Wednesday

More Things You Do When You Own Your Own Press...

Websites.

You get to update lots and lots of websites. There's Amazon and Barnes & Noble (which Boss does) and the other major online retailers as well as all sorts of industry sites like Bowker's Books in Print.

And then, of course, there is my own. I have finally got the CBAY Books site all prettied up with accurate covers and an authors page. Curious about what my authors look like? Click on over and take a look.

And since at the moment I'm the webmaster for the Blooming Tree site (except for the store. I take no responsibility for the store.), I've gotten that site all updated too. Make sure you hit refresh on the home page you can see the new graphic with all of our 2008 books. I'm particularly pleased with that. And as soon as Marketing provides me the copy, I'll have all our authors and links to their homes on the web on that site as well.

Now, I'll stop tooting my own horn.

Back to work.

More Trailers

Tricia wasn't the only one. Here's one for the book Dragon Wishes by Stacy Nyikos.

Tuesday

Debut Month

This month, CBAY's books debut. That's right. The very first two books to ever come out with the little Children's Brains are Yummy logo on the side will appear. The printer is finishing up with them as I write.

It's a bit scary, really.

Alright terrifying.

Whenever a book I've worked on comes out, I always have a small twinge of worry. I suspect that it's the same feeling parents have when they have to introduce their child to a new situation. I wonder:
  • Will anyone like the book?
  • Will anyone like the book enough to buy it? This is even more key when it's a CBAY book -- something I have my own money invested in.
  • Will anyone love the book as much as I do?
  • Will anyone even know the book exists?
Fortunately, I have marvelous, fabulous authors who are trying to alleviate my worries on that last one.

David Michael Slater of Book of Nonsense (Sacred Books, Volume I) fame has been working non-stop with his publicist to make as many people aware of his book as possible. In fact, he was so pleased to be selected for the ABC Best Books 2008 Catalog that he talked me into printing up stickers celebrating the fact. Admittedly, I wasn't hard to persuade.

And Tricia, who wrote The Emerad Tablet (Forgotten Worlds, Book 1) has been speaking at conferences all over the place this fall. And look at the cool video she did for her book.



My authors are the best.

Monday

NO Conference last weekend

These past few days I had the pleasure of meeting the Louisiana SCBWI when they had the Boss and me come down and speak at their annual conference. Maggie Lehrman from Abrams Books and Helen Lester of Tacky the Penguin fame rounded out the speakers. Unfortunately, I can't tell you what any of them spoke about since I spent their presentations in a different room doing manuscript and portfolio critiques. I hear they were all fabulous and insightful, but I don't even know what topics they covered. However, I can tell you all about my presentation.

I must first preface this with a little background information on how I ended up going to this conference. Originally when they contacted Boss, they wanted her and the art director to speak. Our art director had a family event last weekend, so she couldn't attend. The conference eventually decided that I, a mere editorial director, could come in her place but only if I spoke about something that would be pertinent to illustrators.

I racked my brains trying to figure out what to do. Fortunately, almost all of my critiques were standard editorial fare although they skewed more towards picture books than I normally receive. So that was fine. But I still had to write a speech that was pertinent to the illustrators, interesting for the authors, and within my realm of expertise since I'm not an art director. I started and stopped a dozen presentations. I asked other people what they thought I should talk about. I just could not figure out what my speech should be.

Finally, I realized that I know all about the art side of books after all -- don't I hire illustrators and design the interiors and covers of some of our books? Didn't I completely build the current Blooming Tree website from scratch? I know all sorts of stuff that's pertinent to illustrators. And so my presentation was born -- Book Production from a Graphic Perspective.