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Books club picks you'll find your way back to time and again.

The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich The Orphan Sky by Ella Leya Pieces of My Mother by Melissa Cistaro

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Four Anchors

 

You’re ready for something that’s deeper than the Mariana Trench. You need a book that will bring tears to your eyes and encourage conversation that will carry on long into the night.

Three Anchors

 

Batten down the hatches. This book will make you smile one moment and then pull your heartstrings all the way down to Davy Jones Locker. Get ready for some fun book club talks that also touch on serious social issues.

Two Anchors

 

Ahoy mateys! This book will put the wind in your sails and lead you on a gently rolling adventure that will leave you and your friends on the edge of your seats.

One Anchor

 

Hang on to your buoys! This fun, fearless, flirty book will leave you and your friends laughing as you talk about your favorite scenes and characters.

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The Doggy Divas Roxy's Rules

About the Author

Lauren Brown has been a pop culture fanatic since she was a kid. She is the author of Reese Witherspoon: The Biography and other Hollywood bios. She's worked at CosmoGIRL, Us Weekly and MTV. Today she contributes regularly to Radar Online and Cosmogirl.com. Find out more at laurenbrown.net.

On the closing day of the 2012 Tools of Change Conference (TOC, #toccon), Brett Sandusky (Macmillan New Ventures) led and moderated an exciting discussion on Real World Agile Publishing along with his panel members Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks) and Joe Wikert (O’Reilly Media, Inc.).

The conversation focused on the real world implementation of Agile Publishing within the panelists’ respective companies. Both panelists discussed how their companies are using agile techniques like minimum viable products, rapid updates, serialized publishing, and variable pricing for some of their newest publications, and also shared some of the key things they’ve learned so far from their experiences with the Agile Publishing Model.

2012 TOC Summary

Porter Anderson has published his summary of the 2012 TOC conference, in which he provides additional insight into the panel discussion and gives his own thoughts on a number of the key points that were discussed. His closing comments offer what we thought to be a strong recap of the session’s overall direction and importance to the publishing industry.

“This was a conversation about an intriguing way of working that may have a lot of application to the current interest in shorter form work, the rise of ‘singles,’ and in the search for meaningful, supportive collaboration in a publishing space that looks pretty rigid too frequently. It was a smart and thoughtful entry in a conference of many insights.”

If you haven’t already, we would encourage you to take a minute or two and read his full recap.

Finally, as both Joe and Dominique noted as their discussion was closing we would love to hear your thoughts and input as well.

Slide Presentations

You can view Dominique’s slide presentation from the panel below, and a copy of Joe Wikert’s Agile Publishing presentation is also available online, courtesy of the TOC website.

REACHING INFLUENCERS

What is an influencer?

An influencer is an individual or media outlet that commands a lot of respect and gets a lot of attention in the reading community. The New York Times or the Washington Post are two examples of top influencers. But newspapers aren’t the only place to find influencers. Each category of book has their own set of influencers.

How do I find an influencer?

The best way to find influencers is to think about who your audience is and where they go for their book recommendations. To determine if someone is an influencer, take a look at their social media following. Do they have a large amount of followers? Do their book recommendations get a lot of comments and shares? Both are indications that they are someone to start paying attention to.

How do I reach an influencer?

Once you have located an influencer within your category, take a look around their prominent platforms (blog, website, the outlet they write for) and take note of what interests them and how they prefer to be approached. Many influencers will specify on their website or social media how they prefer to be contacted. They may prefer to have a publisher contact them directly. If this is the case, contact your publicist and ask them to reach out on your behalf. It’s always important to take note of influencers’ preferences.

When trying to reach influencers, it’s also important to start engaging more with the community your book lives in. By being active on social media, supporting other authors, and partaking in conversations online, people within the community you are targeting will start to take note and follow you.

