authors, Books, Business, celebrations, conferences, Events, News

Christmas Press in Sydney next week!

Umbrella event 7th Sept SCBWI Conference-page-001Christmas Press will be going to Sydney next week–first to be part of the SCBWI Conference, and then to cheer on our author John Heffernan as he presents his beautiful book with us, Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia, in two special events.

On the Monday of the conference we’ll be viewing the Illustrator Showcase, and looking forward to seeing the work of new and established illustrators! We’ll also be conducting a manuscript critique and appearing on a fabulous panel at 2pm about building a brand while maintaining your passion. Our books will also be featured in the conference bookshop and we’re looking forward to meeting authors, illustrators, readers and publishers!

John Heffernan Two Tales Author Talks (2)-page-001On Tuesday 6th, John Heffernan will be giving a talk at 1 pm Leichhardt Town Library; and will also present at a SCBWI event at 4.30 pm on Wednesday 7th, at the Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft when John will be part of a stellar panel of authors and illustrators from Australia and New Zealand. Both are free events, all welcome. Two Tales of Brothers will be available for sale at both these events, and John will be happy to sign them for you!

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authors, Books, Business, Imprints, interviews

An interview on Creative Kids Tales

WP_20151206_005Over at the fabulous site Creative Kids Tales, there’s a great new series of interviews, Publishers in Focus, which aims at giving authors and illustrators an insight into publishing houses around the country and how manuscripts get selected for publication. And we’re honoured to be featured on it this week, as one of our directors, Sophie Masson, talks to CKT.

You can read the interview here.

 

Announcements, Books, Business, Eagle Books, Imprints, News, Second Look

Two new imprints coming soon!

We are very excited here at Christmas Press, because not only have we got some fabulous new titles coming up in our core Christmas Press Picture Books list–watch this space!–but we are also debuting two wonderful new imprints this year–Second Look Publishing and Eagle Books.

second look logo Final mediumSecond Look Publishing: New editions, in e-book and print on demand format, of classic out of print Australian children’s literature, featuring plays, poetry and fiction. Our launch title(March 2016) is a completely revised edition, with a new play added, of a hilarious collection of plays for children by Duncan Ball, illustrated by Craig Smith, which we’ve retitled This School is Driving Me Nuts and Other Funny Plays for Kids (originally published in 1988 as Comedies for Kids). It will be followed in July/August 2016 by a new illustrated edition of Libby Gleeson’s powerful first novel, Eleanor, Elizabeth.  We plan to publish two-three Second Look titles a year.

 

 

Eagle Books: A new list also debuting in 2016, this will focus on adventure novels for older readers,  by both classic and contemporary authors. The launch title (April 2016) is a magnificent limited edition of the first new English translation in over a hundred years of  a great classic adventure novel by the legendary French author Jules Verne. Translated by distinguished translator Stephanie Smee, with illustrations by David Allan, Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff is a major publishing milestone! Eagle Books logo small

Eagle Books will publish 1-2 titles a year.

More details on the Eagle Books and Second Look websites soon!

Books, Business, Launches

Welcome to Little Pink Dog Books!

little pink dog booksWe are delighted that our hometown of Armidale now boasts another children’s books publisher besides Christmas Press!

Little Pink Dog Books, which opened for business on December 30 2015, will be specialising in picture books for young children, by new and unpublished authors and illustrators only, and will publish between one and three books a year initially.  They are open to submissions at the moment.

Little Pink Dog Books is owned and operated Kathy and Peter Creamer, who are fairly new to Armidale but have previously run a children’s books publishing company overseas. Kathy is an author-illustrator with a long publishing career, and has worked on over sixty books, while her husband Peter looks after the business and production side of things.

We caught up with them this week, and asked them a couple of curly questions!

What’s the reaction been to Little Pink Dog Books so far from authors and illustrators?

The reaction has been remarkably good, with our first manuscript submission arriving just a day after the launch of our new website and Facebook page.  Since then, we’ve had submissions arriving at the rate of two or three a week, but unfortunately, not a single submission from illustrators. I think we may need to adjust the information on our website to make illustration portfolio submission a little more prominent.

Other reactions have been that it’s good to see a new publisher that specializes in Children’s picture books.

It’s been viewed as a very enterprising initiative that could help a significant number of locally based talented authors and illustrators.

What are the advantages of running a publishing company from a regional town like Armidale? and the disadvantages?

 Advantages

 Armidale is full of creative people who know each other and are keen to work together.

Being a small community, everyone knows about you and what you do, so you don’t have to advertise too much.

Artists and illustrators in Armidale are keen to experiment and we have been impressed with the range of different techniques, skills and media people use as part of their creative expression.

Armidale is on the NBN, which is a fabulous advantage in terms of moving information around.

We are also very conscious that quality is vitally important and hence your reputation stands for a lot!

Disadvantages

 The book services for printing, distribution and marketing do not appear to be readily available within the Armidale area.

The number of traditional retail outlets for the product is very small in number.

Access to events and shows where one can promote picture books is difficult, but not impossible, with most such events being held in the various state capital cities.

Costs for services, equipment and consumables are also inevitably a little higher than in the larger cities.

Getting your products and the authors and illustrators who created them a public profile will be more expensive here, as they would need to travel to key events usually held in major cities.

 

Congratulations on the launch of Little Pink Dog Books, Kathy and Peter! 

 

 

 

Books, Business, celebrations

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

As 2015 draws to a close, we celebrate a great year, with some wonderful achievements for Christmas Press, our gorgeous books, and our fantastic authors and illustrators!  Thank you to everyone–creators, readers, booksellers, reviewers; our wonderful production manager Karen Small, our hardworking distributors Dennis Jones and Associates, Australian Standing Orders for ordering our Christmas book again, and all our friends and supporters!

Here’s to a lovely Christmas and an even better year to come!

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Books, Business, Events

We are at Book Expo this weekend

Duncan Ball with Tengu TalesWe are going to be at Book Expo in Sydney this weekend, showcasing our beautiful books, merchandise and exciting things to come. And our fabulous author Duncan Ball will be there on both days doing events. Come and see us there and say hi! By the way, we still have a few free tickets available… email us for details on contact@christmaspresspicturebooks.com

And check out our Facebook page for Book Expo updates.

Announcements, Awards, Books, Business, Events, News

Fantastic news: we have won a small business grant from Australia Post!

Christmas_Press Aust Post imageFabulous news: we have won a small business grant from Australia Post,as part of their Our Neighbourhood Grants for 2015!
The official announcement from Australia Post is here:
The project we specifically applied for is an exciting new venture: Second Look, a special new list within Christmas Press, featuring new e-book and POD editions of fabulous out of print books by well-known Australian children’s authors, giving them new life and enabling new access to them both in Australia and overseas. Plays, poetry and fiction will be featured in the Second Look list, which will debut in 2016. Launch title will be Duncan Ball’s great collection of comic plays for kids, This School is Driving Me Nuts and other plays, fully revised and with a new play added, and with the original illustrations by Craig Smith (with kind permission of Harper Collins). Duncan’s book was originally titled Comedies for Kids, and was published by Angus and Robertson in 1988. We are absolutely delighted to be giving this great title new life and making it accessible to a new generation of young readers– and performers!comic plays by duncan ball
Two other titles, yet to be decided, will also be published in Second Look in 2016.
We are thrilled to receive the Our Neighbourhood grant as it will really help with the costs of the set up for the Second Look list and first three titles, and it’s also a fantastic validation of not only the idea, but of us as an innovative and creative business!