A HoBBian lunchtime with Arugula Bread
“Having baked hundreds of loaves in the past, you’d think I’d be a confident bread baker by now – but I still feel insecure without instruction.
So, on to the computer I went, looking for that perfect recipe for a nice challah loaf. . . but page after page and I couldn’t find any that seemed quite right (too much of this, not enough of that, unappealing picture, vague descriptions)
So, in the end, I felt it must be the time to bake without a recipe.
Once I started, my hands seemed to remember what to do – which ingredients to combine first, when to add what, how long to wait. The dough kneaded smoothly, and I returned two hours later (after wandering nearby fields and talking to uninterested sheep) to find it had expanded like the throat of a giant bullfrog.
On with the punching, rolling, braiding, shaping, and into the hot oven…. not so bad in the end.
I have learned to trust my hands for the next time!”
Arugula from America
(*Wwoofer at the HoBB, Summer 2010)
Many publishing projects arrive at the HoBB.
“Publishing … is to make public – to send forth among the people – the words and pictures that creative minds have produced, that editors have worked over, that printers have reproduced … a formidable succession of activities no one of which can, by itself, be called publishing.”
(Chandler B. Grannis. Publishers’ Weekly, 1957)
Each project requires its own ‘diet’ to keep it healthy and fit.
Here’s a project that Rose Carr brought us in its infancy. The star of the project is ‘Dinolad’:
His dinosaur friends enjoy a laugh and a bath:
His friends love to run to stay healthy:
Plus, you can place your Dinolad Plush Toy and Dinophonic storybooks into their own bag:
Do you have a publishing project?
Is your project so very wonderful that publishers should be clambering for your title?
The practice of developing publishing ideas alongside editors produces the most successful results. While general access to editors is limited, we occasionally arrange editorial meetings here at the HoBB for authors seeking to eat, sleep and dream their books together. These enthusiastic sessions are ideal for brilliant unknown authors and often for writers wishing to develop a better `live` style at book signings, festivals and events. Contact us for available dates.
Next year’s publishing projects are progressing well, Little People Books and their friends – librarians, teachers and parents, continue to do everything in their power to encourage innovation, culture `best solutions` and represent quality.
I hope that you attract attention to your next book idea from a publishing house of distinction whose list suits your title. The personality of the house, and in part, its editor, is important – a good match is pleasing, progressive and profitable.
As editor at LPB, I have three things in mind when reviewing publishing ideas: first, the ‘magic’ quality – does the idea excite me; second, topical value, and third, the wider picture and its ongoing potential. The only rule is that it must excite. (Grant 2010)