For my pre-agented writer friends:
Because so few larger publishing houses are open to unagented submissions, I take note of changes of personnel and policies. Two of Penguin Young Readers "open" imprints, Dutton and Dial, announced in the January 27th PW Children's Bookshelf the following, "Julie Strauss-Gabel has been named v-p and publisher of Dutton Children's Books, effective immediately. She was previously associate publisher. Dutton will become a 'boutique middle grade and young adult imprint with a focus on titles of exceptional literary quality and strong commercial appeal,' according to a statement from Penguin. The imprint will now publish 10-15 titles per year. Dial Books for Young Readers, under president and publisher Lauri Hornik, will expand from 50 titles to 75 titles per year, and will incorporate a number of authors and illustrators previously published by Dutton." Hmmm.
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