I've been hinting at this for a while, but only a few people have known up until now. Now I finally get to tell you ! And it's really really big news !
The big news is: there's going to be a "Jake's Bones" book based on me, my bones and my blog !
It all began about six months ago I got an email from Ticktock, which is the childrens book division of a bigger book publisher called Octopus Publishing in London. The email asked me if I would be interested in helping write and produce a book based on my blog posts and my bone collection !
We talked about it by email and they came up to Scotland in November and I got to meet the publisher Mr Cook and my editor Jo at a restaurant at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh (which is when I was at the Prehistoric Autopsy exhibition I wrote about a few weeks ago.)
We agreed everything just before Christmas, and since then we have been working on some of the pages. The book is based around my bones but is aimed at young children as their first guide to animal bones and skulls, Jo showed me her ideas for every page when we met in November, and I liked it but suggested some changes.
Working on it is different to working on my blog, even though some of the text is going to be the same. There is a lot less writing and more pictures and the layout is different. When I do a blog post there is just me and dad who does the pictures. Now there is an editor, an illustrator (who has drawn a cartoon version of me and my cats), designers, dad providing some of the photos, and someone to check everything is right so it is a lot more complicated.
I'n not allowed to say too much about it now, but what I can tell you is the pages that are done already look amazing and I think it's going to be the best bone book I've ever seen for children !
The next stage is to take it at the Bologna Book Fair at the end of March, and it will be finally published in Spring next year ! I'll keep adding updates when new things happen here.
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