. You can also see the hats we made for Children’s Staff to wear on the day. (We got plain baseball caps at Hobby Lobby and printed out pictures on cardstock to velcro on.) My fabulous Miss T made the stand-ups and hats.
An Elephant and Piggie craft. We put out tables with all the supplies and posted the instructions on the wall and on the tables. We purchased cardstock, fun foam, and colored bags for this craft. This was also the most staff-intensive station as we had to replace craft supplies as they were used up.
An I’m -Invited-to-A-Party game. I got this idea from Mel’s Mo Willems Party and the kids loved it. Since our program was passive, we simply set out the costume boxes, instructions for the game, and the game cards that Miss T created. I think mostly kids just loved dressing up, but at least some of them played the game.
This is another game I stole from Mel!
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The summer issue of list -- 'Books from Korea' -- is now available, and offers quite a variety of information.Add a Comment
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I'm participating in the Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader Not a Writer and co-hosted by Mary from BookHounds & Forever Young (adult).
Here's what I'm giving away:
Winner's choice—choose one of the following:
Hardcover copy of The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Hardcover copy of Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Hardcover copy of Heist Society by Ally Carter
Hardcover copy of Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Hardcover copy of Hooked by Les Edgerton (Writing craft book)
*And I'll throw in some Touch of Death SWAG as well. :)
Simply fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter.
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Check out the other great participating and enter to win lots of awesome prizes.
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Blog: A Fuse #8 Production (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Well. It’s finally happened. We are ready to show you the wonders of New York City the only way we know how. Yes folks, it is time to register for KidLitCon 2012!
The sixth annual KidLitCon will be held in the heart of New York City on September 28th and 29th, 2012 at the main branch of New York Public Library, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
In the same vein as last year’s con we are expanding the conference into two days with a special “pre-conference” on Friday. Friday events will include special visits to the publishers of New York City with blogger previews of their upcoming seasons. Publishers will be assigned on a random basis to all attendees. The final list of publishers is currently being hammered out.
Registration will max out at 175 attendees.
Before September 21st:
- $35 Pre-Conference without dinner
- $100 Saturday Conference
- $55 Pre-Conference with dinner
- $50 Friday dinner (extra diner or only)
Please note that there will be no Saturday dinner. However, we are working on a Kidlit Drink Night here in town for that very evening. Information to come.
The last day to register is September 21st.
The Pre-con: Includes a dinner.
Conference Day: Lunch.
If space is still available, onsite registration will be possible for $80. Pre-con price remains the same.
Attendees looking to share hotels with other attendees may indicate this fact on the registration page. We will attempt to link you with someone who may also wish to share a room. You may find a list of Midtown Manhattan Hotels here.
The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is located between 40th and 42nd Street, directly facing 5th Avenue. A map and directions to the library can be found here.
We hope to see you in September!
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Blog: Little Willow - Bildungsroman (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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There were some days in July when I had perhaps 15 minutes to pick up a novel and read. But I'm happy to report that I spent some time writing, and plenty of time reading scripts, rehearsing, and doing research. Since I had a low book count this month, I'll just offer up a few highlights:
Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, the first volume in a planned trilogy, will be officially released this September. I have enjoyed all of their solo efforts to date, so I was eager to see what happened when they collaborated. Burn for Burn is a compulsive read, a layered story in which three teen girls attempt to bring down three peers who have deeply hurt them. I look forward to reading the second and third books, which will be released in 2013 and 2014.
Interview: Jenny Han
Interview: Jenny Han, Again!
Interview: Siobhan Vivian
Book Review: A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian
Book Review: The List by Siobhan Vivian
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones - When the Dog Star, Sirius, is found guilty of a crime, he is sent to Earth to live as a dog and seek out something fantastic. This was, if you can believe it, the first standalone Diana Wynne Jones novel I've ever read; I read The Chronicles of Crestomanci and The Dalemark Quartet years ago.
Related post: Diana Wynne Jones Blog Tour at Bildungsroman
At the end of August/beginning of September, I'll post my picks for August. In the meantime, check out my other booklists (organized by topic, age group, time period, etc) and click through the "Best of" tag on my blog.
Blog: Children's Author Artie Knapp (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Artie’s children’s book Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet is now available as a free video for kids through StoryCub. A shortlist finalist for the national 2012 Green Earth Book Award, Thurman the turtle is tired of seeing the land he loves cluttered with trash and decides to take action.
To watch the Living Green video and many other books on StoryCub.org, please click on the cover below. StoryCub videos are one of the most watched programs on Apple’s iTunes Kids & Family section.
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Gold Medal Summer is the story of Joey Jordan, a fourteen-year-old gymnast who's struggling to focus in the midst of a welter of distractions: a coach who doesn't appreciate her style; a best friend who's thinking of quitting; a cute new boy who's just moved to town; an older sister who's a past National Champion (comparisons much?); and parents who aren't exactly Aly Raisman's. But even with all of this, Joey loves her sport and works hard at getting better at it, as she dreams of having her gold medal summer.
Donna competed in gymnastics herself until she was fifteen, and thus it's filled with true-life descriptions of what it's like to do a kip on the bar or tumble through a floor routine in a minute flat. It's also got a wonderful emotional heart about learning to stand up for yourself, even when it's scary, and believing you can accomplish what you want to do. It is exactly the book I would have wanted to read when I was ten years old and daydreaming about gymnastics -- all about friends, doing flips on the beach, and waving from that podium at the end of the day: so spirited and fun and sweet, it can't help but leave a smile on your face. If you have the chance to pick it up this Olympics, I hope you enjoy it!
- Rebecca Stead said of it, "This book is like a perfect cartwheel--immensely fun and satisfying."
- And (fellow former gymnast) Linda Sue Park said, "I loved the gymnastics in Gold Medal Summer, but I was even more impressed with the relationships."
- Donna blogged about the book and the Olympics for the Scholastic blog and did a great Q&A with NYMetroParents.
- And it was seen on the Today Show last week!
- You can hear a sample of the audiobook here.
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