Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#SCBWIWWA14: State of the State of Publishing with Justin Chanda

In a lively hour, S&S publisher Justin Chanda offered up these insights:
  • Ebook sales are leveling off and have not sucked the life out of publishing. 
  • Apps are not books!
  • Picture books are chugging back to life with strong, identifiable characters and shorter text. Funny books are working well.
About diversity: Authors are given a great responsibility to reflect the world kids live in. We have far to go, but publishing is progressive. So while working to move forward, let’s celebrate what’s out there, too.

Write your book. Don’t write to trends or worry about the Common Core. Publishers are experts at bringing books to kids, and story always comes first.

1 comment:

Barbara Younger said...

Soooooooooooooooooo pleased about picture books. Yes! Thanks for update.