Saturday, 29 November 2014

Alumni - Lloyd Jones

Hello - It might excite you to know that I just signed the contract to have a heavily updated version of The Princess And The Fog, my final MA piece, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers next year and I couldn't have done it without my Illustration BA (hons) from The University of Portsmouth!

It came about because a course mate of mine on the MA, Emmi Smid, author of Luna's Red Hat emailed them and arranged a meeting with them to have her book published. In her meeting she mentioned me and my book for some reason! They told her to tell me to email them, I did, and here we are! Pretty cool. It's been heavily expanded beyond the version that I had up on display for the MA show to fit with JKP's specialist mental health portfolio so you might not recognise a lot of it. I think it's a lot better this way.

It will be released in June 2015 in the UK and the US, and July 2015 in Australia and Canada. More dates may be yet to come, as I'm told the book will come out in other places in Europe and Asia as well. Jessica Kingsley Publishing will be publishing it. They are a publisher who deal mostly with books about mental health issues and it is a book about depression. They are only just breaking into children's picture books so this will be one of their first. This is also one of the first few books specifically geared towards children suffering from depression that has ever been published as that's only a thing that has been discovered relatively recently. It will be an awesome book.
As part of the contract I will be given six copies of the book. I will keep one for myself, and I was always planning on giving one copy to you guys and one copy to the MA. I don't know what to do with the other three exactly but you guys are definitely getting one :)

I'm currently doing a teacher training course at University of Southampton.