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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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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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bethBeth Oleniczak, Marketing Specialist

When I was young, my parents often had to give me a nudge to put down my book—like when I was supposed to be at the dinner table, or when they’d think I was “cleaning my room.” Well, the joke’s on you mom and dad, because now I’m reading like it’s my job—because…it’s my job. I love it, and I couldn’t be happier to share my love of books with people who love them too.

Favorite Sourcebooks memory: Is it cheating to say my very first day? It’s always been my dream to work in publishing, and walking in was just so exciting—I’m pretty sure I had a ridiculous grin on my face for the full eight hours.

Your guilty pleasure:
I’m a movie snob, but there’s nothing better than a cringe-inducing romantic comedy. I love them.

Book you'd take to a deserted island: 
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen—I can read it a million times and still find something about it that blows me away.

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Margaret-Coffee2Margaret Coffee, National Accounts Manager, Schools and Libraries

Some of my earliest memories revolve around my mother reading to me at night—usually picture book classics such as the Frances books by Russell Hoban and Sam, Bangs and Moonshine. I especially loved animal stories. Winnie-the-Pooh was a particular favorite. Decades later, I worked at E. P. Dutton where I had the great fortune of travelling to various events with the original Milne family stuffed bear who now resides in air conditioned splendor at the New York Public Library. My now teenage son was a huge fan of Winnie as well. I’ve worked in children’s book publishing for 20+ years in both sales and marketing and I am so happy that I can continue to share my childhood passion for reading and books with booksellers and educators who love a good story as much as I do.

Favorite Sourcebooks memory: Attending the American Library Association conference my second week on the job and visiting with wonderful authors such as Allan Stratton, Charles Belfoure, Jennifer Fosberry, Seré Prince Halverson and Nicole Maggi. Working a show so early in the job is just a bit challenging. Within minutes of the exhibits opening, a librarian made a beeline to me and asked me to preview our coming list! Luckily I had read several books on the plane and the great marketing team chimed in.

Infomercial item you'd consider buying:
The brownie pan with all edges. I love baking and brownies are my specialty. Everyone always wants the crispy edges!

Book you'd take to a deserted island:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon—it’s the perfect book for someone transported unwillingly to a strange new place.

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I grew up with characters like the BFG, Ella (the Enchanted one), and Stanley Yelnats—so how could I not be a book lover? And when I realized that I could translate that love of books into a career, it was a true light bulb over the head type of moment. Now I get to work with some truly awesome stories and characters that I know I would have obsessed over as a kid (and still do as an adult, let’s be honest), and I can’t imagine doing anything else!

Infomercial item you’d consider buying: I’d be lying if I said the Bacon Bowl didn’t intrigue me.

Book you'd take to a deserted island:
Anything by Junot Díaz.

What did you want to grow up to be when you were younger? A wizard! (Can you tell I’m a Harry Potter fan?) Needless to say, my 11th birthday was kind of a bummer.

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We're pleased to share a glowing review from BookPage for Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict, calling it a "stirring historical tale on a one-of-a-kind woman" and "an imaginative story of forbidden love and the injustice of social classes."

BookPage also notes Benedict's "graceful writing style" and "meticulous historical detail," concluding: "Though Clara is fictional, it’s as important as ever to have stories of the strong women behind men, reminding us of the invisible feminists throughout history." 

The full review can be read online here.

Book Info

9781492646617

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Sourcebooks Landmark

Publication Date: January 16th, 2018

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

 

From the author of The Other Einstein comes the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty.

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She’s a poor farmer’s daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home.

If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady’s maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn’t have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can’t let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future -- and her family’s.

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

 

 

Based on the true story of Brigade-Major Harry Smith and the very young Spanish noblewoman he met and married during the Peninsular Wars, when the Duke of Wellington’s forces fought Napoleon’s army in Spain and Portugal.

After marrying Harry Smith when she was 14 years old, Juana Smith “followed the drum,” marching at the back of the troops along with the other wives and the officers’ servants. Juana became a camp favorite, charming all with her youthful enthusiasm.

In spite of the danger, Juana thrived on military life and her passionate, if somewhat stormy, relationship with Harry.

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Author / Career Expert

Vicky Oliver isn’t just a Career Coach, she’s a Career Artist, helping people to find and hone their professional brand and using it to reach their career goals.  Her extensive experience and research make her a top job-hunting consultant.  Her background in marketing and as an award-winning copywriter at brand name, top-tier advertising agencies in Manhattan, has made her an expert not only in advertising but also in branding oneself online through emerging internet technologies. She channels that artistic energy now in helping others begin or enhance their careers.

