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Children's Author, Kate Salley Palmer

Updated on March 1, 2018

Kate Salley Palmer

Kate Salley Palmer
Kate Salley Palmer

Author, Illustrator, And Former Political Cartoonist

I remember the first time I met author, Kate Salley Palmer. It was in the early 70's and we had a mutual friend. Both of these women were way ahead of the times and my friend told me about Kate's talents.The early 70's were very much still a transitional time for the American woman. The term "balancing family and job" were practically unheard of. I consider Kate to be one of the pioneers for all women in America who want to pursue their dreams. Kate doesn't consider herself to be a pioneer. She says, If I had been working in a city up North, no one would have thought a thing about it by the 1970s. Things were still difficult for women in the workplace back then, but the pioneers were the women who entered the workforce before my time.Kate Salley Palmer is married to Jim Palmer. Jim is from my hometown of Pendleton SC and was a high school friend of my sister, Joan. The Palmers live in nearby Clemson, SC (Home of the Clemson Tigers) and have two grown children. Salley is Kate's maiden name so she is usually just called "Kate" but referred to professionally as "Kate Salley Palmer".When Kate isn't writing or drawing, she is speaking to school children around South Carolina. Their son, James, is also an illustrator and writer. They have their own Publishing Company called Warbranch Press. Please visit their main website for more information. She and her husband have recently published a book together and their son did the illustrations. I have ordered my copy of the "First South Carolinians" and am anxious to read it.I am proud to introduce to you the talented Palmer Family.

Photo Credit: Photo provided by Author Kate Salley Palmer and used with her permission.

Growing Up Cartoonist in the Baby-boom South: A Memoir And Cartoon Retrospective
Growing Up Cartoonist in the Baby-boom South: A Memoir And Cartoon Retrospective

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learning more about Kate Salley Palmer. I think you will, too! You can order it here from Amazon or from their website or locations around Clemson such as Hubbard and Young Pharmacy and Pendleton, South Carolina at Mountain Made.

 

Kate Salley Palmer's Memoir - Growing Up Cartoonist in the Baby-Boom South

Kate writes about her childhood, her family, her adventures in Political Cartooning, and how she got where she is today - writing and illustrating her wonderful books. Her books are sometimes called "childrens books" but I am here to tell you that each and every one of them is for "all ages". I asked Kate about her Memoir: Kate says, "It took me 20 years to write this book. Mainly because I wrote it a little at a time. The writing was easy, the editing was hard. When Clemson decided to publish it, I had the chapters all done, mostly. But they weren't in any order. The paragraphs within the chapters needed to be more clearly organized. I had a great editor helping me whip it into shape, so I got lucky. I found this book to be a very enjoyable, interesting and educational read. It was great to get to learn more about Kate and her career and to see some of her political cartoons. Kate is a story teller and mighty good at it!Note: I noticed that Amazon only has used copies of this book at this time but Jim Palmer said that they can be ordered from the Warbranch Press Website for $19.95

First South Carolinians

First South Carolinians
First South Carolinians

Learn about the first people to live in the beautiful state of South Carolina. Kate, her husband and her son did extensive research for this book and it would be great to be used in the classroom.

This book was a family venture with Kate and her husband doing the writing and their son James doing the illustrations. This book is written for Elementary and Middle School students and hopefully is in every school library in South Carolina.

 

Warbranch Press

Publishing Company of Jim and Kate Palmer

I asked Jim a few questions about their publishing company, Warbranch Press. According to their website, Warbranch Press is a small, independent publishing company founded in 1998 by author,illustrator, and former political cartoonist Kate Salley Palmer and her husband,retired Clemson University agronomy professor Jim Palmer,to publish and distribute her booksfor children and adults.Email Interview with Jim Palmer:1. Jim, you and Kate started Warbranch Press to publish Kate's wonderful books. Do you have any plans for publishing other author's works as well?No, Kate has lots more stories that we could publish if the economy turns around and our books continue selling.2. Where did you get the name and logo for Warbranch Press? The dog is "Pepper", our black lab that grew up with our kids here in Clemson. She's in Dog Heaven now and lived to be 15 years old. She was with us when we started Warbranch Press. Warbranch is the name of our neighborhood in Clemson.3. Can you briefly tell me what all is involved in owning your own publishing company?It's incorporated as a Subchapter S Company, and I always tell anyone interested in starting a business to have a good marketing plan, have a good product or service to sell, and then consult with an Attorney, a CPA and a trustworthy Banker. The Publishing Company idea is not for the weak of heart. It is very competitive. Anyone can write a book, get it printed and bound, but the selling part is the hard part. We are lucky because Kate is a good writer, artist, book designer, editor and she is very cheap.4. I know at one time you tried having an office in Pendleton for Warbranch Press. Are you working in your home? If so, how is that working out to have both of you working from home? It is OK. The idea of an office out of the home is good for some folks, but I prefer to work in my little attic office. It helps our business overhead a lot. An office is nice in town, but there is rent, utilities, phone, fax line, etc. to worry about. At home, you can work for 30 minutes and then go for a walk and then return to work - all within an hour or so. Also, Kate is always in a different part of the house watching TV, reading a book, doing her artwork, etc., so we never really get in each others way at all. She does all the things I can't or don't want to do, and I do likewise with the business - It has worked out well for 10 years!5. With a successful wife and son, do you ever think about writing your own book? Yes, I am thinking about a picture book with real photographs about South Carolina Agriculture - something I know something about. Our teachers really need this and have asked for it. I already have a bank of photographs, and maybe will work on it some this Spring and Summer.

