If I have to get up at four o’clock in the morning to catch a flight, coffee better be in the near vicinity, I thought to myself as I climbed into the car. It was a huge day. That was the day that I was moving to Portland to go to graduate school for book publishing. I had only been there once to look at the school, Portland State University, and while I knew what everything looked liked, I was shaking. And not because I hadn’t had my coffee yet. I never lived without family around before. Even during my undergraduate years, I had family close to me. Going to a basically unknown city, where I did not know anybody, alone can almost give an extreme introvert, such as myself, a heart attack. But I had to do this. I wanted to work with books. While the plane was taking off, and I saw my hometown of Los Angeles fade and get smaller, I reminded myself that if I did not take this chance, then I never would.
With the rise of global warming, natural disasters are becoming more and more common. As a new student to publishing, and as someone that wants to continue in this field, I’m left to wonder how this multi-billion dollar business can help. After the recent hurricanes that have devastated Puerto Rico, the publishing industry is taking a stand to help. #PubforPR (Publishing for Puerto Rico) was an auction held in the wake of hurricane María. Auctioning off everything from signed books to custom artwork, the auction received over 4,500 bids with all donations going toward Unidos por Puerto Rico and ConPRmetidos. This willingness to come together and help led me to wonder what else the publishing industry has done to help with relief efforts.
This spring, Ooligan Press will publish a new edition of The Sierra Club’s 50 Hikes in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests, a guidebook to Portland’s nearest, beautiful State Forests. In anticipation of the new edition, members of the Sierra Club and Ooligan Press took to the trails to fact check and sweat over miles […]
When is it acceptable to mention a brand, and when does it cross the line into trademark infringement? This issue comes up often in historical fiction texts when the author wants to mention an item or company to help secure the storyline in time and place. When placed appropriately, such references add authenticity to the work. There are a few primary concepts to keep in mind as you approach trademarked brands and items.
You don’t want the book and beer to overpower or distract from the other. If you’re new to Oregon, I’ve got a couple of suggestions to help you choose the best beer to pair with your latest purchase from Ooligan.
Contact lists are painstakingly cultivated and relentlessly revised until, from the blood, sweat, and tears put into its conception, a list of names, emails, and resources is birthed. This process is exhausting and often seems never-ending for those working on them. Here’s how we made it and what happened after.