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Children's Lit

New Book Mail – Sourcebooks

Thank you to Sourcebooks for sending me mail!

Once More Upon a Time is 130 pages, adult fantasy romance, and will be released in hardback on October 5, 2021

PreOrder Link for $13.79: https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781728239828

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight is YA, 242 pages, is currently out in Hardback ( https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781492678892 ) and will be released in paperback on September 7, 2021 for $10.11
Preorder the Paperback: https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781728240237

Beaver and Otter Get Along… Sort Of is a Non Fiction picture book for ages 4+ which releases September 7th in hardcover and paperback simultaneously
PreOrder the Paperback ($8.27) : https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781728232256
PreOrder the Hardcover ($15.62): https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781728232249

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Children's Lit Middle Grade Reads Weekly Reviews

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie- MG Fiction Review

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Title: Scritch Scratch
Author: Lindsay Currie
Publisher: SourceBooks for Young Readers
Publishing Date: September 1, 2020
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Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this e-ARC

Scritch Scratch had me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of this story! I couldn’t put this down. I was asked to be on Lindsay’s street team for this novel and I have enjoyed getting to know her while helping her get the word out about this story. when I finally sat down to read it I couldn’t have been more impressed. Horror is not an easy genre to write for kids. You can’t make it too scary or it becomes too much, but you don’t want it to come off as too silly either. Kids like to be thrilled and scared sometimes! I know this will be recommended in my library to my students who love a good thrill!

The characters in Scritch Scratch are so relatable so I know students in grades 4-8 will be able to relate to them as well. There is a good blend of frightening scenes with realistic friendships, sibling relationships, and relationships with parents.

I would recommend this to fans of Goosebumps and Mary Downing Hahn books.

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Getting ARCs – A Free Comprehensive Guide

What is an ARC?
ARC stands for Advanced Reader Copy sometimes also known as a galley copy. They are books printed during the editing process before the publication date. They are printed in small batches and are distributed for free to reviewers, librarians, award committees etc. that will give feedback to the author and publisher before the final edition is printed and who will get the word out about the book to get preorder numbers on the book up.

Why do I want an ARC?
Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Usually when you request an ARC you are promising the publisher or author an honest review before the publication date. So if you cannot write a full review before publishing, make sure you don’t ask for an ARC as they are limited and expensive for the publisher and author to have printed. If you aren’t sure if you can get to it, but want to try, request an e-ARC (more information to come below)

Before Requesting

Gather your social media and blog stats. To do this on Instagram and Twitter you will have to switch to a business account (which is free). The more you know and can prove your worth, the better your chance will be to recieve ARCs. Know your followers on all platforms, how many people see your posts on average and how many people take actions based on your posts on average (likes, RT, saves, profile visits etc.) Make sure you have samples of book reviews ready and have posted several on Goodreads and Amazon. Make sure they are lengthy and thorough, but not terribly long, so that the publishers can get a good feel for how you review books without having to read a novel. Set up your Netgalley account and Edelweiss accounts for E-Arcs.

Ways to Get ARCs Before You have a Huge Following

There are several ways to get ARCs while you are still building a large following on platforms. If you don’t have a TWITTER get one! Authors and Readers giveaway ARCs like crazy on Twitter. If you are a teacher or librarian there are even more opportunities for you there. Follow all your favorite authors. Anytime I read a book I follow the author that wrote it. Also follow as many publishers as you can find. Tag these accounts in positive reviews and shout outs as much as possible. Sometimes when they see you shouting from the rooftops how much you love their books, they will remember you when their next one comes out.

Goodreads giveaways are a good place to win ARCs. The more reviews you write on Goodreads compared to how may books you have on your shelf, the more likely you will win a book on Goodreads. I am not sure what the statistics are or the ratio, but I have heard from several sources that you are more likely to win if you have written reviews.

