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Thursday, July 09, 2009

The dog has her x-ray this morning and YAY! because everything looks fine. We have one more follow-up visit in two weeks but right not, it looks like she's not going have to have surgery at all, which is excellent news.

In not-at-all-excellent-news, it seems that YALSA is thinking of getting rid of its BBYA list (Best Books for Young Adults, which comes out every year) for another, smaller list.

I made the BBYA list last year for two books, Living Dead Girl and Stealing Heaven, and I know it helped me get onto a state list, become nominated for a few more, and introduced my books to quite a few librarians who may have never heard of my books otherwise. I imagine being on the BBYA committee is a lot of work--the nomination list is always quite long--but as an author who is not a best-seller and who has gotten a boost from BBYA recognition, the thought that BBYA might be eliminated....it terrifies me.

Here are some excellent blog posts on the subject:

Author Alex Flinn says everything I'm thinking about the possible elimination of BBYA far more eloquently than I ever could--"Since 2001, when my first novel was published, more titles are being published, resulting in it being harder and harder to get reviewed in major media. Breathing Underwater was reviewed by every major review journal except Hornbook. I have two friends with 2008 first novels from major publishers. Neither were "pushed" books. One was fortunate enough to be reviewed by everyone except Booklist and Hornbook. She also made BBYA. Another was less fortunate, being reviewed only by School Library Journal. It used to be that hardcover books from major publishers got reviewed everywhere except the picky Hornbook. That is not the case anymore, even for books by established authors (To date, even A Kiss in Time has still not been reviewed by SLJ). A friend won a Printz Honor a couple of years back without being reviewed by Booklist or Hornbook. BBYA is one of the few places where every book gets considered, as long as the publishers care enough to send a copy. But the publishers can't send a free copy to every librarian in YALSA!""

Librarians Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan -- Replacing BBYA--What Do You Think?

Librarian Elizabeth Burns shares her thoughts as well

Other links:

Author Joshua Palmatier on revisions and doubt

A very interesting post about managing editors (who track a book through production--a very important job!)

Agent Rachelle Gardner blogs about lunching with other agents and their discussion of what's going on in the publishing world

Another interesting blog post about co-op

Suggestions on what to include on an author website


Blogger barbrafl said...

Oh no. I love being able to look at the books on the list, my librarian prints it out for the book group. Wow, they definitely have to keep it.

July 09, 2009 1:14 PM  
Blogger Thao said...

That news of BBYA sounds sad but I'm glad your dog seems fine ^^

July 10, 2009 11:41 AM  
Blogger MarianLibrarian said...

I just heard about this possible BBYA news from one author and two YALSA colleagues, and was directed to this blog. I would like to point out that besides school and public libraries, many teachers in the secondary schools appreciate the BBYA lists and use them with their students. Alex Flinn's comments are extremely pertinent to this topic too--BBYA makes a huge impact on the promotion of YA literature on a lot of levels. It will be interesting to hear what YALSA is thinking about this issue and what is being proposed, but I am seriously hoping that this important, very positively received, and successful project will continue.

July 10, 2009 12:16 PM  

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