Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Publishers Lunch

John Radziewicz, vp and publisher of Da Capo Press, is retiring on November 30. He has led Da Capo since 1999. Susan Weinberg, svp & publisher of Perseus Books, said in an announcement, "John's commitment and work ethic have been outstanding, and we will miss his erudite emails, his witty sotto voce remarks, and his enthusiasm for his authors, his colleagues, our books and the business of publishing." She also stated that "a succession plan is forthcoming."

Bria Sandford has been promoted to executive editor for Portfolio and editorial director of Sentinel. Leah Trouwborst has been promoted to editor of Portfolio/Sentinel.

Eric Duggan and Adria Martin have each been promoted to marketing manager at Amazon Publishing.

At Simon & Schuster Children's, Katherine Devendorf has been promoted to director, managing editorial; Chelsea Morgan to senior production editor; Julie Doebler to production director for Aladdin and Pulse; Elizabeth Blake-Linn to associate production director for Atheneum Books, McElderry Books, Beach Lane Books and Saga Press; and Sara Berko to senior production manager for Aladdin and Simon Pulse.

Hampton Ryan will join the independent sales team at Arcadia Books as field sales representative. He previously worked at Waldenbooks, Borders and Brentano's and Ingram Book Company in Nashville.

Rachel Gilmer is moving over to assistant content editor at Sourcebooks.

Stan Lee, 95, comic book writer, editor, publisher and former President of Marvel Comics,
died on Monday.


John Carreyrou's Bad Blood won the £30,000 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize. At the same ceremony, Andrew Leon Hanna received the £15,000 Bracken Bower Prize for the best proposal for a business book by an author under 35, for his proposal for Twenty-Five Million Sparks on "how entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ideas emerge from refugee camps and communities."

Saturday, November 03, 2018

NZ author gets US deal

High Spot Literary is delighted to announce that New Zealand author, Tammy Robinson’s latest book PHOTOS OF YOU has just been acquired by Grand Central Publishing in the USA, one of America’s ‘big 5’ publishing houses.

PHOTOS OF YOU was part of a two-book deal originally signed with Piatkus Little Brown UK in 2017.

Due for release in New Zealand and Australia through Hachette Publishers in December 2018, the book is already garnering enthusiastic responses from readers who have seen advance copies.

The UK edition will be available in June 2019.

German and Czech rights have also been sold and other rights deals are expected after the book was a feature title at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair.

Leah Hultenschmidt, Editorial Director of Grand Central Publishing US noted with enthusiasm, “We’re thrilled to publish such a beautiful story that manages to be heartbreaking and joyful at the same time.”

 Alison Shucksmith, Product and Publishing Manager of Hachette New Zealand added,

We are thrilled that PHOTOS OF YOU has been picked up by our US colleagues, helping get Tammy’s wonderfully captivating books into the hands of readers around the world.”

“Tammy Robinson remains one of our key authors and we are absolutely delighted to see that her talent has been recognized on an international level,” said Vicki Marsdon of High Spot Literary. “We are confident that PHOTOS OF YOU being published in the US, as well as the UK and Europe, will cement Tammy’s place as one of New Zealand’s most popular authors.”

Tammy Robinson lives with her husband and children in the Waikato. PHOTOS OF YOU is her eighth novel.

High Spot Literary is New Zealand’s only literary agency representing authors of adult fiction and non-fiction. A full service literary agency, High Spot Literary aims to find the widest possible audience for New Zealand authors both inside and outside New Zealand.

For more information, please contact:

Vicki Marsdon

Storylines News

As we head towards the end of the year, there's still plenty happening in the world of children's literature. Read on to find out...
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Storylines news

Northland Story Tour

The final Storylines National Festival Story Tour for 2018 is in the Far North and Kaipara this week. Authors Kyle Mewburn, Fraser Smith, Melanie Drewery and Heather Haylock are visiting primary intermediate and secondary schools, as well as early childhood centres children at schools and libraries in Warkworth, Ruawai, Dargaville, Opononi, Kaikohe, Okaihau, Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Opua. They've also been the centre of attenti on at two events for adults in the afternoon, at Dargaville and Kerikeri libraries.
We'll have a wrap on this and other tours in our next newsletter and on our website in December. Or you can check out the activities in the north on our Facebook page.
Melanie Drewery toured the north with Kyle Mewburn, Fraser Smith and Heather Haylock

2018 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award presentation

The Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for 2019 will be presented to Northland librarian and children’s books advocate Jeannie Skinner on Sunday 2 December at 3pm at the National Library, The Strand, Parnell, Auckland. After Jeannie’s Spring Lecture presentation, light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so please register on the Storylines website.
Storylines members are free, with a $15 a head charge for non-members. There is no charge for children.

Jeannie Skinner

Christmas Books List on website

The Christmas Book List, a useful buying guide for Christmas, is now available on our website. You will find personal recommendations from a team of Storylines members (authors, teachers, academics, illustrators, librarians, parents and grandparents) of New Zealand and international books in four genres: picture books, junior and young adult fiction, non-fiction.

Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day 2019

Mark Sunday 31 March 2019, in your calendar for the Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day where awards and certificates will be presented for the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, the manuscript awards, the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for a young illustrator, and the 2019 Notable Books. It will be held the University of Auckland Music Auditorium, Epsom campus, Epsom Avenue, Auckland. Nominations for the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award have now closed (31 Oct); the winner will be announced in January and will present his/her Margaret Mahy lecture at the Awards event.
Janice Marriot, 2018 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal winner

Awards submissions closed

The end of October was the final deadline for several key Storylines awards:
Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award;
Storylines Joy Cowley Award ; and Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award. Judges are now preparing to spend their summer break reading and re-reading the manuscript entries to make final decisions on winners.

Storylines Notable Books 2019  Submission Deadline

The submission deadline for all Notable Books categories (Picture Book, Junior Fiction, YA fiction, Non-fiction and Te Reo Māori) is 30 November 2018. Submissions are welcomed from publishers, writers and illustrators.
Details on our Notable Books page.
Scholastic's poster with Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award winners to date

New Tip Sheet - Non-Fiction

The latest Top Ten Tips sheet, by writer Maria Gill, is available for Storylines members on the website. Remember to log in as a member when you open the website so you can access it.
Maria Gill

Storylines Gavin Bishop Award deadline

In addition to the Notable Books submissions, the deadline looms for the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for illustration – 30 November 2018.
Entry forms and details on the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award page on our website.
Gavin Bishop

Yamada Books for Refugees event

Books for young refugees in their own languages will be presented by Storylines/IBBYNZ at the AUT Mangere Refugee Education Resettlement Centre in late November. A $US5000 ($NZ6,633.23) grant from the Yamada Foundation has enabled IBBY NZ to source books from Iran, Singapore, Myanmar, and Palestine to meet the needs of refugee children arriving this year. They include books in Farsi, Arabic, Tamil, Punjabi, Burmese, Karen, Chin, and hopefully Rohingyan. For more information contact Libby Limbrick.
Storylines chair Libby Limbrick, Maria Hayward (Director of the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre) and Frances Plumpton, chair of IBBY New Zealand sort books for teh refugee centre

Nami Concours Picture Book Illustration Award

Congratulations to Brian Lovelock for achieving shortlisting in the 2019 Nami Concours Picture Book Illustration Award. He was selected from among 1844 entries from 98 nations and is one of just 106 shortlisted entries from 42 nations. There will be a final judging in January 2019. Read more:
Brian Lovelock


IBBY Honour List 2018

The IBBY Honour List 2018 was presented at the 36th IBBY Congress in Athens recently. The slide show is on YouTube. IBBY New Zealand’s selection of writer Kate De Goldi (From the Cutting Edge of Barney Kettle, Penguin Random House NZ); illustrator David Elliot  (Snark, Being a True History of the Expedition that Discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock ... and its Tragic Aftermath, Otago University Press); and translator Kawata Teepa (Whiti Te Rā!, Huia NZ) feature alongside other outstanding books selected by IBBY member countries. Read more about the IBBY Honour List.
Kate De Goldi

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominees named

Next year, 246 candidates from 64 countries will be in the running for the world’s largest and most prestigious children’s literature award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and receive five million Swedish krona ($600,000, £430,000). This was announced today by ALMA jury chairman Professor Boel Westin at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Read more.
Astrid Lindgren

Is your membership up to date?

If you haven't yet paid your membership to March 2019, you can no longer log on to access resources available only to Storylines Members. If you are sure you have paid for 2018-19 and can no longer access your account, please contact and we'll check your account.
You can renew your membership through the website with your credit card, or as a direct credit to the Storylines bank account. Check out our instructions for renewal or new membership.

Answer & Win

Congratulations to the winners of our October newsletter competition: Vaana Langdon of Epsom, Auckland, and Kirsten Elliott - Sacred Heart Girls' College, Hamilton. We have two more prize packs containing fabulous New Zealand children's books to give away this month. Email us at with the answer to this month’s question: Please tell us the date and venue of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award presentation.

News on our Facebook and home pages

Storylines' Facebook page is now accessible through the website, and we would love to increase our tally of ‘likes’. Content includes photos and reports from the 2018 Story Tours and much more.
You'll also read other news items on our home page. Check in for updates.

Raymond Huber and Raymond McGrath at Good Shepherd School in Auckland as part of the 2018 Storylines Story Tour

 News from other organisations
Massey University Press (MUP) is joining forces with Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris. Their company, Annual Ink, is to become MUP’s new children’s imprint — the first of its kind in New Zealand. The imprint’s first title, Hazel and the Snails, by debut
author Nan Blanchard, will be published in March 2019 and it exemplifies everything the partnership plans to emphasise. Read more.