Meet the New Pony: Q&A with Editorial Assistant Kat Enright

Kat Enright was born in Middle-of-Nowhere Pennsylvania, and earned her BA in Philosophy (with a minor in Writing) from Gettysburg College. After college, she served for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member in Boston, MA, before she moved to New York to start her career in Publishing. Kat always has at least one book on her (and sometimes upwards of ten, if you count all the e-books on her phone), and a notebook to jot down all the creative ideas that pop into her head.

Q: What type of books do you like to work on?

I love working on all types of books, from chapter books up through YA. But most particularly, I’m looking for #OWNVOICES stories that celebrate the diversity of the world we live in, and that don’t shy away from the darker, more serious aspects of the narrative. That said, I still do love adding in a mix of fantastical elements, from high fantasy to magical boarding schools to futuristic science fiction.

Q: What were your favorite books when you were growing up?

When I was young, I read anything I could get my hands on (I practically memorized the backs of cereal boxes at the breakfast table). But the book series that has had the most impact on me is the Harry Potter Series. It opened up a whole new world to me, and I was lucky enough to grow up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

And besides, Hermione Granger will always be my hero.

Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?

This is an easy one! I grew up on the original Star Wars movies, and they are still one of my favorite film series. It combined the best elements of science fiction and fantasy, cause c’mon, Jedi are basically just wizards in space!  I also learned everything I know about love from Han and Leia, so based on The Force Awakens, I might be in trouble!

Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

Dark chocolate, definitely! Milk will do in a pinch, but there is never any excuse for white chocolate.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Wait, who said I was a grown-up?

        

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Meet the New Pony: Q&A with Editor Becky Herrick

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Sky Pony Press has just welcomed Becky Herrick to the team as editor! Becky is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Most recently, she was an editor at Scholastic. To introduce her a bit more, we asked her a few quick questions:

 

Q: What type of books do you like to work on?

I like all different types of books and love working on a range of age levels (chapter book, middle grade, YA)! I especially love friendship stories and books that can make me laugh.

 

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Q: What were your favorite books when you were growing up?

Matilda by Roald Dahl, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

 

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Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?

Do Disney movies from the 90’s count as classic? If so, Aladdin! Otherwise, probably The Sound of Music.

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Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

DARK, always and forever

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[Editor’s Note from Alison – We approve this SO much.]

 

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An art teacher! I loved my elementary school art teacher, and I still love doing all different sorts of arts and crafts in my free time (when I’m not reading!). Last year I had a lot of fun taking a screen-printing class.

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A Day in the Life of an Editor

It’s a wide-spread belief that editors sit at their desks all day reading and editing, complete with the iconic red pen.

 

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I’m not going to lie. When I first contemplated a job as a children’s book editor, I did the same thing. I can read children’s books for a living! That would be great!

 

But the truth is, while editors do read and edit a lot, most of that happens on our own time on evenings and weekends:

 

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It’s a rare day when I actually get to edit in the office.

So, what does an editor do all day, then? Well, here’s a day in my life. Let’s see. I don’t even know what will happen!

9:00 AM – Get to work. I grab a cup of coffee and quickly skim my emails to see if there’s anything I need to deal with right away. There isn’t. I write a fast update email to an author and agent, and mark a couple of emails to come back to later in the day or later this week.

That done, I settle in for my daily ritual of checking sales orders and look for tasty book-related news and great pieces about my authors’ books to share on social media. Do all editors engage in one or both of these activities? I have no idea. But this is my pattern to ease into the day.

9:30 AM – Author calls to check in on something. We have a lovely, quick chat.

9:35 AM – Bethany stops by my desk to check in.

9:45 AM – Time for another cup of coffee. Off to the kitchen I go!

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9:50 AM – Start writing the draft for a deal announcement for a book I’ve recently acquired. Sometimes the editor takes the lead on this, sometimes the agent. And sometimes the announcement copy comes very quickly, and other times, not so much . . .

This one was a little tricky. It takes a while.

10:15 AM – Email agent draft copy of deal announcement for her thoughts and comments. Cross that off the list. Phew!

10:22 AM – Start typing up this blog post and realize it takes a long time to sound elegant AND research appropriate photos and GIFs. (I do it for you, dear reader.)

10:55 AM – Respond to agent asking about when client will receive editorial letter.

10:56 AM – Back to the post.

