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Three Percent #144: The Perfect Publishing Award

Were the National Book Award longlists announced last week? Do Chad and Tom have opinions? YES AND YES. That conversation leads into talking about Penguin Random House, the “perfect publishing house,” and then into a frank discussion about the future of small press publishing and the challenges of having a career in nonprofit publishing or bookselling. As always, they have some book recommendations at the end as well!

National Book Award announcements.

Alex Shephard’s PRH article.

Tom’s recommended book of the podcast.

Chad’s recommended book of the podcast.

This week’s music is “Double Down” by Slothrust.

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4 responses to “Three Percent #144: The Perfect Publishing Award”

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  3. Hi, I’m looking forward to listening 🙂 I also would love to know if you have any suggestions for people/sites/platforms/vendors for books in translation for YA audiences. AND could we remix your spreadsheets if we get inspired to add a field for genre and a field for YA? Never hurts to ask! Thanks!

    • Chad Post says:

      I went through the past three years of translated books and assigned genres to all of them (speculative, horror, romance, crime, YA, etc.) in order to write a forthcoming article for Publishers Weekly. It was interesting! YA is WAAAAYYYY underrepresented. But I’m hesitant to add genre to the database as a whole, since the categorization is often pretty slippery. I used publisher-assigned BISAC codes to put the books into the appropriate barrels, but frequently there were multiple genres on any given book (crime + historical, or historical + romance) and not every publisher is as good at labeling their books as others. (And some are just a stretch to try and appeal to a different audience.) It’s not hard to do the research to get a snapshot of what’s being published, but I’m not sure if it’s standardized enough to add it to the database. Does that make sense?

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