Coming in from Gumtree? start here

Hi. This post for people linking in from Gumtree in response to my ad.

Written because my previous link was somewhat incoherent if you weren’t already following what I’m doing.

A quick resume:

My name is Toby Zara. I have written the first (and second) parts of a kid’s adventure book which I plan to self publish in a month or so. This blog is part of the marketing exercise so when I publish my book won’t get completely lost in the noise.

My heroine is Abigail Saltminder, and I’d like to build her a website.

For what it’s worth I have sketched out what I think the site could look like here.

But I have limited funds, few web skills and absolutely no artistic talents.

Which is a bit of a bummer.

So what I need is a web designer and a graphic artist, both willing to work for nothing to get the site up and running, in return for a share in the future profits from my Abigail take. I have outlined how this might be done in a fair and sensible way here.

And if the book(s) go massive, hello? You can probably give up work for quite a while.

And if it’s made into a film, Yo! You can retire.

But, realistically, the most likely outcome is we’ll all work hard for a month or so and and end up with only a few quid, if that. This is a high risk venture. So basically I’m looking for two talented people willing to give it a punt.

In a bit more detail:

  • Artist: the style needs to be sort of photo-realistic: nothing soft and cuddly. It’s taken me a long time to get a cover done, and it’s not finished yet. You can see that epic here. So probably 6 or 7 illustrations for the website and perhaps 17 (one for each chapter) quick small (half page) black and white drawings to be inserted into the text.
  • Web developer/designer: build the website, collaborating with myself and the artist and suggesting improvement etc etc. If you’ve taken a squint at my sketches, you’ll see my ideas are pretty standard and conventional, and I’m open for fresh ideas.

So, if you’ve read this far and are still interested, drop me a line and I’ll send you the first book. They’re all quite short (about 20k words) so that’s an easy read between lunch and tea. If you think the book’s no good and will never sell, fine: thank you for reading. If you think it’s good (and fancy giving it a go) then get back in touch and we’ll take it from there.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Leave a Comment