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MEET THE TEAM

I have compiled a list of recommended people for anyone wanting to know more about who I work with. The list is made up of independent companies and individuals who make up my team. I think of these people as my co-workers.

"Amazing and inspirational book that both of my daughters love. Great artwork and concept. Perfect."  - McQuba

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MY WEBSITE

Isn’t it beautiful? Simple, easy to navigate, timeless and fresh. I have been wanting my own website for years but like most creatives, I suffer from imposter syndrome and so I convinced myself that I wasn’t worth a website. Harsh, right?! It took me a while, but I finally realised that I need to start behaving like a grown woman and not the scared high school drop out that I was.

Enter Emma Haggart, a local mom who runs a company called Kent Virtual Assistant (KVA). We followed each other on Instagram, started a conversation about art, met for coffee and I basically told her my hopes and dreams with regards to having a website. Emma took the information I gave her and went rogue, putting her own creative stamp on it and creating this amazing site which we are both incredibly proud of. As well as website help, Emma specialises in all aspects of social media management and tech issues. She is reasonably priced and works to deadlines. I am pleased to say that through this process, I’ve gained a friend in Emma.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Creating and building an image is very important but remember, don’t deviate too far from the truth. Who am I and how do I want to be perceived by the world? These were the questions I asked myself when I was looking for a photographer. I wanted someone who could step into my imagination and walk with me on a journey of self-discovery. Photographers are visual storytellers and each one has a distinctly different eye, each seeing the same thing through their own unique lens.

When I first saw Mimi’s work, I knew I wanted her to capture me. She seemed to have a perspective that caught a sort of ‘beyond’, an in between that I cannot explain (and I’m a massive fan of the unexplained). She tells a thought-provoking story through her images and when we did the website shoot, it was very natural. She sensed very quickly what I was comfortable with and is unique, stand alone and amazingly talented. I look forward to working with her again.

PRINTING - My books are printed in two ways:

INGRAMSPARKS

The hardback versions are printed through a company called Ingramsparks (IS). IS is a print on demand (POD) company that offers global distribution of my books. There is a lot to know about this company so I advise you to thoroughly research it and the pros and cons that come with printing through them but briefly, they connect your book to a distribution network making it available for bookstores, libraries, schools and individuals to order. They physically print the book and send it out and I receive royalties from them. The process isn’t without its flaws but it’s 21st century indie-publishing at its best and it can only get better.

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FORMATTING

This is a part of the process that I’ve always found incredibly daunting. I can write the story, sure, I can draw the pictures but after that a little bit of expectation management is required. I simply cannot design a book and put together the words and images in a beautiful and professional way. Absolutely I can make it look like a high school project but am I a book designer…no way!

Enter Richie and Andy, just two guys from the Welsh Valleys who run a wonderful company called Bear With Us Productions (BWUP). They cater for all aspects of book production, they pair writers with illustrators, provide editors, help with tech stuff and have inside knowledge of the industry. I was put in touch with BWUP by a fellow author who had produced a lovely book through them. All I needed was formatting and book design help and they were happy to tailor a package to my requirements.

Honestly, they did much more than that really: they held my hand through the frustrating technical side of uploading files (it sounds easy but it’s really not!), checking, changing and tweaking. Always the calm voice of reason when my artistic moods took over and I wanted to burn the project. They were always there for me and did a fantastic job of formatting my debut children’s book ‘Sid and Biscuit Bear’.

I have since moved on from BWUP, but I still keep in touch with Andy and Richie and we support each other’s journey in the writing world.

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PRINTING

My books are printed in two ways:

INGRAMSPARKS

The hardback versions are printed through a company called Ingramsparks (IS). IS is a print on demand (POD) company that offers global distribution of my books. There is a lot to know about this company so I advise you to thoroughly research it and the pros and cons that come with printing through them but briefly, they connect your book to a distribution network making it available for bookstores, libraries, schools and individuals to order. They physically print the book and send it out and I receive royalties from them. The process isn’t without its flaws but it’s 21st century indie-publishing at its best and it can only get better.

LAKESIDE PRINTING

I chose not to have my paperbacks printed through IS because I wasn’t happy with the quality of the printing so I found (almost by accident), lurking amongst the lock-ups and offices across town, a small, family owned and run print company.

Kevin and Paul work in the office and are quite used to me popping in, fingering paper samples and trying to catch a glimpse of the printers. They print most things on site so there’s almost always the gently hum of machinery to be heard. They offer small print runs for my paperbacks which is perfect for me because I don’t want to be stuck with thousands of books to sell, which can be costly and utterly terrifying. The paperbacks they print for me are lovely quality but not only that, they print my Christmas cards, prints from original book illustrations, stickers and postcards.

Paul and Kevin at Lakeside are lovely to work with. Paul personally drops any large orders off at my house and nothing is too much trouble. They work to my deadlines and always go above and beyond for me.

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THE EDITOR

I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to have your writing edited. Find someone who you trust not to change you but to help you grow and rejoice in your success. Caroline Kings is an editor, blogger, proof reader, ghost writer and all round lovely woman. She is responsible for proofreading and editing all my manuscripts, web content and articles. I have and will continue to recommend her to anyone who so much as sneezes a word out. For me, a good editor needs to stand within the mind of the writer and feel where their stories come from in order to tweak not change.

Caroline is reasonably priced, works to my deadlines and helps writers all over the world. We have laughed together and shared our hopes and dreams from across the table.

It’s been a pleasure working with and supporting all these amazing individuals and their businesses. I hope you look into these people if you are needing any advice or help on your journey to becoming a published author.

© 2020 by SJ Molver: Writer - Author - Painter

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