- New Titles from Self-Publishers: April 2021
Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 86 self-published titles below.
- James Ellroy Gets to the Scene of the Crime
I swear this is not a revised memory of any kind.”Ellroy recalls that he used a Writers Market reference guide to find an agent, went with “the guy who sounded the most aggressive,” and sold the book to Avon for $3,500 minus commissions.
- More Stars in the Sky: PW Talks with Xueting Christine Ni
Finding a publisher made me feel like I was doing an agent’s job, and a commissioning editor’s job in the selection and negotiation of the stories, and then a translator’s job of bringing them all into English, and an editor’s job of collating them into a form which showed the cornucopia
- Be the Change You Want to See In Kids' Books
I want to make sure kids fully own their power as agents of change.
- Four Questions for Joanna Cotler
As my pile of paintings began to grow, I decided I wanted to do a wordless dog book, but when I showed that to my agent, Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties, she told me that I needed to find the story I wanted to tell.
- Licensing Hotline: April 2021
Jokar Brings Meoshi World Publishing to the AmericasJon Rosenberg, president of Jokar Productions, has been retained as the agent representing Korean property Meoshi World for publishing and stationery in the Americas.
- Agents of Color See Changes, Challenges in Christian Publishing
BIPOC agents say they’ve seen significant increases in interest—and deals—with Christian publishers since summer 2020 for books by authors who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.
- Compassion, Determination, and Justice: The 2021 Kweli Color of Children's Literature Conference
Boulley also participated in We Need Diverse Books’ mentorship program and #DVPit, both of which allowed her to eventually connect with her agent, Faye Bender at the Book Group.
- U.S. Book Show Gears Up
“Publishers Weekly has a deep, organic relationship with book publishers, librarians, booksellers, agents and those most deeply committed to the health and flourishing of the industry,” said Krista Rafanello, senior marketing director of Publishers Weekly and the show manager of the U.S.
- Obituary: Constance C. Greene
With encouragement from the group’s instructor, Greene wrote to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Phyllis McGinley—a family friend—asking if she might recommend a literary agent.
- Four Questions for Paula Yoo
I had a phone call with my book agent, Tricia Lawrence, and she said this should be a nonfiction narrative for young adults because of books like The 57 Bus and authors like Steve Sheinkin and Deborah Heiligman.
- Book Deals: Week of April 12, 2021
Tentatively titled Cyclorama, the book was sold by Stéphanie Abou at Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents and is, Bloomsbury said, “the story of 10 teenagers brought together by a high school production of The Diary of Anne Frank, which will shape and influence the rest of their lives.”K
- Suited to Change: Spotlight on the Jerusalem International Book Forum
There are discussions set around the changing roles of agents and scouts, how editors interact with authors, and what changes are here to stay in publishing, from business models to work environments.Another key facet of the JIBF—a project of the Municipality of Jerusalem produced by the Arieal Mun
- Maggie Nelson Explores Freedom
(The second title will be a collection of essays.)Mark has been Nelson’s agent for 15 years, since The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial, about the murder of her aunt.
- Middle Grade Snapshot: Spring 2021
Agents who are getting the manuscripts to editors are realizing, ‘Wait, yes, we can really do great things with these projects that we have perhaps loved but had worried wouldn’t find the market and now the market is arms wide open.’