It’s finally spring and so much seems to suddenly happen! or need doing! or change in some way! Love it and hate it.. but it’s never boring and slow like winter can be.
Bologna was sort of the big start of it all. Word from clients is that it was as wonderful as always. (I went in ’04…how time flies!) Some changes were seen generally around the world. Middle grade and realistic fiction is “hot.” Lightly illustrated middle grade…often stand-alones again, and more contemporary in feel… are wanted. Some lessening in YA paranormal/dystopian stories and more “fang-free fiction.” (love that expression! contributed to John Adams, of Adams Lit.) Lots of interest in traditional, beautifully illustrated picture books it appears. Yipee!
In PW I keep reading about the changes in patterns for the public’s way of buying and finding books. Less the library or book store help this past year, and more Amazon and from word of mouth. However, in general, over a third of parents seem to feel their kids actually have a “stong attachment to print books.” (Feb 25th) I do hope this is true. We need both to balance various needs and uses.
The Common Core State Standards, which has turned more ‘non-fiction,’ is always a big influence on publishers of course as they and schools find ways to incorporate the new mandate. Should bring more work to the ‘realistic’ artists I’d think, and those who love research and history of all styles. Writers and artists can help by offering games, crafts and such into their sites perhaps. Working out ways the schools can get links to their free downloads…. to take the information and interactiveness further.
I read a quote somewhere recently (I DO notice….) but can’t place who said it….want to share as it is SO true always. Publishers want “writing that sings – art that expands on words – stories that inform developmentally.” THAT is the ‘common core.’