Chicken is on its way

african, design, idea, illustration

chicken-logo-sq

What a short month it has been!  It’s been a few weeks of behind the scenes work: So I have a newspaper to publish, what about getting people to see it,  whose going to pay for the thing, how any people do we need to keep it alive? Note all who are thinking of producing something for an audience. The idea is the easiest part!

This month we set up:
Payment systems for the coming chicken website
Finalised paper stock and tabloid size
Narrowed down the printer to a choice of two
Held a meeting with someone who will hopefully be the print and production manager
Set up a schedule of social media activity to promote chicken!
Networked like crazy after learning to tell the story of chicken in less than two minutes
Spoke with the first of the sponsors, who asked for more information, so…
Prepared further information for potential sponsors to make it easier of them to decide to do it
Prepared the first draft of the next issue

I think that’s about it… So far. We want this to work and for as long as possible. Back to the creative stuff for a few weeks. I’m thinking f a fresh way to describe the readers and users of the publication:

Toddlers = eggs
Children = chicken
Grown ups = hens and roosters

K

 

 

Chicken!

Activities & Play, african, design, Events, idea, London, North London, publishing, Zimbabwe

chicken-magazine-2013-cvr

It’s been an incredible few months.I’ve been slowly and steadily heading back to doing books full-time and it hasn’t been easy at all.

The plan was to return to the days when there were only  books and book ideas on my work list. I have a couple of titles to try as ebooks and started planning for the Bologna Book Fair 2014.

But the idea of becoming a book publisher and a micro sized book publisher at that, worried me. That hasn’t gone away. It may be my vocation, but it’s still business, right? All that lies before me is an incredible schedule of trying to get the titles noticed, paying for a print run and then worrying about when (if) it will make the invested money back. It ooh several more weeks looking at numbers trying to find another way to minimise the risk. With th sol school publishing knowledge I have, it feels like  the path gets narrower the further down it one travels. And its great like that; you might brush against a revolutionary new idea and succeed. But you might also brush against something disastrous.

The past few years I have started to value community. These are the people that we can all count on, in however small way. Your neighbourhood, your family, your friends around the world are all incredibly important. I struggled to tell these stories in book form for children. Its better when they are experienced in a different way, somehow. I’ve also been designing and editing newspapers and magazines so have been aware of the many ways to tell a story.

All this preamble is a fitting introduction to the subject of this post. I think I’ve cracked it; the other way to tell stories and still get everything I want!

A tabloid sized newspaper for primary school people. Have a look at the preview.

It won’t be available everywhere. It starts in my neighbourhood early next year. It’s a quarterly. It involves its audience and their grown ups. It brings children’s content to the fore, not just children’s books and I think it’s the closes thing to a physical blog that have ever worked on. If it works, then it will grow and spread. Time will tell.

K

Readers

african, idea, illustration, iPhone illustrations, Ken Wilson-Max, London

“An author spends months writing a book, and maybe puts his heart’s blood into it, and then it lies about unread till the reader has nothing else in the world to do.”
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965), The Razor’s Edge, 1943