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How can we make your life easier?

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Hello world!

We recently started to create some super-fun surveys on Survey Monkey, and we just finished one up for all those book folks who order for their libraries or organizations. When we started out with the surveys our goal was to figure out how people order books for their organizations and what frustrations arise with the whole process. How do you order books? Do you find it frustrating to source books? Or is the issue with how you receive the title information from publishers and distributers? Well, we don’t know. But we want to know.

Do you have an opinion on book sourcing and ordering? Tell us what it is! We will listen. 🙂

Click here to take survey

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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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BC school district prize pack draw

Our Reading Takes You Places poster

Back in the summer we sent our Reading Takes You Places posters to the librarians at each of the public elementary schools in British Columbia. I spent a LOT of time folding each poster, creating mailing labels, affixing the mailing labels, organizing into appropriate school district piles, creating and printing a letter to each of the school districts, packaging everything up, and mailing each package to its appropriate school district office. This took a lot of hours, caused some blisters and paper cuts, and took four trips up and down the “steepest stairs in the world” to get all those packages into my car to bring over to the post office (and another 4 trips from my car to the post office). But all’s fair in love and literacy!

At Playfort Publishing we know how important literacy is, and starting young is the best way to ensure strong literacy levels later in life. That is why we support librarians, literacy groups, and teachers, and why we created the Reading Takes You Places posters for school librarians.

So we sent these out to all the school districts in BC for free and asked them to distribute to each of the elementary schools’ librarians. We then explained that we would be doing a prize pack draw of books and material to go to a winning school district. All they had to do was send us an email saying they wanted to be included in the draw. Out of the 59 school district offices in BC, we got a response from 9. Well, that means there is a 1 in 9 chance of winning! The schools to be included in the draw are the following:

  1. SD 27 Cariboo-Chilcotin
  2. SD 35 Langley
  3. SD 37 Delta
  4. SD 61 Greater Victoria
  5. SD 75 Mission
  6. SD 78 Fraser-Cascade
  7. SD 79 Cowachan Valley
  8. SD 82 Coast Mountain
  9. SD 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap

And the lucky winning school district will receive this wonderful prize pack from Playfort Publishing:

The prize pack

  • 2 copies of The Lunch Bag Chronicles by Don Sawyer
  • 2 copies of No Way Out by Melanie Jackson
  • 2 copies of Raw Deal by Melanie Jackson
  • 2 copies of Running by Don Sawyer
  • 1 copy of our latest catalogue
  • 1 chance to win a free Skype author presentation

This prize pack is an estimated value of $110.00 (does not include the value of the Skype session). Our titles are for reluctant readers and are great reads for boys (and girls). The books will be a wonderful addition to any school library. Thank you to all of the school librarians that put our posters up in their libraries and who spend their lives teaching and learning with kids. We will announce the winning school district tomorrow (Friday, December 15, 2011) at 2:00 pm P.S.T. (unless we still do not have Internet access in the office, which means it will be posted as soon as possible).

Good luck!


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