TIPS FOR GETTING GOOD REVIEWS ON AMAZON:

The key to getting a lot of good reviews on Amazon is to make it a habit of inviting people to review and read your book. Provide a free review copy when necessary. Here's where to find reviewers:

  • From Amazon's list of Top Reviewers who regularly post reviews of books similar to yours. See www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/top-reviewers.html.
  • Seek out Amazon users who have reviewed related titles or books by authors with a writing style similar to yours.
  • Acquaintances and colleagues interested in your book's topic.

HOW TO APPROACH REVIEWERS:

Click on the username for anyone who's written an Amazon review, and you'll find their Amazon profile, which contains biographical and other information they've posted about themselves.

  • Ensure your book is of interest. Some reviewer profiles explain what types of books they prefer—some reviewers stick with fiction; some review only movies or music.
  • Contact potential Amazon reviewers from their profile page, clicking the link "Invite to be an Amazon Friend." This generates a pop-up form where you can enter a message, and Amazon will forward it in an e-mail.
  • Safeguard yourself a bit by requesting that readers not post a review if they hate the book. But it's the reviewer's call. Don't do anything to suggest you're expecting favorable treatment.
  • Avoid sending your book to reviewers who usually post harshly negative reviews, but don't shy away from those who offer frank criticism. These voices lend credibility to your book.
  • Ask readers who praise your book to post an Amazon review. For example, whenever you receive an email from a satisfied reader, you might respond this way: "Thank you for the kind words about my book. If you have a spare moment, it would be a great help if you could post a review of it on Amazon and let other potential readers know why you liked it."

Positive reviews on Amazon boost your sales not only on Amazon, but also anywhere people buy books. Amazon's reviews are one of the web's most popular features, and good reviews will help sell your book. The main benefit of reviews is giving your book credibility so that once someone notices it, they have the confidence to buy it.

BOOK CLUBS

Getting involved in book clubs can be a great way to get your book in front of new readers! Many book club members can be powerful influencers in their own right and may act as the individual friends turn to for reading recommendations. This makes them the ideal individuals for promoting your book through word of mouth.

How do I get my book considered for a book club?

  • Talk to your local libraries and bookstores. Most libraries and bookstores host monthly book clubs and like to feature local authors. Offer to stop by the book club. Readers are always excited to talk to authors.
  • Look around at online reader communities. Websites like Goodreads have lots of groups that participate in monthly book clubs. Familiarize yourself with these websites. Don’t be afraid to reach out to group organizers and offer copies of your book or to host a video chat to enrich their members’ reading experience.
  • Provide book club resources on your website. Give book clubs the materials they need to discuss your book. Brainstorm questions for members to discuss to get the ball rolling at the meeting.
  • Reach out to friends and family. Sometimes all it takes is one local book club to get the ball rolling. You might meet someone at that event who has another book club they’d like to invite you to, and that one leads to another invite, and so on.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Promoting a book is hard work, and it can be overwhelming at times. Here are a few crucial ways to improve your publicity campaign and help get your book out there.

  • Update your social media profiles and websites. It is crucial to make sure your online presence is consistent across all of your accounts. Be sure to update your platforms with information on your book and supply buy links. Make sure this information is ready to go at least 3 months in advance of release day.
  • Get active on your social media platforms. Start sharing posts and sprinkle in information about your new release across your accounts. Keep your posts varied in content. You don’t want to drown your followers in promotion, but increasing engagement with followers will put you front and center.
  • Complete any assignments given to you by your publicist. Your publicist will be working hard to get placements for you on community websites and to get your work in the hands of influencers. Completing guest posts and interviews on time will help get your work out in front of more readers.
  • Create original pieces and essays. Come up with a few original pieces that you or your publicist could pitch to publications with audiences who are in line with your book.
  • Reach out to your circles. Do your colleagues at work know you have a book coming out? Your friends, family? Make a “big mouth” list of all the people you know who might be interested in your work. Clear that list with your publicist, start letting people know about your new release (handwritten notes are appreciated!), and ask them to help spread the word.
  • Introduce yourself to local bookstores and libraries. Bookstores and libraries love to spotlight local authors. Be sure to introduce yourself and let them know more information about your release. You may also want to offer to be a guest speaker at a book club or reader event.

