Saturday, April 12, 2008

Harper's New Imprint and Through the Eyes of an Editor

I know it's Saturday, but, hey, I'm working away at edits (and I didn't blog much this week), so I thought I'd pop a post up.

One of the many things I adore about my clients is that, even though they have an agent, they are always keeping an eye out for industry news. Thought I'd share a couple links with you.

First, here's a link to an editor's blog post talking about what happens to your manuscript once they've received it. --

http://editorialanonymous.blogspot.com/2008/03/heroic-journey-of-requested-manuscript.html


Second, here's a story on Harpercollin's newest imprint--

ALESSANDRA BALZER AND DONNA BRAY TO LAUNCH NEW IMPRINT AT HARPERCOLLINS CHILDREN'S BOOKSNew York, NY (April 9, 2008) - HarperCollins Publishers announced today that it has appointed Alessandra Balzer and Donna Bray to the newly created position of Co-Publishers of the new imprint Balzer & Bray. They will join HarperCollins on May 5, 2008, reporting to Kate Morgan Jackson, Senior Vice President and Associate Publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books.

"We are so pleased and proud that Alessandra and Donna are coming to HarperCollins, " said Kate Jackson. "Between them there is nothing they can't do. They have published award-winning and bestselling books for children of all ages, from babies through young adults. They are a dynamic and savvy team who knows what their readers want, and we welcome them with great excitement."

"After working together for twelve years, Donna and I are thrilled to start this new venture," said Balzer. Bray said, "We are particularly excited to launch this imprint at HarperCollins, which has such a prestigious publishing history."

Alessandra Balzer began her career at HarperCollins Children's Books, and was most recently an Executive Editor at Hyperion Books for Children. Alessandra is the editor of bestselling author and artist Mo Willems, who has won three Caldecott Honors, for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. Alessandra edited SOLD by Patricia McCormick, a National Book Award Finalist and John, Paul, George, & Ben by Lane Smith, a New York Times best seller. She also works with Eoin Colfer, author of the internationally best-selling Artemis Fowl series, and Jonathan Stroud, who wrote the New York Times bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy. Donna Bray started her career at Henry Holt and Company, and was most recently the Editorial Director of Hyperion Books for Children.

Among the books that Donna has edited are the Newbery Medal title Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi; National Book Award Finalist The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich; the New York Times bestsellers Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee; I'd Tell You I Love You But I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter; We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson; and Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham. Donna also launched the blockbuster Baby Einstein book publishing program at Hyperion.

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