Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dream Books – Why I Publish what I Publish? Part Two

Imogen Cooper – Chicken House

Chicken House consists of a small creative team. There are only six of them so there is a family feel. They are supported by Scholastic in the States which provides a huge distribution. They take on things they like and think children will adore. They like new talent spotting and do accept unsolicited manuscripts.

They only publish five picture books a year.

Imogen said getting up on a Monday morning is exciting. A dream book speaks to the heart. It has to make her laugh and cry. More importantly there should be a dream relationship between editor and author. This will be intimate, challenging and often difficult to allow you to achieve your full potential.

Some authors find it difficult to let go but, to work in collaboration with and editor is exciting.

Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee
The Ice Cream Con by Jimmy Docherty
Waves by Sharon Dogar
I Am the Great Horse by Katherine Roberts
Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Deeper by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

3 comments:

Candy Gourlay said...

she was so sweet. she couldn't help bursting into tears when she was reading aloud from one of her authors' books!

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

That was so great to read that, thanks, Anita. I'm hoping to sub my latest MS to Chicken House so it was nice to get further insight!

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Let me know how you get on Nicky. glad you found the info helpful.
Anita xxx