What’s in a Name?
We want to let you in on a little secret. Many of the books published by Cottage Door Press are written in a collaborative process by our creative team. This very talented group has a variety of interests, backgrounds, and expertise. We believe our collaborative style gives our books a unique depth that keeps little ones (and their grown-ups) entertained, and gives our overall line a breadth that makes our books ideal for building baby’s first library.
Because of the collaborative nature of the writing process, we thought it fair to use pen names for our books. We were inspired by the cheerful red bird in our company’s logo, and the names Scarlett Wing, Rusty Finch, Rosalind Avis, and others were born. In the beginning, the pen name used for each book was a bit happenstance, but as individual titles evolved into collections of books, we realized it made sense to assign pen names based on format or theme. For example, many of our sturdy lift-a-flaps are under the pen name Ginger Swift, and all of our Christmas titles are written by Holly Berry-Byrd.
After one of our in-house art directors sketches out the scenes for a book, the artwork is completed by a freelance illustrator. We pore over so many amazing portfolios as we hunt for just the right art style for a particular title.
Once selected, our talented illustrators get in on our little secret and help us incorporate a friendly little red bird somewhere in the pages of each book. Can you spot a red bird in the scenes from a few of our books below?
We take the responsibility of creating beautiful, engaging first books for the littlest readers very seriously, but as you can tell, we don’t take ourselves too seriously! We are a family at Cottage Door Press, and we have a wonderful time working together to bring you the best books for your little one.