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A 2k9 interview with Molly O'Neal of HarperCollins. Peek: “I really respond to books with a strong sense of place, where setting is woven into every part of the book--books where I feel like I'm stepping not just into a story, but a whole world, where the setting is far more than the just a static backdrop, but is as active a part of the story as the characters and plot.”

Ten Wills and Won'ts that Make Lee & Low a Special Place to Publish from The Open Book: the Lee & Low Books Blog. Peek: “We will work extremely hard to make sure every book we publish is culturally authentic in both text and illustrations. That’s what we do best.”

About the Editors: editors and guidelines from Dutton Children's Books. Find out who's looking for what!

A Day in the Life of An Editor by Alvina Ling at Blue Rose Girls. Peek: “If I’m not in a meeting, I'm mainly either responding to emails (including responding to authors and agents about submissions) or reviewing various materials in my inbox that are circulating, such as picture book mechanicals, proof, marketing materials, and so on.”

All Answers are Yes from Editorial Anonymous. [On pre-contract revisions,] Peek: "This is also a test: the good writers are the ones who are good at rewriting. Some people are only good at first drafts, or terrible at using feedback effectively, and I'd like to know that about someone before I commit to working with them for months/years and spending many thousands of dollars on their project."

Ask the Anonymous Editor: a chat transcript from the Institute of Children's Literature. Peek: "So while your worry that people are going to annoyed by your non-standard envelope is justified, it's also unnecessary. Never mind about that crap. Just write something really, really good."

Author-Editor Andrea Pinkney: an article and interview by Don Tate in conjunction with 28 Days Later 2009: A Black History Month Celebration of Children's Literature from The Brown Bookshelf. Peek: "One of the most refreshing changes I've seen in recent years is the blending of genres — the pushing past the hard-and-fast lines of specific publishing categories."

Author-Editor Dialogs from CBC Magazine include: Tracy Mack and Brian Selznick; Christopher Paul Curtis and Wendy Lamb; Kevin Henkes and Susan Hirschman; Katherine Paterson and Virginia Buckley; Karen Cushman and Dinah Stevenson; Virginia Duncan and Naomi Shihab Nye.

Backinprint.com Reprints Out-of-Print Titles by Guild Members from the Authors Guild. Peek: “The Guild's Backinprint.com service makes out-of-print works available through online bookstores and the nation's largest book wholesaler. There is no charge for members to participate, for most titles.”

Bunny Eat Bunny: The diaspora website of Bowen Press.

Cheryl Klein: official site of the senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books. Includes a number of “talks on writing and publishing,” “on submissions and about me,” and more.

Children's Book Council Members List from CBC. “Membership is open to U.S. publishers of trade books for children and young adults and companies that produce related literacy materials for young people. The CBC Members List includes each member's address, main phone number, representatives of record, publishing program description, and general manuscript submissions guidelines (when provided).”

Children's Book Publishers: a list of members with links to available Web sites from the Children's Book Council.

Children's Writer: Newsletter of Writing And Publishing Trends.

Cinco Puntos Press: a new blog in celebration of an independent publisher with roots on the U.S./Mexico border.

Donna Bray, co-Publisher at Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, on Title Changes from Agent Kristin at Pub Rants. Peek: “I have in the past stood up for a title that sales was unsure of—some felt, for instance, that We Are The Ship by Kadir Nelson was not obvious enough, even with the subtitle ‘The Story of Negro League Baseball.’ Every day, editors and publishers do support the vision and instincts of the creative people we work with—and we bump up regularly against the demands of the marketplace, which presents more and greater challenges daily.”

Editing Books for Girls When You're a Boy by Daniel Nayeri of Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Peek: "As a male editor in children's books / YA books, I get a lot of questions around the fact that there aren't a lot of male editors in the children's books / YA books."

Editorial Anonymous: The Blog of a Children's Book Editor. Source unknown, obviously. Note: the posts to date are entertaining and helpful at dispelling beginning writer myths and insecurities.

