Book’s au­thors take own ad­vice

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

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.

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