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1. Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar Update: 8th Annual Literacy Essentials Conference

The 8th Annual Literacy Essentials Conference will be held this Saturday, April 12, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Children's authors PadmaVenkatraman and Spring Herman will be signing books from 2:00 to 3:00. Both writers will also be presenters of breakout sessions. Venkatraman will be co-presenting For Better or Verse: Selecting and Using Stories in Verse to Implement Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Hermann will be presenting the session Using Non-fiction for Uniting Multi-racial Student Communities: A Dialogue Between Authors and Teachers. 

This conference is directed toward educators and education students.

 

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2. April Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

April 1, Jacqueline Davies, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00

Thurs., April 3, Janet Lawler, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Literacy Coalition Book Fair, Barnes & Noble, West Hartford  3:30 to 5:00

Thurs., April 3, Annabel Monaghan, Westport Public Library, Westport  7:30-9:00

Sat., April 5, Janet Lawler, Granby Public Library, Granby 10:30

Sat., April 5, Katie L. Carroll, Bank Square Books, Mystic 2:00 to 4:00

Thurs. , April 10, Joan Verniero, Westport Public Library, Westport 10:00 to 11:00 (This sounds like a program for adults by a children's author)

Thurs., April 10, Jody Casella, Jennifer Castle, Kim Purcell, Phoebe North, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 6:00 PM

Sat., April 12, Gordon McClellan, Bank Square Books, Mystic 11:00 to 1:00

Sun., April 27, John Rocco, Bank Square Books, Mystic 2:00




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3. Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar Update

Author Neal Shusterman will be making an appearance at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in West Hartford next Tuesday, March 25. 7:00 PM

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4. November Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar Update: Not Your Mother's Road to Publication

I missed this event while pulling together this month's Connecticut Children's Lit Calendar. This post should turn up when accessed through the Connecticut Children's Lit Calendar link to your left.

Nov. 16, 1:30 to 3:30, Not Your Mother's Road to Publication: Hear a panel of authors discuss the traditional and non-traditional routes they took to get published. Moderator Laura Toffler-Corrie, author of The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz and the newly released, My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush, will discuss traditional publishing and obtaining an agent. Sari Bodi, author of The Ghost in Allie’s Pool, will talk about working with a small press. Mary Beth Bass, author of Everything You Know, will discuss publishing an e-book. Elizabeth Yu-Gesualdi, author of Broken Road, will talk about the self-publication process. For teens and adults.

Event will take place at the Harry Bennett Library in Stamford

As it turns out, I met Sari Bodi years ago at the Rabbit Hill Festival. That was back when there still was a Rabbit Hill Festival. Sari is part of the ever increasing pool of people with whom I've had lunch.

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5. My One-Hour Tour Of The Connecticut Book Fair


I was only able to get to the Connecticut Children's Book Fair for one hour yesterday afternoon, but I had a particularly good time. I wasn't able to attend any author or illustrator presentations, but I did get around the room meeting people.
My first stop was with Tui T. Sutherland, author of the Wings of Fire series. I heard on Twitter just this past week that Wings of Fire made the NYTimes series bestseller list. Tui also writes under other names, meaning she is producing a lot of work. And yet she doesn't look worn out or exhausted.
Then I talked with Jonathan Bean. Jonathan has won awards for both his writing and his illustrations. I've been seeing his newest book, Big Snow, mentioned all over the place.



Terri Goldrich, co-chair for the fair and curator of the Northeast Children's Literature Collection, for which the Connecticut Children's Book Fair provides support, happened by when I reached Aaron Becker and offered to take a picture of us together. Don't know how he felt about that, but I jumped right into the frame and forgot all about getting a photograph of him by himself. I had a copy of Aaron's book, Journey, at home. Another book and author/illustrator who happen to be getting a lot of attention right this minute.




I hustled across the room to meet Ann M. Martin because I heard some people talking about her around one of the book tables. Ann created The Babysitter's Club and continued writing the series for years. She's also the author of stand alone novels. Particularly interesting moment when I was with Ann--my first picture of her included a woman who was assisting her with signing stock. She was there from Ann's publisher. That is the big time.


 The man to my right is David Johnson. He's going to get his own Original Content post later this week because we got into a discussion of something that I want to go on about for a while. It's also something that will make a good Picture Book Month post. One of the books he was signing yesterday was The Boy Who Drew Cats.




