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The publishing industry is changing faster than ever before. It’s important for an author to try and keep informed as much as possible. I have compiled a list of 5 sites that I feel will help you keep abreast of this rapidly changing field:

1. Publishers Lunch– Publishers Lunch is the industry’s “daily essential read,” now shared with more than 40,000 publishing people every day. Each report gathers together stories from all over the web and print of interest to the professional trade book community, along with original reporting, plus a little perspective and the occasional wisecrack added in.

2. Galleycat- Galleycat describes itself as “The First Word on the Book Publishing Industry.”

3. Jane Friedman’s Blog-  Jane always has some great insights in the recent news and developments in the industry.

4. Publishers Weekly-  Targeted at publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors and the media, PW offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics.

5. The Horn Book- Reviews of children’s books, articles and interviews of authors and illustrators.

This is just a partial list. You may know of another site or publication that is also helpful. If you do, please let me know. I would love to add them to my list.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan

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So you finally got your first contract. Your book has been published…Now what? What can you, as an author, do to continue on and have a long and successful journey?

Publishers Weekly reported in February about a panel discussion in New York by the PEN American Center’s Children’s Book Committee, that discussed this very topic. The speakers were David Levithan, panel moderator, and fellow authors Jane O’Connor, Richard Peck, Marilyn Singer, and Brian Floca. The topic was “Crafting a Career as a Children’s or Young Adult Author—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”

Despite their diverse backgrounds, the authors found they had two things in common; a lack of a clear career direction in the beginning and the willingness to write many types of books on many different subjects.

Author Marilyn Singer summed up a successful career with the following acronym:

TOWEL

T- talent

O- optimism

W- widespread interests

E- endurance

L- luck

“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” she said. “Don’t throw in the towel, use it.”

I think those are very wise words.

Suzanne Santillan

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