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June 7, 2017

Workman Publishing Expanding

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 2:06 am
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I love, love, love it when I see news that a publisher is expanding.

Workman, an indie publisher of adult and children’s books is expanding their children’s list.  Although the new hires who are going to help this happen have not yet been named, changes in terns of existing staff have been reported.

  • Daniel Nayeri, director of children’s publishing, was named publisher.
  • Nathalie Le Du moved from senior to executive editor.
  • Justin Krasner, previously an associate editor, is now editor.

I have to admit that I popped over to their children’s list and was immediately a wee bit intimidated — Jamie Lee Curtis.  Seriously.  She can act.  Does she really have to write too?  And do it well?

Ah, well.

Not surprisingly, one of their featured new titles is a STEM book – The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science: 54 All-Star Experiments by Sean Connolly. He has written a number of science books for Workman.  Does that mean there is room for no more?  I don’t think so.  Here’s what publisher Susan Bolotin had to say about the expansion and the editors, sales staff, marketing staff and publicists at Workman:

“Working together, we are redefining the middle school study guide, keeping kids smart all summer long, and making every children’s bookshelf more interesting and lively. And so, it is with great energy and even greater optimism that we are expanding the Workman children’s group.”

Smart books.  Fun books.  If this sounds like your kind of book, check out the submission guidelines on the Workman site.  Also, be sure to read the full article on the expansion.



April 12, 2017

Market Alert: The Innovation Press

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 3:47 am
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 I know that many of us keep our eyes open for new markets so I was excited to read about The Innovation Press on Tara Lazar’s blog.  This small publisher is looking for manuscripts for readers K-5.  Does your work fit in this age range?  Then it doesn’t matter if it is a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, graphic novel or workbook, they are interested.

That said, they do have different submissions requirements for different types of work so be sure to read up those before you try to send in your work.  Me?  I’m interested in them because they like books that teach.  It doesn’t matter if your manuscript is nonfiction or fiction with strong nonfiction elements, teaching is key.  This is a publisher who pays both an advance and royalties.

This, from the post on Lazar’s site, piqued my interest. “We love titles that promote creativity, diversity, laughter, and learning. If you take a close look, you’ll find that almost all of our 2017 titles are hybrid texts (a mix between fiction and nonfiction).”  I’ve already picked through their catalog and requested Zoey and Sassafras, Dragons and Marshmallows, through my local library.

Of course, I’m “supposed” to be sending my work to agents but . . . a good book is still a good book.




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