Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Keeping Up with the Competiton: 5 Ways to Find Out Who's Writing What
1) Peruse the children's shelves in Barnes and Noble, or any other bookseller near you. Even though we know that publishers pay for prominent shelf space, it still helps to see who is populating those shelves. Movie-tie-ins? Seasonal stuff? Classics? The latest release in a series? And always look at who is publishing what.
2) SCBWI Newletter...check out the editions that showcase newly published works - they even include the genre so you get a little more information.
3) Publishers Weekly. Not all bookstores carry this but I have been able to find the spring and fall editions which showcase all the new children's publications. It's $12 but maybe you can check it out without buying it, or sometimes SCBWI offers a discount on just these two issues.
4) Horn Book. A delightful publication about books for children and young adults which is also available online and includes other features- sometimes even Newbury/Caldecott acceptance speeches.
5) New York Times Book Review. Granted, you have to buy the Sunday NY Times and children's books aren't always reviewed, but often they are themed seasonally or topically.
During my most recent review of the competition I was impressed by something I already had heard - everyone is writing about dinosaurs! Time to get back home and put my butt in a Jurassic chair...