Dolls help to launch children's novel

Dolls help to launch children's novel

Teacher and artist Patricia Le Baudrier is using digital printing and marketing to launch her debut novel The Orphans of St Cecile, which she created using dolls she has modeled and using photographs as illustrations.

Le Baudrier said her first test run has proven that newcomers to publishing can build sales through their specialist markets. “I have developed a network of followers through my blog where I talk about my work and write small stories about the dolls I am making. That developed into this story, The Orphans of St Cecile. I posted extracts on my blog and people started to ask for a copy of the book, so I tested it out with a small print run.”

The test run of 100 titles quickly sold out so Le Baudrier is returning with a larger print run and looking for a publishing partner. “When bloggers are really keen on something, they talk and write about it and want pictures from the book, so I have many pre-orders for the next print run.”

The book is dual language in French and English and has attracted sales in the schools market. It is priced £11 and includes a DVD of the story.