Please welcome to the Tyndale Blog a new series of guest posts from the Tyndale Kids Team. First up, Acquisitions Director, Katara Patton!
Welcome to our Tyndale Kids Blog! We’re planning to come to you each Friday with helpful, fun, and exciting news from Tyndale Kids. We have two publishing groups working on Kids products. Most of the news on this blog will be from the Beers (named after our publisher Ron Beers) Group so I wanted to begin with introducing the Kids Team that works on products in the Beers Group.
Our team really does function like a tried and true team, much more than any other group I’ve had the opportunity to work with. So to what do I attribute this fascinating level of teamwork? I believe our Tyndale Kids team is what it is because of the strength of each of the members. Each one knows what he/she is doing and is doing it well! When you add our collective expertise, experience, and personalities, you get a team that works very well together.
Stephanie Rische (Senior Editor) is a former school teacher with a great editorial eye. She’s never afraid to voice her opinion, but it’s always in such a tactful way that you wonder: “really, you’re disagreeing? But you did it so nicely…” Since I had been in editorial throughout my career, I was a little afraid I’d try to edit things more than I needed to in my new acquisitions role, but when I learned of Stephanie and her team’s strong capabilities, I easily let that wheel go and let Stephanie and her team do their thing (and well!)
Cheryl Kerwin (Senior Marketing Manager) can be called a retail bookstore expert, youth leader, and little google. But these are only a few descriptions that adequately fit Cheryl and they all make her more than a marketing manager who can design great marketing plans on a very tight budget. Cheryl has a gusto for life and our work that is unmatched, and she knows a whole lot about a whole lot (hence her “Little Google nickname!”). We’re thankful to have her on our team.
Jackie Nunez (Art Director) is, simply put, the best. When I tell you we have the best here at Tyndale, we really do. Jackie has an amazing talent of turning our verbal concepts into art form! She works directly with illustrators from the U.S. and other countries to create art to match our vision; she designs covers and page layouts for our books; and she coaches staff designers to help them make the most of their designs. And in between all of those tasks, you can always get her to tell you a fun story about her precious 4 year old. It’s the best way to work together. Her daughter is our focus group!
Tim Wolf (Buyer)—A quiet storm filled with quiet strength is what I think about most when I think about Tim. He is meticulous, hard-working, detail-oriented and foresees any issues we might have on the printing and shipping sides of things. Great books just don’t arrive in our warehouse! I’m always surprised at how well Tim takes to a bunch of cackling women. He actually seems to enjoy our group.
Amie Carlson (Product Manager)—is our newest team member (as of 2012), but you wouldn’t know it. Amie fits in very well into our group as our Product Manager (read: scheduler and task master). But with her grace and style, Amie never makes you feel like she’s beating you down for a deadline. In fact, she often anticipates them and raises the question (in enough time for us to scramble and do what we need to do!) We need her! And we really love having her around.
Erin Gwynne (Copy Editor) keeps us all looking good as the copy editor on most of our kid’s products. Her sweet demeanor coupled with her precise eye and great work ethic makes us all feel at ease while still remembering to cross our Ts. And she’s mom to a toddler so she also helps out with our informal focus groups!
And me (Katara Patton, Acquisitions Director)…oh, how I’d like to write some really great things about me, but really, I’m just pretty good at managing really good people. They make it easy because I completely trust each of them to do their jobs very well…because they do! The hardest part about my job is sifting through the many ideas and proposals we get and deciding not only what’s a good idea, but what’s a good fit for our line at this particular time. Not an easy feat. But, I can always count on the Kid’s team to give me their opinions…they are not lacking or shy in this area! And, I always feel supported on whatever decision I make…whether they totally agree or totally disagree. That makes my job a bit more palatable.
And honestly, I can say we all have at least a few things in common: we love God’s children and desire to see them come to know God through Christ as early as possible. And we love to tell stories about the kids in our lives. We can spend lots of time talking about kids, and I’m not ashamed to say I often start it off with a story about my 3.5 year old…and the team indulged me and join in with stories of their own. It’s a great group! And a fun job that someone has to do!
You’ll hear more from our team throughout the year…stay tuned! Let us know if you have any questions for or about our Kid’s team…we’ll try to answer them.