Monday, March 11, 2013

Dispatch #5 - Visit to Chronicle Books

by Lupe Fernandez

Last Thursday, The Chronicle Children's Group invited SCBWI San Francisco/South members to wine, cheese and an opportunity to meet the region's local publisher in SF's South of Market district.

For Giants' fans, Chronicle Books is down the street from AT&T Park.

Chronicle Books publishes books on Art & Design, Food & Drink, Life & Style, Literature, Pop Culture and offers Moleskine, Paper Goods, and Personalization materials.

Their Mission Statement:
Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, our objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that's instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. This objective also informs our business relationships and endeavors, be they with customers, authors, vendors, or colleagues.

Ginee Seo
Children's Publishing Director
But of interest this reporter is the Kids & Teens section. Their website breaks books down by age, genre, holidays, multicultural and subject. Chronicle also has a Kids Blog.

According to their website, Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 with the Children's list "...launched in 1988."

But hey, don't take my word for it. Go visit their site now.

And now, on with the party.

SCBWI San Francisco/South Group
Katerine Taylor & Jeanne Yee
Wine & Water

17 comments:

  1. How cool to get to go to a publishing company. And to live close enough to do it. Thanks for sharing about it.

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    1. You're welcome, Natalie. I wanted to wander around the offices to see what the editors were working on, but that information was classified.
      Sincerely,
      Foreign Correspondent

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    1. What is moleskine?
      Sincerely,
      Dullskin

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    2. APPARENTLY NOT WHAT i THOUGHT IT WAS, BUT IT'S STILL interesting.
      http://www.moleskine.com/us/moleskine-world

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    3. Moleskin is a fabric that has an adhesive side that you can stick on things to keep them from irritating you skin. :)

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    4. You mean somewhere there's a mole with no skin?
      Oh the horror!
      Sincerely,
      Sticky Irritant.

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    5. Sticky irritant? I think I was once married to that person. No silly, no horror, I had the doctor remove it.

      Sincerely,
      Mole from the hole

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  3. I went to the website and its needs a lot of work. I wanted to see their middle grade and YA books and the same books that were listed in picture books kept coming up. The blog has good interviews.
    I see that Chronicle publishes Ivy and Bean and How I stole Johnny Depp's Girlfriend. I'm also interested in the Pirate book of Plunder

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  4. I like getting these looks behind the curtain. Thanks for the pics and report!

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  5. I would think that was and enjoyable visit? I would love to got here and look around.

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    1. Ginee Seo and the other editors were kind enough to share their time listening to us writers and illustrators bare our wares.
      Sincerely,
      Hare House

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  6. Looks like a cool publisher. Lots of interesting product choices. Thanks Lupe!

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  7. What a fantastic opportunity! Many thanks for sharing it with us. Your blog is always so much fun and very interesting, and this is no exception!

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    1. Thanks for your patronage.
      Sincerely,
      The Management

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