We are très excited to announce that we have just signed a deal with Mariposa Press to handle distribution of our book throughout France. With the publication of the Mariposa Press Fall/Winter children’s catalogue, they will be introducing and distributing Life to the Max to English-language bookstores and bookstores with large English language sections. In addition, they will represent our title at the France’s main book expo, Salon des Livres and France’s children’s book fair, Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse.
According to Mariposa Press President, Laurie Blum Guest, dog titles do very well In France. “The French, it seems, often love their dogs, more than their spouses;” said Guest.
In addition Ms Guest told us that the French government recently decreed that all French schoolchildren must learn English. “Therefore, there is an urgent need for English-language children and young adult books,” she said.
Mariposa represents publishers and authors such as Jane Fonda’s company, Tinwood Press, Wally Amos (Famous Amos cookies), Maribeth Clemente’s books at St. Martin’s Press, “fatale” from Bridgewood Press–a best-selling title at Bretano’s in Paris for which Mariposa has also sold French language rights. In addition, Mariposa has published two new children’s titles under their Mariposa imprint, “A Ladybug Adventure” and a YA novel, “A Summer Lost.”
Mariposa Press has been in business for more 29 years. Prior to taking over as its President, Ms. Guest, worked as both a book packager and editor with industry leaders such as Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, and Henry Holt. Ms. Guest has more than 63 titles to her credit and has sold millions of copies of her books.
We are thrilled to be chosen to join such elite company and touch the lives of French schoolchildren with our story! C’est magnifique!