Having nursed a long and healthy obsession with rabbits, Easter holds a very special place in my heart. I’m almost equally passionate about chocolate, which may also help. But Easter is particularly special for me now, having my first book out about a little bunny. So Squish and I would both like to wish you all a very happy and hoppy Easter.
I’m thrilled to see that many have been giving Squish Rabbit as a gift to their favourite little people this Easter:
- Over at Lavender & Lilies one very thoughtful mum has put together an Easter basket for her little girl (take a look – just delightful!)
- My Book Corner have done a lovely review of Squish Rabbit, as well as named him as one of the best Easter books
- The Little Big Book Club are featuring Squish all April
- My wonderful publishers, UQP, have also been twittering Easter competitions where you can win copies of Squish Rabbit
And to top it all off, look what just arrived in the mail:
The print proofs for Brave Squish Rabbit, plus two galleys (unbound mock-ups). I am thrilled to bits with how it’s turned out! So much so that I’m even willing to use exclamation marks!! Considering the first book is all about white space, I made it quite hard for myself by setting book two at night. It meant I had to develop a more complex colour palette, working hard to create space and balance. I love how it’s come up on paper – seeing Squish swimming in all those colours. I might give you a few more sneaky peeks at the interiors as the publishing date of September approaches.
In the mean time, though, I’d better hop off to find some chocolate that I hear a very special festive bunny has left for me around the house…
Published May 20, 2011
Getting Published , Illustration , Picture Books , Squish Rabbit , Writing
Tags: Book designers, Book launch, Editors, Emmanuel College, Occupational Therapy, picture book, Print proofs, Squish Rabbit, University of Queensland, University of Queensland Press, UQ, UQP
I’m excited to announce that Squish is now officially an Aussie rabbit! He will be published here by the wonderful University of Queensland Press (who distribute through Penguin Australia) in early September. An extra bit of excitement for me is that UQ is my old stomping ground: I studied Occupational Therapy there and lived on campus for several years. I’ve been working with the delightful team of editors and designers at UQP, sprucing Squish and polishing him and preparing him for his downunder release. He has even been rumoured to be getting a special squishy cover…
I hopped on over to their offices yesterday afternoon to see the print proofs and they’re looking amazing! Have you noticed I’ve now used TWO exclamation marks in one post? And you know how much I hate those. I must be excited.
Stay tuned for details of the launch (which may just be on my September birthday, where this little rabbit will be exiting her 20s).
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…