Looking ahead to Friday!

I just wanted to take a second to let everyone know how excited we are about our 28 Days Later initiative, which premiers on Friday. The past couple of months have been a growing experience for me. Many of the authors we plan to profile here, I’d never even heard of until we began this campaign.

In addition to learning about new authors, I learned a new word: Kaizen. I learned it while interviewing author Janice Harrington, who wrote the book The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. When asked how she manages to find balance in her life as an author, librarian, poet, speaker and parent, she answered: “I practice the principle of Kaizen, continual improvement by taking small steps.”

According to Wikipedia, Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning “change for the better,” or “slow continual improvement.” Sounds like just the kind of system I need to employ in my personal and business life. If you have a second today, read more about the Kaizen system here, and here.

For more tidbits of wisdom like this, be sure to tune in on Friday, when we will begin highlighting 28 of the best and brightest authors and illustrators in the field of children’s literature.

Now, go get your Kaizen on!

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7 Responses to Looking ahead to Friday!

  1. Paula says:

    Kaizen, hot darn it I’ve been living a genuine philosophy and didn’t know it. I love it! It’s the only way to stay sane when you’re an author b/c this industry moves slow.

  2. I love that philosophy! Don is so right about us being excited as we look towards tomorrow. It’s going to be hard to sleep tonight.

  3. Don says:

    Paula, you are so right, slow, this industry moves. But I write slow, so I’m a contributor.

    Carla, after one-too-many late nights, researching and putting together interviews, I’m gonna sleep real good tonight. LoL! But I am excited.

  4. I haven’t burned too much midnight oil but tonight I might. LOL

  5. Paula says:

    No burning midnight oil for me either Don. I need some sleep. But I say that and will likely end up anyway b/c I have some writing to do.

  6. Laurel Handfield says:

    I’m checking this out now and I must say I LOVE the 28 days poster. There are quite a few authors I have not heard of (shame on me) and even more whose picture I’ve never seen.

    Great job.

  7. carlasarratt says:

    Laurel, you’re not the only one! But that’s what so great about it.

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