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Editors Share Secrets for Aspiring Authors

scwbi304Hundreds of writers gathered at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Summer Conference in Los Angeles last weekend.

The annual “Editor’s Panel” featured a star-studded collection of editors, including Dutton Children’s Books publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel–she’s worked with Ally Condie, John Green and John Grisham, among many others. Strauss-Gabel snapped that photograph of her view from stage during the panel. GalleyCat was there, gathering advice for aspiring writers…

1. You need to send the manuscript to the right editor. Strauss-Gabel explained: “I’m very attentive to fit both the imprint and if it is a good manuscript for me. We mean it when we say ‘this is not the right manuscript for me.’ I know another editor could bring something to that manuscript that I couldn’t.” She advised writers to read an editor’s body of work and understand what kind of books they love.

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David Levithan Inks Deal For Musical YA Novel

David LevithanDavid Levithan, a New York Times bestselling author and Scholastic editorial director, has landed a deal with Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Levithan plans to pen a musical novel entitled Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Fans will recall that this musical was featured in the collaborative novel written by Levithan and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. For this project, he plans to share the full script.

Publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Bill Clegg. She will edit the manuscript herself. A release date has been set for March 2015 to honor the fifth anniversary of the publication of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

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15-Year-Old Lands Book Deal for Memoir

15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen has inked a book deal for a YA memoir called Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek.

Published by Penguin Young Readers Group’s Dutton Children’s Books imprint, the book will chronicle the teenager’s efforts to follow a 1950s self-help book called Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide, “applying the quaint-yet-timeless instructions to her contemporary life and exploring what it truly means to be popular.” Writers House agent Dan Lazar negotiated the two-book deal with publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel. Here’s more from the release:

When she was eleven, her family moved to Brownsville, Texas. The convergence of her awkward adolescence, culture shock, and the violent drug war in this colorful border town inspired Maya to begin a unique social experiment. She spent her eighth grade year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell, to see the effect it would have on her social standing. The results were painful, funny and profound, and included a wonderful and unexpected surprise—befriending and meeting Betty herself.

Penguin Young Readers Group to Publish Book by Esther Grace Earl

Penguin Young Readers Group will publish a memoir entitled This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl. The book will posthumously publish journal entries, fiction pieces, personal letters and sketches written by a fan of young-adult author John Green.

Green dedicated The Fault in Our Stars  to her and will write an introduction to Earl’s book. Her family and friends will also contribute photos and essays. In a blog post, Green shared her story:

I am so glad that I knew Esther, and that she was a nerdfighter, and that through Esther’s family and This Star Won’t Go Out we can still decrease suck with her. But I am also really pissed off that she died … Esther inspired the story in the sense that I was very angry after her death and wrote constantly, with a focus and passion I hadn’t known since I was rewriting Looking for Alaska in 2003. And Esther helped me to imagine teenagers as more empathetic than I’d given them credit for. And her charm and snark inspired the novel, as did her idea of incorporating an author she liked into her Wish.

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Ally Condie Lands Deal for Two New Novels

Matched trilogy author Ally Condie has inked a deal to publish two new novels with Dutton Children’s Books. The Penguin Young Readers Group imprint will release the first book in fall 2014.

Writers House agent Jodi Reamer  negotiated the deal for North American rights with publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel. Strauss-Gabel will  also edit the books. Here’s more about the book, from the release:

[The book] tells the story of Rio, who has waited her whole life for the opportunity to leave her safe, underwater city of Atlantia for life on the surface. But when her twin sister, Bay, shocks everyone and chooses Above first (only one family member may go), Rio is left with increasingly dangerous questions about the complex political and religious system constructed to govern the fragile divide between land and sea.

The Truth About Book Editors

In the YouTube clip embedded above, video blogger and children’s author John Green sent a video letter to his brother–giving readers a peek into the editorial process with his editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel.

Green explained in the video: “The real heart of the editorial process happens way before we ever start fighting about whether ‘stormtrooper’ is one word or two and whether everyday can be Friday. It starts when I send Julie [Strauss-Gabel] a draft and then she sends me an editorial letter … there’s a reason that The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises were edited by the same guy.”

Green is referring to legendary editor Maxwell Perkins. He proceeds to read from an editorial letter prescribing revisions for his manuscript. Mystery writer C.S. Harris describes what editorial letters generally look like on her blog.

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How an Elementary School Library Inspired Adam Gidwitz’s Debut Novel

Elementary school teacher Adam Gidwitz (pictured) incorporated classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales in his debut novel, A Tale Dark & Grimm. We caught up with him to find out how he did it. The following features highlights from our interview.

Q: What inspired you to write your book?
A: I was substituting at the library in my school. I was supposed to be reading a story to second and third graders, but I didn’t know what story to choose. So I picked up my thick, musty old book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales off the shelf and began to thumb through it. I stopped on a story called Faithful Johannes.

Now, I had read this story myself. I knew that it involved multiple close encounters with death, intrigue, betrayal, and a shocking happy ending. I knew that I had always wanted to read it to students. But I also knew that the happy ending involved two sweet, lovely children getting their heads cut off. So I didn’t think I could read it to these library students. And then I thought, what the heck? Let’s see what happens!

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