The Questionless Books Interview: Literacy Advocate and Children's Author Sheree Fitch
In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.
Sheree Fitch has been telling stories, performing poems and publishing children's books for almost twenty-five years She's published award winning novels for adults and teens and offered writing workshops in the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, China, and Bhutan. This fall Nimbus re-relased of There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen with new art by Sydney Smith. Apps for the apes are in development as is a new picture book, Night Sky Wheel Ride, and more adult fiction.
I am just a receiver with a big antennae.
I am known to vibrate and quiver.
I do this in doors and out doors.
I do this because I’m a magnetic.
The way I do this is to stay tuned and ride the current.
At his/her core, a Writer is an obsessive listener and storytelling maniac.
As opposed to an Author, who is an acrobat in a freak show.
A Writer is responsible for getting out of the way in order to tell the next story
As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for finding a way and publishing the next story.
At its core, Publishing is a ruthless (often truthless) buzz and business.
As opposed to Editing, which is a dying Art.
A Publisher should always warn the writer there is no always.
As opposed to an Editor, who should always be Amy Black, Sandra McIntyre, Maggie Devries, Penelope Jackson, John Pierce or Shelley Tanaka.
A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is NOT.
As opposed to a Book that's ready to be read by others, which is A Baby.
A Manuscript should always be wrinkled, coffee stained, dropped in a snow bank, dried with a blow dryer and still be legible. And accepted.
As opposed to a Book, which should always smell like vanilla, crunch like potato chips, and feel like heaven in your hands.
At its core, Bookselling is a high wire tight rope act---if you are an independent bookseller. (If not, more like a trampoline show.)
As opposed to Book Marketing, which is icky, idiotic, idiosyncratic, INSANE. Necessary.
The smallest unit of narrative is... !
The biggest reason to anticipate the future is we will all be able to fly as in levitate ... and communicate without words. (Facebook will be replaced by face to face, cheek to cheek, eyeball to eyeball communication.)
The biggest reason to be scared of the future is the satellites will all go down.
In the future we will all be thirsty for water and words.
At his/her core, a Reader is a lover of words, a narrative addict, a poetry lunatic, a blog snogger.
However, the ideal Reader is anyone who buys my books.