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Sourcebooks Next Blog

We’re at a historic point in the transformation the book.

Ebooks, reading devices, retailers and e-tailers, software and apps, and all the cool things we haven’t even imagined yet are changing the face of reading, entertainment and learning. Sourcebooks Next is our blog looking not from the perspective of pundit or prognosticator, but from the perspective of a publisher deeply engaged in the workings of the transformation. Please feel free to join us.

Friday, September 25, 2015

 How an Adventurous Black Cat Climbed His Way onto the New York Times Bestseller List—

and into the hearts of readers everywhere!

Last week, Max the Brave by Ed Vere debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list, and this week has climbed the list to #5!

From the moment Max the Brave was launched, it was clear to all that it was VERY difficult not to fall in love with this brave little black cat. With that in mind, our goal became to make Max visible EVERYWHERE.

Major giveaways at trade shows, including BEA and ALA, as well as special materials like hardcover ARCs, window decals, capes, and an animated trailer (view it here) helped to build early buzz within the industry…

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The entire Sourcebooks team loved Max! To harness that excitement, Sourcebooks team members—armed with Max the Brave capes and their creativity—went on a mission to help our cat find his mouse, and posted the resulting images all over social media during the month of August.

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And then we started to hear from reviewers…And early reviews for Max the Brave were unanimous—everyone loves this little black cat and his adventure in finding mouse:

“Max’s guileless personality and single-minded pursuit of his goal make him the perfect stand-in for toddlers, and older children will appreciate Vere’s playful wit and wish for Max’s return.”

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“Minimalist illustrations and expressive fonts are set against colorful pages to sharpen the reader’s focus on Max and the other animals…Max should find himself chasing Mouse into storytimes again and again.” —Booklist

An instant read-aloud hitMax the Brave has it all: a bold, bumbling superhero; laugh-out-loud preschool humor; eye-catching illustrations; and a fun twist at the end. Kids will ask immediately to hear this one again.” —BookPage

“Both the punchy text and illustrations command attention, and plenty of readers will get a kick out of feeling superior to Max.” —Publishers Weekly

A cat-and-mouse game to be laughed at and reread.Kirkus Reviews

“Full of playful humor…enhanced by the humorous text, character expressions, and a not-scary monster to boot. VERDICT: Highly recommended.” —School Library Journal

Of course, we couldn’t sell a lot of books without the support of our retail partners, so a big “THANKS” to the Independent Booksellers across the U.S. that helped put Max the Brave on the Autumn 2015 Kids’ Indie Next List! And a BIG Thank YOU to Barnes & Noble, who selected the title as their Special Offer Picture Book for the month of September—and will feature the book for a National Storytime on September 26!

And many thanks to our red-caped bloggers who shared Max the Brave everywhere! As you can see, kids (and cats) enjoyed reading along.

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And all of this led up to an extensive U.S. tour. Author and illustrator Ed Vere is on the road for two weeks visiting bookstores and schools. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.edvere.com/2457189-2015-events.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015


DominiqueRaccah2Sourcebooks Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah made NewCity’s Lit 50 2015, a list of the 50 greatest contributors to Chicago’s vibrant literary scene!

“This year’s list includes indie-bookstore owners, booksellers, publishers, editors, chairs and directors of creative writing programs, literacy advocates, library leaders, execs at major literary foundations, organizers of festivals, conferences, live lit productions and salons. All of the individuals on this list contribute significantly—whether they help to get books in readers’ hands, excite the next generation in literary arts, afford writers opportunities to publish, provide storytellers a stage to share their tales, or create environments where writers can make the right connections or just talk shop.”

“Behind all of the innovation is fundamentally our desire to create a more expansive future for readers, authors and book publishing,” Raccah said.

Raccah is featured at #3, behind Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune’s literary editor, and Robert Polito, president of the Poetry Foundation. It’s a great honor to be included and the Chicago literary scene is a community that Sourcebooks is proud to be a part of.


Monday, June 01, 2015

BEA is always a great show, a place where publishers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers, authors, and more can get together and talk about what is going on in the industry and the exciting books everyone is looking forward to in the coming year. We got a chance to introduce some of the books and authors we're most excited about to some of the people we are most excited about working with. 

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Publisher Dominique Raccah was a part of the panel that kicked off the BEA 2015 programming: Innovation and Data: The Promise and The Pitfalls. More on what the panel discussed here.

Publishers (and others) have booths on the trade show floor where they display their upcoming books, host author signings, conduct meetings, and talk with other industry professionals. Booksellers and librarians stop by to browse through what each publisher will be offering in the coming year. Some publishers give away copies of books so that people can read and recommend the books they fall in love with. Author signings are a great way for an author to meet and interact with a lot of industry professionals and to share their excitement about their book.

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Just a few of the titles we're excited about this year - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend and Awake

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Showcasing some great YA like Natalie Richards, Ali Novak, Patty Blount, Miranda Kenneally and more.

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The pup on the cover of Rescue Road looks on while the Sourcebooks crew works hard setting up a tower of Awake ARCs to be given away.

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Two of the ARCs that we got to share at the show: Awake by Natasha Preston with a special slipcover (left) and a giant stack of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (right), with Sales Manager Heidi Weiland for scale!

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Editorial Assistant Elissa Erwin (left) shares her excitement about My Secret To Tell, Natalie Richard's 3rd YA novel with a booth visitor. Booksellers, librarians, bloggers and more line up outside the book before one of our author signings.

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Alan Stratton signed copies of his new YA horror story The Dogs in the Sourcebooks booth. 

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We also had signings with Charles Belfoure (left), author of internationally bestselling The Paris Architect and the upcoming The House of Thieves, and the wonderful Carol Weston (right), author of Ava and Pip.

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Marieke Nijkamp signs copies of her forthcoming This Is Where It Ends, then sits down to do an interview with PBS.

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Alex Yeadon (left) is ready to talk about some of our upcoming kids and YA titles at School Library Journal's Day of Dialogue, and Alan Stratton had a long signing line at the same event!

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Patty Blount's Some Boys won the 2015 CLMP Firecracker Award in the Young Adult category. You can read more about the award here.

 A huge thank you to everyone who made BEA great this year!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

This morning Dominique was part of a panel that opened Book Expo America 2015, talking about the digital transformation and how the data that comes with that change can help drive innovation. The impressive lineup of panelists included:

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Scott Galloway, Founder & Chairman of L2, Joanna Stone Herman, Moderator, Co-Founder and CEO of Librify, Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks, Gareth Cuddy, Founder and CEO of Vearsa, Bethlam Forsa, President of Pearson Learning Services, and Trip Adler, CEO & Co-Founder of Scribd.

Professor Galloway kicked off the event with a 15-minute roller-coaster ride of information about the future of digital. A couple of interesting predictions from him:

In retail

  • Amazon is going to decline
  • Pure play eCommerce is not going to work anymore
  • Retailers are going to be regrowing
  • The future of retail looks more like Macy’s

Social Media

  • Facebook did a bait and switch with their community and advertisers and they are winning the war of content and audience
  • Facebook is likely to disrupt YouTube


  • Apple is the best luxury brand right now
  • If you want to learn about retail and global management, watch what luxury brands do

You can actually see a version of the talk that Professor Galloway did earlier here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCvwCcEP74Q

From there the panel discussed data. Our conversation ranged over the power of data and how it’s being used in various publishing businesses today, some of the limitations of the data available to us now, the biggest innovations happening across the industry and how our industry compares to others, as well as conversation and predictions around the next 5 years of the book publishing business.

The panel was filmed by CSPAN and we will update with a link to the video as soon as it becomes available.


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