Editor/Author Interview with Jill Santopolo from Holly at Crowe's Nest. Peek: "High quality writing is the most important thing to me. I love working on well-written, well-crafted books. And then the second most important thing is a cool concept—something different and fresh and unique. I always like books that project a feeling of empowerment."

Editorial Director Amber Caraveo of Orion Children's Books (U.K.) from Candy Gourlay at Notes from the Slushpile. Peek: "Can I have a fantastic new adventure for 9-12s please?"

Editorial Palavering: Jill Santopolo by Cheryl Klein from Brooklyn Arden. Peek: "Most of the books I acquire are about empowerment. About kids who realize they're stronger, smarter and more capable than they thought they were or than society told them they were....Empowerment in general--and actually female empowerment in specific. I love books that star strong women."

Editorial Palavering: Martha Mihalick, Editor at Greenwillow/HarperColllins by Cheryl Klein from Brooklyn Arden. Peek: "...I'm very attracted to stories that involve significant--often heart-wrenching--choices for the characters. And ones with strong friendship or sibling themes."

Editor Interrogation: Julie Tibbott (Graphia/Harcourt) from The Undercover Book Lover. Peek: "Losing a book I love to another publisher is always rough. But, in the end it’s nice to know that the book you loved will be published anyway, and there’s always something else wonderful coming down the line."

Editor Interview: Brian Farrey of Flux from Alice Pope's SCBWI Blog. Peek: "...if you're going to write YA, you need to read YA. Know the market. Every day I get manuscripts from people who clearly have not read a contemporary YA novel.

Editors Speak: an extensive archive of interviews with children's magazine editors from Kid Magazine Writers Market Guide.

Every Author's Two Audiences by Janet Kobobel Grant from Books & Such. Peek: "Authors often don't know when they should communicate with their publisher. They don't want to be pests, but this reluctance to communicate can cause serious repercussions."

“Hellooooo? Anyone there????” by author-editor Lisa Graff at The Longstockings. Peek: “What is the proper protocol when you query an editor, they request the manuscript, months go by, you send a status, and still more months go by? Do you chalk it up or still hold out hope? Do you try and contact that editor again? I have this same problem with the same manuscript with at least four different publishers. Any suggestions?”

How (and When) to Follow-Up with Agents and/or Editors from Tracy Marchini at My VerboCity. Peek: "Sometimes, it seems that writers are over-anxious in their follow-up methods after submitting to an agent or editor. Here's some basic guidelines to make sure your follow-up is professional and effective."

How can I become a children's book editor? from Editorial Anonymous. Peek: "People who are a good fit for the job have been reading a lot of children's books (and a lot of different kinds of children's books), and have a lot to say about them."

How Do I Find an Editor's Name for Submission? from Darcy Pattison's Revision Notes. Peek: "You mention that is important to list the name of the submissions editor; however, I am finding this piece of information extremely hard to find."

The Growing and Changing Christian Magazine and Book Markets with Terry Whalin: a chatlog from The Institute of Children's Literature.

The Heroic Journey of the Requested Manuscript from Editorial Anonymous. Peek: "Sometimes I fantasize about taking time out of my day to sit comfortably with my reading and a cup of coffee and give everything the time and consideration it deserves. And then I roll my eyes or snort or laugh a little hysterically (depending on my current emotional stability) and get back to answering emails.

How Do Book Auctions Work? by Little Brown editor Alvina Ling at Blue Rose Girls. Peek: "In my experience, there are two main ways an agent will conduct an auction. Prior to the auction, the agent will generally send out an email outlining the rules of the auction. Sometimes this will include a request for a marketing plan. In general, the two types of auctions are Rounds, and the other is Best Offer."

How Important Is Your Book, or, Top Ten Ways to Blow a Book Deal #4 from Editorial Ass. Peek: "It is unforgivable to ever tell someone (or their boss) that you're too important to be working with them, or to imply the same."

