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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Long Live Printed Books

This email I recently received may be the merriest holiday gift of all to would-be writers. As a lover of printed books, I find it quite encouraging as well.

Dear writers, dreamers, and artists,

The market is saturated. Picture books are dead. Publishing is for optimistic fools.
And yet... There are still stories to be told. And we know how to do it.

In the coming year, we’ll be publishing The Forest of Ancestors, an outstanding series of chapter books with a fantasy twist that makes history personal. And we’re getting great early feedback on our upcoming Wormholes series that features parallel universes and bizarre new worlds.

As we approach 2011, I am preparing my list for 2013. I’ll be looking at fiction and non-fiction titles for children of all ages. I would love to hear from you as I consider new series concepts, titles, and submissions.

What stories do our kids need to read? What amazing adventures can we take them on? What wild people can we introduce them to?

So what’s your big dream? What book do you wish you could have read when you were small and full of wonder? How can we work together?

In January I’ll be reviewing concepts and writing samples, so if you have a piece you’ve been working on and would like feedback, now is the time. If an idea has been brewing for a bit and you’re ready to share it, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you!
Can’t wait to hear all your brilliant ideas!


Please share this message with anyone who may be interested.

Heidi Kellenberger
Fiction and Trade
Teacher Created Materials
5301 Oceanus Dr.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649


Christie Wright Wild said...

I can't believe I'm the first to comment on this post! What an awesome opportunity. Thank you so much, both Keith and Heidi! I'll be spreading the word.

Keith, I'm so glad to see you posting again. Seven months was a long time to be away. Hope you stick around longer this time. I'm pretty sure your followers have grown quite a bit since May.

Keith Schoch said...

Thank you for those kind words! It's good to be back and hopefully I can keep from getting burned out again!

It was pretty cool to get Heidi's message, when so many editors and publishers are saying the opposite. I hope many writers take advantage of the opne offer.

Thanks for checking in!