TIMELINE

The timeline of promotion for your release may vary based on your category, but below is a general outline for reference. Your publicist will be in touch with a more detailed outline before release.

  • 5 to 6 months before release: Advanced review copies (ARCs) are sent to media for review consideration.
  • 4 to 5 months before release: Your primary publicist reaches out with your detailed publicity campaign plan and begins to plan events (as appropriate).
  • 3 to 4 months before release: Your publicist begins outreach for coverage in media outlets.
  • 2 months: Media placements are finalized. If a book tour is planned, the schedule is finalized. Finished copies of your book are sent out to more media outlets for review consideration.
  • 1 month out: Media placements are finalized.
  • Release month: Scheduled events usually occur the first month of release. Articles and posts start to go live.


 

 

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Jennifer Fosberry

Jennifer Fosberry is the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book series featuring the
plucky, purple-haired Isabella!
Her latest book takes inspiration from the trailblazing women who made
their way onto the political map of America, as Isabella celebrates the women who were first to hold their offices.

About the Books
My Name Is Not Isabella
My Name Is Not Alexander
Isabella: Girl on the Go
Isabella: Star of the Story
Isabella: Girl in Charge
Resources
My Name Is Not Isabella Educator Guide
Isabella: Girl on the Go Educator Guide
Isabella: Girl on the Go Activity Kit
Isabella: Star of the Story Educator Guide
Isabella: Star of the Story Activity Kit
Isabella: Girl in Charge Educator Guide
Isabella: Girl in Charge Activity Kit

 

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Mark Pett

Mark Pett is the illustrator and coauthor of this incredibly funny, inspirational story about a girl who
prides herself on being
perfect—until she’s not. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is the perfect way
to teach growth mindset to young children.
Click here to see how educators are using this in classroom lessons.

About the Book
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
Resources
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Educator Guide

 

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Marianne Richmond

Beloved author and illustrator Marianne Richmond honors and celebrates the power of courage in every child
with Be Brave Little One. With this book, Marianne can encourage children to be brave in their own ways and teach
them that bravery can show up in all different ways.

About the Book
Be Brave Little One
Resources
Be Brave Little One Activity Kit

 

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Laurie Jordan

With her book, Yawning Yoga, Laurie Jordan invites students to participate in an
interactive reading while introducing them to elements of yoga.

About the Book
Yawning Yoga

 

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Julia Patton

Julia Patton is an award-winning author-illustrator. The Very Very Very Long Dog features silly fun
along with an important message: that we love our friends not in spite of their flaws, but because of them.

About the Book
The Very Very Very Long Dog
Resources
The Very Very Very Long Dog Book Trailer

 

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Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Nancy J. Cavanaugh is the acclaimed author of Always, Abigail, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee,
and This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, a Florida Book Award winner, an NCTE Notable Children’s Book
in the Language Arts Award winner, and nominee for numerous state awards. She was an elementary
school teacher for more than fifteen years, as well as a library media specialist.

About the Books
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet
Always, Abigail
Just Like Me
Elsie Mae Has Something to Say
Resources
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet Educator Guide
Always, Abigail Educator Guide
Just Like Me Discussion Guide
Elsie Mae Has Something to Say Educator Guide

 

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Carol Weston

Carol Weston has been Dear Carol, an advice columnist at Girls’ Life magazine, since 1994.
Her Ava and Pip diary series is filled with palindromes, homonyms, and other wordplay, and
was called “a love letter to language” by the New York Times. Speed of Life received FOUR

starred reviews and the New York Times called it a “perceptive, funny, and moving new novel.”
Carol is the author of sixteen books and likes to tell students that she found her voice by
keeping diaries and that rewriting is as important as writing. She can Skype in English or Spanish.

