Beth Golay

Twitter Update: 140 Character Replies

Twitter announced another update today. In an effort to simply conversations, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won’t count toward your 140 characters limit. According to the Twitter blog, the changes you'll see are:
  • Who you are replying to will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself, so you have more characters to have conversations.
  • You can tap on “Replying to…” to easily see and control who’s part of your conversation.
  • When reading a conversation, you’ll actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a Tweet.

Review: ‘You and Me, Me and You’

Me and You You and Me 9781452144863_b80ccI find that the most successful children’s books appeal to adults who read them aloud to youngsters. You and Me, Me and You by Miguel Tanco is a picture book written with adults in mindnot necessarily for subtle adult humor, but more as a message for adults with a pleasurable story for children included. You and Me, Me and You features the story of a man and his son, told from the son’s perspective. Each page presents a situation whereeven though the father is clearly a loving dadthe son is teaching the father a life lesson. Whether it’s on public transit—“I show you how to talk to strangers…”—or watching the progress of ants—“…and how to slow down”-- or a bat and ball turned accident—“I teach you to play… and to forgive.”—these little vignettes are a beautiful reminder of how our actions as adults influence and form young minds. Some of the messages made me cringe, but that’s only a sign that we should be taking the message to heart. I absolutely love the art and illustration in juvenile picture books. The technique, the hidden breadcrumbs, the imagery—the most beautifully illustrated books do not even need words.The illustrations in You and Me, Me and You are spare, but effective. It’s the words—and the message—that are the best part of this little gem.
You and Me, Me and You by Miguel Tanco (Chronicle Books | 9781452144863 | April 11, 2017)

Q & D Responses: Do you host rep presentations?

RepPresentation032417In last week's Quick & Dirty Survey, I asked booksellers if their stores host publisher rep presentations. It was close, but 53% of respondents said NO and 47% of respondents hold some sort of rep presentation. Of the 47% that said yes, 25% indicated that the rep presentations were for customers only, 37% said that they were for buyers only, and the rest indicated that the presentations were for all staff. Here are some of the comments, with all details other than location removed:

Video: Happy Dreamer

Out today, Happy Dreamer from the creator of The Dot and Ish, Peter H. Reynolds. And here's a little trailer to share to remind little ones, graduates, and readers of all ages to dream big. Reynolds is on Facebook, on Twitter @peterhreynolds, and has a great website where he describes his 'campaign' to make the world a more creative place. "The next time you're thinking about what gift to give someone, think of something that will encourage creativity," he writes. "Whether it's a blank journal or book on crafts, a set of watercolors or a guide to making films, a stationery set or a watercolor brush - let it be something that inspires expression. Children and grown up children need to be encouraged to consume less, and create more." Sounds like a great display idea to me. If you'd like to share this video with your customers, here's the embed code:

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300 Seconds: Here’s the thing about resolutions.

This is an IndieNext reminder. The deadline for books published in June 2017 and beyond is Tuesday, April 4, for books published in June 2017 and beyond... which is why I want to talk about resolutions. What do the months of April and June have to do with resolutions, you ask? I'll answer your question with one of my own: Why do resolutions need to begin in January? Think about it. The first IndieNext nomination deadline of the year was on January 3. Most booksellers were still recovering from the holidays or up to their eyeballs in inventory at that time. So if your resolution was to submit an IndieNext nomination for each month this year, you were setting yourself up for failure before the year even began. But why not just reset? I've been eating clean for almost a year. Well, I've been trying to eat clean for almost a year. If I have a weak moment and eat something I shouldn't, I don't throw up my hands and say, "Well that's over." I just reset at the next meal. Why should resolutions be different? Do you have 'submit to IndieNext monthly' listed among your resolutions? Here's the list of monthly deadlines provided by the ABA. You can print and post it wherever it does the most good, or transfer the deadlines to your personal calendar. And of you need them, here's an online submission form as well as the instructions and guidelines for how to write a nomination. You have a full week before the June nominations are due, and you really only need to find 300 seconds during that time to submit yours. And while you have that resolution list handy, take another look. What else would you like to begin again? You're allowed more than a few mulligans.