Book’s authors take own advice
There will be facepainting, giveaways and even some baking to sample at the library next week at the official book launch of Believe in Me.
The children’s book is the work of Stratford author Siubhan Green and Stratford illustrator Helen Cloke.
As previously reported in the Stratford Press, the creative duo ran a kickstarter campaign to try to get their book published.
Kickstarter is an online funding platform for projects where the total amount needs to be donated for it to go ahead. Rewards are offered to people in exchange for funds.
If the goal is not met, the project is cancelled and supporters are not charged.
While 48 individuals did back the book, pledging a total of $2208,
Ithe campaign failed to meet its goal of raising the $5500 needed for the book to be published.
Putting the book’s message of believing in yourselves into practice, Helen and Siubhan didn’t give up, but instead carried on working to get their book published.
Siubhan put her own money into the project which, along with funding from the Creative Communities NZ for the Stratford District, has meant the book has still been published.
Now, with copies of the book fresh off the printing press, Siubhan and Helen are officially launching the book at the Stratford Library on Saturday, November 10.
Helen, who runs a successful facepainting business, Morph Face Painting, will be there to work her artistic magic free on children attending the launch. Children will also be given “dollars” or tokens to spend at Benjamin Biscuit’s Bakery during the launch. The bakery will feature juice and home-baked treats. They will also get colouring pages to take home and the book itself will be on sale at an introductory price of $20, including a free wristband.
■ I Believe In Me book launch: Stratford Library, Saturday, November 10 at
The book, written by Siubhan Green and illustrated by Helen Cloke, will be launched on Saturday.