The perfect postable Christmas gift

The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas written and illustrated by Ramona Davey
The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas written and illustrated by Ramona Davey

 

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year already! Yes, it is time to start thinking about Christmas gifts as there are only 12 weeks left until Christmas Day. So why not plan ahead and buy the perfect gift. My little Christmas book fits in an A5 envelope which makes it a great gift to send to family, friends and loved ones abroad. It is suitable for children of all ages.

Book Synopsis: 

Sing or read the traditional Christmas rhyme with a Jersey twist (as in old Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK). Find out what else ‘my true love brings to me’ including: 3 ormer shells, 2 Jersey cows and a puffin in a pear tree.

 

A puffin in a pear tree
screenshot of printable

 

Click on the following link for a printable colour-in sheet of the 1st day of Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas – 1st day printable

 

There will be one to colour in each week up to Christmas!

 

Paperback available from the following outlets:

Rococo, Liberty Wharf, Jersey

Societe Jersiaise

The Classic Herd Farm Shop, St. Peter’s, Jersey

or you are welcome to contact me.

Choir to sing words to my book!

 

How cool is this??? I can now start to market my new book. Plus, the choir my aunty sings in is going to sing the words to my little self-published Christmas book, ‘The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas’ on the 29th November! I so wish that I could have been there, but we are saving our money for our trip back to Jersey next July.

So if you are in Jersey, Channel Islands between 6-9pm ‘Hot Bananas Choir’ will be singing Christmas carols as well as the words to my book.

“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…a puffin in a pear tree.”

 

Self published Christmas book!

© Ramona Davey 2012

A bit of holly is added for the decorative touch!

 

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:

  • Title
  • Page size
  • page count
  • paper weight
  • gloss or matt
  • hardback or softback/paperback
  • binding
  • delivery

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:

Backgrounds

A puffin in a pear tree

And here are some works in progress:

One of my ‘9 pots of bean crock!’

I love line drawings and use the ink pen for all the outlines.

6 seagulls soaring!

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.

Halfway through the 12 x 12 writing challenge!

I woke up to a party going on in my writing blog world. It is official, we are half way through the 12 Picture books in 12 months in 2012 writing challenge. I have previously written about it here in my New Year – New Goals  post.

The 12 x 12 writing challenge was the brain child of Julie Hedlund, visit her and join in her party too! While you’re at it, why don’t you click here and visit all the other 12 x 12 party goers too!

So, have I managed to write a picture book manuscript each month so far? Thankfully the answer to that is yes! And the very reason that I can keep coming up with new ideas each month is what is actually keeping me going. Because sometimes you do start to doubt yourself (am I wasting my time, am I actually any good at this, what if I run out of ideas, blah, blah, blah) But I do keep coming up with new ideas and this is what keeps me going. Here are some of the story ideas I have written about so far:

January – A young boy is looking for clean undies…

February – Florence loves the library but…

March – Farley the fox has trouble doing something that all foxes should be able to do.

April – A little penguin is determined to be able to fly just like his friends.

May – A caterpillar and a tadpole are the best of friends and help each other when something very strange happens to them!

June – Letters go back and forth between a father and his daughter in 1929.

 

A selection of the manuscripts written this year so far. Plus my PiBoIdMo 2011 notebook that I use for my ideas.

Happy writing and thanks for stopping by!

 

New note:

Due to a lot of discussion on our 12 x 12 Facebook page  I have cut my story pitches back. This is because posting whole stories or pitch ideas may be copied by others or make them invalid for publishing as they have already been seen. This may mean that some of your lovely comments below might not make as much sense, sorry!