What’s a blurb, you might ask? Cue the booming announcer voice: “Emotionally moving, socially poignant, and expertly crafted . . . a gem of contemporary literature.” Were you picturing the front or back of a book jacket just now? Good. That’s a blurb: the pithy quote on a book’s jacket that praises it and makes you want to pick it up.
With print sales booming once again, it is more important than ever to reimagine the way that literature is consumed and subsequently shared. The successful launch of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in full color in 2020 did just that. Revisiting the most revered mid-grade YA fantasy of all time satisfied the varied interests and intentions of collectors, original readers, and emerging readers alike.
As storms brew in the sky eight months out of the year, so too do the erroneous desires of the fickle-hearted. It should come as no surprise that the Pacific Northwest is often the setting for thrillers and cozy mysteries. Recognizing the morose underbelly rustling sleepily beneath the state’s beautiful flesh, these Oregon authors are taking those creepy campfire stories to the next level with their Pacific Northwest cozy mysteries.
According to Michael Shymanski, one of Ooligan’s Acquisitions Managers, think of your first page as the reader’s initial impression, much like “meeting your friend’s spouse for the first time.” First impressions can be insignificant, even disastrous, or they can be absolute magic. If the magic is there, an editor will know it immediately.
With The Gifts We Keep by Katie Grindeland launched into the world and doing well, my team at Ooligan Press is racing forward with the next book to be published as part of our partnership with Multnomah County Library: Iditarod Nights by Cindy Hiday! This is the second of the Library Writers Project selections to be annually published through the unique partnership between Multnomah County Library and Ooligan Press, and we are excited to be taking this new manuscript through the publication process.
Now is a hectic but really rewarding time for our team, because so many of our efforts for the past months are finally coming to fruition and we are now able to hold our reward in our hands: a beautiful copy of The Gifts We Keep. As part of this, we hosted a launch party to celebrate our author Katie Grindeland, her wonderful book, the new partnership between Ooligan Press and the Multnomah County Library, and to see many of you holding a copy of the book in your hands.