It's been said that everyone has at least one book inside, waiting to be written. Yet first books often sink faster than an anvil without water wings. Twenty-eight energetic children's book authors have banded together as The Class of 2k8 to help each other stay afloat in the turbulent seas of publishing.
The Class of 2k8 is a group of young adult and middle grade authors with novels debuting this year from major publishers such as Harcourt, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, and more. Aimed at child and teen readers, the books offer a selection from many genres, including mystery, teen romance, historical, fantasy, adventure, and mainstream literary fiction. It’s a broad range of new books from new authors—all easy to keep track of on one website: http://www.classof2k8.com
The Class of 2k8 is a collaborative publicity and marketing effort and was inspired by last year’s Class of 2k7 http://www. classof2k7.com. Enthusiasm for 2k7 books resulted in movie deals, multi-city book tours, TV spots, starred reviews, a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and a National Book Award finalist.
The Classof2k8.com website is dedicated to helping booksellers, librarians, teachers, and readers find exciting new books from among the more than 6,000 new children's and young adult books released each year. The interactive site includes information about the books, the 2k8 blog, book videos, links to author websites, teaching material, and reading group guides, with more content being added as the books are released.
Class of 2k8 authors are from every part of North America and are available for school and library visits, signings, readings, conferences, panel discussions, and book festivals.
Source: Class of 2k8, www.classof2k8.com