Now that I’ve escorted two e-partners to the edge of the grave, I’m wary of this brave new world of digital publishers and readers. As recently as the 1980s and ’90s, writers like me could reasonably aspire to a career and a living wage. I was dispatched to costly and difficult places like Iraq, to work for months on a single story. Later, as a full-time book author, I received advances large enough to fund years of research.
How many young writers can realistically dream of that now?
I’m excited to be on this panel — Here are the full details:
Date: Friday, May 30
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm
Panelists: Alaya Dawn Johnson, Manuela Soares, Arthur A. Levine, Carolyn Mackler, Cheryl B. Klein, Jeffrey Yamaguchi, Jennifer Hubert Swan
Description: This panel, sponsored by the NYC Chapter of the Womens National Book Association (WNBA), will engage children’s book authors, and a librarian, as well as a children’s book editors and a director of digital marketing in a conversation on digital strategies for tapping the YA market — including readers as well as those responsible for selling and recommending books to those readers. The panel will evaluate how effective these strategies are. Successful online campaigns will be a highlight of the panel’s discussion, especially as they compare to traditional methods. The critical nature of online communities in reaching young adults and where they can be found or developed will also be discussed. Although the focus is online communities, other digital methods —- such as developing an overall digital strategy — will be explored. The influence of online communities on publishers’ acquisitions is also important and relevant in an age where self-publishing has become so popular. How this trend influences readers as well as editors and others involved in the publishing process will also be addressed.
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