Emma Newman nominated for 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award!

May 4th, 2017 | News | Comments Off on Emma Newman nominated for 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award!

Congrats to Emma Newman! Her novel AFTER ATLAS is nominated for the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the most prestigious science fiction award in Britain.


A Publishers Weekly Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Book of the Year

“Newman writes with exquisite precision of grief, divided loyalties, and the struggle for self-actualization in this noir-inflected standalone…Gripping and sorrowful.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A detective novel on acid…Newman’s psychological insight is astute.”—The Washington Post


It’s a twice as nice pub day with REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale and PLANET JUPITER by Jane Kurtz

May 2nd, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments Off on It’s a twice as nice pub day with REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale and PLANET JUPITER by Jane Kurtz

REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale:


“A wistful, affecting, and utterly charming exploration of the realities of childhood friendship.” ―Booklist, starred review

“This tender, perceptive graphic memoir is bound to resonate with most readers, especially fans of Raina Telgemeier and kids struggling with the often turbulent waters of friendships and cliques.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“A wonderfully observed portrait of finding one’s place in your world.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review





“United in their determination to leave Portland, [Jupiter and Edom] hatch plans to earn money for bus tickets even as, despite themselves, they put down tentative roots…The vivid characters and fascinating urban village they inhabit . . . hold readers’ interest throughout. A solid middle-grade family story.” (Kirkus Reviews)




Congrats to Nisi Shawl and Fran Wilde on their Nebula Nominations!

February 21st, 2017 | News | Comments Off on Congrats to Nisi Shawl and Fran Wilde on their Nebula Nominations!

Nisi Shawl’s EVERFAIR is nominated for SFWA’s 2016 Nebula for best novel.

“This highly original story blends steampunk and political intrigue in a compelling new view of a dark piece of human history.”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review


Fran Wilde’s THE JEWEL AND HER LAPIDARY is nominated for SFWA’s 2016 Nebula for best novelette.

“Extraordinary world-building and cascading levels of intrigue make Wilde’s debut fantasy novel soar.”

Publishers Weekly


Check out all the nominees here.

Pub Day: Who runs the world?! SQUIRRELS!

February 7th, 2017 | News | Comments Off on Pub Day: Who runs the world?! SQUIRRELS!

Pub Day! Today, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale is out in the world!

“Doreen’s story offers a heroine it’s easy to go nuts for.” — Kirkus Reviews

“New readers and fans of the “Squirrel Girl” graphic novels will not be disappointed with this fun and engaging middle grade title starring a strong, positive, and utterly likable heroine.”—Marissa Lieberman, School Library Journal













Pub Day: Space, mysteries, and gorillas

January 31st, 2017 | News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pub Day: Space, mysteries, and gorillas

Pub day! The following books by Mur Lafferty, Heather Vogel Frederick, and Gill Lewis are now available wherever books are sold.







Kara Lareau wins a 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award!

January 24th, 2017 | News | Comments Off on Kara Lareau wins a 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award!

A big CongRATS to Kara LaReau for her 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor THE INFAMOUS RATSOS! It was written by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers, edited by Sarah Ketchersid, and published by Candlewick Press.




See the full list of 2017 ALA Children’s Award Winners here.

Interview with Agent Jen Udden

January 24th, 2017 | News | Comments Off on Interview with Agent Jen Udden

To celebrate her one year anniversary with Barry Goldblatt Literary, LLC, we asked agent Jennifer Udden some questions about her podcast, SHIPPING & HANDLING that she co-created with fellow agent Bridget Smith (of Dunham Literary).


What is the podcast about and where can people find it? 

The podcast is basically just Bridget and I talking about what we love most – books! We discuss writing, fandom, the nitty-gritty of publishing, our favorite reads, and answer listener questions each episode. We also run a book club as separate episodes. It can be found in the iTunes podcast store and on Stitchr!

What made you want to start this particular podcast in the first place? 

I wanted to get more of my voice as an agent out there, but didn’t have the time to devote to blogging consistently – little did I know that podcasting is almost as time consuming! But discussing books, writing, and publishing with someone else is much more fun than sitting and writing about it alone, so the podcast format appealed to me.


Are there any specific things you’ve learned about podcasting or the way you organize your podcast since you started Shipping & Handling? 

There was about a year between having the idea for the podcast and posting our first episode. During that time, we were figuring out the details of our recording setup and also figuring out what the best structure for the podcast would be. Believe it or not, the first episode was over two hours long and we definitely drank at least a bottle of wine each, which didn’t make for very coherent listening. 🙂 Now we pick a topic every episode, either something going on in the publishing zeitgeist or something that we recently did, and talk about it for 30-45 minutes. After that we answer questions from listeners, and then we talk about what we’re currently reading. It’s great to have a structure and a format to follow because it lets us keep things on track and interesting, rather than just rambly!


What is it about a podcast as a form of communication that appeals to you as opposed to a blog or youtube channel? 

It’s great to be able to talk through ideas with someone else. Even though Bridget and I have similar tastes as agents in some respects, we’re different enough that there is always a good discussion to be had. And even when we come from the same point of view, we each articulate things differently, which helps us both grow in our understanding. I wouldn’t do a youtube channel because I would worry about looking like a goblin on screen. In a podcast, no one knows I’m a goblin. 😉


What advice would you give to other agents or authors who want to either create a podcast or appear as a guest on a podcast? 

Spend the money to get good microphones, and get someone who knows about audio recording to set up a template and settings for you. Knowing that we don’t have to worry about fixing the setup every time has made things immeasurably easier, even if there are little audio quibbles from time to time. I’m a firm believer in having strong audio quality; I think it makes for a larger listening audience. I would also recommend that if people are starting their own podcast that they work out a strong focus or structure before they start publishing it! In terms of appearing as a guest, have fun! It’s a pretty relaxed undertaking. 🙂


Any final words? 

In our time publishing it we’ve seen the audience for our podcast grow, and we’re looking forward to growing even more in 2017! If anyone has any suggestions for topics, questions for us to answer, or comments, they can reach us at shippingandhandlingpodcast@gmail.com or on our website, where you can ask questions anonymously.

Kate Milford wins EDGAR Award!

January 24th, 2015 | News | Comments Off on Kate Milford wins EDGAR Award!




Holly Black and Karen Healey are 2013 Andre Norton Awards Nominees!

February 25th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments


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Congratulations to Holly Black and Karen Healey on their Andre Norton Award nominated titles THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN and WHEN WE WAKE!!!!!

See the full list of nominees here.


DOLL BONES by Holly Black wins a Newbery Honor!

January 27th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

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Congratulations to Holly Black on her Newbery Honor for DOLL BONES! See the full list of all ALA Children’s award winners here.