Professionals in Motion: A Review of “Children’s Book Publishing from Start to Finish”

March 1 and 2 saw the annual Dahlonega Literary Festival grace our favorite mountain town with a fantastic selection of books, authors, panels, and workshops. This occasion marked the festival’s 16th year in Dahlonega and featured authors like Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Nayomi Munaweera, award-winning author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors and What Lies Between Us, and UNG’s very own Dr. Bonita Jacobs, author of the University’s first children’s book, UNG The Gold I See! Workshops and panels covered everything from memoir writing, poetry, screen writing, writing promotion, and specialized genre discussions. The literary festival’s strong turnout was bolstered by members of the local community as well as out-of-town visitors, cementing the vibrancy and importance of such events in the region.

The UNG Press was honored to host a panel featuring the University’s president, Dr. Bonita Jacobs, and her most recent publication, UNG The Gold I See! Dr. Robinson, director of the Press, began “Children’s Book Publishing from Start to Finish” by introducing Dr. Jacobs and welcoming everyone to the panel before handing the floor over to the featured author. To start, Dr. Jacobs explained the University’s focus on creating scholarships for students, and how she hoped to continue creating such opportunities by directing all profits of her book to the school’s scholarship foundation. This work is very personal for the University’s president, who wanted to convey her love for UNG in a way that would strike a cord with both alumni and their children. Her sister, J’Nelle Short, illustrated the book with beautiful watercolor scenes of the Dahlonega campus, giving the work an added layer of special meaning for Dr. Jacobs.

After discussing the background of UNG The Gold I See! and answering a few questions, Assistant Managing Editor Jillian Murphy discussed the target ages for different forms of children’s books, from picture books to easy readers and chapter books, and the various plot and structural requirements for each. Next, Dr. Robinson spoke about the need for the Press to meet industry standards to ensure successful publication and marketability for Dr. Jacob’s book, focusing on book size and target audiences specifically. Managing Editor Corey Parson finished out the talk by explaining the storyboard process and the importance of designing a book’s layout with the specific audience in mind to enhance readability. They also discussed the process of finding the right illustrator for the book.

Audience members were attentive and interactive throughout the discussion, asking questions relating to marketing, the number of universities writing children’s books, writing for multiple genres, illustrator limitations, and the author’s influence over design. Currently, the University of North Georgia is the only public university to publish a children’s book about itself. They will continue the trend by publishing a book about each of their five beautiful campuses. Technological innovations are also in the works, with the Press looking into developing a virtual reality component for the book’s story.

University Press staff poured forth a fascinating and impressive amount of knowledge about the world of children’s book publishing, leaving a remarkable impression on festival-goers. Their passion for sharing knowledge and creating quality literature was clearly displayed through their eager interaction with the crowd and thorough presentation. Looking forward, the future of the UNG Press continues to shine brightly with a staff of highly-talented and knowledgeable professionals at the helm.

Missed the UNG Press’s panel? Don’t worry. All our resources and presentation can be found here: Children’s Books: Industry Standards and Resources

“Hello Springtime” Writing Contest

“Nothing is so beautiful as spring…”

—Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Spring”

It’s finally springtime in Georgia, and we want to celebrate. Think you can write a winning story about spring? Then enter the “Hello Springtime” Writing Contest from the University of North Georgia Press.

The rules are simple:

  • Story must involve the theme of spring
  • Story must be 1,000 words or fewer

Email your short story to ungpress@ung.edu by 11:50 pm Sunday, March 31, 2019. Your story must be in a Microsoft Word document with the story title, author name, and total word count at the top of the document. All submission emails must be titled “Hello Springtime Story Contest.” If the email isn’t titled correctly, we won’t look at it. We’ll announce the winner early April.

The contest is open to anyone, but you must reside in the U.S. to be eligible to win the prize. We will contact the winner by email. The Press asks for permission to publish up to one paragraph of the winning stories to our blog. Authors retain full rights to their story. All entries are eligible for future resubmission when we put a call out for a literary anthology, with the winning entry given priority. By submitting your story, you agree to these terms and conditions.

Prize: The winner will receive one book of their choice published by the UNG Press.

We can’t wait to read your submissions. Best of luck!

Read the full terms and conditions below:

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Intern Spotlight: Ariana Adams

Greetings fellow bloggers! My name is Ariana Adams, and I am an upcoming senior at the University of North Georgia who has been lucky enough to land an internship with our fantastic Press this Spring. I am so excited to begin this journey and learn about all of the intriguing ins and outs of the publishing industry during my time here.

When not at the Press, I am making myself a fixture in all of the regular haunts for English majors on campus such as our beautiful library, enchanting Great Room, and our fabulous English Department. I have also enjoyed exploring some of the other art programs on campus. From our excellent and inspiring Music Department, which I was honored to participate in through the concert band my freshman year, to the Art Department itself where I am currently pursuing a minor in Graphic Design, I have loved exploring and learning about the arts and how they both move and challenge us.