11:05 AM – Rachel stops by to catch up on some points since she’s just back from what sounds like a gloriously relaxing vacation. We talk ARC set up, some administrative concerns, and reviews among other things. We also discuss the impending Lesbian Hillbilly Militia attack, which I promised her I would include in this post. Link here: http://www.dailydot.com/irl/lesbian-and-transgender-hillbillies-are-taking-over-your-town/?llid=xKlJ&ls=dd&type=cpc&campaign=xKlJ

11:25 AM – Last catch up on the post. I’m almost up to current! I need to figure out the next task to tackle!

11:29 AM – Realize I missed social media-ing a teaser from one of my forthcoming books that went live this past Tuesday! (Check it out here.) So I tweet the link.

11:32 AM – Update an offer form with agreed terms. I like to have one sheet with everything clearly laid out. It makes it easier when it comes time to draft the contract.

11: 40 AM – Derailed by important email. Do a little research and respond.

11: 56 AM – Send updated offer form to agent to make sure it’s all as agreed.

11:58 AM –  Create folder for new author. Love adding the new!

12:02 PM – Agent likes the deal blurb! Hooray! She’s sending it on to other involved parties to make sure we’re ready to submit.

12:05 PM – General administrative reorganizing.

12:14 PM – Sit down to review a proofread. For me, this means printing out the PDF, inserting proofreader’s comments, and giving it another read. Once the book is typeset, I just catch more on the physical page. When I have everything together, I’ll mark it all back into a PDF and send it to the author for her to confirm she approves all the changes.

I suspect that this new development will be most of the rest of my day. . . . Life as editor = you don’t actually get to plan out your days and keep to that plan.

And, contrary to the above, I’m actually editing in the office, today! Caveat, though. This kind of editing in the office isn’t all that unusual for me. It’s the structural and deep line edits that usually happen outside of work hours. Going through a proofread is much more akin to proofreading—just working out he last kinks, making sure every t is crossed and i is dotted.

12:51 PM – Adobe starts a cycle of freezing. Contemplate throwing something at my computer. Decide that would be unwise.

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1:43 PM – Ask that we order in more red pencils. Hey, I need them!

1:47 PM – Go heat up my lunch. I’m hungry!

1:50 PM – Eat lunch while working. Periodically look up to see emails, etc. and deal with them, but mostly just making sure everything in this book is shipshape. Very apropos since it’s a pirate story!

3:00 PM – Wonder why this office is so cold! The blistering conditions I’m reading about in this book are not helping.

4:00 PM – Jacket meeting. See all kinds of pretty in progress.

4:30 PM – Back to the desk to keep editing.

5:15 PM – Scroll through PW’s Children’s Bookshelf where a deal I’ve had to keep under wraps for a long time is being announced! Send the newsletter to the agent, and gleefully go share the news on social media!

5:48 PM – Off to home. It’s been a really long day and its time to get cozy, maybe do some more editing, or curl up with a manuscript to read. Until tomorrow!


Alison S. Weiss is an editor at Sky Pony Press, where she works on picture books through YA. Some of her favorite book as a kid were Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Eloise, Anne of Green Gables, and Paddington. As a grownup, favorites (that she has not edited) include Barkbelly, The Goose Girl, Circus Mirandus, The Penderwicks, and Savvy. She loves assassins and spies and sleuths, friendships that feel like they’ll last forever, and love stories that will twist you into knots before they’re through. She’s especially eager to find a middle grade with a cozy feel, and a voice-driven, sweeping, romantic YA.

Recent and soon-to-be released projects include Jessica Taylor’s Wandering Wild, Kristina McBride’s A Million Times Goodnight, the Project Droid series by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Krulik, Amanda Burwasser, and illustrated by Mike Moran, dotwav by Mike A. Lancaster, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production by Sarah S. Reida, Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh, and It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! by Wendy MacLeod McKnight. She’s worked with New York Times best-selling author Jessica Verday (Of Monsters and Madness), Agatha Award winner Penny Warner (The Code Busters Club series), YALSA-Award winning Sarah Cross (Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart), ITW Award Finalist Kristen Lippert-Martin (Tabula Rasa), Amalie Howard, and Sarah McGuire, among others. She also assisted on Christopher Myers’s H.O.R.S.E., which won a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award and the 2014 Odyssey Award.

Follow her on Twitter @alioop7.

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ALA!

Booth This June, a couple of our Skyhorsers attended the ALA (American Library Association) Annual Summer Conference in Orlando, Florida!

ALA Annual is one of the world’s largest yearly gatherings for publishing industry professionals, librarians, teachers, bloggers, and book lovers! Here, attendees are able to talk to publishers and media, learn about upcoming books, and pick up a WHOLE lot of books and swag! We had a great booth in the middle of the exhibition hall that we filled with our adult fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, Autism, and of course, Sky Pony titles.

