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Why No Drawing Video Today?!

Why no Drawing Video today?! Because I am applying the seat of my pants to the seat of my chair and I am writing. I’m about 8,500 words into my 25,000 word children’s novel. My editor has brough forward the publication date, so I really need to get the first draft finished as soon as possible.

Need a drawing fix? The head over to my other channel www.youtube.com/drawstuffrealeasy, where I am doing Drawings from my book – published 17th May – called How to Draw Ancient Greek Stuff Real Easy –

You can pre order now on Amazon and all good book stores and get signed copies with a free poster from my online store.

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How Much Do You Think A Children’s Author Earns Per Book? Poll

How much do you think a children’s author makes from each book they sell? Take the poll that pops up in the video – It’s anonymous – I won’t know who you are or what you think, but it will be very helpful to know what you think. Please ask friends, relatives and colleagues to join in and have a go too. Let’s make this viral!

Imagine that the book says £5.00 on the back – it could be $5 or €5.00
£5.00 = 100% – From that 100% do you think the author gets:

  • 25% = £1.25
  • 10% =0.50p
  • 7.5% = 0.37p
  • 4% = 0.20p
  • 1% =0.05p

I’ll let you know results in a new video quite soon. Make sure you are subscribed to get the results!

Does Nick Park read my mind?

This is my Dug

Does Nick Park read my mind? There are times I have thought so. It must be that we are of a similar age and think in similar ways.

Back in 1990 Wallace and Gromit first appeared on TV. I was amazed, because my book, Santa’s Secret Diary, which had just come out, had a sold-out toy of the season, that Santa was having difficulty sourcing. What was the toy called? A Gromit!

My Dad used the word all the time when he was rewiring the house. Gromits were little rubber rings that were used to soften the sharp edges of metal electrical boxes.

I love watching Wallace and Gromit, but I often have moments when  I think, “Wait a minute! I thought of that!”

But thinking isn’t doing. Ideas, contrary to what most people think, are two a penny. It’s what you do with them that counts. So I’m comfortable in the knowledge that Nick Park – who I’ve never met – and I, are must be connected to the same zeitgeist or idea-energy-centre that floats around us.

This is Nick Park’s Dug

But this time I beat him to it. My Dug, was first! My Dug is a Bronze Age boy doing the Bronze Age stuff that Bronze Age boys do. I called him Dug because he digs for tin, one of the constituents of bronze. Nick Park’s Dug is more of a teenager, I think.

Perfect for Primary and elementary school projects on the Bronze Age, you can get my Dug books from the links below.