A Fab Self-Publishing Experience to Make a Beautiful Book - June Perkins and Magic Fish Dreaming
by Mira Reisberg
One of the best parts of running the Children's Book Academy is seeing the beautiful books that our students make. This one is from June Perkins who took our Self-Publishing with Crowdfunding course, co-taught by Jed Alexander and myself. Magic Fish Dreaming is truly gorgeous, getting rave reviews, and most importantly getting into children's hands in June's native Australia. June did not want to wait for an editor or agent and the incredibly slow process of getting contracted and published. Because it's a book of poems, which also makes it harder to be picked up by a traditional publisher, June was wise to follow her heart and take her destiny into her own hands to create the book that she wanted. With the help of her illustrator Helene Magisson, and a small village of both professional and non-professional help, June has created something very beautiful and meaningful.
We are so grateful that June was sympathetic with our instructions by getting her poems professionally edited and hiring a really high-quality professional illustrator and designer from the money she raised in her successful Kickstarter campaign. We are also grateful that this beautiful book exists because of its beauty, it's diversity, and the environmental caring it subtly weaves through inspiration. After the book came out, I was delighted to interview June for this blog in hopes that others will purchase it and learn from June's innovative poem structures, the exquisite art, and about this magic place in far North Queensland where Magic Fish Dreaming takes place. Here's the interview where June shares about her experiences of self-publishing and about her process in making the book. If you enjoy the interview, please leave a comment at the bottom.
To find out more about June Perkins and Magic Fish Dreaming click here or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/magicfishdreaming/
To find out more about our Instant Access Self-Publishing with Crowdfunding course click here. There's currently a $60.00 discount with this Promo Code: ILOVEKidLit
5/2/2017 02:38:48 am
What a glorious, beautiful book. So terrific CBA and Mira were also involved in it's development.
5/2/2017 02:40:27 am
June's book of poems Magic Fish Dreaming is magical. I am so grateful to June for publishing this book. It is a delight to treasure.
5/2/2017 07:55:45 am
June, and to all those involved - beautiful publication! I'm always "hunting for a poem" to read and enjoy - this is fabulous and made me smile! Keep on!
5/6/2017 01:33:42 am
So inspiring ! Congratulations June and Helene on a beautiful book!
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