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It’s been awhile

Hello there,

I know it’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything, which is not good blogger etiquette. Sorry. We have had a lot going on around here lately, with an ongoing office renovation, year-end (bookkeeping), handling the other side of our business, and planning for the future. Unfortunately, this blog has been neglected. I am trying to make sure we all make time to put our daily dramas onto paper for your entertainment. Deep breath. Ok. Here we go.

I have been trying to generate some book sales. We have the product. We need the sales. To be honest, this is not my forte. I am not really a salesperson. This is exactly why, even with my knowledge and love of the industry, I could not hack it as a cosmetician. This is why I went to school to be an administrative assistant. I love to organize and create systems, I am good at seeing patterns, spelling and grammar errors jump off the page for me, I can balance a budget, I love spreadsheets and office supplies. I fear rejection. However, since I am the only employee here, someone’s got to do it, right?

No Way Out by Melanie Jackson

So I did a little research and found a bulk email program that would work well for us and started culminating a very large database of public libraries in Canada. I started to contact librarians and have actually gotten some interest. I am really focusing on this right now. Hopefully it helps our cause.

I also spent some time turning No Way Out into an eBook, creating flyers to send out to our librarians and other folks, and spending some more time on our current catalogue. I just have to put all of these things together in the right way and hopefully it turns out.

We are also waiting to hear back from the Canada Council for the Arts about our grant submission. This time last year we already had our answer (which was a no). I am personally getting quite antsy. Everyday I take a walk up to the post office with fingers crossed. Nothing. The things we could accomplish with a grant. I find myself daydreaming about it the way I sometimes imagine how I would divvy up my lottery winnings. I am just trying to stay positive and utilize the force of The Secret. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!

Well, I better get back to work. These emails aren’t going to write themselves.

Talk to you later,


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Never finished learning

The fall seems to be a busy time in the publishing world (or maybe just our publishing world). Not that I would really know—I’ve only been working in it for about three months. Either way, this month my To‐Do List seems to be larger and full of very important projects. The real work starts now.

I have been copy editing a new title from Don Sawyer that I am really excited about. This is the second title that I have been able to work on, and it is a really great story for the young adult reader. I actually cried at the end!

Anyways, I had my meeting with Mr. Sawyer yesterday to go over what I thought needed to be addressed. It went very well, and he mentioned that he is happy with my work (*sigh of relief!). Everything was going great—until we got into a “discussion” about the use of who/whom. Grammar discussions can be scary! I received an email this morning from Don explaining why he is right and I am wrong. I still have so much to learn! At least I was able to teach him a little something: You do not hyphenate a compound adjective that includes an adverb (ending in ‘ly’). That proves what I have always known: You are never finished learning.

As I work on getting Running ready for print, I await the completion of the first title I had the pleasure and opportunity to work on, Raw Deal by Melanie Jackson. It is currently at the printers, and after a little problem with the first proofs (missing page spreads—eek!), it should be finished soon (so excited!).

The next large‐scale project that I have to finish up this month is assembling our application for a grant to help our little publishing house move forward and get our message out there. It is a large responsibility, and I hope I can do a good job (and not accidently leave anything out!). Cross your fingers for us!

I should probably get back to work—that list isn’t getting any smaller! I do want to mention, though, that I did learn something last week: Even pages are always on the left and odds are on the right in books. I know what you’re thinking: Ummm, duh!

But give me a break. I didn’t realize it was actually a rule, I just thought that it looked better that way. I just never really put much thought into it.

I guess you never are finished learning!

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