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Hot Titles and Smelly Flicks

Good news.  I fixed the audio problems on that podcast of mine.  Now you will no longer have to deal with crazy music in odd, uncomfortable places.  Whew!  I need me an "Editing is Hard" t-shirt.

  • Speaking of things I need, in case close family members of mine are wondering what to get me for my birthday, I’ll take one of these please.  Jim Flora, as you will recall, was a children’s illustrator (amongst other things).  I want the print partly because the now defunct Copacabana is featured on it, if for no other reason.
  • I’d not heard or seen the Barnes and Noble Kid Lit Book Club. Being that my mother worked at an independent bookstore that was untimely killed by Barnes and Ignoble (name patent pending), that’s not too surprising. Still, a bookclub is a bookclub, and this thing is positively hopping. I’m a little surprised that Amazon hasn’t stolen the idea yet.  Thanks to Kids Lit for the link.
  • Hey authors! You all know how tricky picking just the right title for you book can be. Now you can test the relative bestseller potential of your picks with the Lulu Titlescorer. I wanted to give it a go so I plugged in "Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians" and it got a 20.1% chance of being a bestseller. "Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer" had a 35.9%. And "Leepike Ridge" had a whopping 45.6% chance. Test your own!  Amaze your friends!  Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.
  • I am not familiar with British author J.P. Martin and his stories about Uncle the elephant, but apparently he (the "he" in this case being Uncle and not, supposedly, J.P.) has a blog by the name of Tales From Homeward.  He’s quite an urbane pachyderm too.
  • This is just, simply, wrong.  From Cynopsis Kids: "The Los Angeles Times and Fox Walden come together to include the first scented newspaper ad , as part of the marketing plan for the release of Walden Media and Mandate Film’s movie, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, which opens nationwide November 16, 2007. The fragrant ad, which will offer the scratch and sniff aroma of frosted cake (the scent is in the ink), makes its debut in the LA Times’ annual Fall Movie Sneaks section this Sunday, September 9."  I’m hoping the new ad campaign for this kind of marketing will be, "Try Our New Aromatic Ads. The Scent Is In the Ink!"
  • And finally, Big A little a has an off-topic meme going on right now that’s a lot of fun. Go here to find out what the top 100 songs of your Senior year of high school were, and then say what you liked and didn’t from that particular year. Kelly thinks that ’85 was bad, but I think I’ve got her beat. Take a gander at 1996. That’s right. I’m stuck with The Macarena, Ironic, and a whole lotta Hootie.
About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. (Psst. Both links are to the 1996 page. As you say, it wasn’t that good…)

  2. I know. I couldn’t find an easier page to link to. Just plug in your year in the Search box.

  3. A whole lotta Hootie can be a dangerous thing for one’s soul.

    Jules, 7-Imp

  4. celerysoda says:

    The main flaw I see in looking up the top hits of my high school graduating year (also 1996) is that I hadn’t been listening to WKFR for a good three years by then. I kinda sorta recognize *maybe* 25% of those songs.

  5. forget HS, look up seventh grade! For me anyway, that was when I listened to anything/everything, and really recognized most of the songs.

  6. The Lulu Titlescorer is addicting. I plugged in the title for my WIP and it came up with “72.5% chance”. Interesting!

  7. KELLY HEROLD says:

    I’m now understanding–after reading these lists–that it’s not the year that’s the problem–but the whole top100 is an issue :)