ARE YOU A PUBLISHING HOUSE?
We have published 10 titles under the Illustrated Publishing imprint, and printed more than 160,000 books. At this stage, I only publish books I have written and illustrated myself, and a few selected collaboration works.
WHAT KIND OF GRAPHIC DESIGN DO YOU DO?
We cover a range of disciplines from publication layout design, educational resource design and development, to publication illustration – especially children’s books. We do not do logos, marketing or branding, unless they are tied into the education or publishing industries.
HOW HARD IS IT TO BECOME A SELF-PUBLISHER? ANY ADVICE?
I have included a link to an article I wrote on self-publishing for the literary website - The Sapling. Read the article here →
I'M INTERESTED IN WRITING MY OWN CHILDREN'S BOOK. CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY WEBSITES OR PODCASTS THAT COULD HELP ME THROUGH THE PROCESS?
The Sapling: Conversations about children’s books - www.thesapling.co.nz
New Zealand Book Council - www.bookcouncil.org.nz
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) - www.scbwi.org/online-resources/podcasts/
And, for a calendar of upcoming literary events: www.storylines.org.nz/Events+and+activities.html
DO YOU COLLABORATE ON CHILDREN’S BOOKS?
I do, but it has to be the right project, at the right time. We have a bit of a waiting list at the moment, but good things do take time.
An example of an awesome collaboration we’ve done is this project with Loryn Engelsman… Read about it here →
I'VE STARTED WRITING SOME CHILDREN'S STORIES. HOW DO I KNOW IF THEY'RE ANY GOOD?
Children give great feedback, value you what they have to say – including the brutally honest comments that might fly your way. You don't have to go at it alone, it's important to connect with others. Writers groups, illustrators, seminars, and book events. Send it to a professional manuscript assessor and an editor. I always encourage people to submit their manuscript to publishing houses before going down the self-publishing road.
DO YOU MENTOR, OR MEET WITH OTHERS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN SELF-PUBLISHING?
Please note, at this stage I am fully booked for mentoring. If you would like to go on a waiting list, please fill out the form below.
I offer a professional mentoring service for self-publishing authors, and individuals wanting to learn more about the process. This can cover:
the development of an idea
storyboarding and character design
imposition and planning for print
planning and marketing
If you have a creative project you would like us to take a look at, please get in touch for a free quote. We would love to hear from you.
If you have a book project you would like to submit, we receive a large amount of illustration and book design requests. Don't worry, we will get back to you. It can take up to 2 weeks for us to respond, depending on our schedule.
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT YOU?
Please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or our postal address is PO Box 117, Te Awamutu 3840 - or fill in the form below.