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Monday, November 20, 2006 10:34 am
Class of 2k7
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been widely reported that publishers now expect authors to do more and more of the heavy lifting when it comes to promoting their books–up to and including lifting actual boxes of books. Of course, writers aren’t always skilled at publicity, marketing, and sales. Many of them became writers in the first place because their imaginations weren’t captured by the business world. So it’s always interesting to see how they approach the task.

The “Class of 2k7,” a group of first-time children’s and YA authors who are all making their debuts in 2007, have come up with a truly novel approach. I wish them well–may they have town cars sent to their doorsteps by major publishers when their second novels come out.

(By the way, the November 15 issue of Booklist is a Spotlight on First Novels.)

8 Responses to “Class of 2k7”
  1. Judy Gregerson Says:

    Thanks for mentioning the Class of 2K7.

  2. Greg Fishbone Says:

    Thanks, Kier. A town car would be very cool.

    I enjoyed Booklist’s “Top 10 First Novels for Youth” list–looks like the Class of 2k6 has been doing well for themselves, too. :D

  3. Greg Fishbone Says:

    Keir… I just misspelled your name. Sorry!

  4. Judy Gregerson Says:

    I wanted to mention that we are a one-stop shop for librarians, booksellers, and teachers looking for the newest and freshest voices in children’s literature. There are forty of us, divided by genre, area, launch dates, etc., which will make it very easy for those folks to find what might interest them.

  5. Ruth McNally Barshaw Says:

    A town car? My kids would badger me for the keys. I’d be happy with a reliable junker.

    Thank you for spotlighting our group.
    My fabulous publisher (Bloomsbury) handles promotion with finesse, and I have a strong background in advertising, so those weren’t my concerns when I joined the Classof2k7.
    I joined to share resources and rub elbows with other debut authors.
    It can be lonely being the first on your block to get a kids’ book published.

  6. Carrie Jones Says:

    Thanks for the mention, Keir. It was kind of you.

    2k7 is turning into an interesting experience.

    And, of course, I feel like I should spell my name Carei to make up for Greg. Poor Greg.

    Thank you again.

    I love that Powers’ quote you posted. I can’t imagine having my brain chemistry so altered, but what a dream.

  7. Keir Says:

    Don’t feel bad, Greg. I’ve seen my name spelled so many different ways that sometimes it doesn’t look right to me even when it’s right.

  8. Paula Chase-Hyman Says:

    Thanks for the mention, Keir. A town car would be nice – but I’d rather they rent a fleet of towncars and pick up every librarian and bookseller in the region and deliver them to a secret location for a private book viewing. How’s that for a pre-pub tour?


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