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Faith Nielsen: 2011 Mascot Books Author of the Year!

The Mascot Books Author of the Year award was designed to recognize an author who showed the most dedication to producing the highest quality story, a passion for the craft of writing, a commitment to entertaining and educating the reader through literature, and the motivation to convey a positive message or theme. Above all, we wanted to recognize an important member of the Mascot Books Family. When we got together to come up with the one author that exemplified these ... read more

Another Contest! The Mascot Books Fan Favorite Award!

If you’ve checked out our Facebook page or this blog recently, you know that we will be announcing the winner of our first ever Author of the Year award on Monday!  We’ve already chosen the Second, Third, and Grand Prize winners, and we’re very excited to announce them on Monday. The outpouring of support we have received on our Facebook page for this award has inspired us to create another contest. We are pleased to announce the Mascot Books Fan ... read more

First Annual Mascot Books Author of the Year!

The success of Mascot Books has been dependent on the creativity and enthusiasm of our authors this year more than ever!  We wanted to come up with an extraordinary way to thank them, so we are thrilled to announce that 2011 marks the inaugural Mascot Books Author of the Year Award. The Author of the Year Award was created to honor an outstanding member of the Mascot Books family. The field consisted of over 120 exceptional authors who’ve published their ... read more

What Drives You?

Like most of you out there, I’m often asked what “I do” wherever I go. Be it while getting a haircut or grabbing a coffee, or whenever small talk arises, I usually answer people by saying I’m a publisher or children’s book author – both are true.  However, there’s another thing “I do” that all self-publishers do, as well— produce and sell books for profit. Those who choose to self-publish are, by very definition, entrepreneurs. We are all entrepreneurs.  It’s ... read more

Oh! The Places You’ll Go

“My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-matuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around!”- Dr. Seuss. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! At Mascot Books we love this quote and encourage all of our authors to think outside the box.  Today, we honor the timeless work Theodor Seuss Geisel. Based on my informal poll of Mascot Books employees, our favorite ... read more

The E-Book Revolution!

Hey Gang,People frequently ask my thoughts on the “e-book revolution.” Do I believe that e-books will one day replace physical books in the same way that the iPods supplanted the once ubiquitous compact disc? Or, will the two formats find a way to co-exist? Specifically, people want to know how e-readers like the Kindle, Nook, and the iPad are affecting children’s literature. E-readers are undoubtedly changing they way certain genres of literature are being consumed. For example, traditional newspapers and ... read more

Help Mascot Books support Toomer’s Corner!

Over the last few days, I've been watching the disturbing events unfold at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, Alabama. For those unfamiliar with the story—a very disturbed “fan” has been charged with poisoning two of the iconic 130-year old trees seen here on the Auburn Campus.  Read more about the incident and response here: Toomer's Corner rally draws thousands The tragedy at Toomer’s Corner has raised some very difficult questions. College football is a way of life in certain parts of ... read more

“Success” in Children’s Publishing

HNY! Last time, I talked about what makes a successful children’s publishing project, and I mentioned that everyone’s idea of success is not the same.   There are numerous measures of success … and I’ve heard almost all of them over the years.  However, generally, they fall into two camps:  creative success and financial success. Creative success involves the release of a beautiful book. Great story, fabulous illustrations, good book construction … a work that is all around pleasing aesthetically.  I ... read more

The Story Behind the Story

When I started in children’s publishing seven years ago, I was armed with a good book idea and…well, that’s about it. I didn’t know the first thing about writing, editing, illustrating, graphic design, or printing. I knew even less about marketing, selling and distributing books. Since that humble start, I’ve learned a few things. Believe me, I’ve made my share of mistakes. But fortunately, I’ve also made some very good decisions—some by happenstance, some by listening to my gut, some ... read more

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About Naren Aryal

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Hi, and thanks for checking out Mascot Blog. My hope is that this blog will be a trusted venue where we share ideas about the world of publishing and learn from each other’s experiences. Comments to posted blogs, suggestions for future topics, and general feedback are always welcome. If you’d like to submit a guest blog for consideration, send it my way!

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