Posted by: anitanolan | January 8, 2019

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Always fun:


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest



Posted by: anitanolan | December 4, 2018

Industry Moves

From PW Children’s Bookshelf:

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has a promotion and two new hires. Alexa Pastor has been promoted to editor at Atheneum Books; previously she was associate editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Rachel Berquist has joined as education and library marketing assistant; she was previously marketing and sales project coordinator for Partner in Publishing. Amanda Livingston has joined as education and library marketing assistant.

Abrams has two new hires. Mary Marolla has joined as children’s publicist; previously she had her own PR company, Mare Public Relations. Borana Greku has joined as marketing manager; she was most recently associate marketing manager at Macmillan Audio.

Vanessa DeJesús has joined Penguin Young Readers as publicist; previously she was an associate publicist at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Posted by: anitanolan | October 12, 2018

Tyndale House to Start YA Imprint

Tyndale House, a Christian publisher, is starting Wander, a YA Imprint, adding to the children’s line they started a couple of years ago

Read about it here. 

Posted by: anitanolan | October 12, 2018

Finalists for 2018 NBA in Young People’s Literature Announced

From Publishers Weekly:

On Wednesday morning, the National Book Foundation whittled its longlist down to five finalists for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature: Elizabeth Acevedo for The Poet X; M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin for The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge; Leslie Connor for The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle; Christopher Paul Curtis for The Journey of Little Charlie; and Jarrett J. Krosoczka for Hey, Kiddo.

Read the rest here. 

Posted by: anitanolan | October 8, 2018

Book Launch for MY QUIET SHIP

IMG_2384I attended the book launch for my friend Hallee Adelman’s first picture book: MY QUIET SHIP at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA.

Huge turnout! So pleased for Hallee!

Posted by: anitanolan | June 12, 2018

There is Some Sanity…

A judge has denied an author the ability to trademark the term “cocky,” previously mentioned here. 

From Publishers’ Weekly:

In a decision handed down late last week, Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York denied a motion by an author requesting that a preliminary injunction be issued to prevent publication a number of books that include the word “cocky” in the title.

This spring, author Faleena Hopkins obtained a trademark registration of the word “cocky” in connection with her series of self-published romance novels, each featuring one of her Cocker Brothers characters. Before filing suit, Hopkins sought to block the sale of other romance books that included “cocky” in their title, and sent letters to authors telling them to change the title of their books. Hopkins also asked Amazon to pull other books featuring “cocky” in their titles from sale.

Read the full story here.

Posted by: anitanolan | June 3, 2018

“Odd Dot,” Macmillan’s Kids’ Imprint, Debuts

From Publisher’s Weekly:

Last October publisher Daniel Nayeri, editorial director Nathalie Le Du, and creative director Colleen AF Venable left Workman to create an imprint for Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. The three have so many ideas in the works that they haven’t gotten around—until now—to naming their imprint. They work so hard in their space atop the Flatiron Building that they joke about having cots hidden in the corridors.

At BookExpo, Nayeri, Le Du, and Venable are launching their inaugural list and with it a name, at last: Odd Dot. The three, who led the team responsible for Workman’s Paint by Sticker, and Summer Brain Quest franchises, as well as editing the Big Fat Notebooks franchise, chose Odd Dot to celebrate a sense of individuality, while giving a nod to the idea that a color field comprises many distinct dots arrayed together. The imprint will publish a slate of interactive nonfiction children’s books intended to appeal to both academically inclined children and those who struggle with traditional learning.

Read the rest here. 

Posted by: anitanolan | May 11, 2018

Congrats to Amy Cloud!

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Amy Cloud, formerly at Simon & Schuster’s Aladdin Books, has joined HMH Books for Young Readers as senior editor, acquiring middle grade and young adult titles.


Posted by: anitanolan | May 10, 2018

A New Low on Copyright Infringement

It is hard to believe that this is a real story, but a romance author has trademarked the word “c*cky” and has issued cease and desist orders to other authors for the use of that word in their titles.

Romance Novelist Secures Trademark…


Posted by: anitanolan | May 8, 2018

RHCB Announces Graphic Novel Imprint

From Publisher’s Weekly:

Random House Children’s Books announced plans to launch Random House Graphic, a dedicated graphic novel imprint under the direction of Gina Gagliano, who will join the new imprint as its publishing director. Random House Graphic will release its first books in fall 2019.

Read the rest here. 

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