Vicky’s quick wit, high energy, and sexy charm have made her a popular mainstay on dozens of nationally syndicated radio shows, including Chicago’s Job Talk USA, San Francisco’s Business Shrink and Air America. Radio hosts often comment she’s one of the most fun interviews and / or listener call-in sessions they’ve ever had! Her television appearances include Bloomberg Television, MSNBC, CBS, and local network affiliates throughout New York. Check out her performance on New York’s WB Channel 11 interview promoting her book 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions on You Tube.

Vicky speaks publicly in career seminars and job fairs. She was designated in-house job hunting expert at the Shomex Diversity Fair in Madison Square Garden. Her first book, 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions is a best seller in its category. It’s available in eight countries and has been translated into Chinese and Turkish. Her current book, Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots, came out in September, 2008, and is quickly on its way toward best seller status as well.

Although we work in an industry engaged in constant change, and one that these days is getting strikingly modern and technological, Sourcebooks has some old-fashioned ideas about what it is that makes a “publisher.” Every person on our dedicated and hard-working staff is passionate about books and committed to authorship. Ours is a culture of collaboration, where communication among authors, editors, marketers, publicists, designers and sales force is key to bringing our books to as wide an audience as possible.

So what do we believe? See for yourself what story gets told through the links below.

The Buzz @ Sourcebooks

At a leading-edge, independent publisher like Sourcebooks, there’s an awful lot going on every day, much more than can be captured in one place or described without actually seeing it all. By far the most important things we do are on behalf of our thousands of authors. The Buzz @ Sourcebooks captures just some of the great features and news about our authors generated by our relentless, energetic marketing and publicity teams.

The Sourcebooks Story

There can be no doubt that publishing is in a state of transformation. Indeed, some pundits use the words “upheaval,” or worse, “collapse.” Here at Sourcebooks, we’re choosing “change,” and we couldn’t be more excited about all the new opportunities to connect authors and readers. In short, we embrace change – it’s been the one thrilling constant amidst 20+ years of the Sourcebooks story…

What We Believe

We once posed a challenging question to our co-workers. “Tell us what you believe,” we said, “What’s your purpose? What’s your cause? Why do we do what we do?” What we got back was inspiration from all corners of the company about the power of reading, the impact of authorship, and an affirmation that as much as the world changes around us, at least one thing remains constant – books change lives…

Books Change Lives

Perhaps it was the day you discovered Narnia, or tesseracts, or followed Alice down the rabbit-hole, but it might just as easily have been years later when you read Humboldt’s Gift or The House of Mirth or Silent Spring or John Adams—you felt different. You might have felt exhilarated, confused, anguished, or all of the above and more. That’s because when you read the right book at the right time, it does more than tell you a story or give you information. It alters your perspective. Books change lives. That’s a story those of us who work in publishing should never stop telling, and we hope that this project and site will give all of us—publishers, authors, and readers—a new way to share titles that made a big difference...

An Independent Vision

What does independent really mean? For us, it means a passion for books and a dedication to the belief that books change lives. It means innovative publishing, where every book is personal and every author’s voice has a place. And it means not being afraid to say “I don’t know” and forging a new path when we have to…

Books for Writers

Among the thousands of books we publish are several that we believe are terrific information and advice for prospective authors. Check out what books we hope will guide your career and inspire your craft.

Wow! The last week has been truly memorable. The Digital Book World conference was incredibly exciting, with lots of new ideas. And the warm response to the announcement of the Agile Publishing Model (APM) and partnership with futurist David Houle was very encouraging—it looks like we’re on to something exciting here.

So let’s get started…

From all the comments and tweets following the announcement, the first big question has become clear: What exactly is this Agile Publishing Model and how does it work?

Well, part of the fun is that we all get to help answer that question. Here’s some background to get us going.

Where did “Agile” come from?

Agile isn’t a new idea. O’Reilly Media has been doing some really interesting work on this with some of their books. And Zeeen.com offers authors tools to help develop communities as they work on their book.

The term itself, obviously, comes from the software development industry, which has been using agile development models for a number of years.

Agile Publishing Model - Build Measure LearnIn tech, agile development means releasing iterative and incremental versions of a software product or website, getting input from your customer about that version, learning from that input, and then repeating the process until you reach an improved finished state.  More simply put, it is about “Build…measure…learn.”

So could this approach be applied to writing and publishing a book? Can you build a community around an author creating a book? Would it make a better book, a faster process? How would it work?

