The proofs of The POWEs And The Disappearing Tusks have arrived from the printers! Looking good. Now it won’t be long until I hold the book in my hands ready to release it into the world. A super exciting moment for me.
When I created the POWEs and started down this road of writing, illustrating and self-publishing children’s books, I had no idea how much I would learn and how fond I would become of these 5 little characters that have occupied every day of my life for the last 2 years.
I feel like I’ve been back to school – self-publishing (ISBNs, barcodes, distribution), pagination (bleed lines, text zones), shipping (import duties, taxes, port fees), binding (threadsewn, perfect, saddlesewn), printing (proofs – plotter, xerox, wet / colour gamuts – RGB, CMYK), forest stewardship certification. Phew!
It’s been a steep learning curve – I stood at the bottom and thought “oh that hill isn’t too big, I reckon I can do that.” Half way up I realised I was on a mountain but I thought “Imogen, you’ve come this far. You’ve learned so much (Jonnie always reminds me to think “there are no mistakes, only lessons learnt”). You can do this.” Well I’ve reached the top and I’ve proved to myself ‘Yup I could do it. I’ve done it.” At times it’s been hard and frustrating but ultimately rewarding and a lot of fun.
Next step – start helping to raise awareness and funds for the fabulous charities the POWEs are supporting.
What do I hope my 5 little friends will achieve? That they will spread their message of the importance of conserving wildlife, that they will introduce children to the wonders of the natural world and spark their curiosity to go and discover it for themselves.