Mo The Talking Dog Is Live!

Mo The Talking Dog Is Live!

My children’s novel, Mo, was finally published this week. I started it about 6 years ago – so it’s been quite a wait! It has gone through a few changes and development from the original plot I had in mind and there was a lot of red pen involved when it was being edited and proof-read!   Mo himself was brought to life by my brilliant illustrator Sam, of SpeelioDesign. He went through a few design changes: ┬áThe scene being pictured is when Mo, led by his friend the African Grey parrot Mimic, raid the ‘fridge. So we wanted to show the items in the ‘fridge. The bottles and cartons in the door didn’t have colour at first, so the emphasis would be on the characters, but we decided to give the door contents some colour. We also got rid of the cheese and replace it with a pear. After consulting with children, we learned that Mo’s teeth were a bit scary, so we lost those! Sam made his eyes a bit more appealing too and gave Mimic more colour and less beady eyes. We decided to put the book’s title in Mimic’s wings, lighten Mo’s fur a little and make his eyes softer and just a little cross-eyed as he is looking up at his name. Sam went for bolder, brighter primary colours as, of the different options we showed the children we surveyed, the brighter colours were considered much more appealing. The children commented that they would be more likely to pick up a book with a cover like this, the colours draw them in. Once the book was live on Amazon, the hard work really began! It’s been a mad round of press releases, social media, registering for Amazon promotions, submitting the book to book reviewers and sites and much more. And there was me thinking that the writing would be the hard part of the publishing process! One of the things I have done is joined the Author Marketing Club. They provide training to teach hapless authors the ins and outs of promoting themselves. No mean feat considering the fact that most authors would rather hide in a dark room with a laptop than tell the world about their work!   You may also like:Book Review: Successful Minute TakingWhere 'Once Upon A Time' Failed, Paula Margulies...

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A Sneak Peak …

A Sneak Peak …

Here’s a sneak peak of the cover of my upcoming children’s book, ‘Mo’, which is due to be published on Amazon Kindle Monday 17th December 2012 (all being well!), then in paperback in 2013:

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