Happy Labor Day weekend! In these final days of summer vacation and holiday weekends, Pinwheel Books can finally start celebrating with you. We have been busy getting ready for the big release of our book "All About Poop". Plus, we've been completing the app for the book! If you go into Brookline Booksmith often, you may remember last March when Pinwheel Books held a Picture Book Showcase. We read our first two published titles, and previewed the Poop book to our guests.
It was later in April that Pinwheel Books decided to run an online campaign to both give our publishing house exposure, and help raise money for the production and marketing of our Poop book.
What we've emphasized the most about this project - and the majority of our projects - is our commitment to local, new talent. All About Poop was written by a local Boston mom, and illustrated by an up and coming children's book illustrator, whom the writer is friends with. Kate Hayes, author of All About Poop, is also renowned in the blogosphere.
So with the success of our Kickstarter Campaign, we were able to produce All About Poop on a local, regional, and international level. And now, the scoop about poop has officially debuted across the world as of September 1st!
Not many people know how many hands a children's book needs to pass before it is placed in yours or your child's. We at Pinwheel work take the work of our writer and illustrator and go through rounds of book design to make our product look its best. We put the book on our calendar for at least 2 seasons ahead. Once the whole team signs off on it, we send it off to our printers for more rounds of color correction and minor fixes here and there. Six weeks later, the books are in our hands for the first time. But, from the first time the idea comes to us, to the day it arrives at the bookstore, it can take 6 to 8 months! Can you believe we've been thinking about "poop" for that long?
But planning something like this can be a ton of fun. Putting together a book is like waiting for the next Christmas on December 26th. You've already started thinking about next year's presents. And you start counting down until the next holiday. After months of perfecting a book, it's finally perfect and ready to hit the bookshelves. We've been counting down the months and the minutes for our book to be released, and we can't believe it's already here! The release date is like our Christmas morning.
With the help from our pre-sales and generous support on Kickstarter, Pinwheel Books has teamed up with the distributors Atlas Books, so the book can be placed on bookshelves all over the world. You can buy the book directly from them any time, anywhere. It can be purchased online, via Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble, but if you buy the book directly from our warehouse, it will make a huge difference for a small publishing house like ours. We also advocate for buying locally and independently whenever you can, as these local shops often give us some of our greatest support. (Thank you BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH for your continued support of Pinwheel Books!)
We can't wait to dive back into the school year, and share our book with a new batch of readers! So next time you need a good laugh, a funny story, or are - um - needing a book to read while in the bathroom - give "All About Poop" a try.