Warbranch Press Contact Information:

Address: 329 Warbranch Road

Central, SC 29630

Phone: (864) 654-4503

Fax: (864) 654-0455

Mobile: (864) 650-6180

E-mail: jhpalmer42@aol.

A Gracious Plenty

A Gracious Plenty
A Gracious Plenty

This book is definitely a keepsake and one to be shared for generations.

I just love this book. Kate's characters always remind me of someone and this one reminds me of an Aunt that I loved so much.

This is written by and illustrated by Kate Salley Palmer

 

A Friend Reads "A Gracious Plenty" by Kate Salley Palmer

Does Aunt Mae remind you of someone in your life? Listen to this story and view the wonderful illustrations. Kate really has a way of making her characters come to life. I appreciate my friend taking the time to read this wonderful story to us.

Email Interview With Kate Salley Palmer

Thank you, Kate!

Kate, your illustrations are wonderful. I love that most people can probably identify with them. I know when I read "Gracious Plenty", I plainly saw an aunt of mine. Do you ever do any art other than cartoons or are you completely fulfilled to do those?

Nancy, it seems that everything I do comes out looking like a cartoon! That has been a stumbling block with many of my illustrated books. Sure, "The Pink House" may have worked kind of cartoony, but my Revolutionary War nonfiction storybooks real need better, more serious art. That is why it was so lucky for us that our son, James, was available to illustrate "Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox."I did do one painting of my sister, Margaret, in the 1970s that is really good. I don't know if I could still paint like that. I was doing a lot of more serious art back then, trying to be a "real" artist. I'd like to get back to that someday soon. It was fun.

I also asked Kate if she would have done anything differently as far as balancing her career and her family.

Kate said, As far as parenting is concerned, I may wish I had done things differently, but it would have been impossible for me to have done them any other way. Like the drunk who got arrested by the police and said later: "I knew I had the RIGHT to remain silent, but I didn't have the ABILITY."

The Pink House - Illustrated and Written by Kate Salley Palmer

I almost wrote that this was my favorite book by Kate but it seems that I say that about each and every one of them. This is special to me because we love Edisto Beach so much and that is where "The Pink House" takes place.

The Pink House by Kate Salley Palmer

The Pink House
The Pink House

A friend of mine even gave me a shirt that has the cover to The Pink House on it.

I almost wrote that this was my favorite book by Kate but it seems that I say that about each and every one of them. This is special to me because we love Edisto Beach so much and that is where "The Pink House" takes place.

 

Kate, the Political Cartoonist

Before Kate began to write her books, she was a well known Political Cartoonist. I asked Kate what advice she would give to someone who would like to become a Political Cartoonist and this was her reply:

My advice for anyone wanting to be a political cartoonist would be to visit the Association of Editorial Cartoonist's website. The reason I say this is that although I have advice on the topic, my colleagues have written extensively about it! So many political cartoonists have lost their jobs in the last 10 years -- it's accelerated in the last 2 or 3 -- that the job as an actual JOB is disappearing. Many of the cartoonists who lost their jobs were very well-known and well-respected - some even won Pulitzer Prizes! The newspaper business is undergoing a major change in this day of the Internet. Many papers are cutting back on circulation, letting writers and artists go, and at least one (The Christian Science Monitor) has ceased producing a hard copy entirely - they are 100% digital, and available only on the Web. Cartoonists are scrambling to earn a living by serving more than one outlet. The most recent writing available on this is by my friend, Steve Greenburg. His article talks about the state of cartooning today. I think anyone who wants to do cartoons now should get on Facebook, MySpace, all the free social networking sites - also get a website and keep it updated. The cartoonist should do cartoons everyday. Upload as many as possible to as many sites as he has access to. Communicate with others in the field of cartooning, in journalism, in the blogosphere, etc. Just get as much of his work to as many outlets as he can. Of course, the first step is to do great cartoons so that when others see them, the cartoons will sell themselves.