Phoebe Stone,author of The Romeo and Juliet Code and eight other books for young people, including a Romeo and Juliet Code sequel was the reason I got myself to the fair yesterday. Phoebe and I attended the same high school, though at different times. I knew her younger sister, Abigail Stone, also a writer, when we were in either eighth or ninth grade. Phoebe now lives in a town in Vermont that borders my hometown. In fact, my father was born there.

When I was growing up and wanting to be a writer (without having a clue what writing meant), I thought Vermont was the end of the Earth. Wanting to be a writer was like wanting to be an astronaut or president. And here is, Phoebe, someone from the same place who is doing the same thing. I can't help but be amazed by this. 



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6. December Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

December is a slower month for author appearances than I recall it being last year. We do have two illustration exhibits continuing, though.

The Art of Picture Books: Creative Process In Visual Storytelling continues this month at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven's Sumner McKnight Crosby, Jr. Gallery, New Haven, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

 The Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition continues at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Thurs., Dec. 5, Peter Lerangis, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00 PM

Sat., Dec. 7 Deborah Freedman, Byrd's Books, Bethel 2:00 PM

Tues.,  Dec. 10 Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 10:30 AM Story Time

Fri., Dec. 13, Chris Grabenstein, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 4:00 PM

Sun., Dec. 15, Adrienne Werle-Austermann, Byrd's Books, 1:00 PM


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7. CCLC Update For This Weekend

Author Lynda Mullaly Hunt will be speaking at the Barnes & Noble in Glastonbury this Sunday at 2:00 PM. Writing talk, raffles, and book signing are all on the agenda.

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8. January Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

No witty intro this month because I'm huddled up on the couch with the remnants of a cold I've had since Thursday. Enjoy the calendar while I look for a bathrobe or quilt.

The  Maurice Sendak exhibit continues at New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

Ends Jan. 3, The Art of Picture Books: Creative Process In Visual Storytelling Exhibit, Arts Council of Greater New Haven's Sumner McKnight Crosby, Jr. Gallery, New Haven, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Tues., Jan. 7, Steven Parlato, Tolland Public Library, 6:30 PM 

Fri., Jan. 10 Bianca Turetsky, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 6:00 PM

Sat., Jan. 11 Marilyn Davis, Bank Square Books, Mystic, 1:00 PM

Sat., Jan. 11, Victoria Kahn, Westport Public Library, Westport 2:00 PM Part of Westport Reads. Registration required.

Tues., Jan. 14 Susan Hood, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 10:30 AM Story time

Sat., Jan. 18, Tony Abbott, Barnes and Noble, Westport 2:00 PM 




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9. I Can Do Something With This!

We were hunting for an electrical outlet earlier this week when we found these presentation boards, which I'd stowed between a filing cabinet and a wall. They're from a workshop I led for the Connecticut Writing Project, I believe back around 2000.

I don't do a lot of workshops. They're very labor intensive to plan, and then I don't get a chance to use the material again.

Last fall I came up with this idea to flip some workshops I've planned into essays/articles and try to publish them. I did get one started last month. And, now, look! I have more content!

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10. April Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

We have a wide variety of venues this month.

Sat., April 6, Anthony Paolucci, Bank Square Books, Mystic, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Sun., April 7, Karen Romano Young, Byrd's Books, Bethel, 2:00 PM

Mon., April 8, Tom Angleberger, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 4:00 PM

Wed., April 10, Gail Gauthier, Norwich Free Academy Book Expo, Norwich, 6:30 PM

Thurs. April 11, Michael Hassan, Barnes & Noble, Westport, 7:00 PM

Sun., April 14, Susan Hood and Chudney Ross, Greenwich Academy Book Fair, Greenwich, 2:00 PM

Tues., April 16, Frank Dormer, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 10:30 AM

Sat., April 20, Susan Hood, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk, 10:30 and 11:30 AM

Sat., April 20, Erin Bowman, Barnes & Noble, Canton, 1:00 PM

Sat., April 20, Kate Hanscom, Lynda Hanscom, and Jeff MackBarnes & Noble, Enfield, 11:00 AM

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11. An Earth Day Story Book Launch

Linda Crotta Brennan's newest book,When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story, will have its official book launch on Sunday, April 21, the day before Earth Day. The event will be held at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Environmental Education Center from 1 to 4 PM. There will be a book discussion, question and answer session, and book signing. A dollar from every purchase made that day will be donated to the Earth Day Network.

