TAP! 2013 – Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference: Member Discount

Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference

We are excited to announce that NAIWE members have been offered a special discount to the TAP! 2013 – Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference.

January 8 -11, 2013 | Orlando, FL

The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (www.NAIWE.com) has partnered with the International Association of Electronic Publishers (www.IAEPUB.org) to offer another opportunity to build your career and redefine your mission as an independent writer or editor. TAP! 2013 is a cutting-edge training conference pushing new limits in digital content creation, publishing, marketing and monetization.

The who’s who in this new emerging space will share case studies, talk tech and help you bring your digital publishing project to life. Get ready for 4 days of sessions that covers both strategy and vision as well as practical tools and techniques from contentcreation to final distribution.

Guy Kawasaki's new book, APE: Author, Publisher, EntrepreneurEvery attendee receives a free copy of Guy Kawasaki’s new book APE: Author-Publisher-Entrepreneur and you’ll see Guy speak at the opening keynote!

Early bird pricing on all conference packages runs until December 7. 
TAP! 2013 has offered an additional special discount for NAIWE Members. Log into the member area and go to the Member Benefit and Discount Links page linked from the “Library” to get the code you need to receive an additional $150 off any package you choose.

NAIWE Members Receive Discount for DIY Author’s Conference at BEA

In association with:

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Register for the BEA DIY Authors Conference & Marketplace

Special Offer for the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE):

Save $20 off the registration fee of $199—you pay $179 (this includes boxed lunch). In the NAIWE member area, you’ll find the Priority Code you’ll need to trigger the $20 discount.
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The BEA DIY Authors Conference & Marketplace will keep you up to
date on the latest DIY trends and give you critical information on
how to get published or self published. Plus, you’ll have the chance
to meet one on one with leading DIY service providers to help you
package your content into book form.

DIY Conference Sessions Include:

  • Publishing Like Never Before
  • Publishing Choices: Three Ways to Self-Publish in Today’s
    Competitive Market
  • Advance Your Career with DIY Publishing
  • Using Online Collaboration to Complete Your Book
  • Auturo!: Get all the Services you Need to be Successful Author
  • Do’s & Don’ts – Authors & DIY Services’ Deals
  • Put Your Creativity to Work with CreateSpace
  • Go Kindle!
  • Indie Book Publishing – No Longer About Vanity
  • Authors’ Online Resource: DIY Publicity, Promotion and Events
  • Optimize Your Sales Potential: Amazon for Authors
  • Audiobooks for the Rest of Us
  • Get Your Manuscript in Shape for DIY-publication

DIY Conference Sessions Led By Industry Insiders Such As:

  • Michael Ashley, Co-Founder and CTO of FastPencil
  • P.J. Campbell, Dir. of Events, John Wiley & Sons, author,
    Authors Online Resource: DIY, Publicity, Marketing and Events
  • Peter Clifton, CEO & Co-founder, FiledBy
  • Jon Fine, Dir., Author & Publisher Relations, Amazon.com
  • Robin Goldberg, SVP Global Channels and Partnerships,
  • Leigh Haber, former book editor who’s edited such books as
    Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth
  • Claire McKinney, former Dir. of Publicity, Henry Holt
  • Noah Lukeman, President, Lukeman Literary Management Ltd
  • Jeff Reich, Editor, The Writer magazine
  • Caroline Vanderlip, CEO, SharedBook

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For more information about BEA DIY Conference & Marketplace, visit the DIY Web page on the BEA Web site. (DIY registration does not include admission to BEA. For more information on BEA, visit

We look forward to having you join us in May. If you have any questions about registration, email Diana Press.

NAIWE Benefit Partner BOTH Creates “Declaration of Independents”

BOTH, one of NAIWE’s benefit partners, invites all self-employed professionals, freelancers, solo practitioners, independent contractors, and contract talents to sign its “Declaration of Independents.” BOTH is a firm that provides back-office support for writers, editors, and other independent professionals, and they believe that freelancing and flexible work arrangements are the wave of the future.

To learn more about BOTH, how they can serve independent writers and editors, and about the benefit they offer to NAIWE members, you may want to read about our January 2010 interview with BOTH founder Erik Vonk and listen to it at The Freelance Life.
Here’s the press release:
both-pro-descriptAn employment agreement is no longer the instrument of choice to connect the supply and demand in talent, skills or competencies. BOTH supports a bold move in support of efforts to reduce misconceptions and fears around flexible work arrangements.

