My favourite (favorite) phrase of the moment is 'You may not think this is important, but it is so I'm bothering telling you so....' (Courtesy of Dr Seuss)
So the important news for me is that I finally finished my refresh of Bradley and the Magic Carpet, including a new cover, a bit of relayout work, new endpapers, and a bit more info about Singing Frog Publishing and the other books in the new version. We're up to three books now. Whoo! Three's the charm.. so it doesn't feel quite like a fluke getting a book published anymore (and it feels a lot more like hard work.. which is fine.. because it's a labour of love.. and here I am at nearly 11pm on a school night writing about it - which you would not do unless you were keen, right?!)
Any road up. That's the last road block basically before all my energy can go towards the next book. Except perhaps the production of a Kindle for this which I'm still keen to do.
As I've mentioned before, Jumbo Giant Sausages and Bradley and the Dinosaur are both well liked it seems (early days for the Soss yet of course) so it was just a tweak needed for the Carpet, to bring it into line with the new look Second Edition Bradley and the Dinosaur, and also 'JGS' and also to update the cover and back cover to reflect these changes.
Now that I understand book layout a lot better - Bradley and the Magic Carpet was supposedly laid out perfectly for printing but ended up with about three blank pages at the end. Well, now I know what's causing that, they won't be there in the new edition.. and it will have a more industry standard endpaper layout and front matter too.
Not that many will notice I suppose, haha.. but these things are great when they're done right. In the original book, the front matter was just a single page.. and now it will be a full, double-spread.
We've had a competition, first in a while on Instagram... for those who helped give feedback on the new cover...and there'll be another one soon via mailing list. So if you haven't joined the mailing list yet.. either email us to join, or fill out the contact form on the website.
P.S. Maybe it's also worth mentioning, that if you're the collecting sort, Bradley and the Magic Carpet - first edition will soon be retired, once the second edtion is published sometime in the next couple of weeks. So you still have a chance to get hold of what will become a 'rarity'. If you're not the collecting sort, hang on.. a new edition will soon be available, and it will not probably change again after that.