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Now that I've made the announcement regarding my interview on CBC I'm going to venture into the marketing of it here on LitOrg.
A brief history of how Zodiac Zoo came about. In January 2008 I posted "In The Dark Dragon" as the first villanelle of the series. It created a teapot tempest which didn't hurt the viewing numbers though I suspect most were dropping by to read the latest exchanges. I then went on with Rag On Rat and worked my way through the zodiac zoo as the months melted away. I remember how other LitOrg members began trying their hand at villanelles too which was wonderful!
In January, 2009 my talented cousin, Stephen Cassidy, of Wawanesa Manitoba, offered me some art as a thank you for a gift. I asked him if he'd be interested in doing the illustrations for my collection and he said yes! I knew Stephen would be a perfect fit because I had one of his wood cut prints done in a west coast native style titled Frog Mother and it's beautifully done in a respectful manner. I shipped the poems and a brief blurb on the signs of the Chinese Zodiac.
It took Stephen about a year to complete the twelve woodcut prints and each of them are brilliant and charming! He delivered the final four in person in the spring of 2010.
I then mulled the project over for a few months and finally got the publishing underway in October 2010. I chose Trafford due to a bit of serendipity. I discovered the Trafford rep's last name was Paris! Paris from Homer! Paris - Penelope Amazing literary connection coincidence! Never being one to ignore karma I chose Trafford immediately. In a very short time the publisher managed to get my book out and did a fabulous job on the layout using my poems, Stephen's illustrations and my idea for the cover. When I received my proof copy in early December I discovered Trafford's shipping rates were outrageous so I ordered some copies so I could offer a more reasonable alternative.
That's a very brief version of how Zodiac Zoo came about. It never would have happened if not for the encouragement and prompting of several LitOrg members. So, LitOrg is the first writers' site I'm using as a marketing platform.
Zodiac Zoo is available for sale at:
Barnes & Noble
Of course Trafford publishing also lists the book and so does Chapters but the cover image isn't shown.
The quality of this book is superb and I'm very proud to have my name on it.
That's all for now.
"Tigers bloom where there's oodles of room." Zodiac Zoo