Recommend Edgar for Accelerated Reader

CALLING ALL EDUCATORS.....

We have received numerous inquiries about The Tale of Edgar Trunk quizzes for the Accelerated Reader program. The answer (for now) is that Edgar Trunk is not currently available for points through this program.

However....

If you are an educator (or a reader who loves the series -- in which case you can ask your teacher or librarian), recommending The Tale of Edgar Trunk is SUPER EASY and takes less than 30 seconds. Not to mention, it makes you feel REALLY awesome inside.

HOW?

Just follow this link to the Renaissance Learning site & fill out the form!


Here is a screen grab of what it looks like.
Let's make this happen TOGETHER!

BOOK 2 PREVIEW

We are biting our nails in anticipation of Book 2, which Mr. Silva has been very secretive about.
However, we were able to get him to oblige us with a preliminary dose of the contents.
The beginnings of the back cover synopsis.  Enjoy!!

Olivia Saunders lives at 31 Dossle Way in the Town of Pleasanton, a most wonderful and stupendous place.  But things go astray with the arrival of a strange boy named Edgar Trunk, who appears to have only his sparsest wits intact (and certainly no decency).  The larger mysteries of why her mangy mutt Feebles is so restless, of why her sinks have been stopped up with inky black dots that crawl away, of why the things in her town are beginning to disintegrate as though made of dust, and why strangest of all, the day is getting shorter, and creatures that come out at night are stirring.  The answer perhaps lies with the unusually dark Norclock Tower at the top of town and the bizarre ideas of one Edgar Trunk, until now her only guest in all her 11 years.

Award-Winning Debut Book in New Fantasy Series for Kids Sells Out of Its Initial Run and Is Already in Reprint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
“To me your book was greater than the Percy Jackson Series! I can’t wait till the next book!” Review from Elena Fehder, age 13


“The Tale of Edgar Trunk is a tale about mystery, friends, and one’s deepest fears. Just about anyone who picks up the book will be sucked in...” Review from Zack Slansky, age 9


The accolades keep pouring in for the new fantasy series for kids by Jason O. Silva titled The Tale of Edgar Trunk. In addition to numerous glowing reviews from boys and girls alike, book one in this debut series received the coveted Gold Medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award contest in the Pre-Teen Fiction Mystery category.


This initial book in the series, explains Silva, pushes the following question: What if we as a civilization gave up on the Earth, and the Earth one day gave up on us? What would we do? What would we become?


“Somewhere in the aftermath of this scenario,” he says, “we have Edgar Trunk at ten years old, clueless, clouded in mystery...but not for long.”


Orphaned at the tender age of one, Edgar Trunk has spent most of the first decade of his life in a horrible sludge factory under the tutelage of the towering and monstrous Uncle Warnock. He has known only the joys of the occasional book and the camaraderie of his lanky and awkward companion Stewpot.
Edgar’s dreary life changes when a mysterious knocking sound draws him into the maze of factory hallways and through a peculiar door, where he encounters an entire world of curiosities and adventures, from talking dust bunnies to a variety of terrifying creatures that haunt both his waking and sleeping hours.


To realize his true destiny, Edgar will have to summon up his own internal power, overcome his fears, and escape the evil forces known as IT and HIM. Only then can he solve the mysteries of the factory, but will his courage awaken before it is too late?


Silva comments, “The combination of a vivid dream and a notion about our changing environments bloomed in my imagination, resulting in a mysterious tale and a dark but rich world where book one is only the beginning. Edgar’s journey is one I want to explore.”


The award-winning The Tale of Edgar Trunk: Book 1 sold out of its initial run and is already in reprint. For more information or to contact the author for media commentary, email press@thimblepublishing.com.
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NEW -- Edgar Trunk Perfect Gift For Ages 8-12


Looking for the perfect book to add to your gift guide? Be sure to add THE TALE OF EDGAR TRUNKBOOK 1 to your list!


NEW FANTASY SERIES FOR AGES 8-12
EDGAR TRUNK PERFECT GIFT TO FILL THE HARRY POTTER VOID

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: THIMBLE PUBLISHING

1-818-424-6450, press@thimblepublishing.com

About the Book: Orphaned at the tender age of one, Edgar Trunk has spent most of the first decade of his life in a horrible sludge factory under the tutelage of the towering and monstrous Uncle Warnock. He has known only the joys of the occasional book and the camaraderie of his lanky and awkward companion Stewpot.

Edgar's dreary life changes when a mysterious knocking sound draws him into the maze of factory hallways and through a peculiar door, where he encounters an entire world of curiosities and adventures, from talking dust bunnies to a variety of terrifying creatures that haunt both his waking and sleeping hours.

