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>You can buy a printer, but can you buy a clue?

>We got a call last week asking if the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards accept submissions of print-on-demand books. Editorial Anonymous explains why not.

Clueless wannabes will always be with us but what confounds me more are stories that indulge in all the sentimentality, preachiness, lame rhyming and anthropomorphism we say never, ever to indulge a manuscript in, and yet they somehow get published, by a real publisher, anyway. (Yes, Peach and Blue, I’m thinking of you.) Let’s make an award for that. (Anyone remember SLJ‘s Billy Budd Button and Huck Finn pin?)

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Monica Edinger says:

    >When I first joined adbooks in 2002, Christopher Paolini was very active on it; I particularly recollect (and just found in the archives) a post in which he explained why print on demand is better than a regular publisher. Just thought I’d try to get a few folks’ hopes up.

  2. Editorial Anonymous says:

    >Is there a link, Monica? I haven’t seen that post. Was it because PODs would publish his hackneyed plagerizing butt? Or was there some other reason?

  3. Monica Edinger says:

    >You have to join the yahoo group, adbooks and then go back to the 2002 posts (I think it may have been in March). As for your second question…well…I think it was a family thing.

  4. >Not sure if this will be seen as I am slow to respond. But I keep wondering–

    Why do we say never to indulge in anthropomorphism? Is there some connotation that goes along with that that I am not aware of, or bad associations, or is it that there is just so much of it out there already?

    Very curious–

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