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Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays

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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

Appearances

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.

Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

There’s good reason that librarians are respected individuals: after all, they are curators of written stories. Leave it to one to write a great review of a book that I personally loved as well. Thank you, Patricia!

Happy New Year – Start Something New

It’s already January 5, and I’m just getting back into the swing of things here at Central Avenue Publishing. Of course, I have a few goals and intentions for the coming year, and I’d like to detail all of those in a coming post, but for now, things are super busy as I try to ready not only our Spring titles for publication, but all submit all of my Fall 2017/Winter 2018 titles to IPG by the end of January. Needless to say, things are a bit crazy right now.

Right now, it’s a time to try something new, and starting tomorrow, Kobo is running an excellent promotion: Start a New Series, and they selected four of our series to be featured. (While we’d love for you to support a fellow Canadian business, they’ll be on sale on all ebook stores.) If you like series, you might be interested in one of ours. We’ve got these four books on sale for $0.99 right now; all are the start of some fantastic storytelling.

 

I also wanted to take a moment to wish you all a lovely New Year and with it, all the good things that this time of year brings. Personally, I want to reinvigorate my love of trying new things. At this stage of life (middle age, kids, work), things are so busy, and I often forget to push myself and put myself out of my comfort zone. So, I started the year off right: by jumping into the icy cold waters of the Canadian Pacific Ocean on New Years Day. You know, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. My only regret is leaving my flip flops on as I waded out deep enough to fully submerge myself. It slowed down the whole process far too much.

Going forward, I’ll continue to try new things, to stretch myself both in work related things and on the personal side too – while hopefully enjoying the whole process of trying, failing or succeeding, and trying again.

I hope you will too.