The Mascot Author’s Guide to the Illustration Process

In our holiday publishing timeline blog, we provided some ways in which authors can make the production process run smoother⁠—developing a writing timeline, deciding on the book dedication page and description, and most importantly to a children’s book author, figuring out illustration inspiration early. But what does this illustration process entail? How can you and your production editor work together to bring your vision to life? We’ve broken down our Mascot illustrations process and what you need to know as an author to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible. 1. Illustration descriptionsOnce your manuscript has been 90-95% finalized, … read more

May Featured Title: The Conscious Marketer

“Brands can no longer market to consumers but instead have to market with them. In order for a brand to do that, it must be conscious of the world in which we all live together.”

Our May featured title is by Jim Joseph! We asked Jim about his writing process, how social media is changing the brand experience, and his best tips for brand managers.

1. As the Global President of marketing communications agency BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), and the recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year, Agency of the Year, and Consumer Launch Campaign … read more

What Do We Look for in a Manuscript Submission?

Sending a book to a publisher to review can be a nerve-wracking process. They’re reading your work and deciding on whether or not they can publish it. Cue the nail biting! To make submitting your book a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of things that our acquisitions team looks for in a manuscript submission.Children’s BooksFor children’s titles, we’re looking for projects that will make a positive impact in a kid’s life. These titles have great messages and touch upon topics that are not always seen in the children’s book world, like the loss of a parent or immigration. We … read more

Checking in with the #MascotAuthor Community

Virtual readings, Netflix-binging, and bread-baking—due to COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions, many of us are turning to new hobbies to pass the time in quarantine. For authors, this is also a time to work on your manuscript or market your book and connect with your readers.Last week, we took to Instagram to ask our followers what questions they had about the Mascot Books publishing process; how they are connecting with their readers in light of COVID-19; and of course, what they are currently reading!Whether you’re looking to start your publishing journey at Mascot Books, gearing up for your book’s release, … read more

May Book Releases

Our May book releases are here! Your stay-at-home reading list just got a little bit longer.Featured Title: The Conscious Marketer: Inspiring a Deeper and More Conscious Brand ExperienceBy Jim JosephThe parameters of what constitutes successful marketing are shifting. In today’s increasingly competitive, global marketplace it is essential for companies and brands to not only understand what consumers are buying, but why they are making those purchases. That is where The Conscious Marketer comes in.It’s one thing to be conscious, but it’s something else entirely to do something impactful with that consciousness. In this expansive guide, Jim Joseph breaks down the … read more

April Feature: Making It Delicious

Our April featured title is Making It Delicious by Chef Jamie Daskalis, a cookbook with an emphasis on Southern food, but with a twist! From fun spins on the classics to indulging your sweet tooth, Chef Jamie’s recipes star simple and fresh ingredients that encourage creativity in the kitchen. We promise you’ll find a new favorite dish within these pages! Chef Jamie Daskalis is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in baking and pastry. She has worked in the restaurant business for more than fifteen years, and was recently awarded Chef of the Year by Grand … read more

April Book Releases

As many of us stay at home this month, it’s time to pick up a great book to read either on your own or with the kiddos! Check out all of our April releases below. Our website and warehouse remain fully operational and ready to ship! April Featured Title: Making It Delicious By Chef Jamie DaskalisMaking It Delicious is a collection of ninety-eight realistic recipes for the everyday home cook. From breakfast, to appetizers, to mains, to sauces, this book is packed with simple, flavorful dishes that are sure to be crowd favorites in your home. The best part? No … read more

How to Host a Live Book Reading or Q&A Session

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, parents and students everywhere are looking for ways to be entertained, to learn, and to persevere through these difficult times. Due to school closings and event cancellations, many authors are bringing their stories to readers’ homes through live, virtual readings or Q&A sessions. Alysson Foti Borque, author of the Alycat series, recently launched a weekly series: There are many options out there (Instagram Live, YouTubeLive, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, etc.) for live readings and Q&A sessions. What platform(s) did you choose for your virtual Q&A sessions, and why? We chose Be.Live because … read more

March Featured Title: Coral’s Quest

“You can avoid plastic by refusing, reusing, reducing, and recycling. Try replacing just one thing that you use all the time that is plastic—like your straw, your cup, or your utensils. Eventually you will do it with many things and it will become a habit that helps the earth.”Our March featured title is Coral’s Quest by 10-year-old Zoë Williams! We chatted with Zoë about ocean conservation, her collaboration with Ocean Ramsey, and her big plans for the future!1. You have been a dedicated advocate for ocean conversation since age 7, helping to organize local beach clean-ups and educating kids andread more

5 Steps to Building a Successful Social Media Book-Marketing Platform

In our recent post on series and Nadine Haruni of the series successfully brand their book series. 2. Build or maintain your audience.Another factor to consider when posting about your book on social media is whether you want to create a new profile specifically for book marketing, or if you want to post book content on your personal social media pages. Both of these options have their pros and cons.While posting to your personal social media pages guarantees a built-in audience, you may not want to bombard your existing followers with book content. Additionally, mixing your personal content with book … read more