Splish splash, I’m having a blast!!


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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.

Top 5 good reads for young children.

So here it is, our top 5 good books for young readers. I say “our” as I have called upon the younger more accomplished readers of the household and asked for their sound advice and expertise in this area also.

So finally after much debate and quarrelling we have made a decision on our top 5 and here they are.

At number 5 the Gruffalo is definitely on the list. As little mouse outsmarts the larger would-be-predators in order to survive, including the Gruffalo! Clever mouse is fearless! Beautifully written and captures the imagination with excitement.

In at number 4 we have Kitchen Disco.

“At night when you are sleeping there’s a party in your house, It’s a pumping, jumping, funky bash when all the lights go out.”

Kitchen disco is a great book to introduce and engage children with, as it’s such fun for both parent and child to read together.

This book is an all dancing, rhyming party affair! Clare Fogle’s second book Bathroom Boogie is also worth a mention here too, which also involves more partying as the title suggests, again well worth a read.

At number 3, The Hog the Shrew and the Hullabaloo. Harry the Hog and Candy Stripe Lil, (the shrew) star in this gorgeous book of lyrical language and wonderful illustrations. This one is a page turner as we aim to discover, just what is that noise?

Our number 2 has got to be The Day the Crayons Quit! Just narrowly missing out on the number 1 spot!

It’s all kicking off in crayon world! Some are overworked, others abandoned and some just plain angry, at the injustices going on in their box! It’s funny, it’s sad and you can’t help but feel sorry for poor beige and brown crayon! Yes, really!!

Finally, we all agreed the number 1 spot goes to… (drum roll!)

We’re going on a Bear Hunt!

It’s a classic and it just gets better with each read. The rhythm and rhyme is perfect and the kids love the repetition of “we’re not scared!” as well as a few more phrases.

The book tells the story as the title would suggest, of a bear hunt and the adventures and obstacles the family must go through. On finding the bear the family then have to go back the same way they came. Through long wavy grass, a deep cold river and the thick oozy mud and so on.

This book has been played out so many times at home, at the park and even at the beach, yes the beach!! Where according to my kids there are lots of bears. Anyway it’s definitely the sign of a good book.

I have to say though, it always leaves me feeling stumped, as to why they never closed that front door…