DIRECTOR’S DESK – It’s Always Exciting

May 2005
by Jan Nathan, Executive Director, PMA

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So many times, I’m asked how can I still get excited and stay so positive about this industry after working in it for 25 years, and it’s difficult to put into just a few words. But the excitement remains.

Perhaps it’s because I keep seeing so many great new titles. Just the other day, a book appeared on my desk that instantly brought a smile. It was entitled Please, Send Me to My Room. Now, what parent or other adult caring for a child hasn’t wished to hear that at some time? I remember the first time I worked with books from Parenting Press in Seattle, WA. One after another, the titles sold those books and made you want to pick them up. My favorite from the wonderful imagination of Parenting Press’s publisher, Betsy Crary, is Pick Up Your Socks!

Another title that intrigued me–and evidently lots of others, since it’s still in print more than 15 years after it was published–is Mary Ann Kohl’s Scribble Cookies from Bright Ring Publishing in Bellevue, WA. The first time I saw that book was at a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Show when I had the good fortune to have a booth right next door to Mary Ann’s. The show was lightly attended that year, and as always happens when you have a slow show, you get to know the people in your immediate area really well. A rapport developed between me and Mary Ann, which still exists. She has gone on to write and publish many, many more books, but my favorite is…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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