Official Press Release
SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S PUBLISHING TO LAUNCH SIMON PULSE BLOGFEST
New York, NY, January 24th, 2008 -- Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Simon Pulse Blogfest. The two-week event will take place March 14th - March 27th, 2008 and will bring together over one-hundred top teen authors and their fans to one online destination. Readers will be asked to submit questions for the authors in advance, and then fourteen final questions will be selected – one for each day of Blogfest. Simon & Schuster authors will answer the "question of the day," which will be posted on the Simon Pulse Blogfest at http://www.pulseblogfest.com Teens will be able to post their own thoughts about the question and respond to the authors' answers.
Each blog entry will have a byline that includes information about the author and their latest book. Additionally, each post will link to a full contributor page featuring the author's photo and biography, detailed information about their latest book, and information on their entire S&S backlist, as well as links to the author's personal website. Simon & Schuster is the first major publisher to host this type of online event and has already confirmed front-of-store retail placement at national chains to promote this unique opportunity.
"I can't wait for March and the SimonPulse Blogfest," New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins said. "I am excited about connecting with my readers in such a creative way." The online experience has been influential in building Hopkins' growing fan base. The author of books written in verse about timely and controversial subjects like drug addition and suicide, Hopkins has been at the forefront of connecting with her teen fans through online venues and she was one of the first authors to sign up for Blogfest.
"This is a great opportunity for Simon & Schuster's teen authors to come together and not only cross-promote their works to get the widest exposure possible, but also to give all of their fans an incredible online event that promotes reading and offers a behind-the-scenes look into what it’s like to be an author," said Rick Richter, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing.
The authors scheduled to take part in Blogfest: Kim Antieau, Marc Aronson, Avi, Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Lauren Barnholdt, Hilari Bell, Phi Bildner, Franny Billingsley, Holly Black, Jennifer Bradbury, Kate Brian, Linda Buckley-Archer, Marina Budhos, Christian Burch, Deb Caletti, Janet Lee Carey, Cassandra Clare, Rachel Cohn, Rhody Cohon, Susan Cooper, Melissa de la Cruz, Stacia Deutsch, Allison van Diepen, Frances Dowell, Erin Downing, Sharon M. Draper, Kathleen Benner Duble, Kathleen Duey, Clare B. Dunkle, Jennifer Echols, Thomas Fahy, Susan Fletcher, E.R. Frank, Lorie Ann Grover, Randi Hacker, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Pete Hautman, Julie Hearn, Nancy Holder, Ellen Hopkins, James Howe, Jeffry W. Johnston, Cynthia Kadohata, Ronald Kidd, Annette Curtis Klause , Chris Krovatin, Nancy Krulik, Evan Kuhlman, Dakota Lane, Hope Larson, Richard Lewis, Julie Linker, Greg Logsted, D. Anne Love, Whitney Lyles, D.J. MacHale, Eric Marcus, Jeff Mariotte, Amanda Marrone, Kelly McClymer, Lisa McMann, Kai Meyer, Sarah Miller, Annabel Monaghan, Kate Morgenroth, Sarah Mussi, Donna Jo Napoli, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Ken Oppel, James A. Owen, Bronwen Pardes, Staton Rabin, Randi Reisfeld, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Paul Ruditis, Alex Sanchez, Robyn Schneider, Lisa Schroeder, Elizabeth Scott, Gloria Skurzynski, Brian Sloan, Tom Sniegoski, Sonya Sones, Todd Strasser, Wendy Toliver, Roderick Townley, Kristen Tracy, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Judy Waite, Robin Wasserman, Scott Westerfeld, Matt Whyman, Elisabeth Wolfe, Bil Wright, Janet Ruth Young
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mediabistro/GalleyCat noted that this new event was inspired by the success of the 31 Flavorite Authors event held last October by readergirlz and YALSA. Thank you, mediabistro.