About the Books
Ava and Pip
Ava and Taco Cat
Ava XOX
Speed of Life
Resources
The Ava and Pip Series Educator Guide
Speed of Life Discussion Guide

 

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Jess Keating

Jess Keating is a zoologist and the author of Shark Lady, a picture book biography of
Eugenie Clark, and the hilarious and
heartwarming My Life Is a Zoo middle grade series.
Jess offers twenty-minute Q&A virtual visits. For details and pricing on
her longer
virtual visit, visit Jess’s website.

About the Books
How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied
How to Outswim a Shark without a Snorkel
How to Outfox Your Friends When You Don’t Have a Clue
Shark Lady
Resources
How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are United Activity Kit
Shark Lady Activity Kit
Shark Lady Book Trailer

 

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Patricia Forde

Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver for middle schoolers in this gripping story about the power of words.
A former teacher, Patricia Forde can touch on topics like censorship, freedom of speech, global warming,
and more, in addition to talking about becoming an author

About the Book
The List
Resources
The List Educator Guide
The List Discussion Guide

 

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Emma Shevah

Emma Shevah is the highly acclaimed author of Dream On, Amber and Dara Palmer’s Major Drama,
which collectively received seven starred reviews. With a mixed format and extensive doodles,
Emma’s books are visually appealing while featuring universal themes that all kids can relate to.
Emma has several talk options for her Skype visits, including “How stories are like
soccer and cake baking,” “Amber, Samurai, and top tips for writing,”
and “Cambodia, orphanages, and the girl who inspired Dara Palmer.”

About the Books
Dream On, Amber
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama
Resources
Dream On, Amber Discussion Guide
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama Discussion Guide

 

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Jen Calonita

 Jen Calonita is a former magazine entertainment editor turned author who likes to discuss how
she went from a reluctant elementary school reader to a lover of books and a writer. Using her
experiences in celebrity reporting as a jumping-off point for her first book series, Jen likes to
discuss how book ideas take shape, what the writing and editing process is like, and where
she gets her inspiration. She loves the chance to answer questions from the class too!

About the Books
Flunked
Charmed
Tricked
Resources
Flunked Activity Kit

 

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Christina Soontornvat

Enter a fairyland as magical as it is dangerous in this enchanting middle-grade fantasy series by 
Christina Soontornvat. Christina connects her passion for reading with her STEM background
to show students that, with practice, anyone can become a writer. She shares how the writing
process is like the engineering design process and walks students through the stages of
book creation, from idea to publication (and reveals some super secrets along the way!).

About the Books
The Changelings
In a Dark Land
Resources
The Changelings Activity Kit

 

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Young Adult Authors

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Marieke Nijkamp

Marieke Nijkamp is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends,
which has spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more
than 150,000 copies. Generate great conversation with your teens by bringing the author
virtually into your library or classroom. Submit a request for special details and purchasing requirements.

About the Book
This Is Where It Ends
Resources
This Is Where It Ends Discussion Guide
This Is Where It Ends Author/Editor Q&A

 

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Steve Schafer

In The Border, four teens are on the run from a cartel that murdered their families, and getting
across the U.S. border is their only hope. Steve Schafer spent years working, volunteering, and
traveling across Latin America, and in his book, he tackles timely and controversial issues
surrounding immigration and drug and gang violence that are sure to get your teens talking.

About the Book
The Border
Resources
The Border Discussion Guide

 

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Mark Alpert

With a career in scientific journalism and a degree in astrophysics, Mark Alpert weaves realistic,
cutting-edge science into his books. The Six series was hailed as “a well-researched, hard-core
science-fiction joyride” (School Library Journal). They are the perfect books to get kids
reading and keep them on the edge of their seats.