To realize his true destiny, Edgar will have to summon up his own internal power, overcome his fears, and escape the evil forces known as IT and HIM. Only then can he solve the mysteries of the factory, but will his courage awaken before it is too late?

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About the Author: The accolades keep pouring in for the new fantasy series for kids by Jason O. Silva titled The Tale of Edgar Trunk. In addition to numerous glowing reviews from boys and girls alike, book one in this debut series received the coveted Gold Medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Award contest in the Pre-Teen Fiction Mystery category.  Jason O. Silva is currently at work on The Tale of Edgar Trunk: Book 2, tentatively subtitled Olivia Saunders and the Stupendous, Eerily Perfect Town (That Was Her Home)...And the Boy Who Wandered There. He lives with his wife and cat in Los Angeles, CA.

BOOK TITLE: The Tale of Edgar Trunk: Book 1 -- They Grimy, Often Miserable Factory (That Was His Home)
BOOK INFO: (Hardcover / $12.95) 
AVAILABILITY: www.Amazon.comwww.shopyolk.com, and Select Independent Retailers


The award-winning The Tale of Edgar Trunk: Book 1 sold out of its initial run and is already in reprint.

For more information or to contact the author for media commentary, email press@thimblepublishing.com.

Limited Edition Almost Soldout

We are pleased to announce the dwindling supply if the First Edition, First Printing of The Tale of Edgar Trunk: book 1 - in the first months of the release.

For more info on these and future orders, please contact the publisher.

info@thimblepublishing.com

Happy Reading!!

Step 7: Readying Your Title for Production

Whether you work in a silo as a one-person operation, learning and figuring everything out along the way, or you have partnered with other professionals in the production of your title, there is room for error at each step.  So, readying one's title for production may seem deceptively simple.  I sure thought so.

In order to send your title to the printer you will need to have secured these assets:
a) Barcode art
b) Cover art
c) Text File

Preparing the Cover
Not only will you need to place and position the Barcode in the appropriate area of your title's cover art, but you will need to adhere to industry standards with respect to scale.  These are all detailed on your myidentifiers account page.

In addition to this, the printer will have delivery specs for your cover that include preferred dpi, file format, as well as bleed and crop marks.  Unless you have a graphic design background, I suggest getting help on final format.  Printing is expensive.

Preparing the Text
Most manuscripts are written in Microsoft Word.  However, when formatting a book for print, the industry standard is Adobe InDesign.  Having used both, I concur that writing directly into InDesign would be disastrous to the creative process.  It is a formatting tool, not a word processing tool.

That said, InDesign is wonderful in that you have far more options to adjust and tinker with the final formatting of your title.  This includes auto-hyphenation with word splits at the end of a line, page numbering the way you want it (I prefer to hide the page number on a chapter's first page), alternating header for even/odd pages.  You name it.  The program is fairly intuitive.  I decided to forgo a $1000-$1500 import fee from a typesetter to bring my first title into InDesign from Word and figure it out myself.  I was successful.  Mostly.

Just as there are technical specifications for file delivery with the cover, there are also tech specs for the text.  This includes a bleed (typically 1/8 inch on all sides) and crop marks.  Be sure to set it up right.  Yes, you'll receive proofs from the printer, but it is the publisher's responsibility to deliver the right materials in the right format.


THIS COMPLETES THE SERIES OF POSTS ON "SETTING UP YOUR TITLE FOR PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION"

Steps 5 & 6: Updating Title Info With Bowker & Creating a Barcode

Now that you have ALL of your proper registrations and identifying numbers, you are able to fully complete your title info on the MyIdentifiers page and then generate a barcode.

What you will need:
a) ISBN-13
b) ISBN-10
c) LCCN
d) Book Dimensions & Weight
e) Bibliographic Data
f) Retail Price

Updating Title Info
This is key because Bowker will include this information in the Books-In-Print database, which is used by many retailers and librarians to identify or find available titles.  Additionally, you cannot create a barcode without the information detailed above.

Creating a Barcode
This is important and fun and completely anti-climactic.  Creating a barcode is a piece of cake once you've followed all the previous steps in the process.  On your MyIdentifiers account page, you simply click to create a barcode for your title.

Almost instantly, a jpeg of your barcode will be generated.  Save it to your computer.  Additionally, the files will be emailed to you in jpeg and eps formats.  Eps is vector-based and can be cleanly enlarged to any size.  But now that you have the barcode, you can complete your cover art and submit your title for production.

Note: if the price changes for your title, or you create a new edition and thus a new ISBN, you will need to replace the barcode with a new one.  Right now, it costs about $25.