Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team to produce good indie-books!
It all started with Max and Sue Hoppe, and their crazy idea that windmills have a secret life.
But to turn that into a book, they had help and advice from a number of people who had gone the self-publishing route. People like Julienne du Toit and Peter Derichs were so generous with advice and info. Creda Communicatons in Cape Town helped so much with the specs for printing, and then doing a great job in producing the first print run. It is one thing to print 1000 books, but to then let the world know about them, and place them where people will buy them, is a whole other learning curve! This is where Karen Vollaire joined the team, and set up our first website.
(Web and Graphic Design)
Mignonne van Heerden
We travelled far and wide, meeting awesome entrepreneurs, who have creative and interesting restaurants and guesthouses, padstalle, bookshops, gift stores etc, and who loved the book. They joined the team as stockists.
When we released Travels troubles with Koos, a friend said we MUST release it in Afrikaans, and promptly offered to do the translation. And that’s how Mignonne van Heerden joined the team.
We had more books than money available to print them, and also realised that many people love the convenience of reading e-books, and giving them as gifts. So we decided to set up an online store, and expand our range with both PDF books, and gifts and stationery. Again Karen Vollaire came up trumps (eeek, sorry, today of all days, that is a terrible phrase to use 🙂 ….erm, she did an AWESOME job, and produced this site, which we are so proud of!
Many years ago, Max wrote several children’s books, including a series called Tales from the Waterhole. We have been looking for just the right illustrator to bring these stories to life, with gorgeous pictures that would appeal to both kids and their parents. We wanted something special that really had an arty flair to it. And in Theresa Hardman, we hit the jackpot! She has the right combination of flair, talent, enthusiasm and vision to turn this project into something magic, and we are DELIGHTED with the results.We can’t WAIT to share this little book with the world!
Since then, Mignonne has also translated our upcoming children’s book Santa’s New Helpers into Afrikaans, and found Mpumi Buyana, who also joined the team, and translated the Santa book into isiXhosa.
Mignonne is also busy translating More Travels troubles with Koos into Afrikaans, while Theresa and Max will be adding many new books to the Tales from the Waterhole Series, while Sue does the design and layout. So the team is keeping busy busy busy, making sure that you have a continuing stream of quirky, quality, fun books and items to add to your wish lists!