This is just a portion of a Magic Fish Dreaming illustration, a teaser, a riddle to make you wonder what the rest of it looks like.
This is so the book will mostly be a surprise when you receive it and read it for the first time.
The illustration process is nearly complete, and soon meetings with the printer will take place and the designer, Heidi Den Ronden, will be taking the reins and working her magic to bring the poetry and the illustrations together on the page.
Helene had this to say recently on her facebook page:
“I have almost completed the whole work, and I wish I could continue illustrating many other of June’s poems. I enjoyed each minute and instant working on this project. The collaboration with June Perkins is just delighting and always very constructive.
I will tell and explain more about the story behind the book (I have so much to say), but I will do it a bit later on my blog.”
Thanks so much for all your support.
Preorders are still available, but only until the end of this month. You need to email June at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those living in Brisbane there will be books for sale at the official launch later this year.
A big thank you to all those who supported Magic Fish Dreaming.
Since the kickstarter finished, Helene presented June and the team with a story board of all the illustrations in pencil outline, that she was proposing for the book. After some fruitful and constructive consultation this was approved for the go ahead.
Helene is now half way through completing these works in colour. The image above is a partial sneak peek of what she has been up to as she wants you all to be surprised by the book when it comes out. She will have completed her illustrations in May!
It has been a great process, seeing how Helene is interpreting the poems into art, and discussing the environment of Far North Queensland. Helene and June have both been enjoying these discussions.
Matilda the editor and June are checking the text to ensure it is entirely ready to go so Heidi Den Ronden can begin the design and prepress work in June. June is presently organising the isbn and other things involved in producing the book and managing the kickstarter budget.
We are accepting pre-orders until the end of May as some of our fans still want to put in to receive a book and missed the kickstarter so if you are interested just email June at email@example.com
If we raise enough in preorders we may be able to print the book in hard cover, or print more soft cover. We are offering a free calico bag with the first 100 preorders. If you want to order some more copies or encourage your friends to, just encourage them to email and do this before the end of May.
There are some interesting behind the scenes developments, but we will let you know more about that when we can. So do get a preorder in if you would love a signed copy of the book from both Helene and June.
We so hope we can reach a large audience with this book.
We are delighted that later in the year we will be posting Magic Fish Dreaming to Canada, New Zealand, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, United States, and France.
Matilda was present at the above meeting by skype. She lives in Far North Queensland and we are hoping she will make it down for the launch of Magic Fish Dreaming later this year.
We’ll post when we have some more news on our progress or anything exciting to share.