Kio Global

First author event in London, UK

Kio founder Chimaechi will be doing her first event in London as author of The Wedding Week on March 14. Run by @Blackbookswap, this will be a chilled Saturday afternoon of browsing, swapping and talking about multicultural books. Joining Chimaechi on the panel will be adult fiction authors Alex Wheatle and Amanda Epe. Early bird tickets £10, £12 otherwise. NB limited space, book early.

Written by Chimaechi Ochei — February 20, 2015

Making the Book: Update

Happy Chinese New Year and Lenten greetings to all. As you may have seen from our Facebook page, The Wedding Week, Kio's first publication, is in production. Due to kind interest from the US, we have increased from four language editions to five:
  • English
  • American English
  • Dual English and Yoruba
  • Dual English and Igbo
  • Dual English and Hausa
Our brilliant designer conceptualised two beautiful covers, one for the single and one for the dual language editions:

The Wedding Week by Chimaechi Allan and Amber Cooper-Davies
The Wedding Week by Chimaechi Allan and Amber Cooper-Davies in dual Hausa and English

And today, the unbound proofs arrived from China!
Unbound proofs of The Wedding Week by Chimaechi Allan and Amber Cooper-Davies

You'll also be able to read and search The Wedding Week eBook on your phone or computer.

Spread from 'The Wedding Week' eBook by Chimaechi Allan and Amber Cooper-Davies
Spread from 'The Wedding Week' eBook by Chimaechi Allan and Amber Cooper-Davies

We look forward to publishing the book in March 2015.

Written by Chimaechi Ochei — February 19, 2015

3 Steps toward Publishing your Children's Book

Happy New Year!
Resolved to finally write a children's book?
Here are three steps to help get your manuscript into shape:

1) Check out book sites (like this one!), maybe read some of books by different publishers to get a feel for their quality.
2) Better yet, share your manuscript with teachers to help determine its age group and the educational qualities in it.
3) Best of all, share it with children of the target age and take seriously what they suggest.

Written by Chimaechi Ochei — January 01, 2015

Kickstarter Backers Hall of Fame!

Making a book is a team effort. (As you may have seen in our blog series.)
These are the people who helped make The Wedding Week a reality by funding its production on Kickstarter.
A Allan
A Ansah
A Smith
B and L Allan
B Morley
C Conquest
C Heath
C and E Ochei
C Soile
Chari D
Chinelo N
Dr D Black
E O Gyeni
F Ihenacho
H Brennan
H Ferdjani
Dr H N Umeh
I Okoli
I Saliari
J Ah-Kin
J Arulkumarasan
J Collymore
J Cumberbatch
J Kidenda
J Marriott
K Sullivan
L Bamfield
L Colthart
L M Gorvett
L Westbury
M Grell
M R Stanley
Michael and Liz
N Abidakun
N Ajuonuma
N Cooper
Dr N Ochei
O Yussuff
P Main
P Sofowora
R G Cooper-Davies
R Goenner
R Lovell
R Maarman
R Redford
S Davies
S Ejiwunmi
T Agbetu
T Jin
T Simpson
T Wroten
Viv May
Z Crewe

Written by Chimaechi Ochei — December 14, 2014

Christmas Delivery Deadlines

If you're buying gifts, these dates will help you get them delivered by Christmas:

Destination Postage type  Deadline
Africa, Asia, Australasia, South America Standard International 3 Dec 2014
North America Standard International 9 Dec 2014
Europe Standard International 13 Dec 2014
UK 2nd class 18 Dec 2014
UK 1st class 20 Dec 2014

Source: UK Post Office


Happy holidays to all!




Written by Chimaechi Ochei — November 26, 2014

Making the book: Kickstarter success!

Thanks to your kind support, we have raised enough funds to print the first four editions of The Wedding Week!
This is Kio Global's first publication, illustrator Amber Cooper-Davies' first book, and author Chimaechi's first children's book. A lot of firsts.
If we can make it to £9,300 before midday (GMT) on Sunday 9th November, we can begin to fund development of The Wedding Week interactive eBook. This next step would add audio, extra content hopefully even animation to this project.

Written by Chimaechi Ochei — November 05, 2014

Making the Book (2)

So how do you make a children's book? Well, we've talked a little bit about the story and the writer. Last week we introduced the illustrator of The Wedding Week.

Next, may I introduce the wonderful Zoe Waring, our designer. Zoe is a graphic designer who lays out the text and images in the book so that they flow together, are consistently beautiful, and are ready for the printer. She chooses the best fonts for the various languages and for our new readers. Zoe gets to choose the best illustrations for the book cover, as we see below. She's also a dab hand at illustrating, so she has a great understanding of the illustrator's work process.

Stay tuned to see Zoe's design in The Wedding Week.

Zoe Waring's illustrations
Some delicious artwork by Zoe Waring

Written by Chimaechi Ochei — September 19, 2014

Making the Book (1)

Last month we advertised for an illustrator for Kio Global's first original children's book. With great delight, may I introduce Amber Cooper-Davies, a collage artist and member of the Drawn Chorus Collective. Amber cuts and layers various types of paper to make vibrant and dynamic illustrations.

Here's Amber's stop-motion animation of Rudyard Kipling's tale, How the Whale Got Its Throat. Stay tuned to see Amber's illustrations in Kio's forthcoming picture book, The Wedding Week.




Written by Chimaechi Ochei — September 12, 2014

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