Hi! I'm Cat
Mummy Make Me A Story has come about after quite a long learning curve. Just after the birth of my first child, when I stopped sleeping, I wrote a story called 'The Little Girl Who Couldn't Sleep', really just for something to do to keep me a little bit sane. I was a secondary English and Drama teacher, so I have always been interested in story telling. I thought nothing more of it until my mum read the story and liked it (obviously she's my mum, but I promise she's a tough critic). I suggested that she do some illustrations for the story and there you have it.
Well, I wish it was that easy. I went down the normal route of sending it off to various literary agents, most of which said there was at least a 12 week wait to hear back, if they got back at all. Some were 6 months! It was also unusual for a writer and illustrator to submit a 'finished product' together. Normally a picture book story would be sent and they would then employ an illustrator of their own or vice versa I guess. We were a team and had created something together; mother, daughter and granddaughter were involved in the process and that was very important to us. Well after a few e-mails saying we like your work but it's not right for our list etc, I decided to take matters into my own hands and self publish.
I used a self publishing company to publish the first edition of the book. Personally I found the process very frustrating and disappointing. I didn't have control, I ended up not being totally happy with the finished product and not sure what I had paid for. Not being the giving up type, I then had a brain wave. Why am I paying a company to do what I could do myself? They don't care that I'm a tired mum of three small children, or about the love that had gone into making it (not that they necessarily should), but I do!
Mummy Make Me A Story aims to write, illustrate and design picture books with the parent and the child at the forefront of everything we do. Being a parent is so tough and we want to celebrate all those tired mums and dads out there. We're actually pretty awesome.
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