Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kaylan Adair: an introduction to Candlewick

We caught up with the awesome Kaylan Adair, an associate editor at Candlewick Press.

Candlewick Press acquires everything from picture books to upper YA—even non-fiction! It is an independent children’s book publishing company located in Somerville, Massachusetts (formerly Cambridge)

It is Walker Publishing in the UK.

Candlewick was named the fasted growing publishers by Publisher’s Weekly. They are dedicated to publishing the best book for children

Published Guess How Much I Love You, Because of Winn-Dixie, Feed, The Tale of Despereaux, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Good Masters! Sweet Ladies, Where’s Waldo, My Friend Maisy and more

A week in the life of a Candlewick editor:

Keeps a copy of every Candlewick and Walker book in and out of print

NO acquisitions meetings at Candlewick. They value editorial freedom! If Kaylan falls in love with a project, she only shows it to her editorial director and they sign it up. It does not go to sales or marketing. (Okay, we're officially in love with Candlewick!)

Production meetings: Candlewickers meet every Tuesday in which everyone is kept up to date with what is going on with books

Two teams: Picture book team and Fiction Team but editors are allowed to acquire
anything they are interested in

Illustrator Search Meeting: Who should illustrate?

Covers meeting: When cover is decided for the book, attended by heads of each department, the book’s editor, and designer. Must be approved by buyers--often the covers go through several stages to find the right look.

If you submit to Candlewick and don’t identify an editor, it goes to the intern

Fun info about Kaylan: has a fun chair in her cubicle so she can sit in her cubicle and read

Edited DOWN SAND MOUNTAIN by Steve Watkins, which won the Golden Kite Award this year!

Kaylan was the Maisy editor at Candlewick!

She has worked on over 100 titles

started out on picture book team and moved to fiction team

actively acquires EVERYTHING

work with more than a DOZEN of her own authors and with Liz Bicknell on about 20 of her authors—wow!

Looking for well-written stories with interesting characters, strong, unique voice, and a lot of heart.

Thanks, Kaylan! You rock!

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