You may not know it, but I always reserve the top story on my blog each day for the piece of news or info I think is the MOST interesting and MOST deserving of note. Today's is a doozy too.
I receive an e-mail asking me if I'm familiar at all with a little something called Class of 2k7. I am not. I flounce over, and what do I find? A website that describes itself like so:
The Class of 2k7 is a group of first-time children's and YA authors with debut books coming out in 2007. We're helping to promote each other's books with this joint Class of 2k7 website as well as a collective blog, newsletter, forum, chatroom, and brochure. Our 36 authors hail from 20 states and D.C. representing a range of genres and publishers.They aren't lying either. The blog is fast-paced and the chatroom hopping.
And from whence did such an idea spring? Here's what incipient novelist Rebecca Stead (upcoming book First Light, a Wendy Lamb Book in June 2007) had to say on the matter:
The group was started by a writer named Greg Fishbone (THE PENGUINS OF DOOM: FROM THE DESK OF SEPTINA NASH, forthcoming from Blooming Tree Press). Last March, Greg sent an email out to New England SCBWI members in order to gauge interest in a marketing coop for first-time children's novelists. Six people contacted him within the first twenty-four hours. Then the word spread, as word will. We now have members from all over the country (as you can see from the website, conveniently searchable by geographic region!).True too. I counted at least 34 first-time children & YA authors that will be published for the first time next year. What really impressed me is that this collective group goes across publishers. We're used to debut authors in small groups coming together to promote one another. I've just never seen anything quite on this scale before, and it pleases me mightily. Those of you who also have books coming out next year (ahem, Eric Berlin, ahem, Jay Asher) might want to join up with this kooky crew. Lord knows I wish I could, and I'm not even a writer.