Having written the story, and tested it in several classrooms, Julian Reisz pitched the story and synopsis to several children’s book publishers with little response. So he decided to self-publish and commission an illustrator, Alex Beeching to bring the story to life.


Julian Reisz is an Anglo-French father of three and first time author, now living in Sweden. His day job involves helping companies make a genuine commitment to sustainability. After inventing the story to cheer up his injured daughter, he wrote it down, tested it in schools and commissioned an
illustrator. Finally, he worked with Otherwise publishing to finish the book and decided to launch it himself.

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Alex Beeching is a UK-based award-winnning artist and illustrator whose previous commissions have ranged from music festivals to Christmas cards and restaurant designs. His published work includes his own book, Draw Yourself Happy, an illustrated activity book to get people doodling, drawing and colouring to their hearts’ content.

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About the publisher

Angela Young and Simon Daley co-founded Otherwise in 2018. Drawing on the duo's combined 40 years of experience in the industry, Otherwise provides creative guidance, technical expertise, and editing services to offer authors a means of publishing independently to the very highest standards.

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