Psst! School librarians! Don’t look around but they are watching you. They are monitoring your listserv’s, your tweets, your facebook statuses, your webinars, and your conferences. They are listening, taking notes, and then acting. Who are they?
Publishers! Publishers read our blogs. They want to know what we really think about titles. They want to know what to publish and even more importantly what not to publish so they don’t lose money. They want to know the interests of your students. They want to know what things would sell. They even want to know how many titles in a series you’d consider purchasing and at what cost.
How are they going to find this out (besides cyber stalking)? How about telling them? You can post a comment here telling them what you want and I guarantee at least 5 major youth publishers will respond. (Because I will demand they react)
Today for example, I asked for books on wrestling (the sport not the entertainment show), math, biographies, and even books on controversial characters. When the publishers questioned whether they could get away with publishing a book on, oh, say, hunting, I dared them. Yes, I actually threw down the gauntlet and dared them to publish them.
Now, it’s your turn. Tell them what you really wish they’d produce and let’s see their reaction. Budgets are tight. Let’s tell them what we really want them to publish and what we would really purchase.