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New Zealand Couple's Self-Publishing Success


Tell people you plan to make a living out of self publishing your own children's books, and you'll likely be met with shocked disbelief, nervous laughter or even patronising pity.

Throw in the deliberate abandonment of a successful business and a solid income and you may see them fearfully back away.

Mark and Rowan Sommerset did just that. Their design agency of three years - with a nice line in corporate branding - was going well.

"We were making money and we were growing but we felt we were standing in a barrel," says Rowan. "We knew we could keep doing what we were doing, and continue to be successful at it, but it wasn't really what we wanted to do. It could have been a trap."

They left their cosy, prosperous home office in Takapuna and moved north to the shores of the Kai Iwi lakes on the west coast, north of Dargaville.

Their plan: to write, illustrate, self-publish and sell children's books to the point where they could make a decent living out of it.

Visit the Dreamboat Books website

The couple's third book, Baa Baa Smart Sheep, won the coveted Children's Choice award at the NZ Post Children's Book Awards, and recently their book Two Little Bugs picked up the top prize at the PANZ Book Design Awards.

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