Wisconsin is a Wealth of Talent

Wisconsin really should be one of the states you think of when asked to name a place with a deep pool of talent. The high number of acclaimed children’s book authors is truly impressive, and we should be proud.

Melanie Cecka Nolan

Melanie Cecka Nolan

Lucky me, I got to spend an afternoon with some of those incredible talents at the spring luncheon of our state’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. We met for a delicious luncheon and interesting talk by Melanie Cecka Nolan, Associate Publishing Director at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. She covered some of the many changes in the book publishing industry in the past 13 years, including the digital revolution, which has changed the way some people read — and for others has taken away some reading time.

When I think of the digital revolution, though, the first thing that comes to my mind is the way reading has opened up. There are so many more titles in so many more genres. It’s a readers’ (and writers’) paradise, and digital formats reach new audiences which, for a host of reasons, find eBooks preferable to paper.

Yesterday was the official release date of my young adult novel God Awful Loser. It, of course, is available in paper (hardcover), yet I’m immensely pleased that its eBook format can now reach the world. We mustn’t take for granted that it wasn’t always so.

Now I look forward to my launch party this Friday, May 8th, 7 p.m., at Boswell Books. I hope you’ll come and join me on this fun ride. The wonderful ladies in this photo sure are supportive, and SCBWI is sure one great group.

Authors Diane Swanson, Julie Mata, Silvia Acevedo, Valerie Biel, and Wendy Alm Lombard.

Authors Diane Swanson, Julie Mata, Silvia Acevedo, Valerie Biel, and Wendy Alm Lombard.

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