Wednesday, January 14, 2015

THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING Is a Junior Library Guild Selection!

I'm so pleased to announce that THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Now, if you're anything like me, you've heard of Junior Library Guild selections, but you don't really know what they are or what that means, so here's a brief explanation (insofar as I understand it):

The Junior Library Guild is essentially a book club for teachers and librarians, so members can order books, often at steep discounts, for their classrooms and libraries. But the Junior Library Guild is more than just a clearinghouse for cheap children's books. They pride themselves on their selection--"Bringing future award winning books to your library's shelves today" is their tagline--so their editors accept submissions from publishers around the country and cull out the ones they want to share. According to their website, they receive more than 3,000 submissions annually and select anywhere from 700 to 800 of those titles to add to their list.

In addition, because they're a book club, they have to license subsidiary rights from the publishers they choose to work with, which means they also have to pay royalties to those publishers (who in turn pay royalties to the authors). I'm not exactly sure how all that works, but it's cool to think that Steve will have another way to get into potential readers' hands.

Have you gotten any good news this week?

13 comments:

RC Hancock said...

That is SO awesome!! Isn't it such a relief when you receive proof that your book is as wonderful as you think it is? :)

Kristin Smith said...

Wow, what a dream! Congrats on such an awesome accomplishment! And hi, Krista! I've been following your blog via email for a while, but it's nice to "meet" you. :)

~Kristin
Swords and Stilettos

Tara Dairman said...

Yeehaw! Go, Krista!!

JeffO said...

Excellent news, Krista, congratulations!

Dana Edwards said...

Congratulations, Krista!!

Laura Moe said...

Awesome! Kids all over the country will be able to read it. As a former school librarian, I know how powerful Jumior Library Guild is in exposing kids to new books.

Heather said...

Yay!!!! Congratulations! :)

Connie Keller said...

Congratulations!

Amy Cattapan said...

Congratulations!

Traci Kenworth said...

Congrats!!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thank you, everyone! I couldn't be more thrilled.

It's nice to meet you, too, Kristin (and thanks for following the blog)!

Laura, I've heard great things about the Junior Library Guild. I still can't quite believe it.

Tricia Springstubb said...

Hi Krista! Not at all surprised about your novel! We're Guild Sisters--my MOONPENNY ISLAND and CODY AND THE FOUNTAIN OF HAPPINESS are on the spring list too. xo

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thank you, Tricia! It's good to hear from you. And congratulations right back at you. Can't wait for MOONPENNY ISLAND!