“…this is a JOURNAL, not a diary….”
So began Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series and for eight years we at Worzalla have been printing and shipping these enjoyable books, with the deep appreciation for the honor and privilege of being able to print such a series. Every year we wait in anticipation for the next title, looking forward to the new adventure Kinney is bound to take us and the rest of his readers on.
Most of us can recall our middle school years, memories both good and bad. Because of this, we hold the diary…er… journal of Greg Heffley dear to our hearts. At Worzalla, we also hold dear the recollections of how this series has brought us together as a company. “Everyone’s got a story from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid job,” our customer service representative, Cindy Maher, recollects. The series has touched our lives, both by the words on the page and by the people we work with, including Jeff Kinney, himself, and his publisher, Amulet Books (an imprint of ABRAMS Books).
Tim Schweers, the customer service representative for the series, was good enough to share a little bit of what it’s been like working on the Wimpy Kid series: “It started… very quiet.” But it was clear that a couple months after the initial 24,150 print run that this book was going places. Beginning in April 2007, a new run had to be done every month: 15,000; 20,000; 25,000. Every month it increased. In Tim’s words, “it became a tidal wave,” and the wave is still rising. To date, Worzalla has printed 75 million copies and we look forward to printing many, many more.
Jeff Kinney is currently finishing the 8th book in the series, Hard Luck, which will be released November 2013. Pre-order Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck here.
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We are delighted to serve our customers to the best of our abilities. It is always a treat, then, when we are offered a gift of gratitude from a customer. Two customers, both through Lemniscaat Publishers, recently expressed their gratitude through autographed copies of their books, which our sales representative, Rodger Beyer, who worked with both jobs, graciously accepted at a dinner hosted by Lemniscaat in June.
The Tiny Mouse by Janis Ian was one of the books we received with both her signature and the signatures of the illustrators Ingrid and Dieter Schuber. This is Ian’s first children’s book, and includes an accompanying CD of Ian singing The Tiny Mouse. Also included is sheet music and an instrumental accompaniment for children to sing and perform The Tiny Mouse for themselves.
Jumping Penguins, written by Jesse Goossens and illustrated by Marije Tolman, is another autographed book we received reflecting on the dedication to quality that we show to all of our customers. Jumping Penguins is filled with fun and quirky facts about animals, like “a sloth moves so slowly that green algae grows in his fur.” The illustrations add to the fascinating facts with their lively colors and animated expressions.
The release of The Tiny Mouse and Jumping Penguins is a bit of a fresh experience for Lemniscaat. Rodger pointed out that these titles will the first of their publications to be “released primarily to the US market…;” whereas, traditionally, Lemniscaat, being located in Holland, focuses more so on the European market. “They are very happy,” Rodger notes when asked about the working with Lemniscaat in their continued growth in the US market.
Receiving such gifts of gratitude from our customers is a special treat for us at Worzalla. We are honored that our work is recognized and so appreciated. In response, we continue to work so that each and every one of our customers receive the same quality work that we have come to be known for. To each of our customers, we say thank you and that we are proud to provide such satisfactory service for all your printing needs.
A good book is never hard to find at Worzalla, located in Stevens Point in Central Wisconsin. For over 100 years we have been printing quality products, and working with the customer to ensure the customer receives the highest quality printing job. With such titles as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Where the Wild Things Are, Worzalla is a printer that is trusted by publishers large and small.
Our trust is built on the pride that each Worzalla employee takes in his or her work. Being employee owned for over 25 years, Worzalla employees see each book as a testament of their own dedication to quality craftsmanship. We are proud to stand behind every print job, individually and as a company. The sense of community that brings Worzalla employees together is one that we strive to extend to you, our customer.
We show this commitment to community through a trustworthy team of individuals who work closely with you to provide the best service possible. From the moment your order is placed, open communication is kept with customer between our sales, customer service and estimating representatives who, once assigned, are dedicated to seeing to all of your current and future orders. Consistent, personal treatment adds to the certainty of manufacturing a product you and Worzalla will be proud of. In the words of our sales associate, Rodger Beyer, “taking care of the customer has always been our number one priority.”
Let us make your next printing job our number one priority. Check out our website at http://www.worzalla.com/ and keep following our blog or find us on LinkedIn for further updates and information on the quality services we provide.