It’s been almost 2 years since I started the journey to publish my children’s pop-up book. I have always been the type of person who inadvertently takes the road less travelled. I say inadvertently because when I do set out it’s not the thirst for adventure or discovering the unknown that drives me, but more a series of not completely well-thought out decisions made in the spur of the moment.
Publishing a pop-up book could certainly be considered a less traveled route, and with my very limited drawing skills ( see chicken scratch below for reference) and zero experience in engineering pop-ups that definitely has the makings for a very bumpy less travelled road .
However, I am pleasantly happy to report that the journey so far has been a surprisingly very smooth one. First, I was blessed with an amazing illustrator who’s imagination could see through my terribly sketched storyboard to the story hidden within and bring it all to life. Thank you Pia! Second, I found a paper engineer with the engineering experience to recreate those scenes in their 3-dimensional glory, and with all the little magical touches that folding and moving paper pieces can store. It also helped that she had the publishing knowhow to help me pick a printer and communicate to them how I would like our little book printed and assembled. Thank you, Renee!
I am happy to say that 524 days later my book has been printed in bulk and the copies are currently making thier way somewhere across the Indian ocean. Meanwhile in the little Island country of Bahrain we are all gearing up for a fantastic book launch in December.
Wether you were involved in arming me with a digital sketch board, helping me find words that rhyme with moon, or sending me a text when I posted an update, Thank you friends & family for supporting me every step of the way and I can’t wait to share Little Island Big Fort with you all.