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Title: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Betsy on May 13, 2016, 10:45 AM
I've been told that Junior Literary Guild is taking more than 3,000 copies of my octopus book (due out in the fall).

I know it's good news, but I'm not sure what it means exactly. Can someone tell me? Thanks.
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Dianna Winget on May 13, 2016, 11:51 AM
Congrats Betsy! I haven't had a book in the JLG, but it's a very good thing as its well known and prestigious, and will surely result in more sales  :goldstar
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Betsy on May 13, 2016, 12:31 PM
Thanks, Dianna. I've never had a book with them either. Do you know who they are? And why are they honoring the book long before it's out? Seems odd...(not that I'm complaining--I'm really quite thrilled).
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Pons on May 13, 2016, 12:57 PM
I have no idea what it means, Betsy, but :congratulations
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Dianna Winget on May 13, 2016, 01:03 PM
I'm not too sure myself, Betsy. But here's an interesting link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_Library_Guild I know some here on the board have had books selected so maybe they'll chime in as well.  :goldstar
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: dewsanddamps on May 13, 2016, 01:13 PM
Betsy, I'm new to this (as a Sixteen debut), but a couple of the other Sixteeners were JLG selections and their editors were thrilled. My understanding is that it gives you 1) prestige and 2) more book sales--I think in the school/library market :eh2

Guess this isn't a terribly helpful post--but congratulations!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Vijaya on May 13, 2016, 01:31 PM
Betsy, it's all good!!! Congratulations!!!!
Vijaya
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Betsy on May 13, 2016, 02:05 PM
Thanks, guys! More sales are always good. Thanks for posting that article, Dianna. Hope we have some other selectees on this board.
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Anne Marie on May 13, 2016, 02:56 PM
Oh, it's an awesome thing! Congrats!!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Ev on May 13, 2016, 07:33 PM
Terrific news, Betsy!!!  :yeah  Congratulations on both the prestige and the sales!!  I love your octopus book and can easily see why it's being selected for this honor.
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Stephanie Ruble on May 13, 2016, 08:09 PM
Congratulations, Betsy! Don't know the details, but do know it's good news.
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Schriscoe on May 13, 2016, 08:14 PM
HUGE congrats Betsy! This is wonderful news!! :goldstar :hurrah
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Betsy on May 13, 2016, 09:17 PM
Thank you, everybody!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Debby G on May 13, 2016, 09:32 PM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: JulieM on May 13, 2016, 10:17 PM
Woo hoo! That is wonderful news. Congratulation, Betsy!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: olmue on May 14, 2016, 04:34 AM
Wow, Betsy, that's awesome!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Mara on May 14, 2016, 05:56 AM
Ellen, if you were asking what it means in terms of royalties, it may not be much. Book clubs pay the publisher much less per copy than a bookstore does. But JLG selection is considered an honor, and if a book they've selected receives other honors (starred reviews, awards, etc.) they'll tweet about it. They may also order more copies after their initial order. And they send you a nice certificate and pin.  ::-) 
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: mghiggins on May 14, 2016, 06:37 AM
Sounds good to me! Congratulations!!!  :stars3
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Betsy on May 14, 2016, 09:32 AM
Thanks Mara and Melissa. I never know which of my books are going to get awards and which are going to be ignored. Some of the ones I liked the best never won anything.
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: HaroldU on May 14, 2016, 02:43 PM
Ellen, JLG "honors" the book before its out because it's essentially a book club for small libraries, a way for them to find the best books without dedicating staff time to making choices.

It's good because it's early recognition and will earn the book more attention, though I don't think it influences reviewers, necessarily.

JLG selects books early on instead of doing what Scholastic does because they typically join the print run of the hardcover edition, and print their edition as part of it (so it ends up looking virtually identical).

You'll get to split a fairly modest royalty payment with your publisher, and that's good too!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: DianaM on May 14, 2016, 03:13 PM
Congratulations, Betsy!  :yay You mean, Junior "Library" Guild, right?

One of my books is a selection, too. Certainly sounds like a good thing!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: DianaM on May 14, 2016, 03:13 PM
I love the cover, btw!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: lauriew on May 14, 2016, 03:22 PM
It's very good news. As I understand it, the 3,000 is guaranteed, as in, they won't be returned. That's unlike bookstore sales which might come right on back to you. Ada was in the spring catalog, so I haven't yet seen what it means in terms of royalties, but since these are all sales which might never have happened, it's definitely a goodness.
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Tammi on May 14, 2016, 06:17 PM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Junior Literary Guild
Post by: Jayca on May 14, 2016, 09:07 PM
Congrats, Ellen! This sounds like wonderful news to me!