Meet Suzy Jones Biggar-
Suzy is an artist, illustrator and mummy. “Graduating from Loughborough College of Art and Design with First Class Honours in Textile Design. Since becoming a full time mummy I have continued to draw my everyday surroundings, be it on holiday or at home. These have become the backbone of my illustrations for Bud & Roo’s Spectacular Adventures. Jessica and my first children’s book, inspired by our friendship, our children and our pet dogs; the beagle Buddy & the border collie Rosie Roo. We hope you have as much fun reading it as we have had creating it!”
(I might add that she is superwoman in the sales department!! Thank you, Suzy!)
Our very own in-house illustrator, Suzy Jones Biggar has pulled an ‘all dayer’ to finish the majority of the pictures for the book. She has stayed in her pajamas all day to focus on finalising the book cover. Sure, there are few tweeks regarding the font. However, all of that will be done together when we sit down to make our final comments before it goes into print.
‘How exciting’ she texted back. She is going to finish it all today. Nothing like a Sunday pajama day!
Don’t underestimate how difficult it is to be an illustrator or book writer. It takes much time and thought to come up with a creative platform. But, most importantly is doing something that you believe in. And, also being inspired by our children and our very own pups.
Thank you, Suzy for doing a wonderful job on the book cover. I am looking forward to seeing the first edition of our children’s book put together! Wooohooo!
The first thing you need to do in order to self publish (other than coming up with your idea or story line) is to find an illustrator. If you are a talented illustrator than you can do it on your own. However, even though I like art and I am not a bad artist actually- I think it was a good idea to ask Suzy if she could illustrate the book. I wanted to get an unexpected feel and also someone else’s perspective on the ideal children’s book. She was delighted when I asked her if she would be interested in drawing the pictures for a children’s book that I was putting together.
And, boy wait until you see her illustrations. They are quite magical. She has her own unique style of lollipop trees and a very Monet type of feel to it. I only knew that she was an artist by trade and really wasn’t working on anything because she was busy raising her two gorgeous boys. But, now that the little one goes to nursery a few hours a week she was able to consider this offer.
If you do not know of any one who could illustrate your book for you there are loads of companies out there that can help. However, if you are trying to produce a book on a budget why don’t you try asking someone studying art at a university or researching local illustrators that have worked on succesful books in the past. Another inexpensive alternative is a print shop. Often they have illustrators that on flyers and menus. They are really good and probably wouldn’t charge much. After all you don’t know until you ask. Get a couple of print quotes while you are at it. You might as well kill two birds with one stone!