This week’s post is a Q&A with product manager Amie Carlson.
Where are you from originally and what brought you to Tyndale?
While I was born in Oregon, I lived my formative years in the Bay Area of California. When I was 13, my dad was transferred to Brookfield, Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to the Chicago area and have been here ever since. Although the majority of my life has been spent in the Midwest, I still feel like a California girl at heart. It is in my bones.
I have always been fascinated by the process of making books – from writing to binding. Two years ago, I was looking for a way to learn more about being a part of this process and was lucky enough to obtain a position as a Product Manager. I have been loving every minute of seeing how all of the pieces come together to create a variety of products that touch people’s lives.
When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was younger, I wanted to be Amy Grant. Not a Christian singer – but actually Amy Grant. I have no idea how I thought that was possible. I also loved to write stories and dreamed of being a writer someday once I realized that the job of Amy Grant was already taken. I have scores of half written children’s books from when I was younger that all seemed to revolve around orphan girls living on their own and facing peril. Luckily, I have branched out to different themes since then.
What was your first paid job?
My first paid job (outside of babysitting) was working the register at the local Burger King. I remember hating the smell of French fries soaked into my polyester uniform that never seemed to go away. I only worked there for 6 months, just long enough to gain experience and turn sixteen so I could find another job – which ended up being a linen store with a bunch of my friends which I enjoyed much more (and ended up smelling like potpourri which was much more preferable).
What do you like most about your job at Tyndale?
I absolutely love the collaborative effort and how every little contribution adds up to become a book. I get to work with the acquisitions editors who acquire the authors, the editors and copyeditors who help craft the book and make sure there are no errors, the designers who create the covers and the typesetters who make the words flow on the page. I also get the privilege of working directly with the printers and watching the various pieces become the finished book. My favorite day ever at Tyndale was the first time I was able to visit a printer and see how all of the machines spit out a finished book. It was like magic and I was like a kid in a candy store.
What is your favorite Tyndale Kids product and why?
My current favorite books are the two new My Princess stories that are coming out this fall. These books were birthed during a kids group meeting (which we have every week). We were admiring the art on a book called The One Year My Princess Devotions. We talked about how fun it would be to make stories about princesses that would help little girls learn about the Bible. Katara allowed Stephanie Rische and I to try our hand at writing them. The next thing we knew, My Princesses Learn to Share and My Princesses Learn to be Brave were born. I absolutely love how they turned out and hope they will become the favorite bedtime stories of hundreds of little girls.