Saint Petersburg, FL, March 03, 2010 — BOTH, an acronym for Back Of The House (www.bothpro.com), is inviting all self-employed professionals, freelancers, solo practitioners, independent contractors, flex-workers, staffing employees, solopreneurs and contract talent to form a community with a common interest in the recognition, facilitation and support of the long existing reality of Flexible Work. By signing the “Declaration of Independents” on the BOTH website, independent professionals become a member of a community which will be kept informed of all important legal, tax, regulatory, political and societal developments and of efforts to gain support for flexible work and which will serve as a platform for networking and collaboration in the near term future. Membership is free.

Companies are seeking synchronicity between revenues and expenses. Global competition is forcing financial strategies that promote “Asset Poor, Flexible Cost” approaches. These trends are diminishing the ability of companies to offer long-term security, entitlements and benefits to employees. Workforce specialization, on the other hand, fosters mobility. As a consequence, an employment agreement is no longer the instrument of choice to connect the supply and demand in talent, skills or competencies, nor is it an appropriate conduit to “life enablers,” such as health and retirement benefits.

Erik Vonk, Founder and CEO of BOTH indicates, “At least 25% of the workforce has a ‘contingent’ work arrangement instead of an employment agreement. The old sense of job security has long been replaced by a prevailing confidence in income security. Nevertheless, going ‘solo’ has its challenges as alternative work arrangements are surrounded by unclear regulatory and tax frameworks, while access to individually underwritten health and retirement benefits is limited.”

Based on BOTH’s research, at least 50% of the over 15 million people currently unemployed will find their way back into the workforce as independents, not bound by, or dependent on, an employment agreement. Yet, this tsunami of additions to the ‘contingent’ workforce, which already includes 1 in 4 working Americans, is met with stern warnings of crack downs from the Federal Government and the IRS, and promises of increased scrutiny and audits of compliance with vague, outdated and often contradicting regulations.

At the same time, in spite of unprecedented Government spending on Stimulus Plans, no major effort has been designed to remove barriers to flexible work arrangements, which offer the quickest and most efficient way to (re)connect the supply and demand in skills. Even health care reform of epic proportions does not – as far as is publicly known – disconnect health insurance from the place of work, promote interstate insurance commerce or support consuer driven, individually underwritten plans. In fact, all the political rhetoric behind economic stimulus and health care reform seems to point in the opposite direction, i.e. toward increased and renewed dependency on the place of work for all “life enablers.”

BOTH supports the notion that it is time to break with Industrial Revolution era conventions that assume lifetime employment and a sacrifice of self-determination in exchange for job security, benefits, status and entitlements.

“Self-employment, contracting for work individually or running a solo practice can be easily accommodated by simplification of the tax code and deregulation of the insurance industry. To get there, the notion that “self employment equals tax evasion” needs to be replaced by the recognition that self-employment and entrepreneurialism equal revenues, also for ‘Uncle’ IRS,” Erik Vonk said. He continued, “BOTH was founded to create a viable alternative to outdated employment conventions and to support working on a project basis, or as an independent vendor, as a reality that should be recognized, supported, enabled, regulated and taxed as a viable alternative to a J.O.B.”

About BOTH

BOTH facilitates working independently by transforming work arrangements into vendor relationships whereby, at the same time, all support functions, benefits and entitlements – traditionally part of a corporate infrastructure – are substituted by a personally owned, “portable” back office, fortified by tailored, permanent health and retirement plans and managed by a Personal Advisor.

Can You Make a Living as a Blogger?

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “America’s Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire,” by Mark Penn, 1.7 million of the nearly 20 million bloggers in America profit from their writing, and over 450,000 earn a full-time living through blogging.

Most bloggers who earn money through blogging earn hundreds, rather than thousands of dollars, but the professionals who “work at corporations, serve as highly paid blogging consultants or write for sites with substantial traffic” can make a substantial living through their writing. Independent bloggers make money through pay-per-click advertising such as Google AdSense, but as the article points out, this can lead to sensationalism in the pursuit of additional clicks.

