Blue Whale Press is an imprint of Clear Fork Publishing focusing on children’s books. It is owned and operated by Clear Fork Media LLC, a registered limited liability company in Texas, U.S.A. Blue Whale Press was started by Steve Kemp and Alayne Kay Christian in 2008 before being sold as an imprint. Alayne and Steve will be retiring on May 15, 2021. Jackie Kruzie has assumed the position of acquisitions editor. She and Callie Metler at Blue Whale Press/Clear Fork Publishing will assume all Blue Whale Press management.
Not long ago, Jackie Kruzie earned her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Women's University and has worked in both public and school libraries as a Children’s Librarian and Library Director. Her love of kidlit led her to SCBWI where she has been an active member for many years, including serving as Regional Advisor for her North Texas chapter from 2016-2019.
Jackie is the author of Mixed-Up Menagerie, a STEM picture book introducing young readers to fascinating animals and their unique traits. She is also a contributing author to a sensitivity and inclusivity training textbook published through the American Library Association educating librarians on how to better serve library users with special needs. As a special needs parent this project is near and dear to her heart
When not sharing stories or writing her own, Jackie enjoys farm life on a 60-acre farm with her husband where they raise a mess of kids, horses, cows, longhorns, sheep, goats, and a cacophony of chickens, roosters, ducks, and turkeys.
Alayne Kay Christian is an award-winning children’s book author. She is the creator and teacher of a picture book writing course, Art of Arc. She has been a professional picture book and chapter book critique writer since 2014 and worked three years as a critique ninja for 12 X 12. Alayne has spent the last twelve years studying under some of the top names in children’s literature. She is proficient in book design and layout and has a keen eye for quality. Alayne’s focus at Blue Whale Press is acquisitions, editing, art directing, and working with authors and illustrators to coordinate the path to quality books.
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