Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Just received— hot off the press — my ZonderKidz 2005 - ’06 catalog (with June ’05 announcements). ZonderKidz is an imprint of Zondervan Publishing, who published my work in the book, The Legend of the Valentine. Zondervan is a publisher of Christian books. Cool, needless to say. Zondervan's catalogs are above the level of grandiose, not trashing the others, but theirs are completely full-color, spot varnished, gloss stock throughout, while most other book publishers go black and white. I'm excited to say, Valentine is highlighted three times throughout the catalog.
I was also happy to see another African American title featured in the catalog: Christmas Soup, written by Phyllis Dooley an Alice Faye Duncan and illustrated by Coretta Scott King award winner Jan Spivey Gilchrist. I'm happy to see this because, although Zondervan is my publisher, and I kinda like 'em, they don't seem to publish much color, color being, in this case, PC for black people. Glad someone out there is realizing that, yes, black folk like Christian books for their kids, too.
Now, I got an idea. Everyone reading this post, put everything down right now. Don't spill your coffee. Turn your computer off, and rush over to Family Christian Book Stores and buy my book now. Hurry, run! Yes, it's a Valentine's Day book. Yes, it's August. But royalty checks are royalty checks, even in the fall.