Bookish First is another great community for receiving ARCs. Bookish First is a platform in which you leave the publishers first look feedback, get entered to win an ARC and earn points to turn in for ARCs. I have already received 2 ARCS from them and just joined in April (and haven’t been active this month AT ALL ). Go to BookishFirst.com and when you join, enter in my referral code for some extra bonus points to start off with a9f935be700381f89

Netgalley is by far the easiest place to get ARCs. Make sure you have a well filled out profile. You can start requesting eARCs right away. Make sure you check out a couple that are “instant approvals” or “read now” books. Keep your review percentage above 80% before you request more books (hint: request a picture book every so often so you have an easy and quick read to boost that percentage up!)

The Email to Send to Publishers

Okay so if you are wanting a specific list of PHYSICAL ARCs you will most likely have to request them from the marketing department of the publishers. If you have a small following, or have never requested before, start with small indie publishers first! A lot of the big publishers won’t work with you until you have a massive following (10K and up on Instagram) You need to request ARCs in a 3 to 5 month window of the book being published. For example: It is June 26th so if I were going to request ARCs today I would be looking at books publishing between September and November. I could possibly look at early December publications and request them as well, but likely wouldn’t be able to receive those yet. Note: During the COVID pandemic A LOT of publishers are not able to distribute physical ARCs or review copies of books so be aware that you will likely be offered an eARC of a book if you request physical copies at this time.

Here is the email I send: Make sure you put in ALL of your social media platforms in the email not just the ones I included (I do not have a bookish facebook page/group and I do not have booktube so those would be 2 that you could include.)

Hello, My name is Erin Decker McDowell and I am a PreK through 12th grade librarian, education fantastic, book reviewer and literacy advocate. I am really interested in the following books coming out in the near future and I was wondering if you had any ARCs available of any of these or similar titles. I am willing to publish reviews on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon for anything I request and share anything else that you send with my followers as well as the ARC trading group, #BookPosse on Twitter which is comprised of 32 members who retweet each other’s ARC shares, reviews etc. and ship ARCS within our group. I am interested in these titles because I mostly read YA and MG fiction and particularly enjoy fantasy stories. I of course read other things such as picture books, adult titles, MG/YA historical fiction and contemporary fiction.

Here are the titles I am interested in as well as my current social media stats:
[INCLUDE SPECIFIC LIST OF BOOKS WITH TITLE, AUTHOR and ISBN NUMBER]

Instagram: @BibliophilePrints 6153 Followers with 10 – 20 new followers each week 25,000-30,000 Impressions each week 300 Website clicks each week (including an Amazon link in which I list all books sent to me for marketing purposes) Audience is 95% Women, mostly #bookstagram
Twitter: @ErinBookDragon 1446 Followers 375.8K impressions a month 
20 link clicks each day 550 Retweets each month

Part of #BookPosse (at least 3 tweets per title per reader that receives it) Audience is mostly educators and librarians
Blog: ErinDeckerBlog.wordpress.com (165 followers) 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/erindecker (157 Followers) 
If you decide to ship these or any other books my address is 
[INCLUDE YOUR ADDRESS HERE]

Thank you so much for your consideration! -Erin Decker McDowell

This is MY email. So make sure to edit and tailor it to YOUR truth. I will say, I mostly receive ARCs BECAUSE I am a librarian, not because my social media accounts have a high following or interactions. If you are interested in ARC sharing groups, I have more information below about that. Please note that I am not the person to ask to join #BookPosse and at the time of this article, Book Posse is not taking new members.

Some Popular Publishers Marketing Accounts

Here are the contact Emails for some of the publishers that I have requested from. Note these are current as of June 2020 and may change at a later date so be sure to look up name of publisher MARKETING to find the correct email addresses if these bounce back. When you email, you will PROBABLY not get a reply from anyone. Do not hound publishers. Books may show up at your home, they may not. If they don’t try again in a month with a new request and updated stats.