Other than my love of the arts, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, crocheting, reading, watching Netflix (a habit I am currently trying to curb), and building community in the resident halls as a Resident Assistant on our beautiful Dahlonega campus. Considering most of my hobbies and their laid-back nature, many of my friends tease me and say that I am the ultimate Mom Friend of the group. Personally, I take the title as a compliment. Helping others through anything that comes their way has always been a passion of mine, and I hope to bring positive and encouraging characteristics into every interaction I have.

After graduating, my hope is to earn a Master’s Degree in Publishing and work at a small indie press for a while to gain additional experience. After that the future is a bit unclear, but I am eager to see what new opportunities and experiences are in store. For now though, I am honored to share the next few months with you, and thrilled to learn everything I can from our strong and extremely talented University Press staff. Until next time lovely readers, adieu!

“UNG The Gold I See” Launch Info + Book Signing

Congratulations to our two giveaway winners: Bailey Schuster and Jessie Atkinson!

Mark your calendars. UNG The Gold I See: The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus releases in only one week! Are you excited? We sure are! That’s why we’re throwing a launch party.

Author Bonita Jacobs will be doing a short reading with a signing after. Come visit the Dahlonega Campus bookstore on Tuesday, November 27, from noon – 1 pm. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a giveaway to win a free copy as well as a t-shirt. This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Books can be bought at the bookstore using cash, check, or card (American Express cannot be accepted).

Author book signing for "UNG The Gold I See" Dahlonega campus bookstore on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from noon to 1 pm. Live reading followed by the book signing. There will be free refreshments and a giveaway. All proceeds go to UNG scholarships.

UNG The Gold I See: The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus (978-1-940771-46-5) is an 8.5 x 11 hardback, priced at $29.99. It is printed in full color with illustrations on every page and is designed for Level 4 readers. In addition to the captivating story and images, children will delight in trying to find the hidden nighthawks on every page as they tour UNG’s Dahlonega campus with the Smith family. A history of UNG is included after the story so parents and grandparents can share more details and history. For an additional donation, you can customize your copy with a dedication page to create a treasure that will be remembered forever. UNG The Gold I See is the first in a series about the five UNG campuses: Dahlonega, Gainesville, Cumming, Oconee, and Blue Ridge. The book about Gainesville campus is already in development and will release in 2019.

All proceeds from the book go towards funding scholarships at UNG. Leave your own legacy by helping students build their future.

“Give ‘Way to the Right” Book Release Remembers the Soldiers Who Fought in World War I

Jillian Murphy
706-864-1556
jillian.murphy@ung.edu

  • Give ’Way to the Right recounts the true story of Chris Emmett’s service in World War I
  • Give ’Way to the Right releases November 11, 2018, the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice, from the University of North Georgia Press

Dahlonega, GANovember 11, 2018—The University of North Georgia Press is pleased to announce our latest release: Give ’Way to the Right by Chris Emmett, edited by David Scott Stieghan. The book releases November 11, 2018, on the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice of World War I.

The front cover of "Give 'Way to the Right" by Chris Emmett, edited by David Scott Stieghan. The cover shows a destroyed battle field.
Cover design by Corey Parson

Give ’Way to the Right is the true account of Chris Emmett’s experience in World War I. Emmett joined the war effort in 1917 and was part of the American Expeditionary Forces (A. E. F.) on the Western Front, where he served in France with L Company. Written following Emmett’s discharge from the army, Give ’Way to the Right was not originally intended for public audiences. The result is an honest record of what Emmett saw in the war: men not given proper medical attention when needed, officers promoted without merit, and trenches that did little to protect the soldiers in them. Emmett’s account shows the truth of warfare to later generations that knew nothing of war. It is a memorial to the friends he lost and a reminder of what lays on a battlefield.

Editor David Scott Stieghan is the United States Army Infantry Branch Historian at Fort Benning, Georgia. He has taught history at colleges in Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia and is currently the Military History Instructor for the U. S. Army Infantry. Stieghan has worked on twenty-eight Armed Forces Radio and Television Service Military Heritage Spots, eight shows for the History Channel, nine for the Outdoor Channel, and twenty-one shows for the Military Channel as a technical advisor and Subject Matter Expert. He also served as technical advisor for the mini-series “Truman” on HBO and “Rough Riders” on TNT.

Give ’Way to the Right (978-1-940771-44-1) is a 6 x 9 paperback with 318 pages. It can be purchased through Ingram, Amazon, and other major retailers for $24.95. It includes original illustrations by Emmett as well as additional footnotes, photographs, and annotations by Stieghan. Give ’Way to the Right will make a wonderful addition to any military history library.

The University of North Georgia Press, a scholarly, peer-reviewed press, is an extension of our sponsoring university, the University of North Georgia. Our primary function is to promote education and research with a special emphasis on innovative scholarship and pedagogy.

