Month: July 2016

Monday Meet-Up with Kirsten Cappy of Curious City!

Monday Meet-Up for July 4, 2016 We’re starting off July with a look at marketing with none other than super-talented (and incredibly delightful) Kirsten Cappy of Curious City! Tell us about yourself and what drew you to writing, publishing, and marketing?  My long journey to marketing children’s books started with Pooh.  The children’s literature department at my college consisted of a single book, The House at Pooh Corner.  Between long Anthropology studying bouts, I would head down to the library’s subterranean floor, lay on the carpet and marvel at Milne.  Yes, there were world cultures and third world development to analyze, but somehow the archetypes of 100 Mile Wood were just as intriguing. I would look from Milne to the miles of academic books and wonder why all of us in our study cubbies were not considering changing the world with this single book instead. Before grad school, there were bookstore jobs (and more bookstore jobs) and then a long stretch of being on the road helping independent bookstores do their hero jobs better.  Then there came to be one bookstore that allowed me to do what I always wanted to do – run wee bookstores in schools.  Each week I was in the halls of a new elementary, middle or high school running a temporary bookshop.  There, I talked all day to kids about what they wanted to...

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What does ‘Independence’ mean to you?

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Not just because of the barbecue and picnic, or the family time, the warm weather, and fireworks (although I do love all of those things). But I love what the 4th of July celebrates. I love the reminder every year that America is free because of the brave. It’s a story of grit and determination, of opportunity and chance, of hope and faith. It’s a reminder that all of the liberties I hold dear came at a price, and that it is my duty to defend those liberties no matter the cost. Lately I have been pondering the idea of freedom. Freedom is a result of independence. And even though many of us live in a country that has fought and won its independence, we as individuals are far from free. It is oftentimes of our making–the ties that bind us–for these symbolic ties do not have to be there. Yet many of us live our lives day-after-day chained to our past, clinging to guilt, to pain, to heartache, to rejection, to anger, to unforgiveness. These ties begin to define us, and if we’re not careful, they hold us back from our divine destiny and purpose in God. The question remains why do we stay bound when someone has already bought...

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