Inevitably, the article wraps up with a consideration of the ethics in blogging, as well as the lack of regulation and unionization. Penn closes with the question, “But for how long can nearly 500,000 people who are gradually replacing whole swaths of journalists survive with no worker protections, no enforced ethics codes, limited standards, and, for most, no formal training?” I’m guessing that many successful freelance writers and editors could answer that one!

The Future of Fiction- Alan Cheuse and Joshua Kendall

It was a full house last night at the Science Museum of Virginia as the James River Writers gathered to hear author and NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse and Viking/Penguin Editor Joshua Kendall discuss the future of fiction. Despite gloomy news from the publishing industry, both speakers seemed optimistic about the quality of books they are seeing.

I took a few sketchy notes– here are excerpts.

AC on time allocation: He divides his day into thirds. The first third is for his own writing; the second third is writing for others– articles, reviews, etc.; the final third is spent watching movies. The highest priority comes first.

JK on one major trend he’s seeing: Books coming out in trade paper only, rather than in hardback first. AC noted that over 100 years ago, Herman Melville advocated that all books be published in paper, and move to hardback only if found worthy.

JK on how he chooses books: He sees 15-20 reasonably good books every week. After reading the first 40 pages or so, he’s able to tell whether the book is a good fit for his publisher. He often finds books that are “worthy of publication, but not by [Viking].” AC commented that in the 400 or so books that come across his desk every month, there are many worthy of review, but also, not by him. (He reviews one book a week for NPR, and has less than three minutes to talk about it.)

Both speakers repeatedly affirmed that publishing and reviewing are subjective, and have much to do with individual taste. They advised that writers not take it personally when they hear, “I like it, but it’s not something I can [review, publish] at this time.”

On choosing to write commercial or literary fiction: Authors should know why they write. JK- An author with literary tastes who cynically chooses to write something commercial will find it hard to go to work each day, and will likely be disappointed with what he or she writes. On the other hand, a writer of commercially popular fiction (Elmore Leonard was cited as an example) who writes with obvious enjoyment can produce very good genre works.

JK on the connection between reading and literature: Remember why you’re writing, and don’t lose the connection with literature. Read critically and analytically and observe why good books work well.

On the place of reading in the culture:

AC- We’re in a war. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, we have “a republic [of letters], if we can keep it.” The population is growing, but reader numbers are holding steady, which means that the percentage of readers in the population is declining. Readers and writers must proselytize.

JK- We must try to maintain the essential kernel of people who read, who buy books, who read newspapers, and who engage with reading and writing on a daily basis. AC paraphrased Samuel Johnson’s remark, commenting that people who read the news online deserve to read the news online!

On audiobooks: Both speakers use audiobooks occasionally, but AC noted that they are like an art form, but are not art. They don’t allow the pacing or meditation of reading.

JK on getting work ready for submission: Surround yourself with rings of readers: spouse, writers’ group, writers’ conferences, workshops, and finally, an agent. Don’t submit your manuscript before it’s fully ready– you don’t get a second chance with an agent, so be sure that what you are sending in is the best work you can possibly produce.

In response to a question from a teen: AC advised young writers  to “read as much as you can, write as much as you can, live as much as you can. You can’t be a good writer without reading.”

A final word from AC: “A good book will eventually find its way.


You may also enjoy a related article, “Hot Off the Press” by Colleen Curran, previewing this Writing Show.

Don’t forget the 3-question survey for writer and editors at http://tinyurl.com/w-e-survey. It’s open through the end of January.


This post was included in”The Business of Freelance Writing Carnival, Edition 53,” which contains other interesting posts for writers and editors. Enjoy!

Book Awards for 2009 Announced- American Library Association

Below the article, you’ll find links to bloggers who offered predictions for this year’s winners. Check to see who was on target!

DENVER – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, videos and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, King, Newbery, Schneider Family and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

In addition, the ALA celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and introduced a new award, the William C. Morris Award. It is also the first year that the Pura Belpré Award will be given annually.

The following is a list of all ALA Youth Media Awards for 2009:

John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature. Neil Gaiman, author of  “The Graveyard Book,” illustrated by Dave McKean and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, is the 2009 Newbery Medal winner.