A few of our coworkers (three seasoned professionals and one who had never attended) gave their thoughts on this yearly conference. Although it was swelteringly hot in Florida in the middle of summer, it didn’t dampen our spirits!


Jaidree Braddix, Assistant Publicist, Cooking & Lifestyle

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of learning that there is no happier being on earth than a librarian or book blogger who has just received a free book. And boy, did we give out a lot of free books. At ALA Orlando, children’s and YA books ruled the day, with free copies of the adorable picture book Gorillas in Our Midst and the timeline-bending YA thriller Timekeeper being the fastest to fly of our tables.

Timekeeper LineIt should be no surprise then, that one of my favorite memories from my three days at the Skyhorse booth was the moment two small boys rushed in, eyes locked on our “Books for Minecrafters Library” at the back of the booth. Our Books for Minecrafters were hugely popular with children’s librarians and teachers throughout the day, and I had gotten used to answering questions about reading levels and age groups in a more detached sort of way, but seeing the genuine excitement in an 8-year-old boy’s eyes when he asked me, “Is that GameKnight999?!” reminded me who our real audience is. He was beyond disappointed that he could not walk out of there with the entire collection, but was thrilled to come back for our giveaway the following day and to pester his poor mother into taking a handout listing all of our Minecrafter titles, so that she could “buy them all later.”

That 8-year-old’s excitement was mirrored in the eyes of book bloggers in their 20s, standing in a fifty ft. line waiting for Tara Sim to start signing Timekeeper; in a teacher, new to her school, who was desperately seeking picture books with diverse main characters when we showed her Ming Goes to School; and in a costumed young superhero receiving his signed advance copies of Science No Fair!: Project Droid #1 and Soccer Shocker: Project Droid #2.

Even though we were there to self-promote on a broader scale, the individual interactions and happy new-book-owners are really what makes conferences like ALA special.


Cheryl Lew, Associate Publicist, Children’s and YA

This was my second time at ALA Annual (I attended last year’s in San Francisco), and it was still just as fun, exciting, and slightly overwhelming as my first time. We had an awesome team attending this year, and that really made it a memorable experience.

Everything in the booth went smoothly: Our giveaway books flew off the shelves (especially Just One Damned Thing After AnotherThe Hamilton Affair, and Gorillas In Our Midst), and people loved all of the bookmarks, Winston Sparkes buttons, Project Droid temporary tattoos, and other swag that we were giving out. It was so much find to have librarians and other attendees approach us to  learn more about our company, excited that some of our books would fit perfectly with their collections. People were especially excited about our diversity titles, as well as, of course, our books for Minecrafters.

ALA DinnerThe most exciting part of ALA for me was meeting a lot of my authors, including Tara Sim (Timekeeper), Taryn Souders (Dead Possums Are Fair Game), Tamera Will Wissinger (There Was An Old Lady Who Gobbled A Skink), and mother/daughter duo Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser (the Project Droid series). Since ALA is geared mostly toward librarians, we decided that all of our signings would be children’s authors. . . Which was amazing for me since they were all mine! I had corresponded with all of them via email, but it was wonderful to finally put faces to names.  Not only were all of their signings huge successes, we were joined by the authors for dinner at Todd English’s Blue Zoo at Disney/Epcot. The meal was great, but getting to know each other was even better.

Most importantly, ALA was a great opportunity to get to know my coworkers. In addition to making attendees aware of our books, we also bonded as well. . . And a few of us even went to Harry Potter World after!


Jenn Chan, Marketing ManagerHP World

We had a great show this year.  We did targeted advertising leading up to ALA Annual and offered a daily schedule of key title giveaways and in-booth signings which kept foot traffic coming to our booth throughout.

Our author signings were scheduled on the two main days and featured a nice mix of out-of-towners & locals, seasoned & first time children’s book authors.

One of my favorite parts of the show was meeting and getting to know them (we had a fun “family dinner” at Disney on Saturday night) and hosting their signings.  It was also exciting to see firsthand such energetic attention and support from all the fans/readers.


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It was a particularly poignant show, being in Orlando just two weeks after the nightclub shooting.  There was a feeling a healing and pride, lots of t-shirts, buttons, and rainbows in support of the community.

