Re: [scbwi-houston] Book donation
- What's with the "no self-published books, please" ?????
Debbie FrontieraOn Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 2:11 PM, Vicki Sansum <vsansum@...> wrote:
Below is a message from the SCBWI headquarters in Los Angeles. SCBWI is
collecting picture books for the Sandy Hook, CT school. If you would
like to donate a new picture book, we will collect them at our Monday
January 7 meeting. Then we will mail them to Sandy Hook. The purpose of
this book drive is to send them high-quality, new picture books, so
these can be by our members or they can be favorites that you or your
Here is the message from SCBWI:
I know we are all heartsick about the killings that have taken place in
Newtown. In the face of a tragedy such as this, we all want to help yet
don’t know how we can contribute. SCBWI has been in touch with Francine
Morlando, a former member who lives in a neighboring community.
Francine has spoken with the Newtown Fire Department and asked how we
can help. They told her that they are in desperate need of picture
books for the kids who will be returning to school after the new year.
The community is moving out of Sandy Hook Elementary and setting up a
temporary elementary school location at the middle school, and since
they are not moving the library, they will need picture books to stock
their temporary library. I said we would help take care of that need.
We here at the main office will be sending 100 new picture books
published this year. If your region would like to contribute, you can
gather new, appropriate high-quality picture books over the holiday (no
self-published books please). They asked that we send the books after
the first of the year. We will send you an email after January 2 with
specific directions on where to send the books. Francine is willing to
receive them and take them directly to the school or fire station,
unless they want them mailed directly. We don’t need to overwhelm them
with quantity, but supplying a library of great books for these children
who have seen such terror will certainly help in their recovery.
Stay tuned for directions. In the meantime, may we all have a peaceful
Lin and Steve
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- I'm with Debbie Frontiera. I review newly published books. Some of the
PODs and self-published are much better than the Big Six
publishers or regionals output. In this era of closed to submissions,
I thought we had begun to accept the fact that self-published is the
Another question: when an author sets up her/his own publishing
company, where does that rank? Just my opinion.
Are paperback picture books okay for donation?
JoAn Watson Martin
2407 Kilgore Rd.
Baytown TX 77520
- I'm not sure why SCBWI headquarters posted these particular
specifications for the book donations, but we need to abide by them. It
may have something to do with ease in cataloging the books in the
library. I think hardbacks would be the best in this situation.
- I think Linn and Steve's statement and SCBWI's policy on
self-published books is not meant to be a judgment statement about all
self-published books. Being published by a major publisher does not
guarantee the quality of a book, nor does being self-published mean
that a book is not of high quality. It simply means one has been
selected by an editor.
I assume that published versus self-published is determined by the
same list of publishers used to meet PAL status.
Since the note didn't exclude paperback PBs, I think they would be okay.
Millie Theis Martin, Ph. D.
ARA, Houston SCBWI
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