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Let’s Hear It for the Boys, Title Trend Edition

Let’s Hear It for the Boys, Title Trend Edition

The literary field is thronged with daughters, wives and girls. This summer, we compiled lists—long, long lists—of novels featuring daughter, wife, and girl in their titles. In the end, we found more than 550 published in the last 20 years. Most recently, we’ve turned our gaze to the male half of the population, seeking out books […]

49 Wives, 139 Daughters, 188 Reasons to Call Your Book Something Else
By July 12, 2016 3 Comments Read More →

49 Wives, 139 Daughters, 188 Reasons to Call Your Book Something Else

A few months ago, I reviewed The California Wife and, immediately after that, Absalom’s Daughters. Reading these two in a row—and seeing others like them appear on my desk day after day—made me wonder why this type of title was so popular. Curious, I scoured our archives for books with “wife” or “daughter” in the title. When […]

Audiobook Sales Jump 24 Percent in 2015

Audiobook Sales Jump 24 Percent in 2015

Astronomical growth continues for the audiobook format, the fastest growing segment of publishing. A just-released survey from the Audio Publishers Association show a 24% increase in 2015 sales and a continuing shift to digital downloads. Clearly, the number of audiobook listeners is on the rise—and fast! But a NoveList survey of public and school librarians shows 42 percent […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book News
Booklist Is Hiring! Associate Editor, Adult Books & Associate Editor, Digital Products

Booklist Is Hiring! Associate Editor, Adult Books & Associate Editor, Digital Products

Are you extraordinarily well read? A stylish writer and a gimlet-eyed editor? Tech savvy, too? Booklist is hiring two associate editors. Follow the links below for more information and instructions for applying. Both jobs come with excellent benefits and wonderful colleagues—I speak from experience. Associate Editor, Adult Books Booklist Publications is seeking an adult books editor […]

Booklist Is Looking for Diverse Reviewers
By February 10, 2016 1 Comments Read More →

Booklist Is Looking for Diverse Reviewers

Booklist is actively seeking book reviewers of diverse background, whether that background is cultural, racial, gender, or another. We are also looking for reviewers fluent in Spanish. Candidates with critical acumen and knowledge of a public-library audience should email writing samples (preferably published work) and reviewing preferences (fiction, nonfiction, adult, YA, picture books, graphic novels, […]

Taxi from the Afterlife: Why Two Men Vowed to Publish Their Dead Friend’s Books
By January 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Taxi from the Afterlife: Why Two Men Vowed to Publish Their Dead Friend’s Books

For most writers, trying to write and trying to get published is like balancing on a fence. Many of them fall off—and some of them never climb back on. Those trapped on one side of the fence may write one book and spend the next 20 years trying to get it published, missing out in […]

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Publishing U: Making Your Debut at ALA
By September 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Publishing U: Making Your Debut at ALA

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this latest addition to our Publishing U series, debut YA novelist Amy Lukavics (Daughters unto Devils) shares her experience at ALA’s Annual Conference this past summer—and offers tips for other first-time authors.   […]

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominees for the Louis Shores Award, which recognizes an individual reviewer, editor, group, or review medium for excellence in book reviewing. The press release, with information about submitting nominees, follows. Call for Nominations Do you know someone that deserves extraordinary recognition for […]

Celebrate June Is Audiobook Month with Celebrity Narrators

Celebrate June Is Audiobook Month with Celebrity Narrators

How to celebrate June Is Audiobook Month #audiomonth? Show some love for the true celebrities behind the mic: professional narrators. The rapidly changing world of audiobook publishing has resulted in challenges as digital technology ramps up the recording timetable, while economic factors have resulted in ever-increasing tasks for the vocal talent. Fortunately, the very best narrators […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Publishing U: Advice for Aspiring Authors from Publishing Professionals
By January 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Publishing U: Advice for Aspiring Authors from Publishing Professionals

Usually, we at Booklist concern ourselves only with the end product of an author’s efforts: the finished book. We read the books and then review them, offering librarians advice on what to purchase, what to recommend, and what the big books are likely to be. But that’s not to say we aren’t also interested in how books […]