The front cover of my new children’s book is ready and I’m just putting the final colours on the images. I am eager to get this published as soon as possible but I am not rushing through the processes. I must be thorough and do everything in the correct way. Here is a teaser of the front cover; more will be revealed shortly…
Today I’ve been formatting my book into the correct file size for printing. This is a laborious but necessary task. The most enjoyable part for me is the creative element so I’m not a massive fan of this phase of the process. I like to draw, write and think of new plots to my stories. It’s going to be a long day or two staring at the the screen. My poor eyes!
I’m just making a few more changes to my book before I start the ball rolling on getting it published.
I’ve been up since 7:30 working on my next book and it’s almost there.
A few tweaks here and there and I will be deciding on which printers to use and my self-publishing options. It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to release it. It’s a lot of hard work but I love it. When you’re doing something you love then you want to work for hours and hours on it. Once again, I’m having to be patient, which is not my strong suit. It’s all part of the process, I guess.
So far this week, I’ve been working on my latest children’s book (all will be revealed soon) and I’ve designed and started to colour a scene about deforestation.
I often wonder what an alien might think if they landed on earth and saw the damage we had done to the place. Here’s a little online comic I’ve made showing deforestation and our ravaged earth.
Just got back from an amazing holiday in Tuscany. My thoughts about how clean, beautiful and environmentally savvy the area is has been reinforced by this article…
After a full week, I got into work on Friday to see there was a visitor coming in to school to work with the children. After seeing his name, bells started to ring as I realised he was the children’s author: Richard O’Neill. As soon as an opportunity arose, I introduced myself and asked if I could pick his brains about the world of children’s books. He was extremely helpful and gave me some excellent advice. He even asked to see my book and went through it with me during the lunch break. It was amazing to get feedback from a successful storyteller and I was particularly pleased when he said he liked it.
So, the journey continues as I’ve now had more input, which I will heed as I go back and edit my book once more. I’m on a long road but it is a very interesting one as I continue on the cycle of sharing my book, getting feedback and then editing it.
Well, it has been an interesting couple of weeks… A few blogs ago I was talking about the importance of networking and there has been some movement on that front. Now people know about my book, word is starting to get around. I’ve been in contact with someone within the world of children’s literature, who has been doing some great work forwarding my book/ideas to the right people. On the back of this, I’ve had some very useful feedback on my book from people with excellent knowledge and experience, which has led to some new publishers interested in me sending them a proposal of my work. I’m not arrogant enough to think my first draft of a children’s book will be perfect so I’m willing to take on board feedback and make changes to my story, design and style, if necessary. Let’s be honest, this is my first attempt and there are people out there with great knowledge and experience in this area.
This is going to be a long road but I’m really happy that there is a buzz developing and people are discussing my work.