Creating Picturebooks: Interviews with Editors, Art Directors, Reviewers, Booksellers, Professors, Librarians and Showcasers

Overview

How are children's picturebook proposals chosen for publication? What characteristics of picturebooks promise success? How much input do the artist-authors have once their proposals have been accepted by a publisher?The dynamic process of producing picturebooks is charmingly revealed through interviews with those directly involved from start to finish (including two galleries devoted to displaying the art). In the United States, picturebooks have accounted for $2 billion in sales in a recent year. Compiled from ...
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Overview

How are children's picturebook proposals chosen for publication? What characteristics of picturebooks promise success? How much input do the artist-authors have once their proposals have been accepted by a publisher?The dynamic process of producing picturebooks is charmingly revealed through interviews with those directly involved from start to finish (including two galleries devoted to displaying the art). In the United States, picturebooks have accounted for $2 billion in sales in a recent year. Compiled from interviews with editors, art directors, and production managers from both British (e.g., Anderson Press, Victor Gollancz, and Walker Books) and American publishers (e.g., Farrar, Straus, and Giroux; Houghton Mifflin, Candlewick Press, and Random House), this book reveals how the creative process works within the business of publishing. The interviews with reviewers and booksellers help provide a well-rounded perspective.Kenneth A. Marantz, a retired professor, and Sylvia S. Marantz, a retired school librarian, are longtime columnists for The Book Report, writing about picture books. They live in Columbus, Ohio. They are also the authors of Artists of the Page (1992).
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Who decides which picture books will be published, or how many copies will be printed? The authors attempt to shed light on such questions through conversations with the people responsible for the making, reviewing, and selling of these books. The interviews took place several years ago, necessitating frequent notes about changes since that time, which underscores the state of flux in the publishing industry. The book is best when the subjects speak for themselves. Attempts by the authors to summarize responses are awkward and often hint at something interesting being left out. There are redundancies of opinion and references to the more technical aspects of publishing are not explained, assuming some prior knowledge. The chapters on book houses and review journals will, however, be of interest to librarians and students wanting to gain insight into the world of publishing. An index gives access to the people and titles mentioned in the text as well as to subject areas.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Booknews
The 20 interviewees answer questions about how children's picturebook proposals are chosen for publication, what characteristics promise success, and how much input artist- authors have once their proposals have been accepted by a publisher. They represent both British and American publishers and two galleries devoted to displaying the art. A resource for aspiring authors. No bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786427345
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2006
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Retired professor Kenneth A. Marantz is a longtime columnist for The Book Report. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. Sylvia S. Marantz, a retired school librarian, is a longtime columnist for The Book Report, writing about picture books. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface 1
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 The British Publishing Houses 9
1 Andersen Press 11
2 Victor Gollancz 17
3 Walker Books 22
Pt. 2 The American Publishing Houses 29
4 David Godine 31
5 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 34
6 Houghton Mifflin 46
7 Candlewick Press 53
8 Holiday House 60
9 Random House Books for Young Readers 69
10 The Putnam & Grosset Group 84
Pt. 3 The Reviewers 123
11 The Columbus Dispatch 125
12 Three Selective Reviewing Periodicals 132
13 An Inclusive Reviewing Periodical 150
Pt. 4 The Booksellers 155
14 A General, Small Chain Bookstore 157
15 Two Large, National Chain Bookstores 161
16 A Children's Bookstore 172
Pt. 5 The Links with Teachers and Children 181
17 Two Professors of Children's Literature 183
18 Three Librarians and a Library Aide 195
Pt. 6 The Showcasers of Art 213
19 A Gallery of Original Art from Picturebooks 215
20 Two Educational Galleries 222
Index 237
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