Penguin Random House Group:

AVERY and VIKING STUDIO
averystudiopublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

BERKLEY, NAL, ACE, ROC, DAW BOOKS, PERIGEE, HP BOOKS, CELEBRA, JOVE, ONYX, PRENTICE HALL, PRIME CRIME, SIGNET
BerkleyNALpublicity@us.penguingroup.com

BLUE RIDER PRESS
blueriderpublicity@us.penguingroup.com

DK
publicity@dk.com
e-mail only

DK EYEWITNESS TRAVEL
DKtravelpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

DUTTON
duttonpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2262

G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS
putnampublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

GOTHAM
gothampublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2262

HUDSON STREET PRESS
hudsonstreetpresspublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

PENGUIN BOOKS
penguinpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

Note: Penguin Books and The Penguin Press are two separate departments. If you are uncertain which department to contact, please look up the book/author on the website for further details. Also, this email address is for books published specifically by the Penguin Books imprint (department), not for any and all titles published by the company, The Penguin Group (USA). Misdirected requests may be delayed, so please use the information listed on our site to direct your correspondence to the appropriate division.

THE PENGUIN PRESS
ppresspublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

Note: Penguin Books and The Penguin Press are two separate departments. If you are uncertain which department to contact, please look up the book/author on the website for further details.

PLUME
plumepublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2815

PORTFOLIO SENTINEL
portfoliopublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

RIVERHEAD HARDCOVER
publicityriverhead@penguinrandomhouse.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

RIVERHEAD TRADE PAPERBACKS
publicityriverhead@penguinrandomhouse.com
Fax: 212-366-2385

ROUGH GUIDES
roughguidespublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

SENTINEL
sentinelpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

TARCHER
tarcherpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

VIKING
vikingpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

YOUNG READERS: DIAL BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS, DUTTON CHILDREN’S BOOKS, FIREBIRD, FREDERICK WARNE, G. P. PUTNAM’S SONS, GROSSET & DUNLAP, MINEDITION, PHILOMEL BOOKS, PRICE STERN SLOAN, PUFFIN, RAZORBILL, SPEAK, VIKING CHILDREN’S BOOKS
youngreaderspublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-414-3393

Hachette Group:

Grand Central Publishing: grandcentralpublishing@hbgusa.com

Little, Brown and Company: publicity@littlebrown.com

Hachette Audio: audiobooks.generic@hbgusa.com

Little Brown Books for Young Readers: publicity@lbchildrens.com

Center Street: centerstreetpub@hbgusa.com

FaithWords: fwpublicity@hbgusa.com

Orbit: orbit.generic@hbgusa.com

Perseus Books:

HBG Canada:publicity@hbgcanada.com

HarperCollins Group:

Amistad – Courtney.Nobile@harpercollins.com
Avon – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
Broadside Books – Tina.Andreadis@harpercollins.com
Custom House – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
Dey Street – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
Ecco Books – Sonya.Cheuse@harpercollins.com
Harper Books, Harper Business, Harper Design – Tina.Andreadis@harpercollins.com
Harper Luxe – Pamela.Jaffee@harpercollins.com
Harper Paperbacks – Kelly.Rudolph@harpercollins.com
Harper Perennial – Tina.Andreadis@harpercollins.com
William Morrow – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
HarperCollins Children’s Books (all imprints) – HCCBpublicity@harpercollins.com
Harlequin – Lisa.Wray@harpercollins.com , Heather.Connor@harpercollins.com

Simon & Schuster

Corporate Communications
General Phone: 212-698-7033
General Fax: 212-698-7035
Adam Rothberg
Vice President, Director of
Corporate Communications
Corporate.Communications
@simonandschuster.com

Adams Media
General Phone: 508-427-7100
General Fax: 508-427-6790
Beth Gissinger
Director of Marketing and Publicity
AdamsPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Atria Books, Howard Books
General Phone: 212-698-7086
General Fax: 212-632-8083
Kristin Fassler
Vice President, Director of Integrated Marketing
AtriaPublicity@simonandschuster.com
HowardPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Avid Reader Press
General Phone: 212-698-7433
General Fax: 212-632-7695
Jordan Rodman
Deputy Director of Publicity
AvidReaderPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Children’s Publishing
(All Imprints)
General Phone: 212-698-2808
General Fax: 212-698-4350
Lauren Hoffman
Vice President, Marketing and Publicity
ChildrensPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Saga Press
General Phone: 212-698-7625
General Fax: 212-698-8083
Sally Marvin
Vice President, Director of Publicity
GalleryPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Scribner
General Phone: 212-632-4915
General Fax: 212-632-4957
Brian Belfiglio
Vice President, Director of Publicity
ScribnerPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Simon & Schuster, Free Press, Threshold Editions
General Phone: 212-698-7541
General Fax: 212-698-7336
Julia Prosser
Vice President, Director of
Publicity
SSPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Simon & Schuster Audio
General Phone: 212-698-2837
General Fax: 212-698-7664
Lauren Pires
Publicity Manager
AudioPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Tiller Press
General Phone: 212-698-7285
Marlena Brown
Publicity Manager
TillerPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Touchstone
General Phone: 212-698-7466
General Fax: 212-632-7695
Meredith Vilarello
TouchstonePublicity@
simonandschuster.com

