I have been a graduate student at Ooligan for two quarters, but I had yet to experience a book launch for a book I helped with. I was first introduced to Three Sides Water on my first day of graduate school. At that time it was still in manuscript form and had only been read by some members of our press. Seeing the book grow from something completely digital and abstract to being printed and sold was very exciting to say the least.
Fall was a long, blustery term for the Three Sides Water team. It’s a traditionally busy time for publishers, as it’s one of the big acquisition seasons—but for us, it was the season of sales kits, final copyeditng, and interior design. But mostly sales kits.
This July, the Three Sides Water team took a weekend getaway to visit the locales in this collection of novellas and collect photos and ideas for marketing and social media collateral. A group of six Oolies packed up in two cars bound for three unique places on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula: Rialto Beach, Fort Worden, and Shelton.
Ooligan’s summer term is almost over, and for the Three Sides Water team, that means wrapping up the cover design and starting work on the book’s interior. We started work on the cover way back at the beginning of spring term, nearly five months ago, and it’s a joy to see our efforts come to fruition.
As winter term wound down, Ooligan Press voted to acquire Peter Donahue’s manuscript Three Sides Water. Donahue, whose novel Madison House won the 2005 Langum Prize for Historical Fiction, brings the Olympic Peninsula to life in this exciting trilogy of three short novels.