It all starts with the pitch. I can actually find myself on the edge of my seat when our editors present each season’s new books. It’s the art department’s chance to vie for which titles speak to us the most—which books might work best with our particular styles and skillsets.
After working at the same publishing house for four years, I can almost always predict which designer will gravitate toward a particular title. But inevitably, it ends up being a mix of interest, talent and workload that determines our selections. We give our creative director our first picks and she ultimately assigns the list. I’m fortunate enough to work with a team that is incredibly versatile; they can work across all genres successfully.
The list is actually somewhat fluid, so if I ever feel like I’m working on too much or too little, things can shift around depending on everyone’s workload. If I’m passionate about a book that I haven’t been assigned, though, I’ll often offer to assist on it. This could include doing photo research, setting up a shoot, or anything else that’s needed.
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Amazon Singles Classics: Can They Make E-shorts Fashionable? (Pub Perspectives)
Echoes of a bygone Byliner: Opening with more than 140 knees-up essays and stories, Amazon is betting that Singles Classics can make e-shorts sexy at last.
How to Grow Your Email List (Jane Friedman)
Perhaps the element of email lists that excites (and frustrates) people the most is list growth. We all love numbers, don’t we? At least, we love numbers when they are on our side.
Nielsen Book to Launch Online ISBN Store (Bookseller)
Nielsen Book is launching a new ISBN store allowing publishers and self-published authors to purchase smaller numbers of ISBNs online “within minutes.”
Growth Is My Biggest Concern (Pub Perspectives)
“We need to work harder and customize our publishing offers in Latin America,” says Barcelona-based independent publisher Luis Solano. Spain’s publishing market’s challenges, he says, include piracy and a need for new readership.
How to Find Your Author Voice with Roz Morris (Creative Penn)
Roz Morris is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels as a ghostwriter and has also written My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform 3 under her own name. She is also an editor and has a series of books for writers under the Nail Your Novel brand, including books on character, plot and editing.
Come for the Books, Stay for the Sandwiches (Chicago Tribune)
You could spend half the day at Town House Books & Cafe in St. Charles and never venture outside, losing yourself in the ceiling-high shelves and alcoves throughout the bookstore. But you’ll probably grow hungry or thirsty, and that’s where the cafe comes in.
Booksellers Launch YA Subscription Book Club (Bookseller)
Book Box Club is a monthly subscription box and online book group about young adult (YA) fiction. Each month subscribers will receive a YA book, a craft item based on a theme from that book and an invitation to the members-only online book group.