International

Canada
General Phone: 800-387-0446
General Fax: 647-430-9446
Adria Iwasutiak
Director of Publicity
SSCanadaPublicity@Simonandschuster.ca

United Kingdom
General Phone: 0207 316 1942
General Fax: 0207 3160331
Polly Osborn
Adult Marketing and Publicity Director
Publicity.Enquiries@simonandschuster.co.uk

Australia
General Phone: 612 9983 6654
Anna O’Grady
Director of Publicity
PR@Simonandschuster.au

India
Tel: +91 120 4089389
Shobhita Narayan
Manager, Publicity and Marketing
publicity@simonandschuster.co.in

Macmillan Group

 Celadon Books: contact@celadonbooks.com
• Farrar, Straus and Giroux: fsg.publicity@fsgbooks.com
• Flatiron Books: publicity@flatironbooks.com
• Henry Holt: publicity@hholt.com
• Macmillan Audio: macmillan.audio@macmillan.com
• Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group: childrens.publicity@macmillanusa.com
• Picador: publicity@picadorusa.com
• St. Martin’s Press: publicity@stmartins.com
• Tor/Forge: Torpublicity@tor.com
• Tor.com Publishing: TorDotComPub@tor.com

These are just some of the MANY MANY publishers out there. If you find a book whose publisher is NOT on this look google the name of the publisher + “publicity contact” to find the correct contact information.

ARC Sharing Groups

So an ARC sharing group is exactly what it sounds like: a group of like minded readers, who share ARCs with one another. There are a LOT of ARC sharing groups amongst the librarian community, but I have not seen it so much in the reader community especially in regards to YA and Adult books. Authors and publishers are more likely to send ARCs to members of an ARC sharing group with a good reputation because they know that the group will do a good job with marketing the book. They also know that sending their 1 copy to a group will not just be reviewed once, but potentially many times. If you cannot find a group to join, I suggest starting one. Make sure you start a group WITH ARCS READY TO SHARE. Don’t start one and expect people to come to you with their ARCs. Even if you just start with one or two ARCs and recruit trustworthy members with one or two, this is a good start. Come up with a name for your group and keep it small to begin with (less than 10 members and I would suggest never getting bigger than 30) Make sure all members have reviewed books before, are familiar with emailing publishers, and are willing to promote posts amongst members. For the ARC sharing group I am a part of we are required on Twitter to share the book 3 times tagging all publishers and authors (when we receive, while reading and again while we pass it on) then all 30 members of our group must RT the book giving each book we ALL read a total of 2700 tweets! That is a lot of exposure between the 30 of us and all of our followers which is why we are more likely to get ARCs sent to us. Actually since the group is fairly established, authors and publishers often come to us and not the other way around. If you start a group keep track of member information and ARC information in an organized Google spreadsheet. Make sure everyone can afford to ship books to one another often. Keep everyone in the group circulating books so they can reach as many members as possible before publication.

What to do with an ARC when you are finished with it?
Keep it or pass it on. I personally know how much work goes into the production of ARCs and hate keeping them sitting on my shelf. I only keep them if they are signed or especially special to me. Otherwise I share them with my ARC sharing group or a friend I know will review or enjoy it. My last resort is to put it in a Free Little Library. The one thing you should not do with an ARC is sell it! DO NOT SELL ARCS. It is not illegal, BUT it will get you blacklisted by publishers and will ruin your relationship with them.