How It Could Work (A Work in Progress)

While the APM will be dynamic and changing, right now we see 6 initial guiding principles that could be useful as we start building the APM together.

1) It’s about creating a conversation between the author and reader.

How many times have you read a book and wished that it offered something else you were looking for?

In the APM, we’ll all be able to provide comments and feedback to the author as the book is created. David will be posting materials on an ongoing basis as he writes, asking us to discuss and give feedback on them together—refining ideas, making sure key topics aren’t missed, all with the goal of producing the best final book.

2) The author leads the content creation.

How is this different than crowd-sourced content or writing-by-committee? Right now, it seems different—the author still writes and drives the direction for the book, while the community provides some “thought-leadership” or guidance for the book as a whole or within a particular section. Whether this ultimately ends up closer to the current author model or the crowd-sourced approach, or something completely different yet, will be interesting to see.

3) The APM is useful for expert-based authors.

At the moment, the APM seems particularly useful for expert-based authors working in dynamic or rapidly changing environments. For example, David will be writing about society’s move from the Information Age into a new age, so he sees a lot of benefit in having a conversation as he writes the book, getting everyone’s viewpoint on current affairs and the pulse of changes we’re all experiencing.

The APM may not be suited for every genre or every author, though. Could the APM also be applied to fiction or other genres? We’ve been thinking about that too.

4) It’s about creating a partnership between the author and reader.

You’re only going to spend the time helping craft a book’s content if you believe in its message or are interested/immersed in the topic area, right? But creating the book is only the first step; then comes getting it out to the world.

In the APM, the plan is to release short ebooks to the general marketplace as sections are completed, giving us several opportunities to see the reactions of non-community members. So we’ll all get to participate in both roles—first providing our own feedback and then evaluating the feedback from others.

5) The author has support from the publisher.

You may ask: can’t this all be done by the author through regular social media channels? Perhaps, but it seems this process can be a big one to manage. For some authors it may not make sense to try to balance it all. So with the APM, the publisher will be providing a support team and resources, both technical and creative, as our group talks and grows. And then, after the book is finished and actually published, comes all the “normal” publishing marketing and sales (see here for a glimpse of all that involves).

6) The APM is a dynamic model that is open and receptive to change.

Like any start-up company or new business model, we believe the APM should be dynamic. These initial guidelines are a starting point, and the model will likely change as we move forward. So as we work together to develop the book, we’ll also give feedback to each other on different areas of the APM (access to iterative content, content pricing models, how to provide comments, etc.) and how they can work best.

So there you have it…

What do you think? Please share your thoughts and additional questions in the comments section below. And thanks for your interest!

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Steve Geck

Editorial Director, Sourcebooks Children’s Books (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Sourcebooks Fire)

What I'm looking for: 
I'm acquiring books for children from toddler through the age of fourteen. I'm interested in picture books with an emotional hook and distinctive characters. For fiction I'm looking at all genres and subjects, stand-alone or series. Non-fiction titles should have appeal for bookstore customers as well as educators and library patrons.

Right now, please don't send me…
Rhyming picture book texts that don't scan well; gross-out chapter book series.

How I got into books:
My mom was an elementary school librarian, and when I was in college she and my dad opened The Tree House Children's Book Store in St. Cloud, MN. After college I moved to New York City and worked as the buyer and manager for Eeyore's Books for Children. While at Eeyore's I had the great good fortune to hire a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design named Brian Selznick. Things seem to be working out for him. I spent many years as acquiring editor for Children's Book-of-the-Month Club. Eventually I entered the world of publishing and most recently spent almost a decade as Executive Editor at Greenwillow Books.

Just a few of the books and authors I've acquired and edited in the past five years:
#1 Indie Next pick The Snatchabook by Helen and Thomas Docherty; Society of Illustrator’s Gold Medal Winner A Funny Little Bird by Jennifer Yerkes; bestselling author David Adler’s new chapter book series, Danny’s Doodles; and the novel Ava and Pip by Girls’ Life columnist Carol Weston.

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is…
To work thoroughly and patiently so that the book with the author's name printed on it is the best it can be.

I love my job because…
I don't doubt for a second that a great book can change a child's life.

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Which ones shouldn't you visit?

When I'm not reading, I'll be…
Catching up with the terrific blog Scouting NY, watching Independent Lens on PBS, walking the High Line, or listening to music by British groups with odd names.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
PW Daily, Publishers Lunch, Shelf Awareness, Publishing Perspectives, Gawker, A Fuse 8 Production, Read Roger


Agents can contact me at:
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