In 2013 I finished writing my first children’s book, it wasn’t perfect, and I wasn’t experienced enough to realise that I needed an editor or any other form of support. Instead, I chose to self-publish.
I knew how difficult it could be for students seeking acceptance into University or the workplace.
My new book gave me the opportunity to help at least one student. I created an award competition to find an illustrator at the local college.
The purpose was to help the winner become a published illustrator to help them find work or be offered a University place. It worked too I’m happy to report.
I donated the royalties to the illustrator and a national children’s charity.
My youngest daughter assisted me. We were invited to The British Library and to a special reception at the Houses of Parliament to acknowledge what we’d done.