Four Newbery Honor Books were named:

  • “The Underneath” by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing;
  • “The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom” by Margarita Engle and published by Henry Holt and Company LLC;
  • “Savvy” by Ingrid Law and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group in partnership with Walden Media, LLC;
  • “After Tupac & D Foster” by Jacqueline Woodson and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Books for Young Readers.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. Beth Krommes, illustrator of “The House in the Night,” written by Susan Marie Swanson and published by Houghton Mifflin Company, is the 2009 Caldecott Medal Winner.

Three Caldecott Honor Books were named:

  • “A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever,” written and illustrated by Marla Frazee and published by Harcourt, Inc.;
  • “How I Learned Geography,” written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz and published by Farrar Straus Giroux;
  • “A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.  Melina Marchetta, author of “Jellicoe Road,” is the 2009 Printz Award winner. The book is published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

  • “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves,” by M.T. Anderson, published by Candlewick Press;
  • “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks,” by E. Lockhart, published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group;
  • “Nation,” by Terry Pratchett, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers; and
  • “Tender Morsels,” by Margo Lanagan, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

  • “We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball,” written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
  • “The Blacker the Berry,” illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is the King Illustrator Book winner.

Three King Author Honor Books were selected:

  • “The Blacker the Berry” by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers;
  • “Keeping the Night Watch” by Hope Anita Smith, illustrated by E.B. Lewis and published by Henry Holt and Company; and
  • “Becoming Billie Holiday” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper and published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

Three Illustrator Honor Books were selected:

  • “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball” written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group;
  • “Before John Was a Jazz Giant” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls, published by Henry Holt and Company;
  • “The Moon Over Star” by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. Shadra Strickland, illustrator of “Bird,” written by Zetta Elliott, is the Steptoe winner. The book is published by Lee & Low Books.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

  • “Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum,” written and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, won the award for young children.
  • Leslie Connor is the winner of the middle-school award for “Waiting for Normal,” published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
  • The teen award winner is “Jerk, California,” written by Jonathan Friesen and published by Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers. “Are You Ready to Play Outside?” written and illustrated by Mo Willems and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group, is the 2009 Geisel Award winner.

Four Geisel Honor Books were named:

  • “Chicken said, ‘Cluck!’” by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers;
  • “One Boy” written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership;
  • “Stinky” written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis and published by The Little Lit Library, a division of RAW Junior, LLC; and
  • “Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator” by Sarah C. Campbell, with photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell, published by Boyds Mills Press.

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Laurie Halse Anderson is the recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens for “Catalyst,” published by Viking Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, “Fever 1793,” published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and “Speak,” a 2000 Printz Honor Book, published by Puffin Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books.

  • “Just in Case” illustrated by Yuyi Morales is the winner of the 2009 Belpré Illustrator Award. It is a Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
  • “The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom” by Margarita Engle, is the winner of the 2009 Belpré Author Award. The book is published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books for illustration were named:

  • “Papá and Me” illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Arthur Dorros, published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers;
  • “The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos” illustrated by Lulu Delacre, written by Lucía González, published by Children’s Book Press;
  • “What Can You Do with a Rebozo?” illustrated by Amy Córdova, written by Carmen Tafolla, published by Tricycle Press, an imprint of Ten Speed Press.

Three Belpré Author Honor Books were named:

  • “Just in Case” written by Yuyi Morales, a Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership;
  • “Reaching Out” written by Francisco Jiménez, published by Houghton Mifflin Company;
  • “The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos,” written by Lucía González and published by Children’s Book Press.

Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children. “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball,” by author and illustrator Kadir Nelson, is the winner of the 2009 Sibert Medal. The book is published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Two Sibert Honor Books were named:

  • “Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and Rediscovery of The Past,” written by James M. Deem and published by Houghton Mifflin Company;
  • “What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!” written by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video. Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly of Weston Woods Studios, producers of “March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World,” are the 2009 Carnegie Medal recipients.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States. “Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit,” originally published in Japanese, written by Nahoko Uehashi and translated by Cathy Hirano, is the winner of the 2009 Mildred L. Batchelder Award. The book is published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Scholastic.

