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Sue Pickford
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Writes and illustrates kids' books. Represented by The Catchpole Agency @peachjamcloset
Writes and illustrates kids' books. Represented by The Catchpole Agency @peachjamcloset

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The mock-up for my latest book arrived! I was excited firstly, because I love getting surprises in the post and secondly, it took like, two and a half years to get to this point. Why so long? Well, there were a few reasons:

1) Working a full-time day job - this never helps when you you’re trying to write and illustrate a 32 page book.

2) Publishers wouldn’t buy it - due to the nature of it; a picture storybook incorporating a mindfulness exercise, no one knew what to do it, what category it fell under or how to market it. It took almost two years before I found an independent willing to pick it up and run with it.

3) Differences in opinion - the publisher, agent and I all had to agree on the final style, which we got to eventually after a bit of experimenting (even as we speak, the cover has changed entirely).

4) Working on another book - I was, and still am, writing a novel alongside this project (yep, crazy).

So you see, writing isn’t always a clear cut journey from A to B. It’s hard work, fraught with obstacles and self-doubt, and not for the faint hearted. But you will always know if it's the right path for you, because nothing, but nothing will get in your way of delivering your story to the world!

*Chill with Lil will be published in Spring 2018 by Ragged Bears.

#childrensbooks #kids #books #writing #stories #illustration #pictures #authors #mindfulness #meditation #mind #health #wellbeing #relaxation #parenting #sleep #calm #cats #characters
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Illustration no.42 of 50 - My little sister found a half dead baby sparrow in the alleyway and gave it to Dad. After a while, the story got round that he nursed it back to health and they ended up in the Coventry Evening Telegraph. #localhero #pets #birds #coventry #chinesetakeaway #1980s #news #stories #reallifestories #books #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #illustrations #drawings #sketches #BAME
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Illustration no.21 of 50 - Some drunk called my mum a chinky, so Uncle vaulted over the takeaway counter and chased him down the street with a meat cleaver. I can't tell you how smug I felt having a real life Bruce Lee in the family #truestory #brucelee #kungfu #everybodyiskungfufighting #chinese #chinesetakeaway #diversity #kids #books #childrensbooks #illustrations #drawings #childhood #1980s #coventry
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Illustration no. 9 of 50 - I found my parents' wedding photos from the 1960s in an old, battered biscuit tin. They looked so young and full of hope for the future. Dad even looked like a Chinese version of Cliff Richard circa 'The Young ones' - what happened?!! Maybe the kids happened. Maybe the Chinese takeaway happened. Maybe nothing happened. #life #hope #happiness #future #dreams #mum #dad #family #books #kids #kidsbooks #children #childrensbooks #childrensillustrations #illustrations #drawing #sketch #ink #stories #novel #character #chinese #chinesetakeaway #photos #growingup #childhood #memories #1960s #cliffrichard #youngones
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Illustration no.10 of 50 - This is the moment my sister hoovered the up the hamster. Rather than clean out the cage properly, she resorted to taking the brush attachment off and stuck the nozzle down the hatch. Did the hamster survive the ordeal? Ha! You'll have to read the book! #hamster #hoover #lazy #cleaning #rodent #nightmares #sister #mishaps #comedy #pets #domesticaccidents #book #books #childrensbooks #childrensillustrations #illustrations #ink #drawings #cartoons #stories #novels
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Illustration no.4 of 50. I lived here in Coventry in the early 80s. I was haunted by the fact we didn't have a living room, which meant I couldn't bring friends back. Not that I would of anyway, because I was also mortified about living in a Chinese takeaway. Oh the pains of being a teenager #illustration #illustrations #linedrawing #books #childrensbooks #stories #comedy #tragicomedy #funny #teen #80s #coventry #chinese #chinesefood #takeaway #woknroll #novel #biography
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Illustration no.1 of 50. Our parents were never around in the 1970s. As a result we nearly burned the house down and were severely malnourished (I've never grown past 5ft) #childrensbooks #books #story #stories #true #life #childhood #childrensillustration #illustration #drawing #ink #graphicnovel #junkfood #snacking #poorparenting #funny #comedy #tragicomedy #1970s
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