The Little Elephant Series

for Wacky Bee Books

Services included: Artworking

The journey: We’ve worked on three titles in the Little Elephant series for Wacky Bee so far. Once we have the gorgeous illustrations in from Ag Jatkowska, we resize them and lay them out in page format in InDesign, adding in prelim pages, endpapers, and back matter. Then we take the text by author Martin Thomas and lay it out over the pages in a font called Schoolbell.

Once the pages are approved, we ask the printer to send us the spine width so we can work up the cover file. Finally, we create a file the printer can use to ‘Spot UV’ (a shiny varnish layer) over the title on the front cover, and to a couple of small details on the pictures, to make the books that bit more special when they’re spotted in a bookshop or held in a reader’s hands.

Louise Jordan, MD of Wacky Bee, says: ‘I may have been in publishing for over twenty years, but as far as production is concerned I am a complete newbie. Lucy and her team helped us every step of the way with the production of our first picture book The Great Farty Slob Beast, and the finished product is truly superb. Head & Heart have worked on lots of our books and promotional materials since then, and I’m sure we will be using them for a long time to come.’

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