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Diversity in Literature from the Standpoint of a Biracial Latina Woman

Growing up with a Dominican mother and an Ashkenazi father, I never saw books about myself. Because my father was never particularly religious and my sisters and I were raised Catholic, it was natural for me to feel more connected to my Dominican side. Even from my earliest memory, little four-year-old me knew who she was: she was Dominican. Every night she ate rice and beans and maduros and tried to understand what her abuela and mother were saying. But she also knew that she was biracial and was always […]

The YA Formula for Female Protagonists

When you think of Young Adult Literature, what pops into your head? Every Jesse Green book? Cheesy first love stories? Sad first love stories? Twilight? Over the last decade YA has evolved. You don’t see many books like Sweet Valley High anymore or Gossip Girl—two book series based off a pair of perfect blonde rich girls. Instead we’re seeing more diversity, both ethnically and politically. If a character is LGBTQ, their sexuality doesn’t have to be the plot, as author Bill Konigsberg describes in his blog. But even though YA […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/11-12/15

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. The Merriam-Webster word of the year is “feminism.” The Handmaid’s Tale was 2017’s most-read Kindle and Audible book. Skyhorse Publishing will not unionize for now. Amazon announced a new review policy to fight spammers. A children’s book by James Baldwin will be reissued next year. […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/17-7/21

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. There will be two new Harry Potter books released in the fall.  Keanu Reeves co-founded X Artists’ Books, an art book publisher.  Amazon rolled out a social network, Spark, which encourages users to shop. Barbour Publishing is now employee-owned.  In an open letter to the […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 8/1-8/5

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Post-Cursed Child release, J.K. Rowling says that Harry Potter is “now done.” Sourcebooks is adding customization options to certain titles through its Simple Truths business imprint. No new novel cracked the bestseller list in the first half of 2016. Hachette is partnering with Tapas Media to release several of […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/16-11/20

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. The winners of the National Book Awards were announced on Wednesday. Taylor Swift teamed up with Scholastic to donate 25,000 books to NYC schools. The Harry Potter audiobooks are now available on Audible. The Pope announced that he will publish his first children’s book with […]

Bookselling at New York Comic Con

When my friend asked if I could be a bookseller at New York Comic Con I said yes before even looking at my calendar. Selling books! At Comic Con! There was no way I was going to miss it. I haven’t been a proper bookseller in a few years, and I’ve never been to ComicCon, but I was excited even though I had no idea what to expect. Here’s what I saw: Comic Con is a great place for book nerds. Obviously Comic Con has moved way beyond just comic […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/5-10/9

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. British bookstore chain Waterstones pulled Kindles from its stores due to low sales numbers. Belarusian non-fiction writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature this week. Barnes & Noble partnered with Samsung to release a new Nook tablet, called the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook 9.6″ Tablet. Global […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 1/26-1/30

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Oyster added all 10 Harry Potter universe books to its subscription service. Author David Lagercrantz will write a sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Simon & Schuster launched its new nonfiction imprint North Star Way, which will offer additional audience-building services to its authors. UK grocery retailer Tesco ended its ebook […]

Fanfiction and Fandoms: A Primer, A History

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * The Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman in his 2011 Time article summarized the mentality surrounding fanfiction in mainstream culture as “what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker.” Now don’t get Grossman wrong—he is pro-fanfiction, but he also acknowledges that to outsiders, it’s an odd world of what some might call extremists. Despite […]