Autumn Jade Publishing
Autumn Jade Publishing can be contacted via one of the following ways:
Steve Whan c/o Autumn Jade Publishing
The story behind the story...
I picked Scholastic Canada as my top choice and sent them a query letter. Less than two weeks later I had a reply requesting my manuscript. Which wasn't finished of course because I didn't expect a letter back so quickly. My wife and I did our best job polishing the manuscript and in June of 1999 I sent it off -- one year later I received a very nice rejection letter saying they loved the story and here were some suggestions. In June 2000 I sent a re-worked manuscript back to Scholastic. I still haven't heard back... I'm thinking they lost or misplaced it.
Scholastic didn't seem to be interested. What should I do?
The answer was '2'. We had a co-op student at work named Trevor Lai. He's the creator of the Ralphy series of children's books. He convinced me to self-publish the book. I hired Trevor to illustrate the cover and one of our technical writers at work, Tracey, to help me edit the book.
By March of 2001, the book was on its way to the printers. This web site and the Autumn Jade MysteryTM Series are entirely the property of Autumn Jade Publishing which in reality is me: Steve Whan.
In September of 2002 we successfully launched the second book in the series: The Emperor's Pendant. I kept an on-line journal of the creation of the book which may be interesting to budding self-publishers.
The icing on the cake was a full page interview in Canada's National Post.
Yikes! I can't believe I've written four books. Sisters of Shanghai will be published in September, 2006. Here's the on-line journal for book #4.
Oh, and as of June 19th, 2007, I've sold over 4000 copies of my books -- I'm getting closer to a best seller in Canada (5000 copies)! Not bad for someone who just wanted to write some stories for his daughters to read when they were older...
Like to cook? Check out my wife's on-line Vegetarian Cookbook.
I'm also, among many other things, on the Executive Board of FCCCF (Families with Children from China Charitable Fund).
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