For a few years now, some of the hottest fairy properties on bookstore shelves have been the Rainbow Magic books — U.K. imports written by Daisy Meadows (which is I’m sure is – ahem – a real person’s name) and published in the U.S. by Scholastic. So far "Daisy" has penned at least nine Rainbow Magic series, each featuring at least seve titles, all aimed at very young readers. The shelves of our beginning reader section (which are currently groaning for lack of space from having to accommodate all of these) are currently home to…
The Rainbow Fairies (e.g. Ruby the Red Fairy, Inky the Indigo Fairy),
The Weather Fairies (e.g. Abigail the Breeze Fairy, Evie the Mist Fairy),
The Petal Fairies (e.g. Pippa the Poppy Fairy, Olivia the Orchid Fairy),
The Pet Fairies (e.g. Katie the Kitten Fairy, Georgia the Guinea Pig Fairy),
The Jewel Fairies (e.g. Scarlett the Garnet Fairy, Sophie the Sapphire Fairy),
The Fun Day Fairies (e.g. Willow the Wednesday Fairy, Felicity the Friday Fairy), and The Dance Fairies (e.g. Jade the Disco Fairy, Rebecca the Rock n’ Roll Fairy).
As if that’s not already a fairy good-sized load of fairy books, there are (Holy shelf space nightmare, Batman!) two more series coming from Daisy Meadows this winter, each featuring another seven books: the Music Fairies (coming January 2010) and the Sports Fairies (coming April 2010). No doubt many a fairy-loving girl will soon be preoccupied with the difficulties faced by her winged friends in Fiona the Flute Fairy and Brittany the Basketball Fairy, to name just two!
While Daisy Meadows is rapidly covering a lot of thematic territory with these books, I myself am seeing some real sales potential in the areas that have NOT yet been covered by Rainbow Magic. With your help, I would like to enter the fairy successful fairy fray with this: the Book Business Magic series, published under my new penname, Flowering Fields. I know that, thanks to your input, each book in this series will be chock full of fairy exciting adventures and introduce young book lovers to the careers they might want to consider adopting someday.
My outline for the series’ first title, Bettina the Bookseller Fairy, currently looks like this:
Bettina the Bookseller Fairy by Flowering Fields
Bettina the Bookseller Fairy might take home a meager paycheck, but she loves communing with customers during her weekday evenings at Fairy Good Books, where three times she has earned the honor of "Pixie of the Month" for her fairy good customer service skills. Those skills come in extra handy on the day an evil troll leaves his children unattended in the children’s section! Will Bettina be forced to adopt the poor dears?
Now it’s your turn to help this series take shape. What professions do you think should be included in the Book Business Magic series? And what will those fairies’ adventures BE? Please help me fill in these fairy empty blanks by submitting your own title and plot suggestions in the comments below. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Carmen the Copy Editor Fairy
Pansy the Publisher Fairy
Paulina the Publicist Fairy
Damian the Designer Fairy
Lolita the Librarian Fairy
Michael the Marketing Executive Fairy
Fred the Foreign Rights Fairy
To create your own artwork to go alongside the fairies you create for Book Business Magic, visit the "Create a Fairy" page of Rainbow Magic Online. (That’s my rendering of Bettina the Bookseller Fairy at the very top of this post. They didn’t have a tattoo option, or I’d have gone that route.)