It’s that time of year when we start winding down work, spending a little more time with our families and friends and enjoying some well-deserved rest.
For Central Avenue, this year has been one of quantum leaps, wonderful surprises, disappointments, and intense, heartfelt gratitude. Here’s a few highlights for this little press and some sneak peeks at what’s to come.
8 New Titles in 2017: From Ant to Eagle, Winter at the White Oaks Lodge, Wild Flower, The First Law of Love, Amanda in New Mexico, OMG… Is He Also a Witch?!, The Goblins of Bellwater, I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017
Awards & Mentions
From Ant to Eagle (Silver Birch Fiction – shortlist; Cybils – shortlist; CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens)
Soul of a Crow (Foreword Indies Finalist)
An Elegant Theory (Foreword Indies Finalist)
The Goblins of Bellwater (Top 100 Most Popular October Books – Goodreads; YALSA Alex nomination, Cybils shortlist)
Listings & Partnerships
Chain, indie & specialty channel national listings for From Ant to Eagle, The Goblins of Bellwater; I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017; Amanda in New Mexico; Shore Leave Cafe series
Expanded print advertising with Foreword Reviews, Shelf Awareness & Publishers Weekly
Major ARC campaigns with NetGalley, Edelweiss+, ABA, and Baker & Taylor
Foreign & Audio Rights sold for several titles in several countries
Alex Lyttle – ALA National Conference
Molly Ringle & Jennifer Haupt – PNBA Annual Trade Show
Darlene Foster – Vancouver Public Library
Abbie Williams – Heartland Fall Forum
9 New Titles for 2018: Grace of a Hawk, Until Tomorrow, The Way Back, Return to Yesterday, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, Honeybee, Five Hundred Poor, [Dis]Connected, Walhalla.
All in all, this has been one heck of a year. I consider myself extremely lucky to work with a group of extremely talented, driven and professional authors; I live vicariously through them. I’m surrounded by marketing, sales and distribution experts at IPG who have helped Central Avenue grow by leaps and bounds by helping us connect with the amazing librarians and booksellers who are the backbone of the book business. I particularly thank all the readers of our books: the bloggers, reviewers and regular bookstore customers like me, who pick up a book by a small press/lesser known author and decide to take a chance on it.
May your holidays be bright and merry and your new year full of hope, love, excitement and joy.