Little Door Debuts: Championing New Illustrators

by Little Door Debuts in Kilmelford, Scotland, United Kingdom

Little Door Debuts: Championing New Illustrators
We did it
On 29th April 2019 we successfully raised £3,551 with 38 supporters in 28 days

With Little Door Debuts, we aim to find and encourage new illustrating talent, helping them to publish their first children’s picture book.

by Little Door Debuts in Kilmelford, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The extra £500 will enable us to start developing the next Little Door Debuts illustrator for publication.


Talent to shout about

Little Door Debuts is a new strand by indie children’s publisher Little Door Books. Our mission is to give unknown illustrators a platform from which to launch their journey in publishing, and we hope to inspire them to produce exciting work now and in the future.

To do this, we need your help. We’d love you to be part of their journey by supporting them and joining our crowdfunding campaign.

Within children’s publishing, new illustrators can sadly be overlooked. By focusing our energies on helping emerging talent, Little Door Debuts aims to change that. We are dedicated to highlighting the importance of the illustrators' work in children’s picture books because it’s their creative talent that brings our stories alive.

Who are we?

Little Door Books (LDB) is a small independent publisher run by award-winning author and highly commended emerging publisher Alan Windram and his wife Susan. We specialise in publishing exciting children’s picture books, which include an audiobook and specially-written song, both of which are downloadable. So far LDB has self-funded the publication of 12 high-quality picture books, working with established authors and new, exciting illustrators, many of whom are recent graduates.

Little Door Debuts: The Story So Far

This year, 2019, we decided to launch a new publishing strand called Little Door Debuts (LDD).


LDD was established so that we can actively champion and publish the debut picture books of exciting, new, and creative illustrating talent.


We are really excited to announce that the first LDD title involves a collaboration with illustration graduate Will Hughes to publish his debut picture book, What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday. We hope to provide Will with a unique platform enabling him to showcase his funny, quirky and imaginative work globally.

As Will is unknown, our aim with this campaign is first and foremost to help promote him and his incredible talent. Of course we also hope that it will help us raise funds to make the project a reality.

Your support will help us pay Will a non-returnable fee and cover the costs of the design, layout, and the printing of 1000 copies of his picture book, along with the recording of the audiobook and song, and promotion and marketing of his title to make sure it is seen by as many people as possible.

Once Will’s book is published, we plan to use some of the funds to organise a schools and library tour around the country to further promote him, raise awareness of his talents and to reach a new audience with his work.

What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday

Now that you have heard a little about us, we thought it was time to introduce you to Martha, Stanley and Len.

Martha and Stanley want to buy a present for Len, an ogre who just moved in next door. As expert gift givers, the children have lots of ideas as to what to get Len, but none of them seem to be the right thing. It turns out it can be quite tricky finding the right present for an ogre… who knew? If ever you need to buy a present for an ogre, troll or other big hairy creature this book will certainly be a good place to start!

How will the money be spend? 

Alongside Little Door Books’ list of annual titles, we are planning to publish one or two Little Door Debuts titles per year.

The funds we raise with this campaign will go towards the production of Little Door Debuts’ first publication. It will cover the various production costs mentioned below, the writing and recording of the original Ogre Birthday Song, and the current and future promotion of Will and What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday.

So you know exactly how your money will be spent, Will has created this spectacular pie chart - presented by the wonderful Len.

We are passionate about discovering and assisting emerging talent within picture book illustration, and with your support we will keep championing the importance of illustrators and their work within the publishing industry. 

Thank you for your interest in Little Door Books, Little Door Debuts and, in particular, your interest in Will.




To learn more about us, go to www.littledoorbooks.co.uk

To learn more about Will, follow him on Twitter @willustrations1

Follow us on:
Twitter: @LDDebuts and @littledoorbooks

Facebook: www.facebook.com/littledoorbooks

Thank you to Chloe Holwill-Hunter for our beautifully-designed logo, Steevie Day for our video, and to Will Hughes for his wonderful What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday illustrations.

FAQ

When will I receive my reward?

Rewards will be received by the end of June, a full month before the general release. 

When will What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday be released to the general public?

The book is set to be published on 31st July 2019. 

Where will the book be sold?

The book will be available to order from all good bookshops and online retailers. 

How much will it cost?

The RRP is £6.99.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£4 or more

A MASSIVE Little Door Debuts thank you

Want a really cool pin badge to show off to your friends? Then this reward is just the thing. Along with a massive thanks for supporting Will and Little Door Debuts you will also receive a super cool ogre badge you can flaunt around town.

£12 or more

1 picture book and an ogre pin badge

Along with a massive thanks for the support, this reward contains one copy of What Not To Give An Ogre for His Birthday and a super cool ogre pin badge you can show off to your friends.

£19 or more

One for you, and one for a friend

Is there any better gift to receive than a book? We certainly can't think of any. This reward contains two copies of What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday and as a bonus you will also receive an ogre pin badge. Whether you want to keep that or give it away is for you to decide ;)

£25 or more

One signed copy and then some

Want a signed copy of What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday? We don't blame you! This reward contains a signed copy of the beautiful picture book and you will also receive an ogre pin badge and a download of the specially-written Ogre Birthday Song.

£35 or more

A signed copy and two LDB picture books

You will get a signed copy of What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday, an ogre pin badge and a download of the specially-written Ogre Birthday Song. This reward also contains two Little Door Books picture books, perfect for gifting, donating or keeping.

£49 or more

One signed copy and four LDB picture books

You will get a signed copy of What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday, an ogre pin badge and a download of the specially-written Ogre Birthday Song. You will also receive four Little Door Books picture books, perfect for gifting, donating or keeping.

£60 or more

Two signed copies and your name in the book

Have you ever dreamed of having your name in a published book? Well, here is your chance! Receive two signed copies of What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday, two ogre pin badges and a download of the specially-written Ogre Birthday Song. You will also have the unique chance of getting your name printed on the back page of the book. This is something you do not want to miss out on!

£80 or more

Two signed copies and then some

You will receive two signed copies of What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday, two ogre pin badges and a download of the specially-written Ogre Birthday Song. You will also get your name printed in the back of the book and receive two Little Door Books picture books, perfect for gifting, donating or keeping.

£100 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Caricature drawn by Will and two signed books

Ever wondered what a caricature of you or a loved one would look like? With this reward, Will will draw a caricature of you or a loved one which will feature on the back page alongside your name. You will also receive two signed copies of What Not To Give An Ogre For His Birthday, two ogre pin badges and a download of the Ogre Birthday Song. The reward also contains two Little Door Books picture book, perfect for gifting, donating or keeping.

£200 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Signed illustration drawn by Will

With this MEGA reward you will receive a unique, one-off, signed illustration of you or a loved one drawn by Will, your name and illustration will be added to the back of the book and you will receive four signed copies of What Not To Get An Ogre For His Birthday, four ogre pin badges to spruce up your outfit and a download of the Ogre Birthday Song. You will also get four Little Door Books picture books, perfect for gifting, donating or keeping.

£600 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Fancy a school visit?

With this reward you will receive everything listed in our £200 reward, but you will also be able to arrange an hour long school visit with Will at any school in the UK.

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