One of Kate's Political Cartoons from Christmas 08

One of Kate's Political Cartoons from Christmas 08
One of Kate's Political Cartoons from Christmas 08

Another Political Cartoon by Kate Salley Palmer - Christmas 02

Another Political Cartoon by Kate Salley Palmer - Christmas 02
Another Political Cartoon by Kate Salley Palmer - Christmas 02

How Do You Feel About The Decline of The Printed Newspaper - Please Tell Me What You think and Then Continue Reading This Lens.

I am inviting all readers to participate in the poll and I hope you will. I really want to know your thoughts on this subject.Kate used to be a Political Cartoonist and when I asked her to give her advice to anyone who wanted to be a Political Cartoonist, she talked about the decline of the printed newspaper.

What are your thoughts about the printed newspaper?

Do you think the decline in the printed newspaper will continue?

See results

What Is Kate Salley Palmer Working On Now?

I asked Kate what she was currently working on and this is what she answered:

Right now, I am working on a number of things. I'm supposed to be illustrating a book by an Aiken Equine Vet, and I'm also writing and illustrating a book for the new Greenville Children's Museum.In addition, I've been doing research for a prospective book about the Native Americans of South Carolina. Another picture book (called "Don't Slam The Door!") is almost ready to go. All I need to do is color the art.I am also procrastinating. I had a couple of novels started, but I can't seem to get back to them. The first chapter of one of them won a South Carolina Fiction Project Award from the SC Art Association in the late 90's. I'm thinking that maybe when it comes to novels, I can write pretty good chapters, but I really don't know where to go after that. I spend a lot of time watching the news, and on the computer and iPhone, too. (It seems to me, reading all this, that I should get up and DO something!)

Whatever Kate comes up with next will certainly be something worth reading. I am looking forward to her next creation.

Congratulations, Kate

I received this email from Jim Palmer on 5/22/09

Hi Friends - We recently received news that Kate's new book (it's been out for only 9 months), "Almost Invisible - Black Patriots of the American Revolution", is a finalist for the 2009 SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Children's Book Award. We're very excited that this book is one of three being considered for SIBA's top award, and Kate and I wanted to share this with you. The results will be announced in early July, and the SIBA Annual Meeting will be in Greenville in late September. If you want to know more about SIBA and their book awards go to their website. Hope everyone is having a wonderful spring season!

Jim Palmer Warbranch Press

A Special Thanks To Kate, Jim, and James

Kate, Jim, and James have been so very helpful with this lens and I greatly appreciate their willingness to answer my questions and provide me with pictures. I told them that it was easy to promote something that you loved and I do love Kate's books.Thank you, Palmer Family, for allowing me to publish this lens. I hope you are pleased with the outcome.

Face Book Responses To My Posting This Link

from Kate and her sister, Margaret

Kate Salley Palmer wrote on FaceBook

Hi, Nancy--I finally got a chance to read what you wrote about me and Warbranch Press. Thanks for a job well done--and thanks for quoting me correctly!!

Kate's sister, Margaret Salley Harrison, wrote on FaceBook:

very nicely written about my sister...i am so proud.

Thank you for visiting! - Your comments are greatly appreciated!

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      jennabeezer 4 years ago

      Thank you for including that great reading in the video - such a nice glimpse into these books. I'm eager to share them with my daughter!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you. Kate is a very talented lady, for sure

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      You did an excellent job on the Kate Salley Palmer review. I love cartoon humor and this definitely looks like art that I can relate to.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Great info for me, I love her cartoons, she is really talented on drawing... Thanks

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This was delightful. I enjoyed the video very much and getting to know the author and her books. Very well done!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Great author, and Nancy, beautiful presentation. Thanks... About the Internet changing our habits... it is true and nothing we can do about it, this is a natural progression which creates nostalgias but it is inevitable.

