Cindy: Start humming Harry Chapin‘s theme song to yourself while you read today’s post, “All my life’s a circle…” A package with two arcs arrived this week and it brought tears to my eyes. One of our past students and eager reader of our advance reader copies is now working for a publisher and as Marketing and Publicity Manager, sent us her first arcs from Diversion Books.
Here’s the backstory: Once upon a time there was a bright 6th grade girl who joined my after school creative writing club in the mid 1990s. She wrote fun stories and when Lynn and I started a book club she was the first to sign up. She changed her hair color every month, but her interest in teen literature never waivered. She was a voracious reader (still is) and was a founding member of our BBYA teen club when I started to serve on YALSA’s BBYA Committee in 2001. She made her mother bring her to ALA in Atlanta, camping along the way, so she could speak to the BBYA Committee in the teen session. After graduating from college, she moved to New York, yet another Michigander who really belonged in NYC. She started a YA Lit blog, Bookish Blather, got a job with The American Book Company as a sales rep and stays in touch.
I can’t tell you how it moved me to open the box to find arcs that Angela Craft sent to us to share with our students. The covers are great, the stories sound fun, but the full circle moment really got to me.
Diversion Books is an eBook publishing company marketing original and backlist titles and here’s what their website says about our own Angela (I’m off to find some tissues):
Angela Craft, Marketing & Publicity Manager
Angela Craft first started working with books while still in high school, initiating an internship program with the middle school library. Since then, she has built a career based on her love of books, first as an independent book review blogger at Bookish Blather, and following that as a sales representative at American Book Company. As an active blogger and social media user, Angela is fully immersed in internet culture, especially as it relates to book lovers and the larger publishing industry, and she is excited to use her expertise in the medium to build awareness for Diversion Books and its authors.
Lynn: Every teacher or librarian knows the tear-inducing emotion of running into a former student, now grown and independent, who says, “Thank you, you changed the direction of my life.” There is NOTHING like it and it makes up for all the times we repaired torn pages, pulled candy wrappers from book shelves or winced as a teen announced that reading was boring. To watch one of our book club kids grow up to send us arcs has had me smiling for days. These will be high on my to-do read stack for certain! Cheers to Angela and all the other wonderful young book lovers now making their marks in the world.