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Spotlight on Middle Grade

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * *  Young adult literature has been a huge catalyst and money-maker for publishing over the past few years. Beyond the books, the category’s given birth to several multimillion dollar franchises and new Hollywood stars. With all of the glamour and glitz that can come out of the YA world, it’s easy to forget about the rest of children’s literature. No, not board books or picture books: I’m talking about middle grade. According to […]

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 […]

Not There Yet: The New “New Adult” Genre

Genres shape our reading habits, but their exact boundaries have always eluded us. Genres are “inherently confusing and complex,” as one New Yorker article put it, and that couldn’t be more true than in the case of a new and in-the-making genre called New Adult. New Adult is a genre of fiction. It features protagonists between ages 18 and 25 (some say 26), usually in college or at their first job. New Adult picks up where Young Adult leaves off. In the words of bestselling author Cora Carmack, “Young Adult […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 1/13-1/17

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. It’s been a big week for ebook subscription services, both Oyster and Librify got significant funding. James Frey, the author famous for the scandal surrounding his book, A Million Little Pieces, signs a $2 million deal for a young adult series with HarperCollins for an premise […]