Two Batchelder Honor Books were named: “Garmann’s Summer,” originally published in Norwegian, written by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett, and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; and “Tiger Moon,” originally published in German, written by Antonia Michaelis, translated by Anthea Bell, and published by Amulet, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. Recorded Books, producer of the audiobook “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” written and narrated by Sherman Alexie and produced by Recorded Books, LLC., is the winner of the 2009 Odyssey Award.

Five Odyssey Honor Audiobooks were named:

  • “Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady,” written by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren and produced by Listen & Live Audio, Inc.;
  • “Elijah of Buxton,” written by Christopher Paul Curtis, narrated by Mirron Willis and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group;
  • “I’m Dirty!” written by Kate & Jim McMullan, narrated by Steve Buscemi and produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc./Scholastic;
  • “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale,” written and narrated by Carmen Agra Deedy and produceded by Peachtree Publishers;
  • “Nation,” written by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs and produced by HarperChildren’s Audio/HarperCollins Publishers.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. The following winners for 2009 were named:

  • “City of Thieves,” by David Benioff, published by Viking Penguin, A Member of Penguin Group;
  • “The Dragons of Babel,” by Michael Swanwick, A Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates;
  • “Finding Nouf,” by Zoë Ferraris published by Houghton Mifflin Company;
  • “The Good Thief,” by Hannah Tinti, published by The Dial Press, A Division of Random House;
  • “Just After Sunset: Stories,” by Stephen King, published by Scribner, A Division of Simon & Schuster;
  • “Mudbound,” by Hillary Jordan, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill;
  • “Over and Under,” by Todd Tucker, published by Thomas Dunne Books, An Imprint of St. Martin’s Press;
  • “The Oxford Project,” by Stephen G. Bloom, photographed by Peter Feldstein,  published by Welcome Books;
  • “Sharp Teeth,” by Toby Barlow, published by Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins; and
  • “Three Girls and Their Brother,” by Theresa Rebeck, published by Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture recognizing an individual who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature, and then present the lecture at a winning host site. The 2010 Arbuthnot Lecture will be delivered by Kathleen T. Horning, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC).

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, established in 1954, honors an author or illustrator whose books are published in the United States and have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Ashley Bryan has been named the 2009 Wilder Award winner. His numerous works include “Dancing Granny,” “Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum,” and “Beautiful Blackbird.”

William C. Morris Award. “A Curse Dark as Gold,” written by Elizabeth C. Bunce and published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., is the winner of the first Morris Award.

Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s literature experts, the awards encourage original and creative work. For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit the ALA Web site at www.ala.org.

“ymawrap,” American Library Association, January 25, 2009. (Accessed January 26, 2009)

And the predictions were…

I always enjoy reading the award predictions, because I usually find even more worthy books to add to my teetering book pile.

At Wizards Wireless, Susan Kusai offered some insightful predictions in October 2008.

The School Library Journal offered shrewd predictions in October 2008 as well.

Just a few days ago, Jan the Hungarian predicted a winner. Was she right?

What do you think of the winners? Feel free to share your  comments!

Publishers, Libraries, and Booksellers Threatened by CSPIA

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has stirred up a hornet’s nest by writing a law requiring extensive (and expensive) third-party testing for lead in any products created for children under 12. Books and audiobooks have not been exempted from this requirement, or from the draconian fines threatened for non-compliance, despite the fact that they have not been a source of high lead levels.

The application of this law to the publishing industry is truly pernicious, especially for small and home businesses. I’ve heard of many who are simply closing out product lines for children, and others who are closing their doors entirely. Writers and editors don’t need a crystal ball to foresee that childrens’ books are going to become more expensive, and fewer will be published, as publication is consolidated in the hands of the mega-publishers who can afford all the testing.
The law goes into effect in its present form on February 10, 2009. While many feel that books will ultimately be exempted from this law, most retailers are not willing to risk $100,000 fines on the chance. Major publishers and industry groups are working toward a resolution, but with the effective date of the law less than a month away, it seems unlikely that the issue will be resolved in time to save the most vulnerable businesses.

What can you do? Because freelance writers and editors are also deeply impacted by CSPIA, NAIWE recommends that you voice your concerns to your congressional representatives, write letters to the editor of your local newspaper, and share the news of this law with other writers and editors. Making it more difficult for publishers, libraries, and booksellers to provide books to children is at best counter-productive. Let’s do what we can to see that it doesn’t happen!