‘Island Friends’ Update

So, we’ve been quiet for a little while…well it’s the summer and the sun has been shining, and when the sun is shining we, and you, have better things to do than writing and reading blogs, right? :)

In reality we’ve been heads down and working hard to get our children’s book project ready to face the world.

In July we went to Skokholm Island for a few idyllic days staying  in the lighthouse with the fab wardens Rich and Giselle, from whom we learned a huge amount about the island wildlife, and while we were there we edited the three books we have written and illustrated.

Chris hangs the first book out to dry at the Skokholm Lighthouse

The experience we had has enabled us to add so much more detail to the books and we’re at the stage now where we’re really proud of them.

…and when you finish things, things you want people to love as much as you do, you kind of have to put them out there.  This is the scariest part…

So, this week we’ve been working on a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund our first print run, including making the video, writing the story etc. It has been a massive learning curve, but we’re almost ready to go.

The chaos in our ‘ideas room’ before shooting our Kickstarter video

Our plan is to launch it within the next week or so, and we know we’re going to need to spend the next month telling everyone about it.  For a natural introvert, this won’t come easily, so we’re going to need all the help we can get to share the link (if you’re following us on Facebook or Twitter, we apologise in advance for the forthcoming Kickstarter fever…)

Will update you next week…