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Some people question the usefulness of book trailers. Does it actually help sell books? Do they possess the perfect balance of intrigue and information to make someone go out to their local bookstore or click that “buy” button on their favorite website?
Who knows! What I can tell you is that people seem to love puppies. So when I got the chance to make a book trailer for J. Nichole Smith’s new book Puppyhood: Life-sized Portraits of Puppies at Six Weeks Old I knew the perfect diva dog for the role!
Spring is in the air here in New York City! The trees are blooming, the flower boxes are making their way out onto the windowsills, and as the days get longer every park, square and sidewalk has been flooded with cosmopolitan canines from all over the 5 boroughs. So to celebrate the return of some of the cutest residents of our great city, I decided to give you guys a sneak peek into one of our Spring 2012 titles: The French Dog by Rachael Hale (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Because if I have to be stuck inside while puppies abound all over Manhattan, at least I can look at pictures of dogs in France.
Eli, No! by Katie Kirk (Abrams Books for Young Readers, October 2011) is the story about a very adorable dog named Eli, who likes to get himself into trouble by eating too much, taking up the whole bed, and not always playing nice. His owners are constantly telling him, “Eli, no” as he runs through the house creating chaos, but even at his messiest, they love him very much. This story about unconditional love between dog owners and their pets, written and illustrated by Katie Kirk, is great for even the youngest of readers! In celebration of the publication of this title, some of my colleagues in the Children’s Department have shared their own stories about their best friends.
When you’ve been in publishing and sales as long as I have it’s easy to get jaded. Dinner with Ivan Doig, Don Delillo, Barry Moser, Jon Scieszka, Reynolds Price? Sure, I’ve had the pleasure. Playing piano for Garrison Keillor? I might have been nervous but I did it. Chatting over lunch with Michael Eisner or meeting Bill Bradley or Robert Macneil? Yes, when I was a mere publishing pup.
Which brings me to a more recent thrill, and maybe my biggest ever. Ever since the early days of Saturday Night Live, when I saw a funny, quiet video about dogs playing baseball I’ve been a fan of William Wegman. I loved the way he combined the beauty of weimeraners, the lovely German hounds, with a great photographic eye and a broad sense of humor to create art that works on many levels. When he started working with puppies he sealed the deal. And since 2002 I’ve had the pleasure of selling his books and calendars for Abrams. It’s been a while since we’ve done a new book, but every year we do his two calendars, Man’s Best Friend and William Wegman’s Puppies. He’s got a loyal audience and the calendars are fun to sell.