July 8th, 2010 by Sumit
We (Janelle and I) are very proud to announce that our first children’s book, “Sadie Meets a Bee,” is now out at Tweepea Press and available from amazon. We want it to be accessible to everyone, so it’s also available to read online (for free). People have been telling me for ages that my drawings would be very appropriate for a children’s book, but I’ve never really had a story in mind. Last fall, Janelle came up with this lovely story, I made some initial sketches, and we were off! Well, of course it wasn’t quite that simple; otherwise, it wouldn’t have taken us nine months to produce the book.
So far, we’ve learned an incredible amount about publishing, book layout, formats, variations in color reproduction, and more just getting the book to press, and I plan to blog in much more detail (as well as create an ignite talk) about this process. However, in some ways, the story of this book has only just begun – having the book on Amazon means that anyone could buy it, but there’s no reason they ever would because they’ve never heard of it. Thus far, nearly every parent who has seen the book has wanted to get a copy for his or her little ones, so we’re trying our best to spread the word far and wide via local book release parties, social networks, online advertising, and much more. This is a tricky road to navigate: if we can make good progress on our grassroots promotion efforts, we’ll definitely do some documentation of what we tried and what worked/didn’t.
Also, now that we’ve learned the process, the second and subsequent books should be far easier, and we’re already brimming with a multitude of ideas for what might come next. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, please check out our book online!