I’m putting together an author press kit for the Carousel Tides book launch — have I mentioned that here?
Anyhow, yesterday I went to Staples in pursuit of Pretty Ivory Paper and presentation folders. The PIP was easy to find; the presentation folders remarkably difficult, mostly because the whole store was full of “school supplies” including report covers, which are almost, but not quite, what I wanted.
The thing with a presentation folder is that you want it to be Dignified but Personable, a little quirky, maybe. It should, above all, not be boring.
For one halcyon moment, I thought I’d found the perfect cover — white coated stock with a single black tree along the right edge. (It’s OK; trees figure fairly prominently in Carousel Tides, along with, oh, carousels, selkies, Abenaki legend, Subarus. . .it’s a strange book; you’re gonna love it.)
Except — when I yanked this wonderful folder out from its place among its fellows, it was found to also have all kinds of words on it — Think Green! Go Eco!
I finally brought home a pack of Actual business presentation covers, in plain dark blue, but I did not Love them.
Last night, I put together my first kit, which was mailed this morning and will (that is an order) arrive in Saco in time for a Tuesday evening meeting. It went in the plain blue folder and it was Dignified, I guess, but it was also boring.
Today, I motored out early to post said package, pick up the new eyeglasses and stop at Joanne’s Fabric to get a fabric pen.
I don’t get out much. I mean, really, I don’t get out much. I spent more than an hour in Joanne’s, and in the end, I scored a little over two yards of gorgeous sheer swirly green fabric with glitter bits woven through so that the whole thing looks like stars reflected in dark moving water. A table cover for the launch. I also got two spools of ribbon, one dark green and one black, for another, related, project, not one but two, fabric pens, and — my piece de resistence — a silver glitter stamp pad and a flourished fall tree stamp.
Came home and stamped me some blue folders. *happy sigh* Now, that’s not only Dignified and Personable; it’s Classy.
And now? To work.