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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.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

 9781492601623-PR9781402264498Here at Sourcebooks we love The Cupcake Club by mother-daughter writing team Sheryl and Carrie Berk, and we were really excited when it was turned into a musical. So imagine how thrilled we were to launch a brand new series by the fabulous mother-daughter duo this summer. The Fashion Academy is Project Runway meets Fame, and not only is it off to a fantastic start, but it’s now been made into a musical too! 

On Friday, October 2, Fashion Academy the Musical premiered in NYC. Set at the fictional Fashion Academy of Brooklyn with a script written by Sheryl Berk, and a poignant, bouncy, upbeat soundtrack, the entire audience couldn’t wait to see their favorite series come to life in true FAB fashion. The night kicked off with VIP red carpet event where NYC’s most fashionable young divas were in attendance. After the fantastic performance, fans gathered for an after-party where they met with authors Sheryl and Carrie Berk and the cast of Fashion Academy the Musical for a book signing. 

We were overjoyed to see Sheryl and Carrie’s wonderful storytelling returned to the stage, and everyone agreed that the night was “SEW FAB!”

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Fashion Academy main character Mickey Williams would be proud of these Fashion Academy fans who were Runway Ready! 

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In attendance was Susanna Paliotta, star of Bravo’s Game of Crowns.

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Author Carrie Berk strikes a FAB pose before the show!


The program, step-and-repeat, and delicious cake from the event.


The cast signing copies of Fashion Academy.


A triumphant photo of the authors and cast together, celebrating FAB being brought to life!


Thursday, October 01, 2015

100 Books v2 Facebook

Put Me In The Story, Sourcebooks’ personalized book website, has just reached a HUGE milestone with 100 books available on our site! 

We’d like to take this moment to say a huge “Thank You!” to everyone who has made our 100 Put Me In The Story books possible… our authors, licensors, editors, and especially, our READERS! Without you, none of these 100 books (and counting!) would have been possible. We are forever grateful!

To help celebrate this achievement, we decided to run a fun sweepstakes on our Put Me In The Story Facebook Page. We got a lot of entries, but what we really got was a sense of the impact that our books are having in people’s lives, how they are truly touching people.

Here are our top 10 favorite comments we’ve received so far:

#1 – For the Kids & Kids at Heart

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#2 – Keep them coming!

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#3 – Creating life-long readers.

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#4 – A book starring your child!

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#5 – #BooksChangeLives

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#6 – Now you’re just making us blush!

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#7 – Creating book addicts, one personalized book at a time.

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#8 – Special gifts for your little one.

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#9 – Showing us off

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#10 – We’re suckers for cute photos of kids 

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Okay, so that was a little more than 10… but there were so many awesome comments! Here’s to the next 100!


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Debut Novel Becomes an Indie Store Favorite

What happens when Karen Schwettman, one of the “Foxes” (a.k.a. friends and cofounders of award-winning indie bookstore FoxTale Book Shoppe), falls in love with your book?

You get invited to visit their store in Woodstock, Georgia, for a fabulous event—complete with a dazzling window display and a magical recreation of one of your chapters in the store. 

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Scott Wilbanks, author of The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, was absolutely blown away with the scene that met him when he stepped inside FoxTale for an event in August. (Below left: Scott Wilbanks, Below right: Scott (right) with Mike and Karen)

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The Foxes had set up an antique red door that serves as the time travel portal in the novel as part of the author signing table. Other elements featured in the book, such as a brass letter box, were prominently displayed in the store window.

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“If you ever get the chance, stop by the store and shoot the breeze with Karen. You’ll thank me. She’s pretty marvelous, folks,” says Scott.


Wilbanks’s event was packed, and included old friends, enthusiastic fans, and new friends, including Karl Camp, who posted on Facebook:

“My family and I had a wonderful time meeting Scott and Mike at the book signing event for The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster at Foxtale Book Shoppe in Woodstock. I just finished reading the book. Thank you, Scott. It is masterfully written. Please keep writing! Such literary gifts are exceedingly rare and always a jewel to discover.”


The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is also November’s FoxTalk Book Club pick!

Thank you to FoxTale Book Shoppe for the amazing hospitality and for making an author’s dream come alive!


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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