With a couple cracks of thunder, a light hail baptism, and an enthusiastic welcome from an amazing crowd, At the Waterline was launched into the world (and onto the Powell’s staff picks shelf!). If you’ve been following our journey, you already know what Team Rivers has been up to. We helped Brian edit his manuscript, we added maps and diagrams, we dreamed up a killer marketing campaign, and we planned a citywide celebration to top it all off. At the Waterline is sailing smoothly into readers’ lives, with lots of fun stops planned for the future. It’s the nature of the publishing process that eventually we have to let one book go and turn our attention to the next. But before At the Waterline slips over the horizon on its world tour, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the crew that helped make her seaworthy.
Rhythm in the Rain
Welcome back to Rivers of the Pacific Northwest! Before we head any farther downstream, I’d like to introduce myself and the rest of my crew. We’ve added some top-notch talent this term, and they deserve a spotlight. First up, Tyler Mathieson, our fearless leader through the stormy seas of Rhythm in the Rain, will graduate […]
Now that the rain here in Portland has finally given way to a beautiful, sunshiny spring, our team at Ooligan is turning its attention from Rhythm in the Rain to a pair of shiny new projects. I say new, but our first project might look a little familiar. Ricochet River, Robin Cody’s coming-of-age classic about […]
As young Oolies, we typically cut our teeth as members of a book project team. From week to week, depending on where the book is in the production cycle, our responsibilities might differ widely and utilize a full range of publishing skills, such as editing, design, and lots of marketing research and outreach. Often this […]
When I talk to musicians about Rhythm in the Rain, their first question often is, “Am I in it?” And I often have to say no. To cover one hundred years of jazz in the Pacific Northwest in a narrative that moves readers forward, you can’t include everyone—or even half of the artists who have […]
Sometimes you just have to leave something out, and here’s one of the stories we couldn’t fit into Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest about the accomplished and tempestuous Native American saxophonist, composer, and singer Jim Pepper, who grew up and got his musical start in Portland. Imagine thousands of people, standing, […]