That’s why it was really meaningful that we had invited three Florida authors to come sign their Sky Pony books in our booth: Taryn Sounders signed her middle grade novel Dead Possums are Fair Game; Tamera Will Wissinger signed her picture book The Was an Old Lady Who Gobbled a Skink; and Kerry O’Malley Cerra, who unfortunately couldn’t attend, but we gave away her novel Just a Drop of Water.

Because there were a lot of local librarians in attendance, the was a lot of recognition and excitement and pride for these for these Florida authors and their great books.


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Kylie’s Desk

Today Kylie is sharing what her workspace looks like! Check out her post below!


I spend a lot of time at my desk so I want it to be a place I enjoy. I try to surround myself with images and objects that make me happy. So my cube walls are full of pictures of my favorite people and you can find little knick-knacks that remind me of some of my favorite things.

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My desk

I bet you’re wondering about the boxes on my desk. In an effort to do more standing than sitting, I converted my desk into a standing desk using tools I found around the office. My monitor is stacked up on books and my keyboard is resting on top of some boxes. It’s definitely an unconventional set up but I really like that it gets me out of my seat for most of the day.

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My favorite mug

On my desk you’ll find a lot of books. I keep a copy of each of the Sky Pony titles I’ve worked on and some from my collection at home. We like to share books in the office so I have a few of my favorites floating around that I lend out to my colleagues.

 

I always go straight for the coffee machine when I get into the office so I have my favorite mug at the ready.

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Emma Swan and Wonder Woman

 

I have two strong female character action figures on my desk. They’re doubly special as they represent strong women from some of my favorite media AND they were given to me by two of my favorite people.

 

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The papers takeover!

My desk can get a little messy when the papers pile up but a few things I always have on hand are a pack of gum, my favorite hand lotion, and my favorite pens in a variety of colors.

 

 

My desk looks very different from Adrienne’s and Cheryl’s as we all have our own unique styles and personalities. What’s one thing you keep on your desk?

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#tbt: Camp by Elaine Wolf

To celebrate #tbt today, we have the author of Sky Pony’s first YA novel sharing her experience publishing with Sky Pony Press! Check out Elaine Wolf’s post on Camp below!


When my agent called to tell me she had an offer from Sky Pony Press, I screamed so loudly you probably heard me all the way across the country. And when I first spoke with my Sky Pony editor, Julie Matysik, I was over the moon.

Although my husband and I were living in Massachusetts then, I raced down to New York to meet Julie over yummy doughnuts at a place very close to the Skyhorse offices. I knew right away that I would adore working with Julie, who made the publishing process a joyous experience.

When I walked Julie back to the office that day, I had a chance to say a quick hi to Brian Peterson, who designed the Camp jacket. Brian listened to my idea for the cover, and I love what he came up with. I loved, too, the bear hug he gave me that day. I knew right then that Camp was in great, caring hands with my Sky Pony team.

Camp was Sky Pony’s inaugural young adult novel, published in hardcover in 2012. It’s a coming-of-age novel about a high school girl who faces intense bullying at summer camp as she begins to discover the truth about her mother, who holds a dark secret. The tag line on the cover of Camp is Every secret has a price . . . 

Much to my delight, Sky Pony released Camp in paperback in 2015. I was thrilled to be in touch with Julie again as we worked on that edition.

Being a Sky Pony author is even better than I thought it would be. Whenever I pass a bookstore, I run in to see Camp on the shelves. I still can never resist taking a photo of my novel wherever I see it. (Yes, I know that’s nerdy!) And I love hearing from readers who want to bring Camp to their schools and book clubs.

I’m still excited that Camp appeals to readers from ages 12 to 92. (Really, it does.) I speak about Camp at middle schools and high schools, and I’ve been contacted by program directors at senior assisted living facilities who want to bring Camp to their residents. How amazing that my young adult novel has crossed into the adult (and much older adult) community.

What makes me especially happy, though—even more than the awards and accolades that Camp has garnered—is that Camp has given me a literal bully pulpit, a platform from which to keep anti-bullying conversations going so that, in concert with professionals, we’ll make our camps and schools kinder, gentler, more inclusive places for everyone.

I’m so grateful to Sky Pony Press for publishing Camp and for cheering me on. If you haven’t yet read Camp, I hope you’ll read it now. I hope, too, that you’ll visit my website: authorelainewolf.com.


Camp by Elaine Wolf

51Nj+rvctpL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Amy Becker’s mother holds a dark secret. In fact, her whole past is a secret. All Amy knows is that her mother came from Germany — and that her mother doesn’t love her. That icy voice. Those rigid rules of how to eat, dress, walk, talk, and think. No matter what Amy does, no matter how much she follows the rules, she just can’t earn her mother’s love.