Answering Your Q&A:

Do publishers ship internationally? Honestly… I have no idea! Probably some do to huge accounts that are worth the shipping and customs fees. My suggestion is to look into publishers in your country to start with.

Are you obligated to review? IF YOU ASK FOR AN ARC YES! If you win an ARC or are sent one unsolicited, no. Publishers watch though, if you email a publisher and ask for an ARC they will watch for your review. If you want to continue working for them, review it!

Should I pay $95 to get advice on requesting ARCS? NO. This is such a waste of money. There is SO much information online to getting ARCS. Besides what I just spent a couple hours writing above here are some other great guides:

How to Get ARCS – A guide

How to Get Advanced Reader Copies for Free

On Requesting ARCs and Working with Publishers

Got more questions? DM me on Instagram @BibliophilePrints OR email me erin@bibliophileprints.com and I will try to answer your questions or find someone who can!

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Children's Lit Weekly Reviews

The Lady with the Books by Kathy Stinson – Children’s Book Review

Title: The Lady with the Books
Author: Kathy Stinson
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publishing Date: October 6, 2020
Sensitive Content: Mention of a dead father (killed in WWII)
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The Lady with the Books is the tale of children after World War II in Germany. Their city is destroyed and they are starving. But they find solace in a book display at a nearby museum and leave inspired to perhaps change the world. I loved this little slice of history that hardly anyone talks about. After WWII, German children were the victims of so much hate, a poor economy, and lost parents. This book reminds us that there is hope out there in the world with the next generation and that we can always find hope and solace in books.

I was happy to read in the footnotes of the book who “The Lady with the Books” actually was and how she brought this exhibit to cities around Germany. I was also happy to learn about what happened to the collection and the Book Castle.

I would recommend this book to my early non fiction readers, anyone who adores children’s literature, and to students learning about the aftermath of WWII.

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April Wrap Up

I read 7 books this month, and with everything going on that feels like a HUGE feat. I was on several book tours this month and have been sent tons of books to review in May. I also attended TLA and brought home a ton of ARCs for this year and finished copies of books I am excited to read.

Here is what I read and some brief thoughts for each book

Arlo Finch

  1. Arlo Finch and the Valley of Fire by John August – MG Fantasy
    Read for Lectio Committee, Selected for 2019-2020 school year
    I loved this woodsy fantasy and had so much fun discovering the world that Arlo lives in with him. Would recommend to middle grade boy scouts, fans of camping books, and readers of MG fantasy. 5/5 Stars

    The Secret of Nightingale Wood

  2. The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange – MG Historical Fiction
    This story is set in the early 1900s and a girl is trying to rescue her mother from mental illness and a doctor who is clearly taking advantage of the family. This book was dark and I thought it would have been better played out with an older protagonist and as a YA novel instead of MG. 3 out of 5 stars.

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  3. Panic Point by Bill Briscoe – Adult Mystery 
    Read for Lone Star Book Blog Tours 
    Read my review here  

    The Rainwater Secret

  4. The Rainwater Secret by Monica Shaw – Adult Historical Fiction
    Read for Lone Star Book Blog Tours 
    Loved this historical fiction. The review will be up for the tour tomorrow so make sure you come back to find out why this was a 5 star read.

    Dumplin

  5. Dumplin by Julie Murphy – YA Contemporary
    This adorable body loving book made me remember all over again what it felt like to be a teenager. Julie Murphy does an excellent job writing all her characters. I have known what it has felt like to be each of them at one point or another. 5 out of 5 stars – Bonus! I met Julie Murphy this month and she is wonderful!!

    The Fountains of Silence

  6.  The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys – YA Historical Fiction
    FAVORITE READ OF THE MONTH – This will more than likely be in my top 10 of 2019. This book sucked me in and told an amazing story. Read my 5 star review here.

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  7. Scythe by Neal Schusterman – YA Dystopian/ Science Fiction
    Another amazing 5 star read. This book showcases what would happen if we actually achieved a Utopia type world and the consequences that it could bring. Absolutely recommend to fans of The Hunger Games and other dystopia fans.

 

What did you read this month? Have you read any of these books? What would you recommend to me since I enjoyed *almost* all of these!