Today’s guest post is from Erin over at Peachtee Publishers. If you don’t know Erin, you really need to follow her on Twitter. Erin is funny, smart, and always has great book recommendations for kids and adults. I asked Erin to guest blog and tell readers what it’s like to be a part of the Peachtree family.
I have had the pleasure of calling Peachtree Publishers my home for almost 20 years now. I know this may seem difficult, seeing as I am only 27, but hear me out. My name is Erin Grace Deedy and I am the child of a Children’s Picture Book author. As a kid, I would tag along while my mom would go to Peachtree for editorial meetings. I would give my opinion about art even when it wasn’t asked and was paid $5 for every manuscript I read so that the editors could get a child’s perspective on projects.
My playground was the warehouse full of books where my sisters and I would play hide & seek among the boxes. We would get distracted by the many books on the shelves, so the game would never last long. I gave MQ, Peachtree’s President, her (now deceased) cat Arthur when I was 8, who would come to the office every day being carried in a basket. I would sneak into KL’s office and leave her notes letting her know I had messed with all of her stuff. She would always forgive me and when I had my first heartbreak, she had just the book to get me through it. However, I had just as much affection for Peachtree’s books. I jumped with joy when I learned that Peachtree was publishing books by my favorite illustrator, Quentin Blake, and cried when Harry Horse, the author of one of my favorite series, died. I’ve gotten to play and grow up in the place where I now work.
My job, like many in our office, has evolved from when I first started here. I’ve been an unpaid intern, spending days putting books into plastic boxes and trudging through the slush pile. I spent months working in the warehouse shipping books in the cold with Maureen and years answering the phones at our front desk. When I eventually got a desk and business cards, I felt like I had finally made it! Now I get to be one third of an amazing publicity team, with the added bonus of being able to focus on our online and social media publicity. I write our blog, set up blog tours, run our Facebook page, and Tweet throughout the day about books, publishing, reviews, etc. I get to spend time talking to other book lovers, getting to know them and introduce them to our books, many of which I have loved my whole life. How amazingly lucky is that?!
Peachtree Publishers is an amazing place to work and being small has its benefits. Besides being able to bring my dog with me to work from time to time, I have the opportunity to be involved in aspects of publishing I wouldn’t be able to at a larger publisher. I get to participate in acquisitions meetings, and give my opinion about book covers. When there is an interesting YA manuscript, it often gets passed to me for feedback, since everyone here knows how much I love YA books and that I read them all of the time. We even have an unofficial book club in the office. Being able to sit in on meetings and work with all of the different departments has taught me so much about the world of publishing and has helped me to understand everything that goes into making a beautiful book. I love my job and the people I work with, which can make all the difference.
Erin’s Top 10 Favorite Peachtree Publishers Books:
1. The Little Rabbit Series by Harry Horse-I know this is more than one book, but I cannot get enough of this bratty little bunny. If you have young kids, these are books that even you will enjoy reading over and over again.
2. Mr. President Goes to School by Rick Walton- This is a new book that just came outthis fall. It is very funny and clever, with bright illustrations that kids will be drawn to. Besides, who doesn’t want to see the president finger painting in disguise?
3. Captain Small Pig by Martin Waddell- This book has a cranky turkey, an understanding goat, and a little pig who wants nothing more than to catch a whale while floating on the lake for the day. How amazing is that?!
4. The Book of Shadowboxes: A Story of ABC’s by Laura L. Seeley- I LOVED this book as a kid. The illustrations were so detailed and fun that I couldn’t get enough of it. It is one that I still pick up from time to time just for the simple enjoyment of it.
5. Loveykins by Quentin Blake- Following a blustery night, Angela Bowling finds a baby bird, who turns into a giant vulture named Augustus. Genius.
6. The Monster Who Ate My Peas by Danny Schnitzlein-Would you make a deal with a fiendishly funny monster to avoid eating your peas? What if it meant giving up your dog?
7. The Opposite by Tom MacRae- If you wake up with an Opposite standing on your ceiling, you know that you are in for a long day.
8. My Dadima Wears a Sari by Kashmira Sheth- This book always reminds me of spending time with my own grandmother. While the cultures are different, the sentiment is the same.
9. The Brain Finds a Leg by Martin Chatterton-An alligator that thinks he’s a dog, evil koalas and a kid who fell into his parents’ genius machine. Sounds like a normal day for the Brain and his sidekick Sheldon.
10. Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany by Eleanor Ramrath Garner- This is an AMAZING memoir about Eleanor and her family, who moved back to Germany shortly before World War II and what the war was like for her in Berlin. I couldn’t put this book down.
Thanks Erin for letting us know more about yourself and Peachtree. My question for you: Have you ever wanted to work for a publishing company? What’s your dream job?