Inside Look At Cricket Magazine Group and Cricket Books with Paula Morrow: an ICL chatlog.

Interview: Little, Brown Editor Jennifer Hunt by Alice Pope from Alice Pope's SCBWI Market Blog. Peek: "Voice is first and foremost, because I feel it’s the most difficult thing to teach or master. And as an editor, if I feel someone’s able to catch my attention with a great voice, it gives me a great deal of confidence that we can conquer any other problem their manuscript might have."

Interview: Publisher Jason Low of Lee & Low Books from Multiculturalism Rocks! Peek: "...try to be bold and surprise us. Editors love to discover original stories they have not seen before and are willing to work harder to help you realize your vision if it is unique."

Interview with Author-Publisher Icy Smith of East West Discovery Press by Marjorie Coughlan. "We are an independent publisher specializing in multicultural and bilingual children's books with a mission of promoting history, culture, and social justice."

Interview with Ben Schrank of Razorbill from Alice's CWIM Blog.

An Interview with Candlewick Editor Jen Yoon by Brian Yansky from Crowe's Nest. Peek: “The one quality that draws me into a manuscript is voice. That trumps everything else for me."

Interview with Cheryl Klein from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI.

Interview with editor Jennifer Wingertzahn by Pam Mingle from Kite Tales, the newsletter of the SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Interview with Michele Burke from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI.

Interview with Susan Burke, Associate Editor by Pam Mingle from Kite Tales, the newsletter of the SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Interview with Yolanda LeRoy from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI.

Interview with Deborah Brodie from Alice's CWIM Blog.

An Interview with Diane Muldrow, Children’s Book Author and Editorial Director of Golden Books by Kimberly Gee from Where the Sidewalk Begins. Peek: "...so many aspiring writers don’t think visually enough as they plan and plot and write their picture book manuscripts."

Interview with Editor-Author Jill Santopolo by Kyra from Throwing Up Words: Because sometimes it's the only option. Peek: "I think the most important thing is to write about something you love or a story you feel compelled to share. That’s when an author’s writing is the strongest, when the story means something to him or her."

Interview with Editorial Director Stacy Whitman of Tu Books/Lee & Low by Ellen Oh from The Enchanted Inkpot. Peek: "Our mission remains the same—to acquire great fantasy and SF titles for children and young adults that feature diverse characters and settings. The biggest change is that we’ll have more resources to accomplish our mission."

Interview with Editorial Director Stacy Whitman of Tu Publishing from Multiculturalism Rocks. Peek: "As we started on this journey, working on a business plan with the local Small Business Administration office, I did a lot of research..., and found that small presses are growing now. Some of the big houses started out as smaller houses during the huge downturn of the late 1970s and during the Great Depression. So that gives me some hope that we’re on the right track...."

Interview with Editor Meghan Nolan from Lobster Press. Peek: “In this interview, Nolan shares her thoughts on writing children's books and the kind of manuscripts and characters that excite her. Authors interested in submitting manuscripts to Lobster Press can find more information on the Lobster website.”

Interview with Flux Editor Brian Farrey from Karen Screk at Crowe's Nest. Peek: "You can learn from writers whose material you don’t care for just as much as you can from writers whose material you adore. Know what’s out there. It’s very, very easy for me to spot a submission written by someone who hasn't read a contemporary YA novel. Ever"

Interview with Joy Peskin, Executive Editor at Viking Children’s Books, by Amy Finnegan from Throwing Up Words. From part II of the interview: Peek: "The most successful authors I know personally earned their status by producing consistently excellent books over time, by accepting reasonable but not bloated advances, and by showing they can connect with their audiences in a long-term, meaningful way."

Interview with Julie Romeis by Nancy Sondel of the Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop.

Interview with Kate O'Sullivan, Editorial Director at Houghton Mifflin Books for Children by Aline Pereira from PaperTigers. Peek: "Houghton is known for creating picture books that appeal across generations, so while there are increased expenses now associated with warehousing slow-selling books, it's always our intention when signing a book that it has a long, vigorous life."

