Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Launch of Inspired by the Epistles - an adult colouring book

Hi Everyone!

I'm so pleased to announce the release of my first adult colouring book:


Inspired by the Epistles

Cover Design

Making a colouring book has been so much fun, and another great learning adventure in the world of self-publishing.

My printers, The CopyPress, have done a fantastic job. Each page is perforated and designs can be trimmed to fit in your standard 8x10 or 5x7 frames.

Love Never Fails

I hope this inspires you to make your own colouring book, too, especially if it's something you've been thinking about. Even if you just make a few for family and friends, it's such a joy to do. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Please join me for the official launch of Inspired by the Epistles at the Botany Library on Saturday, 13th August 2016 at 2pm. Colouring demonstrations, group colouring project, door prize, and light refreshments. For more information contact me at edspublishing@gmail.com.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of Inspired by the Epistles follow this link: http://www.edspublishing.com/#!online-store/fmezm

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Inspired by the Church Episitles - A Colouring Book

Hi Everyone,

In my writing career, I've always been interested in trying new things and my latest project is something different, for sure. In fact, no writing was involved at all (except the blurb etc.). I'm releasing a colouring book! Here's a look at the first draft of the cover layout.
This will be released August 2016
I've always enjoyed line drawing, and of course, the Bible, so when I saw fellow-writer, X R Southcombe, http://www.zrsouthcombe.com/blog/, had produced her own colouring book to line up with one of her books, I thought, mmm, I could give that a go. So I did!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

How to Get Your Self-Published Book Reviewed

The answer is simple.


Really, that's all you need to do. Pick up the phone, talk to a real person, and ask. Nicely.

It helps to have a little run through of what you are going to say before you ring. Especially when they ask the inevitable, "What is your book about?" You don't want to answer with, "Right. Oh. Umm. Well, it's about a girl and she falls in love with this guy, see? But the problem is, he's wheelchair bound and then...Hello?"

Too late, they've already hung up on you. Think about the theme/s of your book and what the story is about in one or two sentences. You want that catchy blurb that hooks the person in straight away.

Now, I know, it's scary picking up the phone, terrifying even, but you have to do it. You can do it.

I started by calling the city paper (for me the New Zealand Herald). I was a bit intimidated, but I decided that my book had just as much right to reviewed by the 'big boys' as any body else's.  I found out who the person reviewing picture books was and asked to speak to them. I introduced myself, told them I had just written a great little picture book and asked if they would like to review it. They asked me, "What is it about?" (See, told you.) So I said, "Well, it's called Rabbit's Big Idea, and it's about perseverance and resilience. Rabbit wants to upgrade his local park, but he confronts no end of opposition, but he learns that for any big idea to come to pass he needs to be brave, and persevere and believe."

She said, "Okay, send me copy." So I did, the next day, and was sure to include a cover letter, reminding her of our conversation and thanking her for the opportunity. What I didn't do was ask for her to return the book after she had finished with it, or attach an invoice for the book. I was absolutely stunned to hear that people do that, so please don't make that mistake. It's so tacky and unprofessional. These people are doing you a favour, and remember, it's free advertising. Surely one book is worth that.

Also, I didn't harass my contact once I sent the book. It can take a long time, and you may begin to think they aren't going to review your book, but I've learned, patience is the name of the game. I think it took nearly two months for the review to pop up, and they didn't inform me, so don't expect that. Next time I might ask them to let me know when the article will come out if they do decide to review the book. I only found out about the newspaper review because one of my fellow writer buddies came across it in the weekend paper. Thank you Sue Copsey. (Check out her awesome book The Ghosts of Tarawera.)

The same thing happened with a local paper. It took a long time for the review to come through, and I honestly began to wonder if it would get reviewed, but finally it did. I've copied the review below, or see for yourself at http://www.elocal.co.nz/View_Article.aspx?Id=3196&title=Book_Reviews

One of the things she (Julie Halligan) said really spoke to me. She said,

One normally does not review Children’s Books but a very nice lady telephoned to ask if one would.  It arrived today and was devoured within minutes (it is a children’s book) over a nice latte.

See, I asked, and even though it wasn't a genre the reviewer normally dealt with, she did anyway. Because I asked nicely. See, mother was right about manners, after all.

There are also, many opportunities to be reviewed by various online communities. This is a resource I've yet to tap into, so if anyone has some good advice about that, especially for picture books, I'd love to hear from you. But I'm more than sure that the same rule applies. Just ask.

Thanks, and happy self-publishing!


Review in elcoal South East Auckland edition by Julie Halligan.

‘Rabbit’s Big Idea’
By Elise De Silva

Published by EDS Publishing, NZ.

ISBN: 9780473333560

Available at selected stores or at www.edspublishing.com

One normally does not review Children’s Books but a very nice lady telephoned to ask if one would.  It arrived today and was devoured within minutes (it is a children’s book) over a nice latte. The subject of the book is one we can all identify with, the ‘Big Idea’ we have all had at one time or another, only to have made the mistake of sharing it, to be shot down in flames for one reason or another and the said ‘Big Idea’ never again saw the light of day if we had been hammered enough with other people’s doubts and lack of self belief.

 Elise De Silva has brought this experience to children in a delightful manner, her artwork is very retro and uber cool, reminding one of the ‘Mr Men’ series one read to the little blister back in the day. De Silva’s main character is a rabbit, who has the good fortune to not only have a very good ‘Big Idea’ but who, after some negative setbacks, ends up meeting a helpful little bird who inspires the rabbit to just begin with the Big Idea, to just start. The end result is that the ‘Big Idea’ actually comes to fruition. This is a valuable life lesson encapsulated within a fabulous original package that one can never be too young to hear.  Thank you Elise De Silva, brilliant job well done.

(She gave it 5 stars, by the way. Just sayin'.)

Monday, 22 February 2016

Rabbit Helps Inspire in the Classroom

Some of the children from Point View School have really been getting stuck into the themes behind Rabbit's Big Idea. This blog post absolutely melted my heart.

I hope these kids really learn to reach for the stars and see their own big ideas come to pass.

Click on the link below:

PVS Learning Together: Rabbit's Big Idea: