Saturday, 17 October 2015

Awesome Cats and Awesome Dogs By Di Bates (Blog Tour)

Today the Dream Big ... Read Often blog is howling with delight to be a part of the blog tour for Dianne Bate's latest release. Awesome Cats and Awesome Dogs are her two latest publications. Today she shares some of her publishing journey with us.
Working with Australian publisher Big Sky Publishing to produce my two latest books, Awesome Cats and Awesome dogs has been, in a word, awesome! I emailed my manuscripts in late January this year, receipt was acknowledged the next day, and them less than three weeks later I received an email from the publisher Diane Evans saying the company was interested. Submitting a manuscript and having it contracted in less than two months is something I hadn’t experienced in many years. This was the beginning of what has turned out to be a very happy journey for me.

The publisher was a total delight to work with; I was constantly told what was happening and my opinion sought and when I was sent samples of the artwork to approve, I was even happier. Each of the books feature lots of gorgeous illustrations combined with coloured photographic images of adorable dogs and cats from Best Friends Rescue and Little Legs Cat Rescue. The inclusion of real-life images and stories of the charismatic animals from these pet rescue organisations adds another level of education and inspiration. The books also feature quirky cartoon characters; the information is attractively presented with lots of break-out boxes – the whole of the books are all wonderfully designed.

Diane Evan’s sister, Sharon, who is responsible for book promotion, has also been a blessing in the publishing process. Big Sky Publishing has its own book club (Red Gum) so my book will reach so many more children than would be possible with most other publishers. On top of that, Jodie Bennett, who also works with the Evans’ sisters, has been responsible for the production and delivery of bookmarks and posters – all in full, bright colour, and like the illustrations in each of the books, beautifully designed and presented.

I could not have imagined that that the Awesome Cats, Dogs and Horses’ books would turn out as brilliantly as they have. My whole experience with Big Sky Publishing from start to finish has been an author’s dream... in fact I really couldn’t have dreamed it, only hoped for it.

Where can people buy Awesome Cats
and Awesome Dog?

The books retail for $14.99 each. Here’s where you can get
Awesome Cats:

... and Awesome Dogs:

About the Author - Dianne (Di) Bates has published 120+ books. Some of Di’s books have won national and state literary awards; others have sold overseas. Di has received Grants and Fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and has toured for the National Book Council. Di has worked on the editorial team of a number of national educational magazines and in 2008 was awarded The Lady Cutler Award for distinguished services to children’s Literature.

More about the books
Author: Dianne Bates

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-925275-38-4 Dogs

ISBN: 978-1-925275-40-7 Cats

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Pages: 150

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 152mm

RRP: $14.99 (Paperback)

RRP: $6.99 (eBook)
Publisher - Big Sky Publishing T: 1300 364 611 F: (02) 9918 2396 Distributor – Woodslane, phone: (02) 8445 2300 F: (02) 9970 5002


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