Interview with Liz Waniewski by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.

Interview with Simon Pulse Executive Editor Anica Rissi by Carolee Dean from Crowe's Nest. Peek: "The Internet isn't a place to market to readers, it’s a place to connect with readers, and like with successful face-to-face human interactions, those connections don’t happen through monologues."

Interview with Sourcebooks Editor Aubrey Poole by L.B. Schulman from EMU's Debuts. Peek: "Previously published authors know the ropes and have experience with the editing and publishing process. But there's nothing more exciting than that first call to an author to tell them that we want to acquire their book(s). That's the best part of my job."

Just What Does an Editor Do All Day? (Or Nibbled to Death by Ducks) by Stacy Whitman from Stacy Whitman's Grimoire.

Kidlit Junkie Tells All! From the bio: "I'm an Editorial Assistant at a Big Name Publishing House. I blog about children's books, events, and publishing in general. I'm happy to answer questions."'

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’s “List of Attributes that Make a Good Children’s Book” from Michael Stearns at Upstart Crow Literary.

Lobster Press: new blog from the “award-winning publisher of books for children, teens, tweens, and families.”

Lisa Graff: "Where can you find thoughts about children's books, the publishing industry, and Lisa's totally wacky six-month long beauty experiment all in one place? (Hint: Right here.)" Lisa describes herself as "writer, a children's book editor, and an all-around lover of good books."

Living Is Optimism from Editorial Anonymous. Peek: “If I told someone I would get back to them in three months, my brain/work-style would categorize that task as too far in the future to keep track of, and forget about it entirely. If I told someone I would do something in three months, it would not happen.”

Margery Cuyler's Web site: official author/editor site.

Marvelous Marketer: Cheryl Klein (Senior Editor, Arthur Levine Books) by Shelli from Market My Words. Peek: “Friends on Facebook from my high school class have told me they’re planning to buy my book, and most of them aren’t even interested in writing for children!”

Marvelous Marketer: Christy Webster (Random House Children's Books) from Shelli from Market My Words. Peek: “If they did mention some credentials that would have a real impact on whether we’d take the book, then I'd definitely do some research to make sure it’s legit and find out more about what it is and how it could work for a book. But honestly, that’s a pretty rare thing. With the vast majority of kids' books, we’re looking for a great story, not an area of expertise.”

Marvelous Marketer: Kaylan Adair (Assoc. Editor at Candlewick Press) from Shelli from Market My Words. Peek: “If an author has an online presence that I feel is lacking (maybe they have a blog they only update every few months) or inappropriate (perhaps the content of their website or blog isn't appropriate for their book audience), I'll discuss ways in which they can more effectively or appropriately manage their online presence.”

Marvelous Marketer: Michael Stearns (Upstart Crow Literary) from Shelli from Market My Words. Peek: “Do I Google new authors? Sure. Am I looking for the oft-bandied-about-but-never-adequately-defined-buzzword 'platform'? God, no. I wouldn’t know a platform if I saw it.”

Marvelous Marketer: Molly O'Neill (Assistant editor, Katherine Tegen Books) by Shelli from Market My Words: Rantings and ravings on how authors can better market their books to kids. Peek: “Success rarely comes from one aspect alone; it's the way things you do build upon one another, and on your publishers’ efforts, that come together can make a noticeable difference. And it takes time...”

Marvelous Marketer - Ruta Rimas (Assistant Editor, Balzer + Bray) by Shelli from Market My Words: Marketing Advice for Authors/Illustrators from a Marketing Consultant & Aspiring Children's Book Author. Peek: “I certainly Google prospective authors, more so for a complete picture of the person than for knowing if they have a web presence or platform (note: authors, take down any embarrassing pictures of yourself that you do not want editors/agents/readers to see).”

