Friday, July 31, 2009

MY INTERVIEW WITH THE FAB HUNGER MOUNTAIN


My interview in Vermont College's HUNGER MOUNTAIN


Vermont College's Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts. They publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, writing for stage and screen, interviews, reviews, and craft essays. Their print issue comes out annually in the fall, and their online content changes on a regular basis.

Vermont College of Fine Arts is the first college devoted entirely to low-residency, graduate fine arts programs, offering an MFA in Writing, MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and MFA in Visual Arts.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

BORDERS INK SHOPS HOPE TO HOOK TEEN BUYERS

Borders Aims to Capitalize on Teens With New Shops

Growth Categories including Graphic Novels, Fantasy and Young-Adult Titles to be Grouped with Merchandise.

by Jefferey A. Trachtenberg
Wall Street Journal July 21, 2009

Borders Group Inc. is launching a teens department to capitalize on such hot writers as Stephenie Meyer and Sarah Dessen, as young-adult authors provide a badly needed lift to booksellers.

The Borders Ink shops, which will stock graphic novels, fantasy and young-adult titles together, are expected to be available in 80% to 90% of the 513 superstores Borders operates nationwide by the end of August. Some have already opened in Michigan.

The space for the departments has often been carved from areas that previously sold music and DVDs, whose popularity has faded with bookstore shoppers.

Borders will cater to teen readers with a department featuring their favorite authors.

A pilot shop in Michigan.borders

Borders also plans to stock merchandise it thinks teens will snap up, including a variety of goods associated with Ms. Meyer, the writer of the vampire "Twilight" series, such as bookmarks and pencil cases.

"We want this to be about more than just the book," said Kathryn Popoff, vice president of merchandising/trade books at Borders, based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Borders, the nation's second largest bookstore chain by revenue, has also planted its teen flag on Facebook, where it has created a Borders Ink page in hopes of becoming a "source for info on all things teen lit and graphic novels." One of the lead items posted on Monday featured the Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels created by Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley.

The retailer declined to say how much it is spending on its teen initiative.

At a time when book retailing is slumping, young-adult titles and graphic novels are still delivering growth. Albert N. Greco, a professor at the Fordham University's Graduate School of Business Administration who studies the book industry, estimates that young-adult fiction, fantasy and science fiction will generate $744.3 million in U.S. publisher revenue this year, up 13% from $659.1 million in 2008.

That compares with U.S. publisher revenue of an estimated $9.73 billion for consumer books as a whole, a 4.7% decline from 2008's sales, according to Mr. Greco.

A spokeswoman for Barnes & Noble Inc., New York, the largest U.S. bookstore retailer, said it has long offered separate teen areas.

At one Barnes & Noble store in midtown Manhattan, teen titles are in the lower level, while graphic novels, which Barnes & Noble merchandises as a separate category, are on the second floor.

The teen category is now so attractive that Harlequin, the romance publisher, recently launched a new Harlequin Teen imprint, aimed at readers aged 12- to 18-years-old. Natashya Wilson, senior editor of Harlequin Teen, part of Toronto, Canada, based Torstar Corp., plans to publish three teen titles in 2009 and 17 in 2010, with the first, "My Soul to Take" by Rachel Vincent, coming out next month.

Write to Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg at jeffrey.trachtenberg@wsj.com

For more information, see my other BORDERS posts.

Friday, July 10, 2009

SUNDAYS WERE JOANIE DAYS


SUNDAYS WERE JOANIE DAYS

We’d pile into the car,
Drive past playgrounds and picnics,
Bicycles and kites,
Bbq’s and bowling alleys
Car on auto-pilot towards
Joanie new home.

We’d steer into a spot
Alone in the barren parking lot,
gulp down fresh air,
And make our way
Through dark, stanky hallways,
And lunatic screams towards
Joanie’s new home.
© Jill Corcoran 2009

More poems from this collection-- TWIN SISTER: I AM NOT YOU
More original poems by me--Original Poems by Jill Corcoran

Poetry Roundup at Jama Rattigan's this week.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

TAKE THE DARE!

TAKE THE DARE!
Cynthea Liu's fundraiser for Tulakes School.

NEW!
Critique #4 from Agent Jill Corcoran, Herman Agency

Click the link below to bid!!!

http://bit.ly/1k736C


Books lift up the mind, and the soul. Every child deserves free access to a variety of books, to a world beyond their own.

The Prize: One critique of the first five double-spaced pages of your fiction middle grade or young adult novel.

The Darer: Jill Corcoran is an Associate Agent at Herman Agency representing Chapter Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult authors. Jill is a huge fan of humor. If you can make her laugh or crack a smile, you are her kind of writer. Even in a serious literary book, there is room for humor. Jill prefers realistic and paranormal to high fantasy. A commercial hook with a literary bent. Some of her favorite books are Frindle, Stargirl, Speak, Stuck in Neutral, How I Live Now, Millicent Min, Good Enough, Seeing Emily, Things Left Unsaid, Flipped and Because of Winn Dixie.

For more about Jill Corcoran please see the Herman Agency website and Jill’s blog.

The Dare: Place a minimum bid of $35 by leaving a comment, then outbid the highest bidder until you win!

Related post: Critiquing for a Cause

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