Every year Cornerstone Press
publishes a new book that students
from English 349: Editing and
Publishing put together. This year’s
release is “The Great Cat Nap” by
“The Great Cat Nap” is a mystery
fiction novel about Ace the cat who
is trying to find a kidnapped show
cat,” said Gail Folkins, professor of
A unique spin the story has is that
felines and humans live side by side,
but the cats have lives of their own.
For example, Ace has an owner,
Max, just like a regular cat. Max
is a journalist who always wonders
where Ace wanders off to at night. It
turns out Ace is a journalist as well as
a part-time detective trying to find a
kidnapped show cat.
Though “The Great Cat Nap” is
still being prepared by the English
349 class, one might wonder how the
class chooses a book to publish.
“The class is divided into four
teams: the editing, production,
marketing, and sales team,” said
Cornerstone’s managing director
The class had 20 manuscripts
to choose from. Everyone reads one
chapter from each manuscript and
votes on which they want to publish.
According to Gates and Folkins,
all of the teams are working very well
together and deadlines are being met.
“Sometimes the students push
me to do my best and I enjoy seeing
that,” Folkins said.
The teams had to sift through
multiple manuscripts and
unanimously agree upon the title
they thought would be the most
“‘The Great Cat Nap’ really stood
out to us. We were looking at the
writing, potential market, and who
we would sell it to,” Gates said.
Rebecca Sutherland, a student in
the class, said the book seems to
be marketable and could cater to a
“‘The Great Cat Nap’ has a wide
market. It is geared more toward
middle school and high school
students because of the writing style
and the plot, but the mystery appeals
to older people and it is a fun, quick
read,” said Rebecca Sutherland, a
student of the class.
“It had a wide appeal which is
what drew us to it. It has humor
and puns scattered throughout it,”
The Cornerstone staff is
greatly anticipating “The Great Cat
Nap’s” release in December. The
marketing team in the class is working
on ways to get news of the book out
on the market.
A release party will be held on
Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the DUC
Alumni Room. The book will be for
sale and the author will be there to do
a reading from the book.