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My Self-Publishing Adventure

Post 8 / Posted March 10th 2020

Layout Concepts: The Moogy Roo Series.

This Blog is a retrospective look back on my self publishing journey which took just on 12 months from the day I decided to publish my first story, mid January 2019 to finally collecting my first 534 copies from customs at Brisbane Wharf late January 2020.

Date in History: 29th April 2019

Having received confirmation of design quote and with characters confirmed, my self publishing journey now continues to the next stage of layout "How text and characters appear on each page". below in red are my notes confirming the character of 'Giggly Goo' as well as 'Boogly Boo' a character in one of my other future stories, which was unexpected as we were only designing characters for "Have You Ever met A Giggly Goo?" . After a short delay due to Easter, it was really exciting to see the initial layout concepts, and can't wait to meet my illustrator for the first time.


Thank you for your email. We have received your feedback and signed quote thank you and the designer is working on a few pages of layout with illustrations for your next concept sign off. We will then get you in to meet with the designer regarding the rest of the illustrations.

I should be able to send 4 page layout concept this week. Easter was a bit of disruption to our students being in the studio.


Sharon Searle

Date in History Friday, 3 May 2019


Pleased to attach the initial layout concept pages our designer has come up with for your feedback. If you are happy then the next step is to meet with him and discuss all illustrations (ie what text on what page) plus you will need to decide on the size of page. This means you need to know if you are going Blurb option or printing yourself.

Jan (our designer) is available next week if you can come into the Studio.

If you could please reply to that way Ale can also see your emails if I am not in the Studio.

Hope you love it!

Regards Sharon Searle

Page Sizes and Blurb

During a previous meeting with Sharon and Ale a number of printing options were discussed. I could use an online platform like 'Blurb' which allows authors to print one off or multiply copies by simply uploading files then having the booked shipped. A great platform, particularly for smaller self publishers, however it does come at a higher production cost, and for myself, would have simply made my book too expensive to buy. Blurb also only offers set book size which didn't work with the size of book I wanted. Having decided to print independently I still had plenty of research to do about whether to print in Australia or overseas as cost was going to be a major factor.

Layout Concepts

I will be adding a two more initial layout concepts as well letting you know how my first meeting with my illustrator went in my next blog. As my blogs continue you will get to see both subtle and significant changes as the illustrations are developed.

I will be posting twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursdays and would love your feedback, comments and questions along the way. Thanks for your support.

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