Chronicle Books & Me

I applied for a Design Position at Chronicle Books in the Children’s Book division. This is a job that I really want and it just so happen that I was signed up to take a Children’s Book Illustration Class at Berkeley Extension that is being taught by Kristine Brogno the Design Director of Chronicle Children’s Books, A.K.A. the person that does the hiring. I spoke to Kristine last night after my 2nd class and she said that she thought that I wasn’t right for the position because I didn’t have enough design work in my portfolio. Maybe that’s because I haven’t fully updated my site and I don’t have a lot of design work up on the site. My heart was broken, but I can understand it from her point of view. Soooo I just have to work harder at convincing her that I can do the job and that I am the right person for the position. I’m not going to count myself out yet. It just means I am going to have a very busy weekend ahead of me. I need to update my site and add the rest of my design work so I can send her a link on Monday. OH Boy!! I’m trying hard to keep my hopes up and carry on. I REALLY REALLY, REALLY WANT THIS JOB!!!!!

So plan “C” just in case she comes back and says that it’s still not enough designing work. I need to take a trip to the Library and find some badly designed children’s books and redesign them to make them look fabulous.

And of course I have to do all of this while still working a full time job. ugh. I’m going to be super busy the next 2 weeks!!! I can’t tell you how bad I want this job.

In case you are interested below is the initial cover letter that I submitted:

Hi Kristine,

I am applying for the Children’s Book Designer position at Chronicle Books that was posted on Creative Hotlist. You indicate a need for a book designer with project management experience who can manage time, has communication and print production skills and is proficient in Macintosh design programs. I believe I have all of these as well as a passion for Children’s Books.

I have studied Children’s Book Design and Illustration in college at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA and graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree. Ever since I have continued to studied children’s books and design and illustration. I regularly attend industry-related conferences, lectures, programs, and events. I actively enroll in classes to maintain a fresh computer software skill-set. The classes keep me in tune with the direction that the market is moving and aware of current trends. For instance I am currently signed up to take your children’s book class that you are teaching this semester at Berkeley Extension and I have heard you speak at the SCBWI 2003 Napa Conference.

I am a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and The Graphic Artist Guild (GAG). I am active in both local chapters in the Bay Area. On top of that I also hold memberships in multiple design internet forums. These keeps me in touch with other creative types as well as those who are currently working and getting business within the illustration and graphic design fields. I read a lot of industry related publications and books as well as many children’s picture and chapter books, and activity books in order to keep my knowledge base growing. All of these things help me stay on top of the industry and enhance my skills.

My professional corporate background is in magazine print production. Currently for the last four years I have been working in the production department of a Time Inc. business publication. I have an understanding of what goes into creating, designing, producing, and specifically printing a product. The skills that I have obtained while working at Time Inc. can cross over and apply to the Book Designer position that I am applying for at Chronicle Books. I have developed and learned what needs to be done to an electronic file in order to insure that it will print properly including color management and ink density in order to guarantee the desired printed results. I am well versed in printing and understanding the limitations of the printing press and can regulate expectations. I have extensive project management skills. I am able to handle and meet demanding deadlines and know how to delicately handle difficult situations. To end with I am always open to new ideas and never discount the obvious.

My mission is to make fun and cutting edge books and products that related to kids on an intimate level while still capturing the attention of the adults that purchase the products. And above all in the words of the legendary children’s book illustrator Mitsumasa Anno “teach without teaching” -provide the conditions that allow children to learn for themselves. I believe that Chronicle would be a perfect fit both inline with my personal and professional goals. I am excited about the possibility of working for Chronicle Books.

Please see my attached resume and visit my website (www.cindymedia.com) for a more complete view of my background and qualifications as well as samples of my work.

Should you need additional information, you can reach me at (415) 504-0091 during the evening, or leave a message at (415) 420-4430 during the day. I am available for an interview at your convenience. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best

Cindy Ann Ganaden