Wexford People - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

A lo­cal au­thor is hop­ing to cor­ner the chil­dren’s book mar­ket with a new con­cept that he says has gen­er­ated won­der­ful in­ter­est with pub­lish­ers in the UK. Hav­ing self-pub­lished a num­ber of books pre­vi­ously, Ron Smith from Ou­lart was in­spired by a flir­ta­tion with the lat­est gad­gets.

‘About two and a half years ago I got a drone,’ he said. ‘Af­ter about two weeks I got bored of it and I was in with Danny Mur­phy in En­nis­cor­thy and I said to him “what am I go­ing to do with this?” He said “why don’t you write a book about it?” That’s how Buddy the Drone was born.’

From there, Ron en­listed the help of tal­ented lo­cal artist Ed Doyle who man­aged to sketch out what Buddy would look like and the pair cre­ated a pro­to­type book. From there, Ron be­gan deal­ing with Michael Ter­ence Pub­lish­ing in the UK and signed a deal which he hopes will see the book dis­trib­uted world­wide.

‘Ba­si­cally the pub­lisher is go­ing to re­vamp the whole thing,’ Ron ex­plained. ‘I’m told that it will be avail­able to buy by the end of Septem­ber through Ama­zon and places like that.’

Ron be­lieves that the idea could also prove a lu­cra­tive one and is con­fi­dent that ‘Buddy the Drone’ could go on to be­come an in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful se­ries.

Buddy The Drone.

Au­thor Ron Smith.

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