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Letter to the World

Over on Facebook, Penguin/Putnam Executive Editor Stacey Barney* led me to a great how-I-got-into-publishing-and-how-publishing-could-be-better piece by Random House adult editor Chris Jackson, best know for his publishing of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. I was especially struck by Jackson’s story about being in his first publishing job and not knowing how to type […]

Book packaging

Not THAT kind, but about the literal packaging of books sent to this office. And others: a publishing friend said she received an indignant phone call asking her company to PLEASE stop using mailers that contain that gray fluffy stuff as padding; and I also saw it on Twitter. I asked in this office if the […]

The star-making machinery

Grandpa got grumpy yesterday over one of his old nemeses: the Non-Disclosure Agreement. An NDA in this circumstance is when a publisher asks us to sign a contract putting certain restrictions on the Horn Book before forking over an advance review copy. We aren’t asked to sign them very often, and we never do sign them, […]

Hbook Podcast 2.10 – Series Wrap on Siân

It’s Siân‘s last week at Horn Book! 😢 Roger and Siân mainly ramble in this episode. There was no plan. You can tell. 🙂 They talk about Siân’s new gig with Shelf Awareness, electronic books, the future of publishing, and they display an amazing lack of knowledge on how to protect the environment. While this […]

Need a job?

With the lovely Siân Gaetano departing the Horn Book to become the children’s/YA editor of Shelf Awareness, we have an opening for an editorial assistant. See below. Position:            Editorial Assistant Reports To:       Managing Editor, Horn Book Guide Location:           Boston The Horn Book Guide provides comprehensive coverage of […]

Diversity by the numbers

Please read Martha’s interview with K.T. Horning about the CCBC‘s fabled accounting of diversity in children’s books. I wonder what those numbers would look like from here, that is, if you counted the same variables for those books reviewed by the Horn Book Guide, would you get the same kind of numbers? I don’t think […]

Hbook Podcast 2.3 – Special Guest Jamie Tan

Siân chats with Jamie Tan, Candlewick publicist, about trade shows, the life of a publicist, and finding your people. Jamie Tan Candlewick Books we talk about The Princess in Black – Shannon and Dean Hale Snow White – Matt Phelan Caraval – Stephanie Garber Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth Race to the Bottom of […]

Hbook Podcast 1.37 – Publishing and the Patriarchy

Podcast the 37th in which Roger and Siân talk about the recent election and women in publishing. Links Roger’s morning after Lee and Low Diversity baseline survey Publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female, US study finds Are Book Publishers To Blame For Gender Discrimination? Why Men Don’t Read: How Publishing is Alienating Half the […]

The morning after

[In a burst of apparently unwarranted Dewey-beats-Truman optimism, my original draft for this afternoon’s Notes from the Horn Book editorial suggested that Hillary Clinton could do worse than read some E.B. White (Melissa Sweet’s Some Writer! is reviewed in the issue) to guide her presidency. Probably still not a bad idea even as things turned […]

Hbook Podcast 1.32 – Special Guest Betsy Bird

Podcast the 32nd in which Siân chats with blogger and librarian Betsy Bird about religion in books and publishing. Books we talk about Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill and Francis Vallejo Harry Potter, obvi Miracle Man by John Hendrix The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz and Hatem Aly Rebel Genius […]