Sylvan Dell is ecstatic to welcome Darcy Pattison to the 2011 line-up! Darcy Pattison is an Arkansas children’s book author and writing teacher. In 1999, she created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she now teaches across the nation. Translated into eight languages, her four picture books and one middle grade novel, have been recognized for excellence by starred reviews, Book of the Year awards, state award lists and more. She is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature.
In a recent post on her blog, Darcy describes what attracted her to Sylvan Dell.
“I started looking for picture book ideas on nature and looking at possible publishers. I found an innovative company, Sylvan Dell Publishing. Sylvan Dell is innovative in several ways. They developed an online ebook reader and have a grant program to make their entire bilingual catalog available to a school for a year. It’s a great public relations and marketing idea, which puts their science and math literature books in front of kids across the U.S.”
Pattison was also attracted to the Sylvan Dell audience. “Besides great marketing to the education market, they also market well to trade, especially the gift and specialty bookstores of parks and museums. Last year, I went to Sanibel Island, Florida and the local bookstore there stocked many of their ocean/beach related books. There is a wilderness area on the island to preserve the mangrove islands and various wildlife and the bookstore at the park also carried SD books.”
The result: “Prairie Storms”! Pattison submitted her story to Donna German, editor, and she accepted! “Prairie Storms” is set to release August 2011. Visit http://www.darcypattison.com/darcys-books/evaluate-career/ to read more about Donna Pattison, “Prairie Storms” and how she found Sylvan Dell.