About the Books
The Six
The Siege
The Silence
Resources
The Six Discussion Guide
The Six Book Trailer

 

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Cyndy Etler

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Cyndy Etler

Cyndy Etler is a teacher, teen life coach, and author of the young adult memoir The Dead Inside
and its companion, We Can’t Be Friends. A survivor of Straight, Inc., a notorious “tough love”

program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids,” Cyndy can talk about
subjects ranging from suicide, bullying, and how she went from homeless kid to author.

About the Books
The Dead Inside
We Can't Be Friends
Resources
The Dead Inside Educator Guide
The Dead Inside Discussion Guide
We Can’t Be Friends Discussion Guide

 

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Cori McCarthy

Cori McCarthy is the author of Breaking Sky, a futuristic Top Gun–style thriller, which received
two starred reviews. Her latest book, You Were Here, is told through prose, graphic novel panels,
and word art poetry and was hailed as “readable and teachable on multiple levels” (Bulletin of the
Center for Children’s Books
, Starred Review). Cori is available for Q&As and can talk to students

about writing, fine arts careers, and publishing.

About the Books
Breaking Sky
You Were Here
Resources
Breaking Sky Book Trailer
You Were Here Discussion Guide

 

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Zoraida Córdova

Get lost in the YA fantasy by Zoraida Córdova that a starred review from School Library Journal
called “a magical journey from start to finish…a compelling must-have for teens.” Steeped in Latin
American tradition, Labyrinth Lost features stunning worldbuilding and a compelling plot from an
author who’s an advocate for diversity in YA.

About the Book
Labyrinth Lost
Resources
Labyrinth Lost Book Trailer

 

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Patty Blount

Patty Blount is the award-winning author of Some Boys, which School Library Journal
said “belongs in every YA collection.” Her timely, ripped-from-the-headlines books
deal with everything from sexual assault to social media culture and more.

About the Books
Send
TMI
Some Boys
Nothing Left to Burn
The Way It Hurts
Resources
Send Educator Guide
Send Discussion Guide
TMI Discussion Guide
Some Boys Educator Guide
Some Boys Discussion Guide
Nothing Left to Burn Educator Guide

 

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Anna

Anna Michels

Senior Editor, Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark

What I'm looking for:
Fiction:
Mystery (particularly cozy and crossover literary—think Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger), thriller, and suspense; book club fiction with a commercial hook and characters that come to life; historical fiction that will appeal to a female audience.

Nonfiction:
Memoir by writers who connect the events of their lives to readers through incredible storytelling; smart practical nonfiction with a unique hook and prescriptive elements; narrative nonfiction for a broad commercial audience.

Right now, please don't send me...
Romance, YA, children’s books, or poetry

How I got into books:
After a part-time job at my local library in high school, I majored in English in college and attended the Denver Publishing Institute before joining Sourcebooks.

Just a few of the books and authors I've acquired and edited in the past five years:
The parenting classic 1-2-3 MAGIC by Thomas W. Phelan, PhD; Randall Silvis’s TWO DAYS GONE and WALKING THE BONES; DEAD IN THE WATER by Denise Swanson; Craig Carlson’s New York Times bestseller PANCAKES IN PARIS.

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books, all of Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon mysteries, Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef mysteries, The Woman in Cabin 10, A Man Called Ove, The Boys in the Boat, In Cold Blood. I am a passionate recommender of The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery—go read it right now!

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
Be a sounding board and an advocate. Developing relationships with authors is one of my favorite parts of being an editor and I would love to someday be one of those veteran editors who has been working with the same brilliant author for 30+ years.

I love my job because...
There are very few things that make me as happy as a good book—and I get to work with them every day!

I keep my reading pile...
On one very organized shelf on a color-coded bookcase. Once the book is read, it moves to a different shelf. You could maybe say I’m a little obsessive about my books…

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
I love the Tattered Cover in Denver and La Feltrinelli in Rome, where I spent many hours searching out English-language books during my exchange student days. Locally, I visit Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville and Townhouse Books in St. Charles, IL.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Biking, playing bass guitar (badly), or planning my next road trip.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly


Agents can contact me at:
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We're pleased to share that Bustle has included Everything is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs in their "14 Debut Books By Women Coming Out in 2018 That You Need in Your TBR Pile" article.

