Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Great lift-off at White Rock Moon Launch!

The launch of I Want to Go to the Moon in White Rock was very well attended with great book sales thanks to Tom's loyal and loving fan base. Tom's long musical career may be taking a turn into the world of children's music and books. I certainly hope so - he's a natural!

Canadian D&Q graphic novel publisher goes digital

There's a fascinating article in today's Publisher's Weekly online about Canadian graphic novel publisher, Drawn and Quarterly. They have a well-respected international reputation, publishing authors like Lynda Barry.

Long hailed as one of the best literary graphic novel publishers today, Drawn & Quarterly has not rushed into announcing a digital strategy for its list of highly regarded graphic titles. Now the publisher has teamed with Kobo to make its entry into digital delivery. D&Q/Kobo will release Chester Brown’s 2006 Harvey award-winning work of graphic nonfiction, Louise Riel: A Comic Strip Biography, a fictionalized biography of the 19th Century champion of French Canadian aboriginal people; and the controversial 2011, Paying For It: A Comic Strip Memoir About Being a John, a nonfiction account of his experiences with prostitutes. D&Q print titles are distributed by Farrar Straus Giroux.

I was fascinated to read about their publishing contract and that they are influenced by the Writers' Union recommendations. I've found in contract discussions that publishers flap their hands dismissively when you mention TWUC recommendations, so was really pleased to read the following.

D&Q publisher and editor-in-chief Chris Oliveros said that e-book proceeds will be split 50/50 between its authors and the publisher, citing rights recommendations from the Writers Union of Canada. “D+Q has always been an author-centric company, it is this ethos that has shaped us into who we are today,” Oliveros, “it only seemed natural to offer the fairest proposition to our authors.”

Monday, December 12, 2011

Vancouver launch January 13, 2012

I am delighted to have found a lovely venue for the Vancouver launch of I Want to Go to the Moon. It will be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre at 6 - 9 pm on January 13, 2012. There will be a reading of the story especially geared to children at 6pm, followed by an open stage, book sales and signing. The books are $17 (regrettably, we'll only be able to handle cash sales).

If you're interested in playing a song or reciting a poem that has the word moon in it, please email me: jump8999 [at] yahoo.ca

Saturday, December 10, 2011

First of two book launches

My new picturebook (with CD of the song!), I want to Go to the Moon, with my uke pal author/singer/songwriter Tom Saunders will be launched this Saturday in White Rock.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
2:00 - 4:00 pm
1532 Johnston Road
White Rock, BC
Come hear Tom perform the song!
Refreshments, book sale and signing
($17 - cash only pls)

We'll also be selling books at the Vancouver Ukulele Circle on Dec 20 and there be a Vancouver launch at Our Town in the new year (date and time tba) which will include an open stage for songs containing the word "moon".

Books should be in all fine bookstores including Kidsbooks this week. Now available on online.
How exciting!