[DWJ] Best of 2017??

Eleanor Joslin eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Fri Jan 20 18:59:20 EST 2017


Spreadsheet: yes please!

Also really interesting to see your publication list all in one place.
There are some books there I definitely ought to read.

I knew Rhiannon Lassiter at university when she was a goth and Anne Rice
fan. I was in awe of her because she already had a publishing contract.

Eleanor

On Fri, 20 Jan 2017 at 07:43, Gili Bar-Hillel <gbhillel at netvision.net.il>
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> If anyone is interested, I've compiled an Excell sheet with all your
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> recommendations. I can send it to people who ask for it. It contains author
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> names and titles, no additional info, and without people's opinions about
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> books that were mentioned, though mostly I assume books were only mentioned
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> if they were enjoyed or
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> important-or-interesting-despite-not-being-fully-enjoyed.
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> As many of you know, I'm a publisher now, and I publish Hebrew translations
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> of certain books, many of which I discovered directly and indirectly thanks
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> to this list. So I take your recommendations very seriously. I've build a
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> career off them! That's also why sometimes I recommend a book that's not
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> actually out yet, like Garth Nix's "Frogkisser". I honestly can't keep
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> track of the pub dates. I know I've read other books that people are
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> waiting for - such as "The Pearl Thief", Elizabeth Wein's prequel to "Code
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> Name Verity" - but I try not to be frustrating in my recommendations...
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> As people have posted their syllabi here, I might as well post my
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> publishing list, no? Needless to say, EVERY book on the list is a book I
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> feel strongly about. Unfortunately there are many books I could not publish
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> because they had already been claimed by other publishers! "Uprooted" was
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> one of these.
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> Currently I run a publishing house devoted to children's and YA books,
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> which I founded myself about three years ago. It's called "Utz", which is
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> Hebrew for "Oz" (as in the Land of) So far I've published:
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> * 4 of the sequels to "The Wizard of Oz" by Frank Baum
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> * "Poor Cecco" by Margery Williams Bianco. At this point I was still
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> cutting my publishing teeth on public domain books, and this is a very
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> sweet one from the 1920s. The author is better known for "The Velveteen
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> Rabbit", but I knew several competing publishers were planning translations
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> of that as soon as the rights expired, so I thought I'd take a lesser known
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> book (but one I like much better). Another nice thing about Cecco is that
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> there are (sadly too few) illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
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> * "The True Meaning of Smekday" by Adam Rex. There's a sequel out now in
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> English, but I found it dissappointing.
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> * "Cakes in Space" by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. This has proven to
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> be my best-selling book, absolutely loved by the readers. I feel it fills a
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> big hole for 2nd-4th graders who still want a book that's not too long and
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> has plenty of illustrations, but also want something to sink their teeth
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> into, that doesn't talk down to them. Reeve and McIntyre have collaborated
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> on 4 books that are now being marketed as "not so impossible tales", though
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> they're not really a series: four standalones in the same format. I
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> recently published "Oliver and the Seawigs" which was the first of these,
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> and am planning to continue soon with "Pugs of the Frozen North" and "Jinx
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> and O'Hare Funfair Repair". Delightful stuff, all of it.
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> * "Gobbolino the Witch's Cat" by Ursula Moray Williams. One of those books
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> that's quite well known in the UK, but all but unheard of in the USA. I
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> consider it classic. And Kathleen drew illustrations for my edition! It was
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> the first of my books to make it to the bestseller list, by virtue of
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> word-of-mouth alone as there's no current "buzz" around it.
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> * "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein. For older readers than others I've
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> published, but I am planning on branching out into more YA.
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> * "Mars Evacuees" by Sophia McDougall. Starts out a bit slow, but once it
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> finds its pace is an unputdownable proper Science Fiction book for middle
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> grade and up.
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> Next in line to be published: "The Lie Tree" by Frances Hardinge. This is
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> actually my least favorite of Hardinge's books, but as with DWJ, I feel
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> she's SO GOOD that even my least favorite leaves other books in the dust.
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> I'm starting with it because it will be the easiest to promote, having won
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> the Costa prize last year. I think my favorite of all her books was "Cuckoo
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> Song", but they're all so good. (tangent: Frances Hardinge is friends with
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> Rhiannon Lassiter who also writes terrific books that have not gotten the
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> attention they deserve)
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> After that: "Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O'Brien, oldy
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> but goldie.
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> Also planning to publish "Bone Gap" by Laura Ruby, a book that somewhat
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> defies definition. It's coming-of-age-in-rural-America interspersed with
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> dreamlike sequences that don't seem to add up, until they do.
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> And at some point I'm committed to publish, as a book with original
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> illustrations by Ofra Amit, Christina Rosetti's "Goblin Market". It took
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> years to translate and I have a grant to publish it, so I do need to get
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> stepping with it.
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> I also published many terrific books at my previous two positions, but this
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> is getting long enough as it is!
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> Gili
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> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:36 PM, Tina <liril at gmx.net> wrote:
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> > Hello
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> >
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> > and belated good wishes for the new year to everyone!
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> >
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> > I was wondering if anyone made some best of list for 2016 - I remember
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> > getting such good recommendations via these.
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> > Since I am have a long train commute this year, I'd love some tips. And
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> > since I'm afraid I am a bit out of the loop, they need not be "new books"
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> > (first published in 2016).
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> > Unfortunately I don't have a real list to offer.
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> > My highlight were the Flora Segunda books by Ysabeau S. Wilce - I
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> > especially loved the audio version of the first book, read by Danielle
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> > Ferland. (I even bought another audiobook read by her because I wanted to
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> > continue listening to her, but it wasn't the same. Maybe it was because
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> > me she was just such a perfect match for Flora...)
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> > My favorite DWJ re-read was Deep Secret.
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> > My favorite weird genre mix were the first two Laundry Files books by
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> > Charles Stross. Lovecraft meets Dilbert meets James Bond...
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> > Bettina
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