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STORY STORKS ARE LOOKING FOR A…

CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR

 

WHO ARE WE?

STORY STORKS is a social enterprise based in Kingston Upon Thames established in 2011.  We are on a mission to help and inspire every Early Years child to become a reader for pleasure.  We do this by delivering interactive story workshops to pre-school children in the area using a tried and tested formula.  Parents bring their children to our workshops which are layered with early years language development presented in a madcap fashion that has kids falling in love with stories.  The kids who come through Story Storks have great reading results when they go to school and all are motivated to try.  If they’re motivated, they are 90% of the way there!

We offer sponsored places to children who are at risk of not being able to read and work in conjunction with local charities to extend our reach.  We also go into nurseries and schools, again offering sponsored places to those at risk of not becoming literate.

And we want to do more.


The dream is that every child in this country goes to school and reads. 

 

WHY DO WE NEED YOU?

We’ve expanded into theatre shows using our formula and now we want to expand into Children’s picture books.  If we are to get every child reading then we need to educate parents too.  I’ve written the first children’s picture book, which will complement our up and coming Christmas Show, to aid parents to read in a way that will enhance early years language skills whilst being bonkers enough to have kids falling head over heels in love with the tale.

The first book is titled THE THREE LITTLE CHRISTMAS PIGS.

 

WHAT DO WE NEED?

I’ve written the book based on our storytelling formula.  I need an illustrator to put some fabulous illustrations to my words.  The final product will need to be an artwork file that can be uploaded to Amazon for self-publishing. 

 

WHAT WILL YOU GET IN RETURN?

We’re not offering an upfront fee for this work.  We are however offering 50% of all revenue from Amazon.  That’s revenue – not profit.  Whatever Amazon give us, we’ll give you half.  We expect the book to sell well in the local area where we are known, but will also be selling the book on the international stage.  All of the PR and marketing will be taken care of by us.  You just need to create something fabulous, then sit back and hopefully the cash will roll in!

 

WHEN DO WE NEED IT?

Hmmm, pretty quickly!  The theatre show to accompany the book is happening in the first week of December so we’d like to get the book on sale by the beginning of November 2017. 

 

I’M INTERESTED.  WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Send an e-mail to sarah@storystorks.co.uk with some info on you and samples of your work that would give us an idea of the kind of thing you would create for us.  The book is funny.  A little bit wicked.  The pigs are nice – the wolf is spice!  Grown-ups will love it as much as kids!

Send us your stuff by the end of September 2017. 

 

I WANT TO RESEARCH YOU A BIT!

We love a ‘Storker!’  If you’d like to know more about Story Storks then check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/storystorks).  I write a weekly blog which will give you an idea of how I write.  We also post regularly on Instagram (@story_storks). 

Or of course you could go to our website www.storystorks.co.uk


Sarah Cantrill – Artistic Director & Founder