FAQ

Questions included on this page in order:

1.  What is "Familius?"  Can you tell me more about it?
2.  When will your book "You Should! You Should!" be published?
3.  What gave you the idea for "You Should! You Should!"?  And why did you choose a hippo?
4.  What is the difference between an ebook and an app?
5.  What is the process of your art for "You Should, You Should?
6.  How do you format your story for a publisher to view before sending it?

Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions!


1. What is "Familius?"  Can you tell me more about it?






www.Familius.com is the publishing company I came in contact with when I attended a highly recommended conference, WIFYR (Writers and Illustrators for Young Readers), this past summer, and whose contract I have signed to publish my book "You Should You Should." Familius is a family based company that publishes books digitally and in print that will benefit the foundational values of family.  They have a unique and smart approach to marketing and publishing; this video can explain all the rest about that (by Christopher Robbins - the President and founder - himself... yes that is his real name).  Working with Familius has been a true pleasure.  They are kind and attentive to their writers and illustrators, and treat you as one of the family.  You can send them your own stories/manuscripts or portfolios to their email: bookideas@familius.com.  






2. When will your book "You Should! You Should!" be published?

The digital ebook and hard cover print books will be available to purchase in stores and for shipping on October 15.  BUT!  :)  You can currently pre-order on amazon at discount price by clicking here:
Pre-Order on Amazon



3. What gave you the idea for "You Should! You Should!"?  And why did you choose a hippo?

Well, I was in the midst of anxiety, depression, counseling, and studying like crazy about something called "Codependency" (read about codependent symptoms here) which was finally something that explained all my habits and obsessions I couldn't seem to drop, obsessions that sort of ruled my life.  As I became a Senior in college, it was time to think about my Senior Project - we all have to do one of those in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.  I decided I'd like to write and illustrate a children's book.  First I needed a story idea.  Learning to become a person who doesn't eat sleep and breathe for the purpose of pleasing other people was my main focus at the time, and I was thinking about how I rarely lived by choices, I lived by shoulds.  I was thinking about how I use to do anything just so people would like me, even painful and uncomfortable things, all with a smile.  I thought about how if only I'd learned this lesson of giving merit to my own wants and feelings as a child might have saved me a lot of grief.  Thus... a little idea was born for this story.  

I chose a hippo because he's perfectly awkward yet totally cute.  He's huge.  Eats messy.  Doesn't have hair.  Not super agile.  A codependent hippo would easily only focus on all these reasons why he's not important enough to be loved, unless he's pleasing others.  But a confident and healthy hippo would quickly see the asset he is and love being in his own skin, not even giving a care to comparing his differences to others, and feelings that it's okay to say how he feels and assert his wants and needs.



4. What is the difference between an "APP" and an "EBOOK?"

An ebook is usually text heavy and image light, made only for reading on your digital device like a normal book.

An app usually has multimedia elements, interactivity, and sounds.


5. What is the process of your art for "You Should, You Should?"


I will show you in this post right here:
http://ginnyillustration.blogspot.com/p/digital-process.html



6. How do you format your story for a publisher to view before sending it?

Great question.  I show you exactly how in this blog post right here:  http://ginnyillustration.blogspot.com/2013/01/formatting-your-childrens-story-for.html 




2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I admire your transparency, and wanting to help others.

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    1. I SO appreciate that. It hasn't been easy to say the least. ;) Thank you.

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