UNG The Gold I See: The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus — Art Sample

We are incredibly excited for the release of our first children’s book: UNG The Gold I See: The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus written by Dr. Bonita Jacobs and illustrated by J’Nelle Short. There’s only five short weeks until its release on November 27, 2018.

Today, we’re sharing the first inside-look at the art and characters. Benjamin Smith, his daughter Jamie, and grandson Tommy each have a different goal during Visitor’s Day at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. The grandfather wants to recall the memories of his years in the Corps of Cadets. The mother wants to remember her years in the nursing program. And the grandson wants to find UNG Dahlonega’s legendary treasure: the gold hidden somewhere on campus. He has Nigel the Nighthawk and a treasure map to guide him; his grandfather and mother have the memories. What do you have?

Intrigued? Click here to view the UNG Gold art sample (PDF).

The front cover of UNG The Gold I See by Dr. Bonita Jacobs, illustrated by J'Nelle Short. A red-headed boy holds a treasure map. Price Memorial and it's gold steeple stand behind him. A nighthawk, the UNG mascot, guides his way.
Illustrated by J’Nelle Short

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Press Release: “UNG The Gold I See: The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus” Celebrates the History of Dahlonega’s Campus

Jillian Murphy
706-864-1556
jillian.murphy@ung.edu

  • UNG Press’ first children’s book celebrates the history and legacy of the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus
  • First in a series about each UNG campus; Gainesville campus book releases 2019
  • All profits to help fund scholarships
  • Designed for Level 4 readers

Dahlonega, GA—November 27, 2018—The University of North Georgia Press (UNG Press) is pleased to announce the release of our first children’s book: UNG The Gold I See: The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus written by Dr. Bonita Jacobs and illustrated by J’Nelle Short. The book releases November 27, 2018 and costs $29.99.

While written for readers at Level 4, UNG The Gold I See engages readers of all ages, reflecting its multi-generational main characters. Benjamin Smith, his daughter Jamie, and grandson Tommy each have a different goal during Visitor’s Day at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. The grandfather wants to recall the memories of his years in the Corps of Cadets. The mother wants to remember her years in the nursing program. And the grandson wants to find UNG Dahlonega’s legendary treasure: the gold hidden somewhere on campus. He has Nigel the Nighthawk and a treasure map to guide him; his grandfather and mother have the memories. What do you have?

Bonita Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia and author of "UNG The Gold I See: The Legacy of UNG's Dahlonega Campus"
Bonita Jacobs, President of UNG

Bonita Jacobs is president of the University of North Georgia. She took office as the 17th president of North Georgia College & State University in July 2011 as the University’s first woman president and only the second to lead one of the country’s six Senior Military Colleges. In 2014, Jacobs was named as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine and as one of the “Top Education Leaders in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2013 and 2014. Among her many initiatives at UNG, Dr. Jacobs’ scholarship support for students has been a major priority. Her inauguration in 2013 was celebrated with the first Scholarship Gala. Since then, the UNG Foundation has raised more than $7 million for scholarships. All profits will go to creating scholarships for UNG students across all five campuses.

Illustrator J’Nelle Short grew up in East Texas and attended Stephen F. Austin University where she earned her BFA. Upon graduating, she worked as a graphic artist for six years before finding her calling in education. She has been cultivating the creativity of her students for 33 years through her art classes and has been named “Teacher of the Year” six times. Short is a vibrant force in her community, serving as coordinator of the annual Veterans Day Celebration, Operation Fly-a-Flag, and Garden Club. Her art passions are many but include watercolor, graphic design, and large-scale murals. She loves life and enjoys decorating, traveling, and scuba diving.

The front cover of UNG The Gold I See by Dr. Bonita Jacobs, illustrated by J'Nelle Short. A red-headed boy holds a treasure map. Price Memorial and it's gold steeple stand behind him. A nighthawk, the UNG mascot, guides his way.
Illustrated by J’Nelle Short

UNG The Gold I See is the first in a series about the five UNG campuses: Dahlonega, Gainesville, Cumming, Oconee, and Blue Ridge. The book about Gainesville campus is already in development and will release in 2019.

UNG The Gold I See: The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus (978-1-940771-46-5) is an 8.5 x 10.5 hardback, priced at $29.99. It is printed in full color with illustrations on every page and is designed for Level 4 readers. In addition to the captivating story and images, children will delight in trying to find the hidden nighthawks on every page as they tour UNG’s Dahlonega campus with the Smith family. A history of UNG is included after the story so parents and grandparents can share more details and history. For an additional donation, you can customize your copy with a dedication page to create a treasure that will be remembered forever. Giveaways and additional information can be found on UNG Press’ homepage: http://ung.edu/university-press

The University of North Georgia Press, a scholarly, peer-reviewed press, is an extension of our sponsoring university, the University of North Georgia. Our primary function is to promote education and research with a special emphasis on innovative scholarship and pedagogy.

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