What a few weeks its been here at Splish Splash HQ! We finally uploaded the EBook which is now available on the kindle store at Amazon. I have had so many messages of support, encouragement and positive feedback which has been reassuring as I navigate my way blindly around the publishing industry!
We also received our paperback proofs to check over for colour, quality and layout etc. I have to tell you, it was really rather special to receive this parcel. Six months of plugging away at a long time goal to write this book. I am overjoyed and indeed grateful to have been given this opportunity. As I sit here and type this I have two copies in my peripheral vision which I casually remind myself, are actually mine and not the usual random offerings from Dr Seussy or whatever you call him, pftt!
Working alongside my illustrator on different continents and opposite time zones can be hard, but worth it. Conveying my ideas and aspirations for each scene and the overall feel for the book was also challenging to say the least. As a perfectionist by nature it was hard but I have to say good ole Gaurav pulled it out the bag! Thank you ! 😊 I really wanted to be present and involved in every stage of the process and learn what each stage entails and I feel that I have achieved this and obtained a wealth of knowledge and information in the process.
So where am I at now? Well we have also just ordered the proof copies for the hardback editions from Ingram Sparks who are also a worldwide distributor. On their arrival and approval, we can go ahead with printing and distributing. The aim is to reach online stores and high street independent books shops as well as local libraries initially and then take it from there.
What next you ask? Well my advertising and marketing campaigns have already started, so this is the stage I guess where I literally ram my book down everyone’s throat and insist that my family mainly, endure it for the foreseeable. (sorry Dave and the kids!)
N.B. I have achieved my goal now, which is why it’s such a sweet and poignant moment for me on a personal level. I have now dropped my legal deposit (copy) with the National Library of Australia, so its officially in the history books. To publish it, is naturally the next stage of my journey. I do hope you will join me on this next part.