Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Looking for Children's Book Illustrator

BlueHead Publishing is looking for a talented illustrator to do the complete illustration for their upcoming children’s book, “You Throw Like A Girl.”

We are looking for a new gifted artist to take this exciting and powerful manuscript from being a charming and wonderful story to a beautiful and engaging illustration.

We would like to ask would-be candidates to provide the following:
  1. Samples from their portfolio, specifically illustrations of people and/or children.
  2. Provide a sample mockup of our main character, Chelsea standing on a molehill (in a park), preparing to pitch, based upon the following description and excerpt from the manuscript:
Character: 9 year old girl
Personality: determined, feminine, competitive, energetic, emotive
Description: brunette, average height, thin, ethnically neutral
Abilities: quick learner, athletic, pitcher
Accessories: baseball glove, ball
    “Chelsea held the ball in her hand, grasping it firmly, just like Auntie Kim had shown her. She cocked her hand back and took a deep breath. Thinking about her Gram and Auntie Kim, she smiled, and with every bit of strength she had, she threw the ball.”

    We are looking for an artist who is willing to work on a fee-for-service pay schedule where we will cover costs of materials, and a portion of the total fees upfront, with the final (and majority) payout based upon profits from book sales/sponsorships. We will also grant you co-rights to resale your work.

    We are hoping to find a new artist who is as anxious as we are to promote their career, work, and professional aspirations on a national level.

    Submission Deadline: Monday, June 27th

    Please contact for more information.

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    "bookshop" - Where Ruby Meets DocBook

    We are very excited to announce the early release of "bookshop."


    bookShop is an open-source Ruby-based framework for DocBook toolchain happiness and sustainable productivity. The framework is optimized to help developers quickly ramp-up, allowing them to more rapidly jump in and develop their DocBook-to-Output flows, by favoring convention over configuration, setting them up with best practices from the get-go.

    The Goal:

    To go from zero to exporting(pdfs, epub or whatever) from your DocBook source files in under 10 minutes.

    Here's the rubygems page:

    And the source code:

    bookshop currently works on Mac OS X, but can also be used on any *nix OS. Windows support is coming in the next couple of weeks.

    To install bookshop:
    $> sudo gem install bookshop

    To create a new bookshop application:
    $> bookshop new new_app_name

    You can edit your book in the new "book/" subfolder, starting with the book.xml file

    To build a pdf format from your DocBook source:
    (from within the root of your new_app folder)

    $> bookshop build pdf

    Your new pdf book will be located in the "build/pdf" subfolder

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Start With A Book Summary

    One of the most challenging things for a writer? Getting started writing their book.

    Often times a writer may have one main idea for their work, but a hundred ideas on how to write it. So getting to the point of putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) can often feel overwhelming.

    Probably one of the most useful exercises we have found to help authors write those first two chapters of their work is to write a basic summary of their book. Since all writings start with the basics (tense, person, genre, type, form, etc), we've found this basic template to be pretty useful (hey, simple is best):
        [Title] is a [tense][person][genre/type] about [summary]. This work is written to [intention].
    Here's an example summary from one of our Author's books, "Over Coffee," by D.a. Thompson:
        "Over Coffee" is a past-tense, first-person narrative-fiction about a coffee-house conversation between the author and a small-town pastor concerning a gay church member who desires to be partnered in the church. This work is written to introduce the reader to a conservative, faith-based dialogue for providing room on the pew in today’s most conservative churches for gay partnered persons.
    The point of writing the summary is to establish the construct, form, and structure. It's amazing to see how much easier the task of writing becomes, once these simple elements are laid. Well... easier may be an exageration. There's still the actual book to finish writing. (insert smiley face)

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    BlueHead Signs Author, Shelley Hayes.

    BlueHead Publishing is proud to announce the signing of author Shelley Hayes, and her book

    As a professional leadership & life coach, author Shelley Hayes has witnessed powerful transformations in individuals taught to change their thinking and reframe past messages of limitations. Such lessons are especially effective when experienced at a young age.

    A mother of two active boys, Shelley recognizes first-hand the limiting and often damaging effects of coaches/instructors who flippantly use derogatory verbiage to motivate. Hayes’ book, YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL is a middle-grade, picture-book narrative written with the intent of shedding light on the power of words and perception. Infused with thought-provoking dialog and equally compelling illustrations, YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL demonstrates the positive effects of embracing who you are.

    Hayes’ book, and her own compassionate work, inspires children, as well as caring adults who also believe in equality and in positively motivating young people. In a fun story about neighborhood friends, Hayes offers a sweet story that invites the reader to embrace gender and self-expression with pride and a true sense of equality.

    Shelley Hayes holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and Management as well as a Bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. She is a Certified Professional Coach and received certification from the International Coach Academy.

    YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL will be released mid-June 2011 due to BlueHead Publishing’s unique 6-month book-to-market trajectory.

    For more information, go to:

    Press Contact: Jenée Arthur