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

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McFarland, Nov 1, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 247 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
1
Introduction
3
THE BRITISH PUBLISHING HOUSES
9
Andersen Press
11
Victor Gollancz
17
Walker Books
22
THE AMERICAN PUBLISHING HOUSES
29
David Godine
31
The Putnam Grosset Group
84
THE REVIEWERS
123
The Columbus Dispatch
125
Three Selective Reviewing Periodicals
132
An Inclusive Reviewing Periodical
150
THE BOOKSELLERS
155
A General Small Chain Bookstore
157
Two Large National Chain Bookstores
161

Farrar Straus and Giroux
34
Houghton Miin
46
Candlewick Press
53
Holiday House
60
Random House Books for Young Readers
69
A Childrens Bookstore
172
THE LINKS WITH TEACHERS AND CHILDREN
181
THE SHOWCASERS OF ART
213
Index
237
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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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