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With the Publisher’s Compliments: Ten Thousand Stories

It’s always a lovely day when one of my colleagues from the Production department proudly carries into my office an early finished copy of our latest offering, newly arrived from the printer’s. We call those rare finished copies ‘advances.’ The arrival of the advance is the culmination of months, more often years, of creative endeavor: from the seed in the author or artist’s imagination all the way through the editorial, design, and production process. It’s a thrilling moment to see all that collaboration come to fruition! In choosing what to publish, we focus on projects that we believe Chronicle Books is absolutely the best publisher for, projects we can cultivate with unique spirit, creativity, and value. So sitting down on my stripey sofa to leaf through a new book or rip open a new format is always a joy. And sometimes I can’t wait to share that joy with others here at Chronicle in the form of With the Publisher’s Compliments: Advance o’ the Week. (I’d better immediately acknowledge that my sense of time drifts a bit.) This is an advance which, for one reason or another, especially reflects that collaboration, that spirit, creativity, and value we hold so dear. It sits magnificently on a plinth right by the elevator as people enter the building, giving them a sneak peek of a treat to come – because the Advance o’ the Week isn’t available for sale yet. May I share my pride in our publishing and give you a sneak peek too?

Since my handwriting’s illegible at the best of times, here’s what I wrote above:

My brain is doing somersaults! Open this book and its quadripartite pages will remind you of those Exquisite Corpse games you played as a kid. But look! It’s pictures AND words! Flick back and forth to compose 10,000 fully illustrated stories! Stories full of intrigue, drama, and questionable morals. I worry about the creators’ long nights in a barn somewhere in Maryland; really, I do. And I also thank them – and Bridget, Kristen, Erin, and Lia* – for this definitely-not-for-kids book. Talk about spirit, creativity, and value (in this case, for money)! Ten thousand stories = 0.002 cents per story per day for over 27 years (including leap years) – and a journey that can be taken only through the magic of the printed book.

*They’re the editor, designer, production lead, and managing editor, respectively, on the creative team for Ten Thousand Stories.

Christine Carswell

You can pre-order Ten Thousand Stories: An Ever-Changing Tale of Tragic Happenings here.

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  • Matthew Swanson August 5, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Dear Christine,

    We are beside ourselves with gratitude at this honor. If you were worried about us before, you should be all the more so now. The barn just ran out of room to contain our swollen heads.

    Working with Bridget, Kristen, Caitlin, and everyone else at Chronicle has been an absolute pleasure. For a writer and illustrator who had always dreamed of publishing with Chronicle, our first experience in the big leagues has actually lived up to (no, exceeded) the dream.

    Thanks again for your kind words. Let's hope the rest of the book-loving world shares your enthusiasm.


    Matthew (the author)


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