Here's what Bustle says about Everything is Horrible and Wonderful: "Stephanie Wittels Wachs’ life was changed in the way that many lives are: by a single phone call. In Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, Wachs describes the death of her brother Harris — a young, bright, comedy star — due to a heroin overdose. Unsentimental and at times even funny, Everything is Horrible and Wonderful is Wachs' journey to make sense of the senseless, to move from grief to hope, and to let humor light the way."

Book Info

 

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Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs

Sourcebooks

Publication Date: February 27th, 2018

Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository

The space between life and death is a moment.

But it will remain alive in me for hundreds of thousands of future moments.

One phone call. That’s all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs’ life forever..

Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance?

In beautiful, unsentimental, and surprisingly funny prose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs alternates between her brother’s struggle with addiction, which she learned about three days before her wedding, and the first year after his death, in all its emotional devastation. This compelling portrait of a comedic genius and a profound exploration of the love between siblings is A Year of Magical Thinking for a new generation of readers.

A heartbreaking but hopeful memoir of addiction, grief, and family, Everything is Horrible and Wonderful will make you laugh, cry, and wonder if that possum on the fence is really your brother’s spirit animal.

 

It used to be that authors and readers connected only on the printed page. No more.

Sourcebooks Labs is part of our ongoing series of experiments in bringing great content to readers and learners in exciting and useful new ways. Experiences, education, and connections are what the Labs are all about. Below are a few of the larger “labs” that have led us down paths of discovery and taught us a great deal about integrating content and technology.

Poetry Speaks

The goal of PoetrySpeaks.com is to create a space where poetry can be discovered and rediscovered. In certain ways, poetry has an inherent “discovery” challenge – that is, how do you discover a new poem or poet that truly speaks to you?

As the publishers of some of the bestselling poetry anthologies in the world – and certainly the bestselling mixed-media poetry collections – we have a wealth of experience in bringing the joys of poetry to wide audiences. PoetrySpeaks.com is the opening stanza of bringing it to people on the web.

MyMaxScore

MyMaxScore is a highly innovative approach to test prep for the college-bound. Along with our partner ExamMatrix, we created a unique online test prep program that revolutionizes how students prepare for standardized tests. Our goal was simple: we wanted to make a platform that combined the best methods and strategies for success with cutting-edge technology.

MyMaxScore uses adaptive learning technology to pinpoint weak areas in each unique student after every question they answer. The program continually monitors students’ progress and serves up questions in the areas they need to practice and improve. Each student receives an individualized experience and detailed reports focusing specifically on areas in which he or she can maximize scores - and they’ll spend less time on areas they’ve already mastered.

No tricks, no gimmicks, no “beating the test.” MyMaxScore focuses on actual learning and targeted practice that makes a difference.

Days of our Lives

DaysInsider.com pulls back the curtain on both the wildly popular show Days of our Lives and, in certain ways, on the publishing process. DaysInsider is an online community where Days of our Lives fans can gather to get early online access to the Days of our Lives books, chat with selected cast members, members of the production team, and authors of the books, and view never-before-seen photos of a day in the life of this soap opera. This innovative community combines social mediums with the act of publishing in an attempt to bring readers closer to the authors and actors.

This brilliantly entertaining novel is a fictionalization of the true story of Charles II (May 29, 1630 – February 6, 1685), charting his daring flight to France after the Battle of Worcester, where Cromwell and his Protestant forces defeated the Catholic king.

For six weeks, Charles’ life was in danger as he hid in the English countryside, disguised as a servant, unable to find a way across heavily guarded borders. His loyal courtiers were appalled by the ease and glee with which he adopted his new humble identity, insisting on chatting and even drinking with ostlers and houseboys.

Two young women were instrumental in his eventual escape and one of them became a lifelong friend of the exiled king.