Marvelous Marketer: Wendy Loggia (Delacorte/RHCB) from Shelli from Market My Words. Peek: “Like most editors, the voice is what immediately hooks me. A fast-paced plot doesn’t hurt, either. Think women’s fiction—for teens, a la Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot. Would like a great paranormal... ”

Meet Three Amazing Editors from the Class of 2k9. Interviews with Anica Rissi of Simon Pulse, Madeline Smoot of CBAY Books, and Miriam Hees of Blooming Tree Press. Peek from Anica: “I am a sucker for quirky or dark humor, smart writing, compelling storytelling, and characters that I can’t get out of my head.”

My favorite book is out-of-print! from Brian Unbound at School Library Journal. Peek: “Marshall Cavendish has announced a new line of books, Marshall Cavendish Classics, that will ‘bring a select number of out-of-print titles from all publishers back into print. We are interested in titles that have received awards, have enjoyed starred reviews, or have with stood the test of time in story hour.’”

MTV Books Blog: a blog for readers and authors of MTV Books.

National Awards Listing from CLSCYALR.

Notes from Uncle Albert: the blog of Albert Whitman & Company, “an independent publisher of children's books in the Chicago area for more than 85 years.”

Preparing for Critique Sessions from Editorial Anonymous. Peek [from Questions Not to Ask]: “‘Why is getting published so hard?’ (No matter how sympathetic the editor seems, don't start whining to her. Be professional, cheerful, and accepting of critique. We meet a broad spectrum of people at conferences, and these qualities usually mark the people who have a chance at making it in the industry.)”

Protocol: When An Agent Offers to Represent You from Rachelle Gardener from Rants & Ramblings on Life as a Literary Agent. Peek: “Then say something like, ‘I wanted to let you know that I’ve received an offer of representation from a literary agent. Would you like a chance to respond to my proposal before I finalize the arrangement with the other agent?’”

Publishers Council of Canada: official website.

Putnam Editor Stacey Barney Talks to Us: an interview by author Heidi R. Kling at Crowe's Nest.

Random House editor Nicholaus Eliopulos on Writing the YA Novel: a report on the SCBWI-Illinois Prairie Writer's Day Conference by Tabitha Olson from Writer Musings. Peek: “The pacing must be quick and the stakes need to go up in order to keep that attention. Nothing holds a teen like a ticking clock: will the main character make it in time? What happens if he doesn’t?”

Q&A with Dana Goldberg of Children's Book Press from papertigers. Peek: “Founded in 1975, Children’s Book Press is a nonprofit independent publisher of multicultural and bilingual literature by and about people from the Latino, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American communities.”

SCBWI Team Blog Pre-Conference Interview: Editor Alvina Ling by Jolie Stekly from Cuppa Jolie. Peek: "...I’m often asking authors to bring more emotion into the work, and am also keeping an eye on making sure each book is a very satisfying read."

SCBWI Team Blog Pre-Conference Interview: Razorbill President Ben Schrank from Suzanne Young. Peek: on blogging/vlogging, "I have heard our marketing people say that ‘it depends on the author’ and I agree with that. We know that Sarah Dessen has been blogging forever and is enormously successful at it. But there are authors who do not blog, who are also very successful."

Scholastic Editor Nick Eliopulos: An Exclusive SCBWI Team Blog Pre-Conference Interview by Lee Wind from I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? Peek: "You can tell a lot in 30 pages. If there’s a quality in the writing that makes me want to engage—even if the writing isn’t quite where it needs to be, but I can envision helping you get it there—then I keep reading."

Staff Post: Christy Ottaviano, Editorial Director of Christy Ottaviano Books from Get to the Point: a Blog from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Peek: "Nothing gives me more satisfaction than to watch a writer I admire grow stronger with each new book and push themselves in ways they never thought possible."

So You Wanna Be a Children's Book Editor by Alvina Ling from Blue Rose Girls. Peek: "if you’re not able to relocate, you could research to see if there are any literary agents living nearby, and see if they need interns and/or manuscript readers."

