Wednesday, May 10, 2006

other updates

Which do you want first? Hmmm. I'll give you the meatier one:

School Library Journal has a nice, balanced article on the Patricia Polacco/McGraw Hill stuff.

Publisher's Weekly has the story of a book sold by blog-word of mouth.

(Tip o' my hat to Fuse #8 for both those.)

But there's no one but me to blame for eating up all your free time by telling you that Babble has been upgraded, making it easier, I think, to obsessively spend time finding alllllll the words. Oh, goodie!


Anonymous said...

I curse you for introducing me to Babble. I did not DID NOT need any help procrastinating, thank you very much. :-)

I should be spending my time writing my next book or at least writing Fibs but, sigh, I am, alas, addicted to Babble which at least is better on my wrists than Tetris.

Susan Taylor Brown

Greg Pincus said...

Babble is simply a great game, unfortunately. I broke the biggest addiction by doing a couple complete boards so now I don't NEED to do that, since I proved to myself I could. But it's sure easy to spend more time than expected there. And like you, it's my biggest game-vice since Tetris.

SRA/McGraw-Hill said...

SRA/McGraw-Hill welcomes the opportunity to present the facts about Patricia Polacco's scheduled appearances in SRA's exhibit booth at IRA on May 2 and 3, 2006.

SRA/McGraw-Hill and Ms. Polacco signed a very clear contract, which can be viewed at

In the contract, signed by SRA on Jan. 10, 2006, and by Ms. Polacco on Feb. 8, 2006, Ms. Polacco agreed to be an SRA/McGraw-Hill exhibit booth speaker at four 30-minute presentations on two very specific topics: heroes who made a difference in her life and the real stories that inspired several of her books. In the two-page contract, SRA/McGraw-Hill was identified by name 14 times. She further agreed that her appearances at the SRA exhibit booth would be limited solely to these four presentations.

Ms. Polacco chose not to honor her commitment to SRA/McGraw-Hill. Shortly before the event, she began insisting that she wanted to use her appearances as a platform for expressing her personal views on public education policy. We respect her right to express her ideas; however, since the SRA educational presentations were focused on writing and children's books, SRA did not believe that its exhibit booth was an appropriate forum for a public policy speech. Ms. Polacco's statements about this event are inaccurate and unreasonable.

SRA's intention was to have Ms. Polacco deliver four presentations that would inspire the people who have the greatest impact on educating our children – classroom teachers.

Greg Pincus said...

Thanks, SRA/McGraw-Hill for taking the time to come here. I have a follow-up question for you posted in my blog right here.

Thank you for trying to set the record straight, but I would love further clarification.

Greg Pincus said...

Now it's Tuesday the 17th, and despite many requests, no comment. On the plus side, Patricia Polacco has posted more on her site.

There's a link and highlights in my post right here