Looking ahead!

I made a plan last year and that was by Christmas 2016 I would have published my first children’s book – Wendy and the Biscuit Tree.

So far I’m on track and with the final touches being made to the book ready for publishing it’s time to look ahead to the all-important launch date.

I’ve decided to hold my book launch on Saturday, November 26th (eek, did I just write that?) to coincide with the start of National Tree Week – it seems fitting given the book is all about a biscuit tree.

This month’s to-do list, therefore, consists of finding a fitting venue for the book launch and signing.

I’ll report back soon!

The techy bit!

It’s been a busy summer and with the weeks rolling by fast I’m delighted to report that Holly has almost finished all the illustrations. I’m absolutely over the moon with them. I never imagined Wendy and the Biscuit Tree coming alive in such a colourful and exciting way. I’m sure the boys will be just as delighted when they see them. It’s been hard work keeping everything such a big secret!

I guess it’s time then to start turning my attention toward the more technical aspects of self-publishing. And as technical stuff is certainly not my strong point I have once again called on Team Author UK for help and appointed technical expert Dom Bryan. Dom is going to help me navigate the minefield of Createspace – Amazon’s self-publishing platform and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m certainly a firm believer that you should stick to what you’re good at and draft in expertise for those things you’re not so good at. So, for once I’m going to follow my own advice!

 

Sneaky Peek!

So, things are moving forward with the book. I’m delighted to announce that I’ve teamed up with a super talented illustrator called Holly Bushnell, who owns Holly Bushnell Designs and Illustrations and as I write this blog post she is currently working her magic on bringing Wendy and the Biscuit Tree to life. I’m so excited and I thought you might be too so here’s a quick sneaky peek of what’s to come!

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The search is on

Since my last blog post, I’ve been busy writing, re-writing and writing again! Whilst the tale of Wendy and the Biscuit Tree has been firmly lodged in my mind for some time and I’ve told the story countless times to my children, it still takes a great deal of hard work to refine the words on a page.

But, I think I’m almost there and with that said I’ve been turning my attention recently to finding a suitable illustrator for the book.

I don’t really have a fixed idea of what Wendy or the biscuit tree should like so it will be interesting to see what sample illustrations I get back.

The hardest part as a first-time author might be finding potential illustrators who wish to work with me.

So let the search begin…

It’s all coming together!

So, it’s finally happening and I can’t quite believe it. I’ve teamed up with editor, Sue Miller, who heads up the wonderful Team Author UK collaboration. She is going to guide me through the self-publishing process so I can fulfil that promise I made to my two young boys and get Wendy and the Biscuit Tree made into a book.

I have lots to do including first getting the story of Wendy and her discovery of the magical biscuit tree out of my head and onto paper.

I’d best get writing….

Don’t ask me where or why!

Don’t ask me where on earth the name Wendy came from or indeed why she is a giraffe. I have absolutely no idea. I don’t think I even know anyone called Wendy. I guess that’s the beauty of imagination. There doesn’t have to be a reason and it doesn’t have to make all that much sense.

It was obviously the first animal and name that popped into my head when my eldest son, who was almost three at the time, asked me to tell him and his younger brother a story.

We must have been out, travelling in the car or something (I don’t remember exactly) but I’d forgotten to pack any books. It didn’t matter too much though as I was quite used to making up stories for the boys. It’s something we did often.

And so I began…

“Once upon a time there was a giraffe called Wendy.”

And that was it. There was now going back now. I had their attention and they both had their very best ‘listening ears’ on which meant I had to carry on.

I had no idea what this giraffe called Wendy was going to get up to but I had to think fast. Like most little boys at toddler age, my eldest was very energetic and liked to eat – lots!

I vividly remember quite a long ‘phase’ when he wanted MORE of everything to eat, including the things like biscuits and cakes etc that should only ever be eaten in moderation. So here was my chance to try and get the message across and teach him that being greedy and eating too much of the wrong thing is not good for you.

And so the story unfolded. Wendy discovers an enormous biscuit tree and faced with every kind of biscuit she could imagine what did she do? Ate them all course and gave herself terrible tummy ache.

From that day on whenever my boys wanted MORE biscuits or MORE of anything for that matter, I was able to remind them what happened to Wendy. It meant I wasn’t having to say no to them all the time and they quickly learned not to be greedy

Both my boys loved the imaginary tale of Wendy and the magical biscuit tree so much that they asked for it time and time again and so that’s when I made them a PROMISE. I promised that one day I would turn Wendy and the Biscuit Tree into a book so that they could read it themselves and look at the pictures.

And so, my journey into self-publishing began!

Keep a check on my blog to see how my journey unfolds.