But everything changes that summer of 1963, when fourteen-year-old Amy is sent to Camp Takawanda for Girls. Takawanda, where all the rules get broken. Takawanda, where mean girls practice bullying as if it were a sport. Takawanda, where Amy’s cousin unveils the truth about Amy’s mother, setting in motion a tragic event that changes Amy and her family forever.

Winner of the Forward National Literature Award and a book-of-the-month pick by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (New York), Camp is widely recommended by librarians, teachers, and book clubs (adult groups as well as teen). It’s an acutely sensitive and compelling novel about bullying, family relationships, and the collateral damage of secrets. The paperback edition includes discussion questions and a conversation with the author.

Elaine Wolf, an award-winning author, was a reading/language arts specialist and school district program administrator. As the daughter of a German immigrant, and as a former camper and camp counselor, she writes of a world she is passionate about and knows well. With an exceptional reputation as “the anti-bullying novelist,” she shows what happens behind the closed gates and doors of camps and schools. Learn more about Elaine at authorelainewolf.com.

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Q & A With Richard Fairgray

Sky Pony author/illustrator Richard Fairgray takes on the Sky Pony Q&A. Check it out!


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Q: Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write in?

It’s kind of a sad story: the day Maurice Sendak died I went into a book store to pick up a copy of Pierre (his best book, possibly THE best book) and discovered that not only did they not have it, but they had NOTHING by him. To add insult, the entire picture book section had been taken over by shrink wrapped books with toys included. Now, I’m someone who loved nothing more as a child than reading books on the floor of a book shop while my mother wandered away to buy hideous plastic shoes or earrings that looked like prizes from a carnival. I would paw through books, finding ones I needed and now that was impossible, I had walked in to a place that was once very special and I had found the books wrapped in plastic. I looked through the meagre selection and was struck by how many of the books just seemed terrible; stories about cows farting or goats farting or people farting, the kind of books I would have laughed at when I was three but never needed to read more than once. Where were the books that would stay with people? Where were the books that kids would cherish and hold onto and reread their entire lives? Those books don’t come wrapped in plastic, I guess. So, I went home and started writing a picture book. Three days later I sent it off to the printers and a month after that it was on shelves nationwide (just not in that terrible chain where everything was untouchable by the kids who liked to read). Since then I’ve been splitting my time between picture books and comics (my usual job).

Q: What are you reading right now?

I just read The Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders, it’s wonderful and I want to write a book that good as soon as possible. I’m also rereading Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem, one of my favorite novels ever, and I have misplaced my copy of Oh What a Paradise It Seems by John Cheever when I was about a chapter from the end (I think I left it on a plane).

Q: If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be and why?

Does the phone book count as a children’s book? If so I would like to be R. Fairgray (this joke makes no sense, I am not really in the phone book).

Q: Where’s your favorite place to write?

In my office, at my desk.

Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?

I think Rear Window is a perfect film, but in terms of rewatchability I would have to go with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Q: If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?

It’s unfair to ask me that while my dog is in the room. Check back when he isn’t around to read this over my shoulder.

Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

None of the above. Give me sour candy any day, then tip some tartaric acid on it so it really burns.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

Hallowe’en.

Q: What’s your favorite emoji?

I cannot answer this question. I am an old grump.

Q: What did you want to grow up to be when you were the age of your book’s main character?

The main character in my book is an elderly dinosaur. I’m not yet an elderly dinosaur. But I always wanted to be a writer.


Gorillas In Our Midst by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

9781632206077-frontcoverGorillas can be hard to spot, because they are masters of disguise and really good at hiding. Gorillas often have jobs where they get to wear masks—that’s why so many gorillas are surgeons, astronauts, scuba divers, and ninjas. There are adult gorillas and kid gorillas. There are even gorillas that go to school with you. You may think you’ve seen a gorilla swinging by before, but it’s much more likely that he was an orangutan—orangutans are terrible at hiding. You will know when there are lots of gorillas living in your midst because the grocery stores will be entirely out of bananas. In fact, you should always carry a banana with you, because you never know when there might be a gorilla around.

 

 

My Grandpa Is A Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

My Grandpa Is a DinosaurThis little girl has been watching her grandpa for a very long time, and she is almost absolutely certain that he is a dinosaur. So why is it that nobody believes her? Why can’t anyone else see what she sees? He roars! (And no, it’s not just a snore.) He has green skin! (And no, he’s not from outer space.) He even has a tail! (And no, he’s not a horse!) Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, the little girl goes straight to the source. It’s time to ask Grandpa once and for all: is he a dinosaur?

