Friday, March 13, 2015

To Self-Published Books and Very Small Presses

The Process for Submitting Self-Published Books to Little Shop for Consideration

Dear Self-Published Author,

Congratulations on your book!

In the past, we have attempted, with limited success, to devise a system whereby we would stock books by self-published authors and very small presses. After considerable thought and discussion we have revised our policies regarding such books. Please read through the following requirements, and, if your books meet our needs, we’ll be happy to pursue further steps.

Little Shop book stocking criteria:
 The book must be a book that is appropriate for, and marketed to, children somewhere between the ages of 0 to 18.
· The book must have a spine, and the spine must contain, at a minimum, the book’s title and author.
· The book must have an ISBN and a corresponding bar code.
· The price of the book must be printed and must be comparatively priced to market standards.
 The book must be available through our distributor, Baker & Taylor. The discount price available through Baker & Taylor must be at least 40%.

If your book meets these qualifications, we’d love to hear from you. Email us your contact information, a photo of the book’s cover, and a description of the book (500 word maximum) to: littleshopinquiry@gmail.com. Please do not mail us flyers, ARCs, or other promotional materials; they are likely to get misplaced.

We will contact you within 14 days. If we believe that your book might be a good fit for our store we will ask you to send us a copy of the book (along with a stamped self-addressed envelope should you want the book returned to you). We will the evaluate the book and, if we decide to purchase it, order it through Baker & Taylor.

If you are an independent author and you wish to use our bookstore for an author event or book launch, please send a request to the above email. There is a fee for use of space.

Again, congratulations on your book—we know how hard it is to write a book and we appreciate the work you do! Good luck with everything, and thank you for considering Little Shop of Stories as a retailer for your work.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Congratulations to ALA Winners

The American Library Association announced the winners of their annual awards today. A complete list can be found here.

Special congratulations to the following:

Kwame Alexander, winner of the Newbery Medal for The Crossover. This was also named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Kwame was at Little Shop last April.

Cece Bell, winner of a Newbery Honor for El Deafo. Cece was most recently here in August for the Decatur Book Festival.

Jacqueline Woodson, winner of a Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Author Book Winner, and a Sibert Honor Book for Brown Girl Dreaming. This book also won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Dan Santat, illustrator and author of The Adventures of Beekle: Unimaginary Friend, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Dan was at Little Shop and the Decatur Book Festival in 2013, along with Aaron Reynolds, for Carnivores.

Jon Klassen, illustrator of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (written by Mac Barnett), which was named a Caldecott Honor book. Jon and Mac were at Little Shop in October.

Jandy Nelson, winner of the Printz Award and a Stonewall Honor Book for I'll Give You the Sun. Jandy was here for the Decatur Book Festival in August.

Andrew Smith, winner of a Printz Honor for Grasshopper Jungle. His 100 Sideways Miles was named to the longlist for the National Book Awards. Andrew was at the Decatur Book Festival in August and will be coming to Little Shop of Stories on March 23rd at 7 p.m. for his new book, The Alex Crow.

Len Vlahos, named a Morris Award Finalist for The Scar Boys. Len was at the Decatur Book Festival in August.

Maya Van Wagenen, author of Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek which was named the winner in the ALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults category. Maya was at the Decatur Book Festival in August.


and last, but not least

Sharon Draper, who was given the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Sharon will be at Little Shop of Stories tomorrow night (February 3rd at 7 p.m.). Her new book is Stella by Starlight.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Little Predictions

The New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahaks game that was played tonight is often referred to as the Caldecott/Newbery of football games.

Well, we at Little Shop have our own version ... we guess the winners of the Caldecott and Newbery, given out each year by the American Library Association. We put our librarian hats on, trying to think the way they might be thinking in determining these awards.

Below is our collective best guess.

Caldecott

There was no consensus winner here. Instead, we have a three-way tie:

The Farmer and the Clown, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee;

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett; and

Three Bears In a Boat, written and illustrated by David Soman.

We're offering a fourth title as well:

Viva Frida, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, photography by Tim O'Meara.

Newbery

The one title that was on everyone's list:

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson -- this may become only the second book to win both the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal (Holes, by Louis Sachar, won both in 1998/1999).

And the rest of our picks:

The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer Holm;

Greenglass House, by Kate Milford ; and

Rain Reign, by Ann Martin.

We'll find out tomorrow. May the best books win!

UPDATE

Once again, we didn't do so well.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Viva Frida won Caldecott Honors. Brown Girl Dreaming won a Newbery Honor.

All the winners can be found here (as soon as they're posted).