With authors and ARCs in tow, the Sourcebooks library team headed to Boston for the American Library Association 2016 Midwinter Meeting. We love library shows! They are an opportunity to chat with forward-thinking, enthusiastic, book-loving librarians who all share the same purpose—to get the right books in the hands of the right readers. We packed the five days with events, giveaways, and signings and were blown away by the excitement surrounding our authors and titles. Here’s a glimpse of some of the fun:
On Thursday, marketing specialist Beth Oleniczak joined more than twenty publishers to kick off the weekend events by presenting forthcoming kids/YA and adult lists to a room of more than one hundred librarians at the Boston Public Library Book Buzz. (Check out #BookBuzzMA on Twitter for highlights from the day!)
The Sourcebooks booth, ready to go on Friday night for the opening reception!
Sourcebooks Fire author Cori McCarthy signed ARCs of her forthcoming contemporary mixed-format novel You Were Here and was so excited to hear from librarians who were fans of her previous book, Breaking Sky!
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky “Queen of Tween” Anna Staniszewski, a seasoned Bostonian, joined us at the booth to help spread the word about her superfun Switched at First Kiss series and sign copies of the first book, I’m With Cupid.
Debut author Marieke Nijkamp celebrated the January 5 release of her harrowing, hopeful novel This Is Where It Ends at a variety of events throughout the show. Here, she joins authors (from left to right) Malinda Lo (Adaptation), Kody Keplinger (The DUFF), Adam Silvera (More Happy than Not), and Heidi Heilig (The Girl from Everywhere) on the conference’s incredibly insightful—and best-attended—panel, We Need Diverse Books. Read Publishers Weekly’s recap of the lively conversation here. On the right, librarians eagerly anticipating the WNDB panel!
At the Booklist/AAP sponsored Read ’n Rave program, a panel of enthusiastic children’s and teen collection development librarians roamed the exhibit hall floor and highlighted their top picks for galleys to grab at the show. We were thrilled to hear panelist Joslyn Jones, children’s services supervisor at the Bowie Branch of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (MD), call out three Sourcebooks Fire titles--This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul, and Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach.
Like the rest of the conference exhibitors and attendees, we woke up bright and early Monday morning for a good seat at the Youth Media Awards! What an amazing year it’s been for children’s books! Congratulations to all of the amazing titles honored this year—and a special congratulations to David A. Adler (author of Sourcebooks Jabberwocky’s Danny’s Doodles series) on his Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for Don’t Throw It to Mo! (Penguin Young Readers).
Thank you to all of the librarians who stopped by the Sourcebooks booth; we’ll see you again in April for PLA 2016!
Beth, Margaret, and Alex
Sourcebooks attends a variety of trade shows on behalf of our authors, but none are bigger or more exciting than the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. Thousands of publishers come to the show each year in order to buy and sell rights so that books can be made available in other countries.
The view of one level of Hall 6, where the Sourcebooks staff met with rights agents from all over the world.
We also look at bringing new, foreign authors to the Sourcebooks family. We send sales, marketing, and editorial staff to meet with agents.
Shana Drehs, Editorial Director, Sourcebooks Landmark, meets with Adrian Weston, of the Adrian Weston Literary Agency
Our CEO and publisher, Dominique Raccah, met with a variety of multimedia companies and licensor on behalf of our popular book personalization site, Put Me In The Story. Our incredible products, like the My First Peanuts ABC and 123 books, really excited all of our current and new partners!
In addition to meeting with foreign agents, the book fair is also a place for readers to come and celebrate their love of reading. Our CEO, Dominique, took the opportunity to gush about our fabulous young adult titles to a group of book lovers below.
At the end of another incredible show, the Sourcebooks team kicks back, raises a glass of wine, and says a hearty “Prost!” to all of our authors, agents, and readers who help us change lives, one book at a time.
Shana Drehs, Sara Hartman-Seeskin, Valerie Pierce, Dominique Raccah, Ray Bennett, and Steve Geck
Here 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!”
Fashion Academy main character Mickey Williams would be proud of these Fashion Academy fans who were Runway Ready!
In attendance was Susanna Paliotta, star of Bravo’s Game of Crowns.
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!
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.
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.
A huge thank you to everyone who made BEA great this year!
Ten years ago Sourcebooks formed a partnership with Edward Fiske that would go on to create numerous top-selling books, including the bestselling college guide, the Fiske Guide to Colleges. With the addition of the #1 going to college book and New York Times bestseller The Naked Roommate, and a line of test-prep products with leading expert Dr. Gary Gruber, Sourcebooks has well-established itself as a leading trade college-bound book publisher.
For Sourcebooks, the mission has always been to help students find the right college, support the application and admissions process, including test prep, and successfully transition students into college.
Sourcebooks is taking that commitment a step further in creating an education division responsible for managing the company’s biggest existing initiatives, including the leading college-bound publishing program, a Naked Roommate first year experience program, and MyMaxScore.com, an online SAT/ACT test prep solution. Going forward, this group will serve as a platform to launch a host of new innovations that have been in development.
“What we’re looking to create together are revolutionary improvements that make a significant difference in the lives of our users: students, parents, and educators,” says Dominique Raccah, CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks. “This involves the very best solutions-oriented content from the best experts, a strong emphasis on convenience and user-control, and increasing motivation and engagement.”
As we announced last week, we've set up our first Digital Show and Tell in New York City (and it's FREE), scheduled for January 20, 2011 | 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM | Sotheby's Institute of Art, NYC
IF YOU'D LIKE TO SHOW YOUR WORK:
We have room for for 16 presenters. If you want to present, PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (see link below). Let us know you want to present, and 1 or sentences about what you'll be presenting. I think Sourcebooks is going to demo a new app that we've been working on for about a year. I'm excited to see what people think.
For those of you tweeting: The hashtag for the NYC Digital Show and Tell 2011 is: #digiST. I'm hoping we'll have a great tweet stream. Please feel free to post links to this event, forward this email and/or to tweet it and let people know.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND or YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW & TELL, please let us know by registering at this
This event is being co-sponsored by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and BISG's Executive Director Scott Lubeck and Deputy Executive Director Angela Bole, will be joining us. We're having a Board Meeting that day so we might see others from the Board as well. The event is at:
Sotheby's Institute of Art
Cambridge Information Group
570 Lexington Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
And yes, this event is FREE! It's being put on by our LinkedIn Ebooks, Ebook Readers, Digital Books and Digital Content group (http://linkd.in/dGMuAe) and BISG.
Really looking forward to seeing your work!
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