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12. Out And About In April

 I have a couple of outings coming up this month.

First off, next Wednesday I'll be at the Norwich Free Academy Book Expo in Norwich, Connecticut. This expo starts at 6:30 in the Norwich Free Academy's Edwin H. Land Library and will feature eleven NFA and Connecticut authors.

Then you may have noticed the World Book Night logo to your left. If you haven't, notice it now. I am a giver at this year's World Book Night on Tuesday, April 23. I'll be distributing copies of  The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh to residents and staff at a skilled nursing facility. This book has been checked out at my library for weeks, so I had to buy my own copy today so I can read it before the big night.

I will report back on both events. I hope to have pictures.

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13. Can An eBook Author Do The Book Fair Thing? A Report From The Trenches

On Wednesday night, I was a featured writer at the Norwich Free Academy Book Expo in Norwich, Connecticut. This was the first time I'd been invited to such an event since my books have been available only in eBook editions, and the first time since self-publishing Saving the Planet & Stuff as an eBook in February. As you may recall, I had plans:


"What I plan to do," I wrote back in March, "is show up with a laptop that will have a display of my four available books. I don't know if I can get Internet access there, so I'll have various pages from my website loaded onto the computer and available for viewing. And, of course, the Saving the Planet & Stuff trailer. This techie set-up, I've read, is how authors such as myself can make public appearances." 

And that is what I did.      


Because my four eBooks were published in paper and ink back in the day, I did have "books" people could see and handle, though they couldn't buy them. But additionally I had the laptop loaded with
the Saving the Planet & Stuff trailer







                  The Saving the Planet & Stuff page from my website
and the website, itself, which I could maneuver through there on the hard drive, meaning I wasn't dependent upon the high school library where we were located having WiiFii. (Though it did.)






So how did all this work out? Well, there are two factors to consider.

1. Sales. No sales have yet been generated as a result of this appearance. This isn't necessarily an indication of failure. Many authors with paper-and-ink books making public appearances will make no sales at all. Selling just a few books at an appearance is about as much as most writers can hope for. Years ago, I had a bookseller tell me that if he could get four sales from an in-store appearance, he was happy. I've attended many book fairs that generated long lines for the one or two big names who were invited to draw customers while the rest of the writers sat looking bored or embarrassed. This is a fact life.

2. Connecting with the reading public. Here is where I saw a big difference between the NFA event and other events at which I've appeared. I definitely did more chatting and interacting than I've done in the past. I think this was due to two factors. A. Though there was a book sale going on, because I had eBooks, I did not expect to make any sales that evening. The only people who would be buying my self-published book, the one I was really promoting, would be people who owned a Kindle or a Nook, because those are the only two platforms we've published it to so far. In all likelihood they would make their purchase, if they were going to make one at all, at some other time, not right there. This took a big burden off my shoulders. There was no anxiety about whether I was going to "succeed" or "fail" with sales, because I went in there knowing there would be none right there on the spot. I was feeling kind of light-hearted. Jolly, even, which is not what anyone would call characteristic of me. B. Look at the next two pictures. Notice the difference between Gail with the laptop and without it?                    
                                                                                                             
Without the laptop, I am behind a table, as most authors are at festivals and book fairs. There's always something between the writers and the public. You sit and hope someone will come talk to you. There is a stilted conversation between the person on one side of the table, who is the "writer," and the person on the other side of the table, who "is not."



With the laptop, I had to be at least to the side of the table, so I could get to the front and operate the mouse, arrow keys, etc. There was no physical barrier between  the person on one side of the table, who is the "writer" and the person  on the other side of the table, who "is not." There was far more natural give and take. I talked with other writers far more than I have
at other events, because I was moving around and could. I got into a discussion with a couple of people about Goodreads, one of whom had never heard of it. I wrote "Goodreads" on one of my business cards so she could remember it--and me, presumably. In fact, I gave out more business cards than I usually do. Which, okay, wasn't many. But it was still a different experience.

The connecting with the reading public part of an appearance is important. In the short-term, invitations to speaking engagements and school visits can (and, in my case, have) come about because of connections made with the public. In the long-term, meeting other writers, librarians, teachers, and booksellers and making new Facebook friends of all kinds can help out down-the-line in ways we can't foresee at the time of the meetings.

