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STATE OF THE NATIONOne Night Stand         vs.PARTNERS for LIFE
It’s not you.It’s thebottom line.High stakes publishing means love’s labour isoften lost for the writer
“The Spaghetti             NATHAN BRANSFORD                 AGENT TURNED             CHILDREN’S AUTHORAgent signs upwriter...
“                SARAH ODEDINA                  HOT KEY BOOKSPublishing houses oftenlose their nerve …if authors haven’t g...
“At acquisitions,                SARAH ODEDINA                 HOT KEY BOOKSpublishers have todecide which titles theyare ...
The RelentlessRevolutionHow is everyone coping with digital and ebooks?
“                  CHRIS RIDDELL                   ILLUSTRATORIn the late 20th centuryillustration went intodecline … chil...
“                  CHRIS RIDDELL                   ILLUSTRATORToday the need forillustration is growing …In the digital fu...
“              RACHELLE GARDENER                  LITERARY AGENTYou’ll never go to the darkside and buy an e-reader?E-book...
ENDANGEREDPublic libraries and school libraries are closingacross the UK. Is the problem purely economicor is there a need...
PRESTON LIBRARY,WEMBLEY
LEEDS LIBRARY
SYDENHAM LIBRARY
BARHAM LIBRARY, BRENT
HANWELL LIBRARY, EALING
PLECK LIBRARY, WALSALL
IRCHESTER LIBRARY,NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
EASTFIELD LIBRARY, SCARBOROUGH
LEWISHAM LIBRARY, LONDON
AINTREE LIBRARY, SEFTON
KENSAL RISE LIBRARY, LONDON
TheMerging ofGiantsRandom House and Penguin get it together
“            MARJORIE SCARDINO            PEARSON CHIEF EXECTogether, theywill be able to sharecosts, invest more inauthor...
“                ADAM DAVIDSON              THE NEW YORK TIMESWhen you see a mergerbetween two giants in adeclining indust...
STATE OF THE NATIONOne Night Stand         vs.PARTNERS for LIFE
ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation
ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation
ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation
ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation
ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation
ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation
ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation
ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation
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ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation

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Every year the Society of Chldren's Book Writers and Illustrators in the British Isles stages a panel focused on gauging the State of the Nation - the children's book industry. This year I was honoured to compere the panel at our yearly conference in Winchester.

It seems the Children's Book Nation has become a world of huge commercial debuts. But are we kidding ourselves? Will publishers continue to support the authors if the books do not succeed as wildly as they hope? The bottom line features largely in decision making - no longer can an author or artist expect nurturing from their publishers and editors, in the name of enriching literature and culture. And this is the year libraries and booksellers are under siege as never before. The dominance of Amazon threatens the structures that hold up our book culture. What to do? What does the future hold?

PANEL:
Hodder Senior Commissioning Editor Beverley Birch
Waterstone's Children's New Titles Buyer Melissa Cox
Carnegie Panel member and Chair of Youth Library Group Matt Imrie
Literary agent Claire Wilson from Rogers, Coleridge and White
US Author and founder of SCBWI Lin Oliver

Compere: Candy Gourlay, author of Tall Story

CREDITS
Thanks to Digital Book World and artists who created Penguin/Random House Logos
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/what-the-new-penguin-random-house-logo-might-look-like/

Thanks to photographers of UK Library Closures and Demonstrations

Quotes from Nathan Bransford, Sara Odedina, Chris Riddell, Rachelle Gardner, Marjorie Scardino and the New York Times. Screen grab from The Guardian article by Alison Flood

http://candygourlay.com

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ONE NIGHT STAND OR PARTNERS FOR LIFE? The State of the (Children's Book) Nation

  1. 1. STATE OF THE NATIONOne Night Stand vs.PARTNERS for LIFE
  2. 2. It’s not you.It’s thebottom line.High stakes publishing means love’s labour isoften lost for the writer
  3. 3. “The Spaghetti NATHAN BRANSFORD AGENT TURNED CHILDREN’S AUTHORAgent signs upwriters even whenthey’re unsure about aproject, then throws themanuscripts at publishersto see what sticks.
  4. 4. “ SARAH ODEDINA HOT KEY BOOKSPublishing houses oftenlose their nerve …if authors haven’t got to acertain point, it can be hardto stick by them.
  5. 5. “At acquisitions, SARAH ODEDINA HOT KEY BOOKSpublishers have todecide which titles theyare prepared to throwmarketing moneybehind.
  6. 6. The RelentlessRevolutionHow is everyone coping with digital and ebooks?
  7. 7. “ CHRIS RIDDELL ILLUSTRATORIn the late 20th centuryillustration went intodecline … children’s booksthat in Shepard’s day wouldhave been automaticallyillustrated were deemed nolonger to require anillustrator’s input.
  8. 8. “ CHRIS RIDDELL ILLUSTRATORToday the need forillustration is growing …In the digital future textwill be annotated visually,animated and illustratedlike never before.
  9. 9. “ RACHELLE GARDENER LITERARY AGENTYou’ll never go to the darkside and buy an e-reader?E-books ARE real books …there is NO dark side.
  10. 10. ENDANGEREDPublic libraries and school libraries are closingacross the UK. Is the problem purely economicor is there a need for change?
  11. 11. PRESTON LIBRARY,WEMBLEY
  12. 12. LEEDS LIBRARY
  13. 13. SYDENHAM LIBRARY
  14. 14. BARHAM LIBRARY, BRENT
  15. 15. HANWELL LIBRARY, EALING
  16. 16. PLECK LIBRARY, WALSALL
  17. 17. IRCHESTER LIBRARY,NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
  18. 18. EASTFIELD LIBRARY, SCARBOROUGH
  19. 19. LEWISHAM LIBRARY, LONDON
  20. 20. AINTREE LIBRARY, SEFTON
  21. 21. KENSAL RISE LIBRARY, LONDON
  22. 22. TheMerging ofGiantsRandom House and Penguin get it together
  23. 23. “ MARJORIE SCARDINO PEARSON CHIEF EXECTogether, theywill be able to sharecosts, invest more inauthors and readers,and be moreadventurous in theworld of digital.
  24. 24. “ ADAM DAVIDSON THE NEW YORK TIMESWhen you see a mergerbetween two giants in adeclining industry, it canlook like the financialversion of a couple havinga baby to save amarriage.
  25. 25. STATE OF THE NATIONOne Night Stand vs.PARTNERS for LIFE

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