Articles by Chelsea
December 12, 2012
With 2012 coming to a close, it's fun to reflect back on all of the excellent books that I encountered at Raincoast in the past twelve months. Usually I can't remember what I had for breakfast, but for some reason my memories of books tend to stick around. I suppose it could be because I'm surrounded by books all day long. Hard life, isn't it?
As for my favourite books of 2012, I chose something for kids, teens, and grown-ups:
Gulf Islands Alphabet
Bronwyn Preece, illustrated by Alex Walton
I’ve been lucky enough to spend time on a few of the Gulf Islands and thought I knew quite a bit about the area, but this beautiful picture book taught me that there is still much more to discover. The illustrations truly reflect how diverse and picturesque the islands are, and make me want to start planning my next trip!
Shadow and Bone
While you could easily say that Shadow and Bone is similar to Harry Potter (since teens are sent off to magic school) or The Hunger Games (since a solitary heroine must overturn the evil forces that threaten her society), it is also a unique story that reads differently than either of those popular series and is just as enjoyable. Without giving too much away, this is for fans of conflicted characters and darker fantasy.
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book
Jake Godby and Sean Vahey
My ice cream maker is the size of a large mixing bowl, is at least 25 years old, and the most complicated mechanism is a hand crank. Apparently that’s all you need to make delicious homemade ice cream in about 40 minutes with help from the Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book! Every recipe that I’ve tried has come out delicious, from the standard (Tahitian Vanilla) to the extreme (Balsamic Caramel) and the in-between (Honey Thyme). Plus, homemade ice cream is the ultimate way to cap off a dinner party; no need to tell anyone how easy it was to make.
Chelsea, Sales Associate
Reporting to the Director of Field Sales, the Sales and Marketing Assistant is the key contact for materials from our publishers to our reps. In addition the assistant provides administrative support to members of the sales and marketing departments. Main duties are as follows. Others may be assigned from time to time as appropriate.
• Contact publishers prior to each season with sales kit requirements, catalogue needs and deadlines, specifically requesting materials for all key titles and products.
• Distribute materials to sales representatives, appropriate publicists and members of the marketing team, maintain good records of materials received and distributed and follow up with publishers as necessary to ensure that all required materials are received.
• Order all rep samples and other samples as needed
• Maintain catalogue mailing list and manage seasonal catalogue mailing
• Track department expenditures and maintain FMP purchase order system
• Maintain Better Business Rebate program grids and send quarterly reports to booksellers
• Provide support and share knowledge of Raincoast E-Cat program with sales reps
• Maintain co-op grids for national accounts, independent and mass customers; track and cut purchase orders. Work with the credit department to ensure customers are credited in a timely fashion.
• Maintain an inventory of marketing promotional materials for distribution to reps at book fairs, gift shows and bookstores throughout the year
• Assist in preparations for trade and gift shows and sales conferences
• Provide back up to data analyst in gathering sales data as needed
• Provide sales reports for Sales Reps and sale team when requested. Do monthly summaries for rep sales reports
• The successful candidate will be highly organized, detail oriented and will have particularly good written and verbal skills. Candidate must have a proven aptitude for computer work and an ability to work well with other people. Must be able to multi-task, prioritize and work under pressure
• Strong computer skills in MS Office and Adobe Acrobat with excellent skills in Excel
We regret that we can only acknowledge applications from candidates selected for interviews. No phones calls or agencies, please.
To apply, please email your resume to Sandy Cooper by July 10thth, 2012
December 22, 2011
Like most of the Raincoasters, I found it hard to pick just one favourite book for 2011. How lucky are we to work with such a variety of beautiful, funny, inspirational, and engrossing books day-in and day-out?
Favourite to share
Favourite book to give
Paola Opal's Simply Small board book series is too cute for words, so naturally I couldn't help but give it to babies who are too cute for words. In Saffy and Ollie, two characters finally meet and realize how much fun it is to share with friends! Simply adorable.
Favourite book to escape with
When I read Glow, the first book in Amy Kathleen Ryan's Sky Chaser series, I could not be pulled away (to the annoyance of my traveling partner). Excellent YA writing + spaceships + scientific/religious conspiracies + layered characters = a great read.
May 05, 2011
Don't be fooled: this is no boring pile of boxes. When I see these piled up in the Raincoast sample and materials room, my first thought is "Fun!"
What's inside? Brand-spanking new books. Specifically, pre-publication advance copies of upcoming titles that publishers send to our sales and publicity teams. As the one who receives and distributes these shipments, I often get the first look at new books and then spend some quality time with them. That spells F-U-N to a certified book-lover like myself. (Maybe I should get out more...)
So what's concealed within these deceivingly-monotonous boxes? A gorgeous assortment of brand-new journals, coming coming Fall 2011 from Chronicle Books!
Feast your eyes on some quality snaps (a.k.a cell-phone quality) of the Typewriter Eco-Journal, Butterfly Fields Eco-Journal, Starry Crown Eco-Journal, and Keys Journal, which feature eye-catching and whimsical designs from some of Chronicle's favourite artists and designers (Julia Rothman, Jill Bliss, Grady McFerrin, and enormouschampion respectively). I love the little touches, like the lightly embossed edges on the Keys journal, that can really only be enjoyed with the book in-hand.
The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival is in full-swing, bringing a line-up of superstar authors to our city. Raincoast is very excited that beloved cartoonist and author Lynda Barry has arrived today and is in town for (count 'em) THREE Writers Fest events.
Lynda's latest book Picture This: The Nearsighted Monkey (Drawn and Quarterly) is a graphic-memoir-how-to for drawing and self-expression, and is sure to inspire some facinating conversations and audience participation this weekend.
The Festival's opening reception was on October 19th at Performance Works on Granville Island. I went with one goal in mind: to meet Emma Donoghue, since I had just finished Room and couldn't stop talking about it to everyone in sight.
After a cruise of Dockside Restaurant’s delicious buffet (risotto nuggets, where have you been all my life?), I spotted Emma, which turned out to be fairly easy: she’s tall, a redhead, and was wearing a very eye-catching coat.
Mission accomplished! That's Emma Donoghue in the middle, and Inge Siemens (Sales Rep for HarperCollins) on the right.
The Writers Fest organizers throw a good party... too good, maybe. To keep back-row revellers from chatting during the welcoming address from Anne Giardini (Chair of the Board) and Hal Wake (Artistic Director), they hired a Scottish "Shusher" to prowl the audience and publicly shush (and shame) anyone talking out of turn. S/he was actually a little scary, so everyone was on their best behavior.
We had to get a picture together, of course; that's Doug Findlay (Sales Rep for HarperCollins) on the left.
Congratulations to the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival for another fabulous year. Enjoy the events, everyone (just don't talk when you're not supposed to, or you'll have the Shusher to contend with)!