Thursday, October 10, 2013

'Kickstarter is a fantastic way to pitch your ideas to the world' - more on self publishing

Anna Hughes used the funding platform to self-publish her 'hybrid between children's book and artist's book'

Anna Hughes - Crock and Pop
An image from Crockett's Fall by Anna Hughes. Illustration: Anna Hughes

Why did you choose to self-publish?

After looking through various format requirements and complicated application processes for publishing houses I realised that it would take the same amount of time to just put the book together myself! Initially I was only going to print one, as a novelty, to see my work in a finished book-format. When I decided to take it further, self-publishing seemed like the most straightforward option.

Tell us a bit about your book.

Crockett's Fall follows the turbulent relationship between Crockett and Poppy, in a rather surreal, eerie environment. The book is illustrated through printmaking and collage mixed with pencil drawings and gold embroidery. It endeavours to tell a complex story of power-shifts with very simplistic, minimalist prose. The book is a hybrid between an 'artist's book' and a children's book.

What are the positives of self-publishing?

Your book being printed doesn't depend on a stranger's opinion of it. Through self-publishing you maintain complete control over exactly how it is written, designed and laid out. It is a fantastic thing to see your idea and vision through from complete infancy to finished product.

And the negatives?

You really need to continually question if you're being self-critical enough while creating, but at the same time remain confident enough to press on at all times and not let your own fear or self-doubt slow you down. You need to develop and be competent in a number of areas; at points it can feel like running a small business. I was writing, illustrating, designing, determining layout, ordering, pricing, marketing, shipping and promoting - it can be exhausting! And at the end of all of that, there's no guarantee that even one copy will be sold.

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