Print Proofs

Squish can be a wily little rabbit. He’s hoppity and excitable. Hard to get a hold of. From the very beginning he was tough to pin to the page – it took me several years to do just that. So I wasn’t surprised when, after my publisher sent him on his first trip to me through the post, he went missing.

We’re not really sure what happened. Maybe he got lost. Maybe he got distracted. Maybe he hopped off on a detour through Fiji – even a mini rabbit can harbor secret desires for sun and surf (and cocktails). Rumour actually has it he got held up in customs.

Anyway, after a long wait Squish Rabbit finally arrived:

My first printed page proofs. These are a set of unbound prints of all the pages that will make up the picture book. As a writer it’s important to look over the layout of the text and check for any typos. As an illustrator it’s vital to ensure all the colours have printed the way you hoped and that there are no glitches in the images.

Holding the proofs is wonderfully surreal. A few years back this strange little rabbit lived purely in the warren of my mind. But it’s all starting to feel real now. There was even a sighting of him online (thanks Maddy!). And with a printed version it’s really starting to look like a proper book. Fun times…


10 Responses to “Print Proofs”

  1. 1 the man with three arms November 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Squish is a drug mule, about time border police nabbed him :)

  2. 2 Katrina Germein November 24, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Very fun times. Lap it up. x

  3. 3 Katherine Battersby November 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Mr Three Arms, I’ve never heard of a rabbit mule (then again, I’ve never met a man with three arms) but it might just make for a good picture book… :P

    Thanks Katrina! I think it’s all starting to sink in.

  4. 4 Elaine November 24, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Looks gorgeous Katherine. I will have to buy one at next years CYA to give to my granddaughter. Signed of course. Congratulations.

  5. 5 deescribewriting November 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    You know Kath that apart from my rabbits of course lol, your Squish is the cutest little rabbit ever and I can’t wait to have him on my bookshelf.

    Congratulations on your gorgeous proofs. It’s a very special feeling isn’t it?


  6. 6 Karen Tyrrell November 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Congrats Kath,
    These proofs look irresistible. Bet you’re excited to have these in your hands at last. Cheers, Karen :))

  7. 7 SybDi November 25, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Perfect! (must say love the rainbow spine)

  8. 8 chhopsky November 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Wow, that looks incredible. Great work!

  9. 10 Scott Chambers November 29, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Woo-hoo! Fantastic to see Kath =) Sorry to be a little late on the uptake here on account of being stuck out in the middle of nowhere for a couple of weeks (where about 30 rabbits were busily constructing their warren beneath our hangar and adjacent shipping container – I fear that when we return next year, both structures will appear to be about 12 inches shorter, and there will be many fewer rabbits – but they would certainly be able to relate to Squish =) … enjoy holding those proofs in your hands, and when you eventually put them down, give yourself a big-bunny pat on the back =)

    Cheers, Scott

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A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

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