LUCKY BAT BOOKS, WORLDWIDE
I’m old-school when it comes to business relationships: I prefer to work with people I’ve actually met rather than some cleverly e-named but faceless entity online. So it was with pleasure that I came across Jude Harlan last summer under a Lucky Bat Books banner at the Northwest Book Festival in Portland, OR. It required repeated trips back to her booth to speak with her, for each time I went by she was deep in conversation with someone else. I bided my time; wisely, it turned out.
After an initial conversation in which we took each other’s measure, we both did some due diligence. She and her co-founder, Cindie Geddes, read a substantial portion of the manuscript. For my part, I contacted three Lucky Bat authors with several questions about the imprint. Jude and Cindie invited me to sign on, and having received prompt and enthusiastic references regarding their work, I was pleased to do so.
I’m glad I did. Lucky Bat Books provided coherence for me in the complex, arcane world of modern publishing, and has delivered a beautiful product.
For more information on Lucky Bat Books, click here: http://www.luckybatbooks.com/
In the process of developing the book and publishing it, I’ve again been reminded how small the world has become. Its creation has touched all the following places:
PORTLAND, OR: Home base of Jude Harlan, co-founder of Lucky Bat Books and my chief guide through the publishing part of this adventure.
RENO, NV: Home base of Cindie Geddes, co-founder of Lucky Bat Books.
NORTHERN CA: Home of Lucky Bat Books’ terrific book project manager and hand-holder, Louisa Swann.
NAVARRE, SPAIN: Author research trip—Pamplona, Leyre, Olite, Castillo, Barcelona and other locations along the Pyrenees.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Home base of Portuguese cover designer Guilherme Gustavo Condeixa. (The cover is a home run.)
NEW YORK CITY: Author research trip, and home base of Peter Gelfan, editor extraordinaire.
TUCSON, AZ: City where the novel was born. Also home of The Editorial Department, through whom I found Peter Gelfan, and from whom I received substantial information, support and encouragement. Click here: http://www.editorialdepartment.com/. Also home of Wheatmark Press, developer of this website. Click here: http://www.wheatmark.com/
LONGVIEW, WA: Home. Dare I say it? Yes, it takes a Village.
Photo: Portland, OR