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      maryrussel 7 years ago

      She sounds like a wonderful author. Thanks for introducing me to her and her talented family.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have 3 of Kate's books and now I MUST HAVE A Gracious Plenty, after hearing that wonderful teacher read it so beautifully. I will always think of her when I read the book to my grandchildren. I hope they think of me like the children in the book think of Aunt Mae. I admire and respect Kate for her choices in her cartoons and in her books--forher love of South Carolina, her love of history, her racial ethic, her compassion for those with mental illness, her love of family and family traditions, and for her sense of humor and reality that abounds in all of her works.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for the great interviews. We have all enjoyed her books for so long. When my grandkids were living in CA, I would go to there classes and read some of her books and they all enjoyed. Thanks and have to get the new ones.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      These books by Kate Salley Palmer look wonderful. I haven't actually read any of them . . . yet.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Just last week, I was telling a writer friend about Kate Salley Palmer's delightful books. Am so glad I can also refer her to this great lens about a very talented lady! Thanks!

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      Andy-Po 8 years ago

      Very interesting lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      What an amazing review of an obviously very talented lady and her husband! I do not believe I have had the pleasure of reading any of her books, but after reading your lens, I am definitely intrigued. Do I have to wait on Grandchildren?

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      Lisa 8 years ago from Rhode Island

      Great lens!!!! I had never heard of her But your lens has really put her in the spot light wonderfully. great work/ lens 5*s

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Love this! GRACIOUS PLENTY is absolutely my favorite! And oh, the artwork "tells the story" as well! Thank you, Kate, for the pleasure...and thank you, Nancy, for another fabulous lens!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Love the new video of the reading of A Gracious Plenty! Our grands love that one!

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      FunGifts4All 8 years ago

      Very nice lens. 5*'s.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to BevsPaper] Thank you Bev and Mulberry for reading this lens. I sure appreciate it.

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      Ruth Coffee 9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      She certainly sounds like an author worthy of our attention!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I was not aware of this author for children.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to WhitePineLane] Thank you and yes, I definitely will submit to your other group. Thank you for the invitation.

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      WhitePineLane 9 years ago

      Another wonderful lens! Thanks for joining the Children's Books group; I hope you will also submit it to my Children's Authors and Illustrators group! Five stars!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I came back to check on out The Pink House book by Palmer. Looks interesting!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      I had never heard of her before but I'm going to check out a couple of her books from my library.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to Tipi] Thank you for reading. I think you would enjoy Kate's books. She is such a gifted writer.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have a Fargo Local and World News lens that does OK. - I get a lot of my news from there. - That might be a good idea for others to think about doing. - That way you can pretty much put the kind of news you want on it! - Right now with the Red River Flooding, people in the area are looking for the latest news on the flood. - This is another very nice lens Nancy! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to Mountainside-Crochet] So glad you dropped by and I think you would love her books.

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      Mountainside-Crochet 9 years ago

      What an interesting interview and feature on a talented lady. Since I'm quite new to the area, Kate Salley Palmer is new to me, so this was a lovely way to 'get acquainted' with a local celebrity and her family.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses GroupLizzy

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      Asher Socrates 9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great to read about your success! Asher

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What an inspiration - I reckon the only way I will get my book into print is to self publish! Lovely lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to Margo_Arrowsmith] Thank you, Margo. You would enjoy Kate and her books.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      Well. I had never heard of this woman before. She is fascinating. Great inte!rview1 ***** to you, my dear

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to Joan4] I think "Gracious Plenty" is my favorite and I am going to get a friend to read part of it for a video for this lens. Wouldn't that be neat! I want everyone to know how wonderful these books are.

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Our grandchildren love all Kate's books - especially the Pink House! A Gracious Plenty is my favorite and Granddaughter Jessica enjoys that one too! Thank you, Kate!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Salley Palmer sounds like an awesome lady with some interesting stories to share.Great lensLizzy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to GrowWear] Her book about our Palmetto Tree is really a great one for every South Carolinian to own. Thanks for the comment and visit

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      What a talented family! Her books look very interesting.

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      GrowWear 9 years ago

      OhMe, what a lens! Very interesting! Thank you so much for introducing this wonderful and talented lady.

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      marsha32 9 years ago

      Nice to meet your friend, she looks like a wonderful person

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      sittonbull 9 years ago

      Nancy this is a wonderful lens showcasing great local five star talent! 5*****s for you also. Pendleton/Clemson/South Carolina all have a wealth of interesting landmarks where history was and is being made, but it is their interesting and talented people that made and are continuing to make that history. You continue to do as much to chronicle the area and it's people as anyone I know. If you continue at your current pace, we're gonna have to start calling you the "Walter Edgar" of Pendleton!

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