Hi, I’m Elke. I’m (one, two, three…..) okay, we could be here a while. 😉
*** Looking for an illustrator for two children’s books – ***
June 26, 2019
For those of you who don’t know me, I am Elke, professional graphic designer, and author of “Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?” and “What Happened to Daddy’s Body?” – both fully illustrated children’s books explaining (sudden) death & what happens after death, based on our own story, and told in the words of my (then) three year old son Alex. You can find out more on www.isdaddycomingback.com
I have now written two more children’s books, both explaining cancer in words very young children can understand, and written in a very similar style – this time told from little Mia’s perspective. The first book is again closely related to our story, as I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, and explains cancer and cancer treatment. In this book, mummy gets better. The second book works together with the first – or independently! – and is a story about living with, and dying from, incurable cancer, again told in the words of little Mia. Both books are aimed at children aged 3+.
The manuscripts were read by my oncologist, the Centre Head of Maggies’ Cancer Centres as well as the deputy head teacher, who is also in charge of health and wellbeing at my daughter’s primary school. Across the board, the feedback was incredible – my oncologist cried and told me this was beautiful, and much needed, work, and it was a privilege to be involved.
I have not yet shown these manuscripts to my publisher (JKP), as I would like to introduce the books WITH an illustrator, rather than having them suggest one to me. I do have a style in mind, but am open-minded, and work very much on the “I’ll know if it’s right the second I see it”- approach, so if you are interested, please do get in touch on email@example.com, ideally with a small flavour of your illustration style. Maybe you are an established artist already, or maybe you have just finished art school/are still in art school/are just really good at drawing and as passionate about these books as I am – I am open to all suggestions.
There is no guarantee that JKP will take these on, but if they don’t, I will do my absolute best to make them happen anyway, as they are so needed. My first two books were originally crowdfunded and self-published, so there is always the potential for that.
I am really really excited, and it would be amazing if you are the person who can help me bring these to life, and help children understand cancer better – unfortunately a cruel disease that touches most of us in one way or another. This will, of course, be paid work.
So, if you are interested, or have any questions, please get in touch on
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Thank you! <3
Love and hugs to you all,
Elke and Alex have managed to address much of what a very young child struggles with when someone they love dies very suddenly. Using his own words, it touchingly describes how 3 year old Alex felt when faced with the very grown-up situation of having to get help when his Dad had a fatal heart attack. Finding a book on sudden death suitable to be read with a pre-school child is very difficult, this one fills the gap admirably.Jill Adams, Bereavement Services Team, The Child Bereavement Charity