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Grace Menary-Winefield

Associate Editor, Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark

What I'm looking for:

Non-fiction: Engaging narrative non-fiction with revealing explorations of history, science, and personal stories; smart personal development and self-help books with a great hook and wide appeal.

Gift: Entertainment pop culture books, both novelizations and non-fiction tie-ins; gift books (text and illustration) that inspire and entertain.

Fiction: Rich and accessible historical novels, mainstream fiction that explores the fantastic (such as Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel or The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker).

Right now, please don't send me...
Romance, Mystery, Health, Cooking

How I got into books:
I’m not saying that I ate lunch alone every day – but who was ever going to be more interesting than Jake and Cassie’s romance in Animorphs?  I started at the bottom with internships at Pan Macmillan and Palgrave Macmillan, and eventually moved to Little, Brown Book Group (UK) where I worked with Eben Alexander M.D. (Proof of Heaven), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter series) and Amanda Palmer (The Art of Asking).

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
Hild by Nicola Griffith: From the very first page it instilled in me a sense of magic and wild poetry, alongside a feminist strength I relished; Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke: Storytelling at its finest, layered in darkness and mischief; anything by David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, or Clive Barker.

I love my job because...
Books change lives –and these talented, wonderfully wise readers are shaping the world around us.

I keep my reading pile...
On every surface of my bedroom, and often underneath a sleeping cat.

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Basically, anywhere that held a Harry Potter book release party. You know those are good eggs.  I will always feel like I’ve come home when I walk into Pegasus Books and Diesel Books in Oakland.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Catching up on my TV and film addictions, perusing graphic novels and comics, and visiting family in the shires of England.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
Publisher’s Weekly, The Bookseller (UK), Shelf Awareness and Publisher’s Lunch


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , direct line:630-536-1448, @graceplanetivy

 

 

Rich Content, Dynamic Experiences

Sourcebooks is creating engaging iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch apps at a terrific value. Part of our mission is to provide the best content to readers in the form they need it most, and apps have opened a cool new universe for giving people the information and entertainment they want. The future of digital content delivery is exciting and bright. Take a look at the apps we've released and are available in iTunes. Email us your questions and comments.


Put Me In The Story - Personalized Children's Book App

Put Me In The Story App - Free Book Included

Put Me In The Story is a FREE app, and an innovative new children’s book platform that allows you to create highly personalized editions of nationally bestselling children’s books. Our books are bestsellers, award-winners, and classics that are beloved by parents and children.

Transform your story time routine by making your child the star of your favorite bestselling children’s books. Put Me In The Story allows you to personalize each book with your child’s name, photo, and a personal dedication page.

Put Me In The Story is now available for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch!

Immersive personalization with music, animation, and sound effects.
Includes a complimentary copy of Marianne Richmond’s award-winning The Night Night Book.
Three reading modes including Put Me In The Story, Read to Me, and Read by Myself.
Stories can also be made into personalized hardcover books.
And More!

Questions? Comments?

We want to hear from you! How was your experience using the these apps? What were your favorite aspects? What would you like to see in future updates? Email and let us know.

Additional Information:

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Fiske Interactive College Guide

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For more than 25 years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has been the most trusted source of information for parents, counselors, and most importantly for college-bound students. Now, the Fiske Interactive College Guide brings you every aspect of the printed book – plus much more – in a handy app.

You’ll find the Fiske Interactive College Guide useful throughout the hectic, often stressful college search and selection process. Whether you want to browse its hundreds of detailed school profiles, quickly make a list of prospective schools, or plan your campus visits, it’s all here in Fiske Interactive.

Browse the 300+ Best and Most Interesting Schools
Search the Entire Fiske Guide
Make Lists to Narrow Down Your Search
And More!

Questions? Comments?

We want to hear from you! How was your experience using the these apps? What were your favorite aspects? What would you like to see in future updates? Email and let us know.

Additional Information:

Download the App | Purchase the Book

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