5 Famous Authors Who Had to Crawl Before They Could Fly

Published by on June 22, 2016 8:30 am


While there are few “overnight success” stories in book publishing, many of today’s famous authors fought long and hard to get to where they are. They faced rejection and other hardships on their journey. If you’re currently struggling through your writing project or feeling frustrated by the process, read on for these 5 famous authors’ inspirational stories:
View Article…

AtlasBooks signs two children’s publishers for distribution

Published by on June 8, 2016 1:00 am


AtlasBooks, the distribution division of Bookmasters, has signed new sales and distribution agreements with two children’s publishers: A-Ba-Ba HaUs and Jump Press.

A-Ba-Ba HaUs is the U.S. branch of A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA Publishers, founded in 1992 by renowned poet Ivan Malkovych as the first privately-owned children’s publishing house in the independent Ukraine.

Today, A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA is one of the most esteemed producers of children’s literature in Central and Eastern Europe. Their partnership with AtlasBooks makes their titles available for the first time in the U.S. and Canada.

Titles from A-Ba-Ba-HaUs feature visually-stunning works from award-winning and globally-renowned Ukrainian artists such as Vladyslav Yerko, Natalia Kolpakova, and Zhenia Gapchinska.

Of Vladyslav Yerko’s work on the U.S. release of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Snow Queen (ISBN 9780996560634, cover, interiors), the author of international bestseller, The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, said: “It is the most amazing children’s book that I have ever seen in my life.”

Other titles now available in the U.S. and Canada from A-Ba-Ba-HaUs include:

Jump Press was founded in 2015 by author-illustrator and designer Emily Sper of Newton, Massachusetts.

Two new titles from Jump Press will be available through AtlasBooks in the U.S., Canada, and the UK:

  • What on Earth Can We Do? (ISBN 9780975490273, July 2016, cover, interiors), a fun and informative book that, through easy-to-understand language and colorful graphics, introduces children to ways they can make the Earth healthier, such as making less garbage and planting trees
  • Follow the Yarn (ISBN 9780975490280, September 2016, cover, interiors), a delightful introduction to colors for toddlers that follows a kitten through the pages as he plays with one colorful ball of yarn after another

Sper’s previous titles with other publishers include the best-selling Hanukkah: A Counting Book and the award-winning The Passover Seder. Sper previously worked as a book designer for Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, and Scholastic, both on-staff and freelance.

“A-Ba-Ba-HaUs and Jump Press are two meaningful and exciting additions to AtlasBooks’ growing children’s line,” said Jon Ackerman, senior vice president of sales at Bookmasters.

“These publishers’ respective picture books and board books complement our extensive list of children’s puzzle books, science activity books, and drawing instruction books, as well as our picture book originals and classic re-issues from best-selling children’s book illustrators such as Dahlov Ipcar and Barbara Cooney.”

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the U.S. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. To learn more, visit www.bookmasters.com.

Ways to Mentor Young (or New) Writers

Published by on May 25, 2016 8:30 am


As a seasoned professional, you understand that writing can be rewarding. However, it can also be challenging, so it’s nice to have a support system. When you first got your start, did you have a writing mentor? Have you ever considered becoming one yourself? Being a mentor to a less experienced writer is a great way to “pay it forward” and give them the confidence boost and encouragement they need to keep going.
View Article…

A Guide to Style Guides

Published by on May 16, 2016 8:30 am


All writers should invest in a style guide or style manual, which is a set of standardized rules to follow to ensure the uniformity and consistency in literary and grammatical style throughout a document.
View Article…

Revisiting the Adult Coloring Book Trend

Published by on May 5, 2016 8:30 am


A few years ago, you might have only associated coloring books with children. However, that’s no longer the case. In the recent past, adult coloring books have popped up across bookstores and e-retailers and topped bestseller lists. Adults were finding that there are many benefits to coloring. Yet, many industry professionals thought it would be a fad that would eventually die down resulting in dollar stores and other second-hand stores to be flooded with the titles. Here’s a look into the current adult coloring book trend:
View Article…

Signs That It Might Be Time to Give Up on a Writing Project

Published by on April 27, 2016 8:30 am


While we’d like to believe that every writing project we begin is going to be brilliant, it’s not the case. Some projects reach a level of difficulty that goes beyond writer’s block or other small frustrations. At what point do you decide that enough is enough and leave the project behind? Here are some signs to look out for:
View Article…

Bookmasters, Baker & Taylor, Printondemand-worldwide form partnership

Published by on April 21, 2016 1:42 pm


Bookmasters and strategic partner Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products, have entered into an international partnership with Printondemand-worldwide to offer print on demand and distribution services to their publishers.

Unveiled at the London Book Fair last week, PODW’s inclusion in the Baker & Taylor printer network will allow Digital Print Solutions publishers to print in the UK and PODW’s publishers to print in the U.S. at Bookmasters for their publisher complete need and Baker & Taylor demand.

“I have a great deal of respect for Andy Cork and his team at PODW,” said Ken Fultz, general manager at Bookmasters. “Bookmasters and PODW have a very similar business acumen. Our two companies have built up a sound relationship over the past two years. Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters are strategic partners whereby Bookmasters is the main POD provider for B&T’s digital print offerings.”

“This partnership represents a major expansion to the Digital Print Solutions offerings at Baker & Taylor,” said Elizabeth Scarpelli, director of publisher services at Baker & Taylor. “We are pleased to add PODW to our printer network because they bring the same high level quality standards that we offer currently through our relationship with Bookmasters.”

“This partnership will provide our publisher clients with the opportunity to generate sales, for the titles they hold with us, throughout B&T’s global retail network and to fulfill drop ship orders direct in the USA,” said Andy Cork, managing director at PODW. “It is a significant addition to our own POD retail sales channels and POD operations here in the UK.”

Bookmasters and Baker & Taylor were acquired earlier this week by Follett Corporation, a top provider of technology, services, and print and digital content to preK-12 libraries, schools, and higher education institutions.

Printondemand-Worldwide, based in Cambridgeshire, UK, is a major digital print provider of POD and short run color and mono books and journals and owns the online platform The Great British Bookshop. To learn more, visit www.printondemand-worldwide.com.

Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products from approximately 25,000 suppliers to over 20,000 customers in 120 countries. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. For more information, visit www.baker-taylor.com.

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the U.S. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. To learn more, visit www.bookmasters.com.