It’s been quite a year!
Back in May we published our first book Geronimo, The Dog Who Thinks He’s a Cat. We did this quietly but, nonetheless, it has been well received. Primary Times described it as a ‘hilarious, touching story with expressive illustrations and a lovely twist at the end’. In Spring next year we will be publishing a companion for Geronimo – Philomena, The Cat Who Thinks She’s a Dog. Like Geronimo it will be illustrated by talented young artist, Emily Stanbury. Both books are Little Bee’s.
In October we published The Great Farty Slob Beast. This wonderful picture book is described by Armadillo Magazine as ‘subversive and irreverent. It is a hilarious laugh-out-loud story…and will be enjoyed by anyone with a sense of fun’.
We launched Slob Beast with all the fanfare he deserved. Family, friends, agents, authors and press gathered at The National Cafe on Trafalgar Square and toasted his very good health. Several balloons escaped during the evening…please let us know if one landed near you!
We are publishing two more picture books in Spring 2016 – My Mum Is There and My Dad Will Do. Author, Martin Thomas, has a whole range of exciting promotional ideas linked to the books, including a musical. The books will be launched at The Story Museum, Oxford on 25th February so make a note in your diaries. It promises to be quite an evening.
In Autumn 2016 we will be publishing our first Big Bee book – Emily Jones and The Totally Missing Cats. This is a hilarious romp by new author Jane Howard. Jane was the winner of the Little Tiger Funny Prize 2013 and runner-up for the Greenhouse Funny Prize 2013. Plans for the book are still in early stages but it promises to be an exciting addition to the Wacky Bee list.
We are also proud of the money we have raised for our charity partner Book Aid International. We have been offering postcard packs throughout the year with all proceeds going to Book Aid. These packs feature illustrations from our books and are sold in packs of six with envelopes. And just this month we auctioned a limited edition print from Geronimo – again with proceeds going direct to Book Aid. Postcards are available from the Wacky Bee website and we are planning more auctions of artwork so keep an eye on Facebook (Facebook/WackyBeeBooks) and Twitter (@WackyBeeBooks).
Going forward we’re still hunting for new, exciting authors. We will consider picture books, but only if they can be enjoyed by the 5+ age range. However what we really want to see is more material for our Big Bee range…preferably no longer than 25,000 words. We are still open to unsolicited submissions but, interestingly, all the authors that we have published so far came through the Writers’ Advice Centre first.
Wacky Bee will be back at London Book Fair in 2016. Next year the fair runs from 12 – 14 April and takes place at Olympia. We’re on Stand 1F21 which is right next to the Author Hub so do pop in and see us if you’re passing. The Writers’ Advice Centre will be represented on the same stand so it’s a great opportunity to find out what each company offers and how each helps the other to produce better books for the children of our future.