In June of this year I was commissioned by Newchurch school, who is also federated with Nettlestone Primary, to publish a new version of a book I created with the children years back.
The book is called Your Journey Starts Here and has been a book that has been republished in new versions each year since the book was first made in 2012. The book introduces new pre-school children and their parents to the school using photos and simple text to explain the whole school day from arrival to departure.
Your Journey Starts Here has proved very popular with parents and children and I’m so chuffed to have been asked again this year to make changes with new photos and text and publish more books for the school to give our to new arrivals before they start school.
Last year I created and published a book called Fairyland Fairytales, which was a book commissioned by a lady from a Shanklin tearoom who wanted to compile a book of fairy stories written by children. She wanted the book for sale in her tea room and for all profits from the book to go to a charity of her choice each year.
I’m happy to report that another 100 copies of the book have been ordered for sale this year! This is the third book order now so it’s lovely to see a book completely selling out and being reordered and doubly satisfying when it’s for charity.
I never started all this publishing malarky to do anything other than publish my own books. But, over the years I’ve learned a heck of a lot about writing, creating, publishing and selling books, along with all the ups and downs the process entails.
As the years rolled by I started to work with community groups and schools in helping them create and publish their own books. This then developed into publishing books for private individuals and becoming a mini-imprint boutique publisher I suppose. It has gradually grown and has mostly come through word of mouth, slowly establishing local contacts and establishing myself as a good solid publisher of books, all be it local books mostly because that’s what sells well around these parts.
I put out an story in the local paper and it got a great response and it was amazing to hear from a range of writers who had written books ranging from children’s poetry to local history books. I’m pleased to say the work seems to be rolling in but the trouble is I’ve not had so much time to write my own books. You can’t have it all!
Philip rambles about some very very good news for him, how it’s easy to lose faith in your writing, dragonfly spotting, and he attempts to sing.
Philip Bell, published author, writer and publisher at Beachy Books, rambles on about writing while on his country rambles. He rambles about writing, children’s books, publishing, self publishing, and anything to do with books and literature. With thanks to Dan O’Neill, who composed the wonderful music.
The book is one of our most complex in design, with the children’s stories arranged over classic fairy art. The writers ranged from children of only 3 (with some help from their families) to teenagers, and stories of only a few lines to longer fairy tales and poems, so there’s something for everyone.