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more on BBYA and other links

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Since I'm not at ALA, I don't know exactly what's going on with the BBYA list, but it looks like there were plans to have it phased out

I haven't been able to find out exactly what was decided in the meeting, but I did find this, and it does look like a Members/Readers Choice List is going to be created.

I'm still not sure about the fate of BBYA--if you know, or have links, could you leave a comment about it? I'll update as I find out more.

Other links:

Tess Gerritsen on Impostor Syndrome--this one especially hit home for me: "THE ILLUSION: A writer is confident. THE TRUTH: Are you kidding? I am the original quivering creature of self-doubt. I know I'm here only because of luck, timing, and massive re-writes."

A great post about Bookscan-- what I noticed is that in addition to not tracking sales from Wal-Mart (which would make a huge difference for romance authors, for example), Bookscan doesn't seem to track library sales--which are a pretty large market for young adult novels.

Agent Rachelle Gardner says "keep writing!"

A nice overview of what an imprint is -- For example, Something, Maybe is published by Simon Pulse, which is an imprint of Simon & Schuster