News & Notes – 1/30/16

January 30, 2016 News & Notes 6

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

Book News


Worth Reading

  • Where is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results (Lee & Low Books) No surprise that professionals in publishing and reviewing are overwhelmingly white, but I was surprised to realize that the publishing world is also dominated by women, since I’ve certainly seen data indicating the opposite when it comes to reviewers. I shouldn’t have been surprised, though; my own experience in the field, as a freelance indexer, is that both indexing and editing attract more women than men… which makes sense when you realize that publishing jobs, whether in-house or freelance, are rarely well-paid except at the upper levels.
  • Why do books have blank pages? If you’ve ever wondered about this, or wondered how books are made, here’s a handy explanation of ‘signatures’ that explains it. (Incidentally, sometimes publishers will limit the space available for the index based on how many blank pages are left in the signature, so if you’ve ever felt an index was a little sparse, that may be why.)


For Writers & Bloggers



Book & Movie Announcements

The original Kitty in Boots, which Beatrix Potter illustrated herself

Single illustration for Kitty in Boots by Beatrix Potter (Courtesy Frederick Warne Co. the VA Museum via Penguin)

Illustration by Quentin Blake for Kitty-in-Boots

Illustration by Quentin Blake for Kitty-in-Boots
(Quentin Blake/Courtesy of Penguin)



Awesome Lists


Thinking Ahead to Valentine’s Day

Shakespeare Valentine’s Day Card

Shakespeare Valentine’s Day Card by Literary Emporium


Tea tins from NovelTeas

Tea tins from NovelTeas


Bookish Quote

Why can't people just sit and read books and be nice to each other? (David Baldacci)

That’s it for this week!

6 Responses to “News & Notes – 1/30/16”

  1. Stephanie

    I love your quote this week because, really! I’m intrigued by a Little House on the Prairie movie and was also excited to hear this week (though I’m likely behind) that CBC is going to do another Anne of Green Gables mini-series!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Ooh, I hadn’t heard that! It will be hard to top the Megan Followes miniseries (and really hard to top Gilbert!) but I hope they’ll stick closer to the original books than the Followes sequels did.