So I think there is a workable method that eBook writers can use for public appearances. A much bigger problem will be, I believe, finding opportunities for public appearances in the first place. Most festivals and book fairs are fundraisers for some group. (The one I attended this week was not.) The group sells the writers' books, just as a bookstore would, and the profit it makes is its fundraising. Groups aren't going to be able to sell an eBook, self-published or not.  Kobo has an arrangement with independent bookstores that enables participating stores to keep a percentage of the sale of eBooks sold from their websites. Will there one day be a similar arrangement for book fair and festival organizers, which will then welcome eBook authors? Until there is, I don't know how often writers like myself will be appearing at public events.
                               

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14. The Weekend Writer: Taking Advantage Of Opportunities To Meet More Experienced Writers

We're going to take a break from finding our story to talk about learning from other writers. Yes, I am doing this because I want to talk some  more about the book expo I attended last week. But anyone beginning a new line of work or a new craft can learn from those who have more experience in their field. And new writers can find more experienced writers at book expos, festivals, store appearances...you name it. No, you don't go to get ideas for the public appearances you're going to make after you publish the book you haven't written yet. You go to hear what writers have to say during panel discussions and other kinds of presentations. You go to ask questions, if you have a chance.

At Wednesday night's expo you could have heard writers talking about outlines, writing groups, organic writing, and much more. Associating with writers can help a person new to the field feel more like a writer, too.

And now that I've finished that improving lecture, get a load of this:

On Wednesday evening, I met Esther Friesner, a Nebula award winner who has written the Princesses of Myth series. She's been writing science fiction and fantasy for a couple of decades. Among her works, she told us during our panel discussion, are two Star Trek novels.

Now this was of great interest to me because here at Chez Gauthier we have, as a rough estimate, between two and three hundred Star Trek novels. So when I had a chance, I went up to Esther and said, "Hey, Esther, were either of your Star Trek books for Classic Star Trek or Next Generation?" Well, it turns out she wrote for Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

Come on. Somebody has to know what I'm talking about.

Well, the next day, someone who has actually read those two to three hundred books, went through the stash and found that we do have in our house Esther's book, To Storm Heaven.

I have appeared with a Nebula winner and have her book in my  house.



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15. May Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

This May is not a busy month in Connecticut as far as children's/YA author appearances are concerned. Is this due to a seasonal variation related to the school year winding down? Are authors focusing on next weekend's sold-out NESCBWI Conference?

At any rate, here's what I have for you:

Mon., May 6, Alex MorganR.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 4:00 PM

Tues., May 14, Sara Zarr, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 6:00 PM

Wed., May 15, Paul Ferrante, Westport Public Library, Westport, 7:30 PM

Thurs., May 23, Jane O'Connor R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 4:00 PM

Wed., May 29, Gregory GallowayWestport Public Library, Westport, 7:30 PM

Fri., May 31, Lincoln Peirce, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 4:00 PM


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16. October Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

It's a big month for children's and YA literature in Connecticut, due in part to The Barnes and Noble chain, which is hosting more authors than usual.

Tues., Oct. 1, Jason Odell Williams, Westport Public Library, Westport 7:30

Wed., Oct. 2, J.C. Phillipps, Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield 7 PM to 8 PM Presentation on writing and publishing books

Wed., Oct. 2, Christine Pakkala, Barnes and Noble, Westport 7:00

Sat., Oct. 5, Dawn Metcalf, Costco, Enfield Noon-2:00 PM Signing

Wed., Oct. 9 Brandon Mull, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00 PM

Thurs., Oct. 10, Deborah Freedman, R. J. Julia Booksellers 10:30 AM

Thurs., Oct. 10, Neal Shusterman, Barnes and Noble, West Hartford 7:00 PM

Thurs., Oct. 10, Brandon Mull, Barnes and Noble, Enfield 5:30 PM

Tues., Oct. 15, Dawn Metcalf, East Granby Public Library, East Granby 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Teen Writing Workshop

Wed., Oct. 16, David Adler, Barnes and Noble, Westport 7:00 PM

Thurs., Oct. 17, Kate DiCamillo, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00 PM

Mon., Oct. 21, Adam Gidwitz, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00 PM

Tues., Oct. 22, Judy Schachner, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00 PM

Wed., Oct. 23, Mark Tatulli, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00 PM

Thurs., Oct. 24, Janet Lawler, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 10:30 AM

Thurs., Oct. 24, John Lithgow, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 26, Dawn Metcalf, Barnes and Noble, Enfield Noon-2:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 26, Sara Levine, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 3:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 26, Carol Aebersold, Barnes and Noble, Westport 2:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 27, Carol Aebersold, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 3:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 27, Chanda Bell, Barnes and Noble, North Haven 1:00 PM

Tues., Oct. 29, Dawn Metcalf, Tolland Public Library, Tolland 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Writers' workshop

Wed., Oct. 30, Stacy DeKeyser and Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury 7 PM to 9 PM Workshop for writers submitting to the Tassy Walden Awards


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17. And Where Has Gail Been Lately?

