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Nicola's Persistence


Nicola at Work

The Magic Makers has proved to be very successful in Primary Schools, especially with Year 6 classes. As all self-published authors know, however, getting books adopted by agents or persuading major bookshops to put your work on their shelves is very challenging! Most outlets work with agencies, thereby simplifying the processes of selection and accounting. It's understandable but it can also be frustrating to be told that your work is excellent but that dealing with you as an individual supplier is just too much trouble.


Nicola and I have spent a considerable amount of time seeking to promote our work through major agencies, publishers, book shops and book events. We have also made contact with some nationally-known figures in an attempt to find a major 'influencer'. Receiving a letter from Sir Ian McKellen which thanked us for the gift of our "absolutely beautiful book" was immensely gratifying.


Nicola has also spent entire days in Dorset bookshops, sitting at a table with a stack of books, waiting for occasional, individual purchases. On one such day, Nicola encountered Clive Farrell. He bought a copy of The Magic Makers, read it on the spot and asked if Nicola and I would be willing to write a book for him to profile the lives of his leafcutter ants, which reside in a large colony at the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm.


Thanks to Nicola's persistence and this transformational encounter, we have published Leafcutter and The Butterfly Magician, with significant support from Clive. He is also looking for ways in which he can help us to promote Metamorfishes. It is a set of strikingly original illustrations by Nicola dealing with the issues of marine pollution. I have added a number of short poems which seek to reflect her gentle satire and Nicola has provided a wealth of factual information to complete the book.


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