Thursday, August 31, 2006

First Books: Some Stats...

In my 14 years working on CWIM, I've found there is never a shortage of debut children's book authors. This year I heard from writers, illustrators and writer/illustrators. First-timers worked on picture books, MGs and YAs. They wrote historical, contemporary, fantasy and poetry. And they were published by both small presses and big New York-based operations.

I've pretty much got my next First Books lineup picked out (haven't emailed anyone yet though), and as I paged through my stack of emails, I kept a list of the publishers producing all these wonderful debut titles. Here they are (in no particular order--I'm not good at alphabetizing):

  • Sterling
  • Delacorte
  • Sylvan Dell
  • Flux
  • Candlewick
  • Margaret K. McElderry
  • Greenwillow
  • Harcourt
  • Little, Brown
  • Abrams
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • RGU Group
  • Henry Holt
  • Random House
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Dutton
  • Blooming Tree
  • Richard Jackson/Atheneum
  • Albert Whitman
  • Red Deer
  • Bloomsbury USA
  • HarperCollins
  • Dial
  • Carolrhoda
  • Houghton Mifflin

Half of the publishers on the list are publishing two of more of the first-time authors who contacted me. And Delacorte and Sylvan Dell get Most Friendly to New Authors Gold Stars.

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