What Am I Doing?

This thing is getting big.

It's fun, don't get me wrong. When a reporter called to ask about it, I told her that in a time when bad news seems to be getting our industry down, we wanted to celebrate our bigger vision statement: connecting young people to great stories.

But I've got questions. For example, do we assign teen/YA authors to one store, and the PB authors/illustrators to another, etc., or do we mix up audience ages at every bookstore? Which will work better to bring families to the event?

Will bookstores feel slighted if we don't give them a "big draw" author?

Who is a "big draw" author, anyway?

Who is "we" (apart from our initial trio of twitterers and Deborah Sloan)?

Yikes. All input appreciated.

The amazing part is that because it's happened so quickly and virtually, I'm in the same pair of sweatpants I was wearing when the whole thing started (don't worry, they've been washed.)

Now if only I could exploit recent events to lure Jack Gantos and Lois Lowry into participating ...

Kids Heart Authors logo lovingly designed by bookseller Aimee McLear.


annawritedraw said…
Hello Mitali Dear,
Congrats on the good press. It seems to me that if your real goal is connecting children with stories then everyone is a big name.

I'd put a mix of genres (PB, MG, YA) at all bookstores so everyone who comes can find something for them. If not, you're asking book buyers to travel somewhere they wouldn't normally go to get what they need.

Certainly one purpose of the event is to boost sales for all. Try to mix the big names with lesser known authors so they can meet and to draw crowds to various shops.

love you and what you're doing.
Sarah Rettger said…
My couchbound mother - three weeks on crutches following foot surgery - has become a big fan of the "royal we" the last few days. So don't worry; I'm used to it!

I think Anna's exactly right regarding distribution of authors.
Mitali Perkins said…
Thanks, Anna.

And Sarah, I modified the royal we in the post to link to our "ABOUT US" page. Hope the Queen Mother feels better soon; she's fortunate to have a Princess like you around.
Sarah Rettger said…
I can't take too much credit - Brother #1 is home from college and helping out all day long.