Publishing a dream come true

Waipa Post - - Crime Line -

While Sarah is proud of achiev­ing her dream, she ad­mits that the process of publishing was a long road. She wrote and il­lus­trated What Are You Grate­ful For Lit­tle Bug? around four years ago but was stumped on what to do with it.

When she de­cided she wanted it pub­lished it was a slow pe­riod of go­ing from pub­lisher to pub­lisher, only to be turned down.

Af­ter many re­jec­tions she knew she had to find a way, and de­cided to go with a smaller lo­cal publishing firm, At­lantis Books, in Whakata¯ ne.

“It was re­ally hard to get the book pub­lished but I just needed to make it hap­pen.”

Hav­ing the books writ­ten, il­lus­trated and pub­lished in her own lo­cal area al­lowed the com­mu­nity to join in. When peo­ple see or buy her book they know what it took to get that book on the shelf.

“Every sin­gle sale I worked re­ally hard for and when peo­ple buy it they know that they’re buy­ing some­one’s dream,” says Sarah.

■ Sarah’s books are at Te Awa­mutu store Kids Col­lec­tion in Alexandra St.

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AU­THOR and teacher Sarah Akroyd with her first chil­dren’s book

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