March 30th, 2006

Nose to the Grindstone

Meanwhile, back at work--

Marge: Is this Mr. Jacob Williamson?
Jacob: Yes, yes it is. What can I do for you?
Marge: I've written some stories--I don't want to toot my own horn, but a lot of people have said I should have them published, and I spoke to (name in customer service who doesn't like me) and she said that she thought they'd be appropriate for your company.
Jacob: Oh. Well, what are they?
Marge: They're a series of fables that I've written.
Jacob: So, retellings of old stories, or your own?
Marge: They're my own stories. I don't know where the ideas come from.
Jacob: ... Oh. So, what age group are they appropriate for?
Marge: I don't know.
Jacob: That's kind of important.
Marge: They might be good as bed-time stories for kindergarteners. (Name) says she thinks they might make good stories for adults who have a hard time reading. They're very funny stories. Humor.
Jacob: Oh. So, maybe for kindergarteners, maybe for adults. That's quite a range.
Marge: I've used humor. There’s a story about an oak tree that wants to grow up. And animals in a forest.
Jacob: So, do you know what age group we should market these to?
Marge: How would I find that out?
Jacob: I think you'd want to decide that for yourself. Are you thinking about a single bound anthology, or a series of books?
Marge: I don't know.
Jacob: Okay, so, you'll need to decide who these are aimed at--that might require some rewriting on your part.
Marge: I've written these so long my hands are bloody.
Jacob: Nevertheless.
Marge: They'll probably need some editing for grammatical content, though.
Jacob: ...Oh.
Marge: Some friends said they're very visual books, and that I should submit them to PBS.
Jacob: That's a good idea.