It looks as if it's been a couple of months since I've done a round-up of Gail sitings from around the Internet. So here is where you could (and still can) find me late summer and early fall:

On August 15th, my guest post, Providing Children With Environmental Reading Experiences, was published at Dude, Sustainable!

On August 24th, I was one of the Indie Authors for Indie Author Spotlight Week at Little Hyuts.

I'm included in September's Carnival of the Indies.

I just linked up with the Kid Lit Blog Hop at Mother Daughter + Son Book Reviews.

Thank you to everyone who hosted me.

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18. I've Been Places And Seen People

I haven't been able to finish posting about Wednesday night's UConn event Gendered Publishing, and I've already been over-stimulated by another terrific program, the NESCBWI's New Media Day: Making Sense of the Evolving Digital Landscape. And I'm not just saying that because I was on the afternoon's panel with Mary Jane Begin and Emilie Boon.

This was another of the NESCBWI programs run by children's science writer Melissa Stewart for the Published and Listed Program. The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has a large membership of prepublished writers that it serves very well. In recent years it's been making an effort to provide programs for members who have been traditionally published. Melissa has been in charge of the New England divisions PAL programs and has creating creative short-term experiences like today's.


When I've had a chance to finish my account of last week's UConn panel, rest assured that I will give you a rundown on everything that happened today. In the meantime, enjoy this photo of my panel mates and our moderator having lunch. Hey, folks, this is the kind of insider, backroom information you don't get at just any blog.

And, yes, it's proof that I was in the insider backroom.


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19. New Media Day: The Evolving Digital Landscape

I know the wait for me to discuss last Saturday's NESCBWI event New Media Day: Making Sense of the Evolving Digital Landscape has been long and painful. Well, folks, it is over. I am ready to begin.

The overall feeling of the day was that the move to digital reading isn't something to fight and fear. For one thing, it's here. For another, it can work for you.

James McQuivey on Digital Disruptions   


James McQuivey tracks how digital disruptions affect traditional businesses, like publishing. McQuivey describes a world of consumers who are so disrupted in the way that they receive products that any company that doesn't conform to this new method of obtaining product will become irrelevant. Companies must, as he said, follow the consumer. For publishing, what we're describing as a digital disruption is the move to, or at least the inclusion of, eBooks. The more rapidly publishers can embrace digital publication, the sooner they'll be able to give the millions of digital consumers already in existence what they want.

McQuivey made a really interesting historical point. We have experienced technical disruptions in the past. (Wasn't the entire Industrial Revolution a technical disruption?) But those disruptions were slow and expensive. It took a lot of time and money to build mills or develop jet engines. The digital disruption we're experiencing now is far cheaper and faster. More people can become involved, more people can bring ideas to the market.

This is a good thing.

Rubin Pfeffer On Specifics Of Digital Publishing In The Children's Field


Rubin Pfeffer of East West Literary Agency spoke about specifics both digitally and with self-publishing, since many self-published writers go the digital route. According to Pfeffer:
  • The numbers of traditional vs. self-published titles are very close to being the same, near the 400,000 mark for each.
  • In addition, eBook sales are expected to surpass print books at some point. (Keep in mind that many eBook sales figures include free books.)
  • YA is the dominant children's genre in self-publishing and is significant with eBooks since younger children are less likely to have e-readers, the visual components of picture books can be more difficult to create digitally, and e-readers give adults who read YA and don't want anyone to know it some privacy.
  • We are witnessing the rise of independent eBook publishers 
  • Technology creates new content, eBooks, enhanced eBooks, and apps all being cases in point

Begin, Boon, and Gauthier On Bringing Books Back To Life

    Author-illustrators Mary Jane Begin, Emilie Boon, and I took part in a panel discussion moderated by NESCBWI Assistant Regional Advisor and author/editor/historian J. L. Bell. We got even more specific on the subject of digital publishing by answering questions about how we republished out-of-print work as eBooks. We all covered how we determined which of our books to take digital, where we went for technical assistance, and the general difficulties we experienced.