 

 

 

That is Not the Monster We Ordered by Richard Fairgray, Tara Black, and Terry Jones

9781510711365-frontcoverThe day the Turner family gets their very own monster is a momentous event in the neighborhood. Everyone gathers for the occasion. The monster can roar louder than a lion, leap down the stairs better than any Slinky, and eat grass so no one needs to mow. Based on the Turners’ experience, investing in a monster seems like a great idea!

Except, the monster that shows up isn’t the monster they ordered at all. Their monster likes to pull pranks and paint murals, and when he eats grass, he gets gas! He isn’t a good baker and he smells! Will the family return their defective monster? Or will the monster find a way to win their love?

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Ask Sky Pony!

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 Today is our “Ask Sky Pony” Day! We’re taking questions about children’s literature, publishing, and all of your favorite Sky Pony books! Chime in with your questions!

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Meet the Newest Sky Pony!

On Monday Sky Pony Press welcomed Bethany Buck, our new editorial director, to the office. Now that she’s had a few days to settle in, we want to introduce Bethany to all of you and what better way to do that by giving her the same Q & A we give our authors.

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Check out Bethany’s answers:

Q: Why do you gravitate to the genre that you edit in?

The books that resonate with me strongest are the middle grade novels I read as a child—classic Beverly Cleary (Henry Huggins), Mouse & the Motorcycle, Cricket in Time’s Square, Emil and the Detectives, and Mad Magazine

 

Q: What are you reading right now?

Things Sky Pony might publish, of course!

 

Q: If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be?

Harriet the Spy

 

Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?

Can I go cult? Harold and Maude.

 

Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

White chocolate.

 

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

Easter because it means warm weather is coming.

 

Q: What did you want to be when you grow up?

A marine biologist like her father.

 

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Women’s History Month: Featuring Marie Antoinette (and Giveaway!)

To celebrate Women’s History Month, editor Adrienne Szpyrka put together a roundup of YA and middle grade books featuring a strong woman we know from history. Check out her post below!  


In Divah, by Susannah Appelbaum, Marie Antoinette is a demon. Not just any demon, but the Queen of the Damned—the Divah.

The Divah was horrible to behold, her eyes—no longer blue—were dark eternal pits; her alabaster skin, where it was not charred and peeling, clung to her form. Her dress was the moldering cloth of the tomb. Her hair, once a thing of beauty, was a soiled, rotting wig, and insects crawled in and out, nesting in its dreary curls.

Appelbaum’s version of Marie Antoinette is dark and twisted , desperate for love and power. She’s the villain of the story, but you can’t help but almost want for her to succeed and fill the world with terror.

The real story of Marie Antoinette has been warped and romanticized again and again in fiction, and, today, for Women’s History Month, we’re doing a roundup of young adult and middle grade books that feature the most infamous Queen of France. When Marie Antoinette first moved to France she was only fifteen, and she became Queen at nineteen. It’s only fitting that she has beceome a favorite subject of children’s books.


 

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Divah by Susannah Appelbaum

“Susannah Appelbaum has written a story so full of high fashion, high society, humor, horror, history, romance, and magic, you might not stop to notice the beautiful writing, but you should. It’s all there.”
—Nora Raleigh Baskin, award-winning author of What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows and Anything But Typical

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Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey

“A thoroughly enjoyable novel, brimming with delightful details. Grey writes eloquently and with charming humor, bringing ‘Toinette’ vividly to life as she is schooled and groomed—molded, quite literally—for a future as Queen of France, an innocent pawn in a deadly political game.”
—Sandra Gulland, bestselling author of Mistress of the Sun and the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy

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The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie Antoinette by Carolyn Meyer

“With the gorgeous clothes, sumptuous surroundings, and seemingly limitless wealth, Marie becomes a prisoner of royal pomp and circumstance with no concept of governance or political savvy as France descends into a revolutionary bloodbath. Historical-fiction fans will be swept up in the cruel fates of the monarchs and political forces, particularly as the drama escalates into horror.” Booklist

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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

“A story that mixes slice-of-life teen drama with supernatural menace, infused with the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Paris that comes to life in the process.” —Publishers Weekly

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The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brukaer Bradley

“ Skillfully integrated historical facts frame this engrossing, believable story. Readers will be captivated by the child’s view of Versailles, its glittering halls infested with rats; the drudgery of daily work; and the terrors of the French Revolution.” —Booklist


 

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