Stuff To Know About Shen's Books: A Chat With Editor Renee Ting by Mitali Perkins from Mitali's Fire Escape. Peek: "...it is impossible for me to tell the race or ethnicity of an author just from their name on a manuscript. These days, we can't assume anything from people's names. And it just seems wrong to me somehow to judge work based on any criteria other than its own merit."

Submissions Guidelines from Tu Publishing: Multicultural Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children and Young Adults. Peek: "Tu Publishing is pleased to announce that we will be officially open for submissions from writers on Jan. 1, 2010. We are a small press focusing on multicultural fantasy and science fiction for children and young adults. We are specifically looking for novels for readers ages 8 to 18." See also Transracial Writing for the Sincere by Nisi Shawl from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Sylvan Dell Publishing's Blog: "...will keep you updated on all that’s happening around the Sylvan Dell offices, from new book releases and awards won to stellar national reviews and exciting technological advances. Come back often to read entries from the Sylvan Dell staff, as well as articles and advice from our authors and illustrators."

Ten Block Walk: a new blog from HarperCollins editor Molly O'Neil. Peek: "...young adult literature's greatness comes from a place that is often just as aesthetically and technically brilliant, but also far more emotional, I think. And perhaps this is why I love it far more than the many Great Works of Literature I read in college."

Tor.com: a publisher site for news and discussion of science fiction, fantasy, and all the things that interest science fiction and fantasy readers.

Unabridged: an official publisher blog from Charlesbridge.

Young Adult Book Editor Sharyn November: official personal/professional Web site.

We Ask An Editor: Emily Schultz, Disney-Hyperion by Megan Frazer from Crowe's Nest. Peek: "I often reread my letters and think, ‘Thank God she didn't agree with me on that one.’ I write really long editorial letters with plenty of suggestions, but my real aim is to show authors potential in their stories they might not have realized. Sometimes they're good ideas in themselves. But usually it's the back-and-forth that propels the evolution of a story."

What Makes a Great First Page? by Alvina Ling from Blue Rose Girls. Peek: “I can definitely gauge how talented a writer is based on the first page. In fact, because authors know the first page is so important, they tend to spend a lot of time revising that first page (if they're smart!).”

What Do Literary Agents Do? by Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent. Peek: "An agent will carefully select the best editors to consider a particular project, but at the end of the day an agent never quite knows who is going to respond the strongest to a particularly project." See also Nathan on Submitting to Editors Without An Agent and Queries from Previously Published Authors.

"What Editors Wish Writers Knew...and Would Do:" a chat with a "mystery children's book editor" from the Institute of Children's Literature.

What I Like by Alvina Ling, an editor at Little, Brown, from Bloomabilities.

What's an Imprint? by Stacy Whitman from Stacy Whitman's Grimoire. Peek: "First off, let's distinguish between a smaller company and an imprint. Big and small publishers will both have imprints. You may have an advantage getting published with a smaller press because they'll often be able to give more personalized attention from the editorial stage on through production and promotion---though that can depend, too."

Who's Moving Where? Editorial Staff Changes At Children's Book Publishers from Harold Underdown. Your cheat-sheet to the musical chairs that is children's editorial.

Working With Editors With Cheryl Zach: an ICL chatlog.

Writer Beware from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Offers alerts to writers on unscrupulous types and related information.

Writing Extraordinary Queries by Tabitha Olson at Writer Musings. Peek: "While we’re on the subject of e-queries, never never never send a query to multiple recipients. Copy and paste each query into a new email, addressed to one specific person, with the word 'query' in the subject line."

CYN note: Surf over to Barbara Odanaka's site, Skateboardmom.com, which features interviews with Andrea Davis Pinkney, Wendy Lamb, Allyn Johnston and more. See also: Getting to Know Deborah Brodie from Skateboardmom.com.

CAUTION: editors change jobs more often than other professionals! Check first before sending your manuscript to any editor at a publishing house to make sure he/she is still working there.