    Both Mary Jane and Emilie used eBook publishers for their work, which, since they are illustrators, would have been heavy with artwork. Hearing this coming so soon after hearing Rubin Pfeffer's presentation, which included a list of independent eBook publishers and a description of services they offer, made me decide to refer to my eBook edition of Saving the Planet & Stuff as an artisan book, because my computer guy and I did it ourselves, not realizing until we were well into the project that we had any other option.

    When we got to the point of discussing sales, my co-panelists and I had to be the bearers of the most difficult news of the day. We were in agreement that sales have been modest to dreadful. And we were also in agreement as to why that was the case--searchability, or, the term I prefer, discoverability. In a literary world in which nearly 800,000 books are published a year, it's extremely difficult for any one book to be noticed. There's pretty much a pile on and most titles will be buried.

    We managed to bring things back up, though, by pointing out that that sales situation could change. Any one of us on the panel could publish something in the future that would make our back list more valuable, and then our eBooks will be available because they don't go out of print. In addition, self-publishing is an exciting, artistic project. Even though it was Mary Jane who said that, not me, I agree that the two years of publishing and marketing my eBook have been a mental kick.

    Our Conclusion Is Still To Come


    The day ended with an interview with author-illustrator Ruth Sanderson. I'll be giving that its own post later this week.

    Thanks to Facebook friend Hazel Mitchell for the panel picture. The final group photo was taken by Joanie Druris of the NESCBWI.

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    20. New Media Day: The Ruth Sanderson Post

    Last Saturday's NESCBWI's New Media Day concluded with an interview with author illustrator Ruth Sanderson conducted by Melissa Stewart. Melissa opened with the observation that it is common for people who have been in children's publishing for a long time to do a number of things, a point that tied Ruth to the rest of the day's program, which was all about children's authors moving into something new, digital publishing. She began her career doing artwork for filmstrips (that was techie once) and two years ago she reformatted her version of Cinderella.

    In between those two career events, Ruth did textbook illustrations and the covers for book series, including the first Black Stallion paperbacks. She moved into writing with a series of fairy tale retellings that she also illustrated. In addition to what might be called traditional illustration work, Ruth creates licensed products such as cards, puzzles, and flags. She considers herself a commercial artist who shifts with the book and product markets.

    She also teaches summers at Hollins University's children's literature program and has applied to Vermont College's MFA program.

    Ruth's description of her career made me think of Roxie Munro, who spoke last year at UConn. She also described a career in art and illustration that involved a lot of movement among different types of work and that progressed into new media.

    What we may be seeing here is a work model, one that is becoming more visible because of the evolving digital landscape. Illustrators and writers don't do one thing over and over again but move along with market demands and take advantage of new technologies. This is probably nothing new, but the attention digital publishing is receiving is bringing new attention to the changes in how creative people like Ruth Sanderson work.



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    21. November Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

    November is Connecticut Children's Book Fair month in Connecticut. This year there's another big children's literature event that same weekend. A picture book exhibit also starts that Friday, but it runs for two months, giving viewers plenty of opportunities to get to it.

    Sat., Nov. 2, Tommy Greenwald, Barnes & Noble, Westport 2 PM

    Sat. Nov. 2, Matt Davies, Westport Public Library, Westport 3 to 4 PM National Novel Writing Month event for children. 

    Wednes., Nov. 6, Leigh Ann Tyson, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 10:30 AM Story hour

    Thurs. Nov. 7, Doe Boyle, Frank W. Dormer, Deborah Freedman, Lynn Reiser, Sanna Stanley, Marcela Staudenmaier, Jennifer Thermes, Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Opening Reception and Book Signing for The Art of Picture Books: Creative Process In Visual Storytelling Exhibit, Arts Council of Greater New Haven's Sumner McKnight Crosby, Jr. Gallery, New Haven 5 to 7 PM

    Fri., Nov. 8 through Jan. 3, 2014, The Art of Picture Books: Creative Process In Visual Storytelling Exhibit, Arts Council of Greater New Haven's Sumner McKnight Crosby, Jr. Gallery, New Haven, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM


    Sat., Nov. 9 Tony Abbott, Jennifer Berne, Bryan Collier, Bruce Degen, Deborah Freedman Patricia Reilly Giff, Susan Hood, Ann Haywood Leal, Barbara Mariconda, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Michael Rex, R. L. Stine, Laura Toffler-Corrie, Dan Yaccarino, Pequot Library Children's Book Festival, Southport, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Sat., Nov. 9, Judi Barrett, The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, 2 PM

    Sat. Nov 9 thru Sun. Nov. 10 Jonathan Bean, Aaron Becker, Nicholas Blechman, Nick Bruel, Diane deGroat, Robert L. Forbes, David Johnson, Ann M. Martin, Shelley Rotner, Phoebe Stone, Tui T. Sutherland, Mark Teague, Elise Broach, P.W. Catanese, Elisha Cooper, Etienne Delessert, Tomie dePaola, Elizabeth Eulberg, Robie Harris, Jeff Hirsch, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Steven Kellogg, Jarrett Krosoczka, Michaela MacColl, Rita Marshall, Michael Northrup, David M. Schwartz, The Connecticut Children's Book Fair, University of Connecticut, Storrs 10 AM to 5 PM

    Fri, Nov. 15, Matthew Cody, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00 PM

    Mon., Nov. 26, Carol Aebesold, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 6:00 PM

    Thurs., Nov. 29, Bob Shea, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison 4:00 PM



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    22. January Connecticut Children's Lit Calendar

    January is going to be a quieter month for children's authors in Connecticut.

    Saturday, Jan. 12, Barbara Mariconda, Educator Reception, Barnes & Noble, Westport, 11:00 AM

    Sunday, Jan. 13, Janet Lawler, Granby Public Library, Granby, 1:30 PM

    Saturday, Jan. 19, Peter Goodman, Barnes & Noble, West Hartford, 11:00 AM

    Saturday, Jan. 26, Dan Yaccarino, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 4:00 PM

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    23. February Connecticut Children's Lit Calendar

    Things are picking up this month, mainly because of a large number of author appearances at R. J. Julia.

    Saturday, Feb. 3, Victoria Kann, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 3:30 PM

    Wednesday, Feb. 6, Mike Lupica, UConn Co-op, Storrs, 5:30 PM Book launch

    Thursday, Feb. 7, Dawn Metcalf, Granby Public Library, Granby, 11 AM - 12:30 PM Speaking with writers' group

    Thursday, Feb. 7, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 7:00 PM  "Straight signing"

    Tuesday, Feb. 12, Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple R. J. Julia Booksellers, 10:30 AM

    Saturday, Feb. 16, Beth Revis, Fiona Paul, Morgan Rhodes,   Elizabeth Richards, and Jessica Spotswood, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 6:00 PM  "Breathless Reads Tour"

    Tuesday, Feb. 19, Dawn Metcalf, Granby Public Library, Granby, 2-3 PM, Discussion group

    Wednesday, Feb. 20, Peter Lerangis, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 4:00 PM

    Monday, Feb. 25, Mark O'Brien and Jeannine Marie, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 7:00 PM


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    24. Talking, As Well As Writing, About Time Management

    On Friday, May 3rd, I'll be leading a time management workshop at the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators spring conference in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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    25. March Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

    I'm surprised we didn't have more Read Across America events this month, since it's on March 1st. We do, however, have a new bookstore showing up in the calendar this month. The Monte Cristo Bookshop opened in New London in December.

    Sat. March2, Janet Lawler, Cat in the Hat Ball, Clarke Center, Mitchell College, New London, 11 AM

    Sat. March 2, Stephen Pastis, R.J. Julia Bookseller, Madison, 4:00 PM

    Thurs. March 7, Annabel Monaghan, Westport Public Library, Westport, 7:30 PM

    Sat. March 9, Kimberly Newton Fusco, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 4:00 PM

    Sat. March 9, N. Dunham, Monte Christo Bookshop, New London, 7:00 PM

    Sat. March 9,  Francis Gilbert, Bank Square Books, Mystic, 2:00 PM

    Tues. March 12, Mary Cashman and Cynthia WhippleR.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, 10:30 AM

    Sat. March 16, Ken Shuey, Bank Square Books, Mystic, 11:00 AM

    Sat. March 23, Kimberly Newton Fusco, Bank Square Books, Mystic, 11 AM

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