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Sabbatical

With all the major life events that have happened in the last few years, it seemed a good time to take a break. So, Wild Sage Press has been on sabbatical for the last few months! And its publisher (me) has taken the opportunity to spend three months with our new grandbaby Lauren, helping out with childcare. Although I haven't been publishing, I have still been on close terms with books. We joined the local library near our new temporary home, and I have been enjoying seeing all kinds of books I'd never heard of before.

On the Move

Evan and I have moved, and therefore Wild Sage Press has moved as well. We're only two blocks away from our previous home, but it's still a major task. Not surprisingly, most of our boxes are filled with books. The second largest category of box-filled possessions is art.

Home-made books

This topic occurred to me as I was sorting through drawers full of papers that I had saved from our kids' childhoods. (We are downsizing - moving from a 2.5 story house to a bungalow.) I came across an illustrated "book" that our daughter, created when she was about 8 - a cover and a few interior pages with a bit of handwritten text and some black and white drawings, that we had photocopied and stapled together. And then yesterday I came across several copies of another example of a home-made book, also from the pre-computer era - a children's story I had written and illustrated in my 20s.

Wild Sage Press on Holiday

Being publisher of Wild Sage Press is sometimes a very time consuming and intense experience, for example when nurturing a book along from the manuscript stage to published delight or working away at marketing and promotion. However, everyone needs a break, including publishers. Currently my break is visiting my not quite two month old grandbaby.

From Archives to Publication

So here is an amazing true story. In the 1960s, Fannie Kahan (my mother, author of Goldeye and Funnyfin, which contains some of the wonderful bedtime stories Fannie made up to tell her kids) completed a manuscript on the use of peyote in the Native American Church in Canada. She was unable to find a publisher, and the manuscript languished in the archives of megavitamin therapy researcher Abram Hoffer (who was also an LSD researcher). It was recently discovered by University of Saskatchewan professor Erika Dyck who recognized its historical value and found a publisher for it.

Library Quilt

I love my library quilt, created by my friend Heather Wood. It is absolutely and amazingly gorgeous. It has all of Wild Sage Press's titles, as well as my own personal writing, and special mementoes. Words and art and friendship all in one. I look at this perfect gift as often as I can.  

 

Mixing Reality and Imagination

It occurred to me, as I listened to my sister Sharon Kahan introduce her reading of a chapter of Goldeye and Funnyfin (the book she illustrated and our mother wrote) at the recent Wild Sage Press kids’ event that the books I relate to most combine features of reality and imagination. By reality I don’t necessarily mean facts, but some grounding in what real life is like, such as how people relate to each other and what motivates them.

Being Eclectic, a Publishing Dilemma

As a writer, I often found myself trying to figure out which publishers would be a good fit for my manuscripts. Now that I'm a publisher, I have a different preoccupation: which manuscripts will be a good fit for my press?

Choosing Venues

I mentioned to someone that the upcoming children's book event will be at Beth Jacob Synagogue here in Regina and was asked, "Why there?" Thinking about the question made me realize that the reasons for my venue choices when I am organizing a Wild Sage Press event combine personal, social and practical aspects. For example:

Oops

So. Blue Grama is all sold out and I'm thinking, "second edition, yes!" When the limited editions of How to Be a River and Watermarks sold out, I got new ISBNs (the number that identifies each book) for them, new CIP (Cataloguing in Publication) data, and stuck "A Wild Sage second edition" on the covers. Being a creature of habit, when I had no more copies left of Blue Grama, I got a new ISBN number for it, and applied for and received new CIP data for a second edition.

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