In the very near future I will (fingers crossed) be announcing the end of some very hard work and the beginning of my first self-published children’s picture book. Although I am aware that this is not the end of the hard work, as marketing your book can be tough.
The book is aimed at anyone with connections to Jersey, Channel Islands, the book contains illustrations to go with a very classic Christmas rhyme. It can also be used as an early reader and counting book.
How good is that, reading, counting and singing all in one book!
The self-published route is a huge learning curve. Here are just a few of the things you have to consider and decide upon:
- Page size
- page count
- paper weight
- gloss or matt
- hardback or softback/paperback
And not every publisher/printer uses the same terminology. Although I have been quite a bag of nerves over making all these decisions it has also been quite empowering.
I have already shown some examples of the artwork in previous posts:
And here are some works in progress:
I love line drawings and use the ink pen for all the outlines.
This is a screenshot of my work on ART RAGE digital art software using a wacom tablet. Another new skill this year. I will hopefully also be putting the finishing touches to the e-book version.
So watch this space and soon I will be able to share with you the finished product.
PS: And if you know anyone with Jersey connections (as in old Jersey), I would be grateful if you could pass on this news. 🙂
PPS: And maybe I will have to change the title of this blog.