So – there are some real treats that come with being an author (aside from royalties!). These include:
- seeing your books be conceived, developed, written, edited (quite a journey!), illustrated and then born. It’s a wonderful process and I get to work with great editors.
- knowing that your books are doing some great work supporting children, and supporting parents/carers to support their children, ‘out there’
- feedback from, or involvement with, children and schools about work or creations your books have inspired
- getting to take part in events, conferences and training days where you get to share your theory, thoughts, passions and ideas.
- having random requests pop up in your email box (I nearly always say yes) and making connections globally.
- getting involved in community projects
- helping other authors with the process of getting published
- being asked to write material other than books
- interviews – I LOVE interviews because it turns out I am quite chatty!
- travelling to India and Qatar to be involved in training and projects that were linked to my books. I also got to deliver some training to visitors from Nigeria.
- linking with other authors.
- making promotional videos or – and this comes to mind – driving to Coventry to tell a room full of sales people how best to sell my book. I went a little ‘Outside the Box’ (the name of the books I was talking about) and I think I left them speechless!
- being translated into other languages (still seems very exciting to me): Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Italian, German, Greek, Welsh etc
- very occasionally attending an award ceremony or a publisher’s celebration event (spending a social evening with the likes of Bill Oddie and Nick Sharratt) where I get to dress up extremely ‘posh’ – for me!
‘I’m not very funny,’ said Aunty Titania backstage as she adjusted her curves and the voluminous mop of ginger on her head. That was such a lie! She has that rare talent that can make children and adults both laugh at the same time and she bought my could-be-seen-as-really-quite-serious non-fiction book to life. With sparkles, banjolele and high heels I could never tame: she nailed it! More of that please!