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In this issue:

•    Book launches
•    Newsworthy: Chris Tse and Rob Hack talk poetry
•    Inside the publishing room: The final countdown
•    Team sign-off
Book launches
These past two months have been filled with celebrations and launch events to mark the release of Escalator Press’s newest titles. Here’s what the publishers have to say about each of the festivities.
'Everything Is Here' book launch

Mary-Jane Duffy, Everything Is Here by Rob Hack
Image: Launch of ‘Everything Is Here’ at St Peter’s Village Hall

We launched Everything Is Here by Rob Hack twice – at Potocki Paterson Gallery in Wellington on 19 October, and on 28 October in St Peter’s Village Hall, Paekakariki. Each launch had its own flavour. In Wellington, Damien Wilkins spoke about Rob and the book with eloquence and affection to a small but appreciative crowd. And in Paekakariki, Bernadette Hall was equally warm and insightful. Rob lives in Paekakariki, and the hall overflowed with well-wishers and poetry lovers. Both launches have set book sales off to a great start.
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'Like Nobody's Watching' book launch

Adrienne Jansen, Like Nobody’s Watching by L.J. Ritchie
Image: Launch of ‘Like Nobody’s Watching’ at Wellington High School

A school foyer, security cameras – what better place for the launch of Like Nobody’s Watching by L.J. Ritchie! But plenty of people were watching as leading YA novelist Fleur Beale launched this very compelling and topical book. I think Wellington High is the first of many schools where this novel will appear.
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'The Walking Stick Tree' book launch

Adrienne Jansen, The Walking Stick Tree by Trish Harris
Image: Launch of ‘The Walking Stick Tree’ at Pātaka Art + Museum

The launch of The Walking Stick Tree was marked by two things: people pouring in, and books flying out. About 200 people packed the space at Pātaka Museum in Porirua, and between them bought 125 books! What a warm and wonderful start to a remarkable book’s journey.
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Newsworthy: Chris Tse and Rob Hack talk poetry
'Everything Is Here' books
Rob Hack’s first collection of poems, Everything Is Here, explores his relationship to his Rarotongan heritage and the places where his family lived while growing up. Rob spoke with award-winning poet Chris Tse about the intricacies of writing poetry and the challenges that come along with it.
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Inside the publishing room: The final countdown
There’s always more to a book than meets the eye. Within the cardboard boxes and bubble wrap of each delivery lies a product of immense planning, monitoring and reviewing. The project managers of this year’s Escalator Press titles share with us their experiences of the printing process and seeing the books for the first time.
Arrival of 'Everything Is Here' final books
Bethany Garland, Everything Is Here by Rob Hack
Image: Rose and Bethany opening a delivery of ‘Everything Is Here’

Getting the proofs back was one of the most exciting parts of the process because finally we could see what the book was going to look like.

Still, when opening the envelope, part of me almost didn’t want to see it. What if there was a typo? What if the printing had gone completely wrong? What if…?

When I finally pulled it out, I was so happy! The colours on the cover looked even better than they had on our computer screens, and at last I was seeing what the year’s hard work had earned. It was great!
Review Copies of 'Like Nobody's Watching'
Hellena Stanley-Hunt, Like Nobody’s Watching by L.J. Ritchie
Image: Review copies of ‘Like Nobody’s Watching’

The process was a little stressful as I needed to stick to a quick turnaround time to be able to meet our print deadline.

However, after going through the proof one last time, page by page, I found a few final inconsistencies that we quickly fixed before the book was printed.

As soon as I gave it the all-clear and sent it back, I experienced a swirl of emotions: excitement, anticipation, but mostly relief!
Arrival of 'The Walking Stick Tree' printer's proofs
Emily Falloon, The Walking Stick Tree by Trish Harris
Image: Emily holding a proof copy of ‘The Walking Stick Tree’

When I received the proofs for The Walking Stick Tree, I was full of trepidation.

On one hand, it was fantastic to see that all our hard work had produced something that now, mostly, resembled a book. On the other hand, I knew that there was still hard work to go into checking the proofs, the cover colours, the illustration layout and the printing.

Proofs must be turned around and sent back to the printer as quickly as possible, so after the rush of excitement it was back to ensuring the book would be as good as we could possibly get it.

Team sign-off
Thank you from the people working behind the scenes: your 2016 newsletter team! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this year’s stories as much as we’ve enjoyed creating them.

We’ve been working offsite over the past week (earthquake consequences), but please join us in welcoming the newcomers on campus next year. Forward this email to a friend so they can sign up and don’t miss out on the latest news about our current and upcoming authors.

Wishing you all a relaxing and safe holiday,

Rebecca Gibb, Anoushka Mackey and Tracey Wong

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