May 22, 2015
A few days ago, on May 20th, BatCat held its annual release party! We were so lucky to have both of this year’s authors there to read from their new books.
This means these new books are now for sale on our Square Market store!
Getting these books (which first came to us with many, many other manuscripts) to where they are now, published and ready for the public, took a lot of hard work and time. Both books went through several designs and redesigns before anything was finalized.
The Bone and the Body, for instance, went from soft cover to hard cover and back again, constantly changing in color and size as well.
Once we get our design finalized, we start production!
Apology to the Moon took just as long. We faced many roadblocks in our own indecisiveness. We didn’t know if we wanted a tri-fold or a bi-fold, a colorful marbled cover or a sleek and dark one, and a lot of our mock-ups looked similar to the ones that came before it.
In the end, we broke our cycle, decided on exactly what we wanted, and even had a totally new idea: we wanted a constellation! We chose Hercules, a demigod who faced many trials (just like the man in the book), for the front cover, and Hydra, one of Hercules’s trials, for the back.
We’re so proud of these beautiful books, and so happy that we got to work with their authors.
Keep following this blog for more updates!
Olivia, BatCat Staff Member
April 25, 2015
A few weekends ago, BatCat Press attended AWP for the sixth year in a row, but for the first year with students! Sarah and I, Olivia, represented the press in Minneapolis in an effort to spread our name and sell some books! I know I can speak for Sarah when I say that we had a great time being out in the writing/publishing community and proudly wearing our logo on our shirts!
We got to talk to tons of different people, from aspiring authors, published writers, librarians looking to collect unique books, and even Matthew Mahaney (Your Attraction to Sharp Machines) and Kevin Haworth (Far Out All My Life)! We found ourselves eagerly explaining BatCat to absolutely anyone who walked by (including a very nice blogger who wrote an article about us!), handing out logo pins and little circle, spinning pamphlets with all of our information inside.
Sarah and I did so well with all our talking that we completely sold out of the copies of Surviving we brought with us, plus all the first editions of Poems in Which You Die and our 2013 Broadsides! For the two of us, writing “SOLD OUT” in red Sharpie and then putting out sketchbooks and Where Nothing Can Grow in the open spots was such an adrenaline rush! We were driven from the start, but as the conference went on, we only got more confident.
We didn’t just sell books, though! You see that green box right there, in that last picture? I made that! I’m so proud of that box, but I suppose what’s more important is the pins inside of it. Each section was full of handmade pins that had five or seven syllable phrases on them – when someone picked up a pin from each bin, they ended up with a haiku!
“Where are you going?
The designated driver
Follow who I am”
Between talking to customers and visitors, Sarah and I had down time that was either dedicated to fry-eating or picture-taking. Personally, this is my favorite photo from the weekend:
I’ve never felt more proud of anything I’ve done than when I was standing behind a table, talking about the press and the projects I’ve worked so hard on. I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by and listened, and to my parents and Miss Mulye for getting me out to Minneapolis. I’m expecting to go to AWP in Los Angeles next year, and I could not be more excited!
From behind the table,
Olivia, BatCat Staff Member
February 18, 2015
We are very excited to announce two new poetry collections for 2015:
Apology to the Moon
by Jim Daniels
The Bone and the Body
by Laura Kochman
Both titles will be released at Lincoln Park’s annual LAVA Festival and will be available online beginning in late May. Follow us on Facebook for updates and process photos!
June 2, 2014
Due to the overwhelming number of submissions we receive each year, we have established a new email account specifically for manuscripts. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have already submitted a manuscript to our main email, email@example.com, don’t worry – you do NOT need to resubmit. All other correspondence should continue to be sent to this address.
May 30, 2014
Our 2014 titles are now available in our Square Market store! Title pages have also been updated:
Poems in Which You Die by Sarah Carson
When You’re Down by the River by Christopher Lowe
Surviving by Davy Rothbart
We also want to take a moment and say thanks to everyone who was able to attend the book release this week. We really appreciate your support!
February 17, 2014
2014 marks our 5th anniversary, and we’re starting off the year in a big way – by taking on three new projects, each in a different genre, all to be released in May of this year. Without further ado, our 2014 projects are:
Poetry by Sarah Carson!
Fiction by Christopher Lowe!
Creative nonfiction by Davy Rothbart!
We’ll be releasing more information about these fabulous writers and their work in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we’re already hard at work editing, designing, and otherwise obsessing over every little detail. We’re also getting ready for the AWP Bookfair, which will be held at the Seattle Convention Center from February 27 through March 1. We’ll be at table M13. Hope to see you there!
November 27, 2013
We are beyond thrilled that we will once again be a part of Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s premiere arts and crafts fair, now in its tenth year. We will be holding it down at table 96, back by the food and drink area, so please come and visit us! We will have more than a hundred unique journals and sketchbooks to pick from, perfect for holiday gifting, as well as some awesome book-themed seasonal decorations. This will be our third year at Handmade Arcade, so we already know it’s going to be amazing. No, not just amazing – AMAZING. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, you do not want to miss this. Trust us.
Handmade Arcade is FREE to attend and features over 150 artists and crafters from across the country. Note that parking is free in city garages, but not in the convention center garage. But luckily, there is a city garage just one block away!
Saturday, December 7th
11am to 7pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh
Also, don’t forget that Your Attraction to Sharp Machines is currently available for pre-order. Books will be shipped on or before Monday, December 9, with plenty of time to arrive before Christmas. Here’s the link: buy it here!
November 18, 2013
Last spring we published Matthew Mahaney’s novella-in-verse, Your Attraction to Sharp Machines, which sold out very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that we decided to do a redesigned second edition!
The second edition of Your Attraction to Sharp Machines presents a more traditional reading experience, in paperback, but with hand applied touches such as silver leaf and handsewn signatures. A limited number will be produced, so to secure your copy (or copies), you can preorder now though our new storefront at Square. Click here! The rest of our titles will also be going up in the coming days as we transition over from our old storefront.
Pre-orders will be shipped by Monday, December 9.
August 30, 2013
Submissions have been coming in all summer long from all corners of the country and elsewhere. We’re on track for another record year, and we’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has sent us a manuscript so far.
Our summer submission period technically ends tomorrow, so there’s still time if you haven’t yet sent us something! There’s always room for more, so check out our guidelines here. We will spend September – December reading through the manuscripts that have amassed and will announce our 2014 titles in January. We know it’s a long wait, so simultaneous submissions are welcome and if you ever have any questions, just shoot us an email.
August 28, 2013
by Allison Dushack & Kat Ree, Staff
We are back and better than ever! We have some new students on our team this year, including some returning students! Last year was a huge success with Your Attraction to Sharp Machines by Matthew Mahaney (more info on a second run coming soon) and broadsides featuring the poetry of Christine DeSimone. We are getting ready to start our year and go through this summer’s submissions, but for now, let us introduce to all of our staff members!
(from left to right) Autumn, Sydni, Zack, Rae, Sydney, Alyx, and Allison
And here are our newest staff members:
And then of course, there’s our wonderful Managing Editor, Ms. Mulye! [Photo not available]
Check back soon – we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything that we have planned this year!