>What does this make the future look like?

>Children’s book publishing history is marked by scandalous firings and layoffs of editors; see Leonard Marcus’s Minders of Make-Believe for some of the stories. I took one on a dozen years ago, but this latest round: wow. Emma Dryden and Kevin Lewis of Simon & Schuster are the most recent of many veteran editors and […]

>Craig Virden

>I was sorry to hear of Craig Virden’s death today. We first met when I was chair of the Margaret Edwards committee and he was Richard Peck’s publisher at what is now Random House. Craig was more excited than winner Peck (who got the news while transiting the Panama Canal, so there’s that). We weren’t […]

>Whither YA?

>Josie has a post up about adults buying young adult books for their own pleasure, citing The Book Thief, Hunger Games and the Stephenie Meyer books as particular favorites among customers at The Flying Pig. I was musing about this topic the other day with the YA class over at Simmons, as we asked the […]

>Why aren’t they called adults’ books

>and adults’ books editors? In any event, there is a great roundtable discussion among four of ‘em over at Poets & Writers. This past week I had to deal with a new author who was rather over-enthusiastic in his attempts to persuade the Magazine to review his book. I finally had to call in the […]

>More about money

>Boston Globe writer David Mehegan has a great piece on what’s going on at Houghton Mifflin. Don’t skip the comments, either–lots of perspectives from people who used to work there. And don’t miss the aforementioned Patsy Aldana expounding at some greater length on just what money and publishing have to do with each other, for […]

>We’re still here . . .

>But the Horn Book, Inc. has a new owner. See details on our website.

>J.K. Rowling wishes they paid by the word.

>Agent Amanda Urban on the economics of book publishing: “Books can only support a certain retail price,” she said. “It’s not like you have books that can be Manolo Blahniks and books that can be Cole Haan. Books are books. A book by James Patterson costs the same as a book by some poet.” Which […]

>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt update

>While I could not get HMH to confirm or deny Jane Yolen’s claim that the children’s division was not bound by the no-submissions policy announced last week, I see from a Hillel Italie AP story that Joe-the-spokesman is apparently talking to someone. In a report of today’s resignation of adult trade publisher Becky Saletan, Italie […]

>My best friend

>and frequent commenter here is interviewed over at Cynsations. The photo is graciously intimidating and makes me think Lawzy has the potential to become a true dragon lady. Oh, but when we were young . . . never mind, let’s leave something for the memoir. On thing I’ll share, though, that Elizabeth did not: as […]

>(Un)block that metaphor!

>”We have turned off the spigot, but we have a very robust pipeline”–Houghton Mifflin Harcourt spokesman Josef Blumenfeld, explaining the company’s rationale for ordering its editors to stop acquiring manuscripts. No, Joe, what you have turned off is the water supply, rendering both the pipeline AND spigot irrelevant.