“I am an award-winning, self-published author of illustrated storybooks for children, with character soft toys.”
My four story books are suitable for children aged from birth to 7 years old. There are also three character soft toys available.
I have just received the 2018 Award for Best Children’s Storybook Author of the Year from the UK-based publisher, AI Global Media. By July 2018, I had sold just over 8000 books.
Each of my four books is 32 pages long and produced to a very high quality, with beautiful, glossy, wipe-clean covers (ideal after sticky fingers have been involved!) and robust, child-proof bindings. The illustrations are a dream: bold and colourful with lots of childlike humour. I write in rhyming couplets, making the stories memorable for little ones, and a joy to read.
“Alfie’s Story” is a touching true tale of a stray cat that appeared in my garden, whom I eventually adopted. “Fearless Flynn” is about a self-confident mouse who dares to be different from other mice! I have recently had two character soft toys designed to accompany my first two stories. Arkwright is the third soft toy, and my book, “Arkwright the Duck”, was commissioned by the Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills in Derbyshire to give their duck a background story. My most recent title (October 2017) is “Milly, Molly and Maisy – a Tale of Three Kittens”, another true story about three sisters I adopted from a local animal welfare sanctuary.
Since I published my first title in 2014, the marketing of my books has been my responsibility. I have now sold more than 8,000 copies, mainly through my website, independent bookshops, gift shops and garden centres, and also at local craft fairs. Until 2017, my books were available only within my home county of Derbyshire. But during the last year, I have attended national and regional fairs further afield, such as Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace and Ripley Castle Christmas Fair, where my books have proved to be just as popular.
Renishaw Hall Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S21 3WB
19 August 2018 - 09:00 till 18:30
Froggatt, Derbyshire, S32 3XY
25 August 2018 - 12:30 till 18:00
Chatsworth Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
31 August 2018 - 08:30 till 17:30 for 3 days.
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