Glub, Now Under New Management!

I am so delighted to be writing this blog post. Glub, my curious purple creation has had a rough start of it and has been on a real adventure but I feel like he has finally found his true home.

Glub

I wrote the story of Glub around 12 years ago, after a trip to Paignton where we always go in to the arcades and have some wholesome family fun. My husband was adamant that he wanted to win a particularly unflattering teddy of Micheal Jackson because in his words “it is so bad, it is brilliant?’. Our then one year old daughter Lilly was horrified and was grabbing for the cute teddies and really no one would blame her. Sadly that day we walked away without any prizes but an idea was beginning to form in my mind.

Concept art by Jamie Webb.

On reading the first draft my husband drew many pictures of Glub, I absolutely loved his concept art and you can find one of those images today as the end papers in the finished book. The book then sat dormant for a while, I was getting the Cornlings all finished and ready to publish and I wasn’t sure if Glub would be watercolour or felt. He really had to be fluffy didn’t he!

Many, many months went into felting the illustrations, wet felt and needle felt followed by embroidery and some bead work. Jamie photographed it beautifully so that every image still looked fluffy. But I still didn’t do anything for a while.

Glub waits for a new home.

So Glub waited and waited, he was patient. I was really nervous to show him to people because by this point I was really quite attached and if he was rejected I would be heartbroken. However, with a little encouragement in 2018 I entered him into a contest to win publication and cried with happiness when he won. Glub was going to be published! Happy ending, right?

Definitely not, I told you it has been a journey! When the publishers (who I won’t name and are no longer in business) were preparing Glub everything felt amazing. Publication day came and I hadn’t received copies, however the presages had gone out and my goddaughters had received theirs. We raced over to see it and honestly I cried and I cried, no longer happy tears. My book that I had poured years of love into had been released in a format that was cheap, nasty and really overpriced. I called the publisher who had a truck load of excuses but refused to make changes. I was truly upset to have my name on work that was so poorly created. I went through the next few months of stress trying to claw back ownership of my own work and I got it! Glub was all mine again, sadly Amazon refuses to take my name off of the awful listing so please if you want Glub, Amazon is not the place to buy him.

I left him for another year and decided that he was to good to just be left. I decided to self publish Glub to a high standard like I had previously with my Cornlings books. I put him on Amazon but sadly he does not show in the search listings because Amazon algorithms prefer price to quality. (Again do not buy Glub on Amazon). I thought this would be the end of Glub’s story, forced into obscurity because I had made some bad decisions with an unscrupulous publisher.

Despite this Glub has always been a favourite on school visits, children really do love him and at the end of the day that is all it is really about.

Glub gets a makeover on a school visit!

Don’t worry, I am slowly getting to Glub’s happy ending.

Whilst working with Stour Valley Publishing on The Soggy Little Bee by Simon Henderson, they purchased a copy of Glub from me, my self-published version. I was delighted with the sale and did the obligatory happy dance as all authors do when you purchase their books. Then I received a message to say that they would like to take on Glub as one of their titles. I immediately explained all that happened above and assumed it would be a deal breaker.

But on March 1st 2021 Glub was published, bigger and better and in more detail than ever before. The print quality is far superior and Glub looks like he always should of done. I can’t thank Carl and the Stour Valley Publishing team enough. The entire experience could not of been more different to my first publishing encounter.

Glub is a story about not giving up on finding a home and a family and I can honestly say that I am glad that I didn’t give up on Glub!

We celebrated the signing of the contracts!

You can purchase him now and make me do a happy dance, from independent and amazing bookshop, Shookbop!

The Whole Family celebrated on release day!

5 min Tea Break – 2019 Art Project

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Happy New Year to you and your family. 2018 was a great year for me in many ways. My children’s story, Glub was published by Little Goblins’ Books and I had the pleasure of reading my Cornling’s stories at 3 Wishes Fairy Fest. 

2019 is going to be great, I hope to continue to work on my forthcoming titles and have many more ideas that are just taking shape. 

But I want to talk to you about a little project that I will be working on alongside my work and I have titled it the ‘5 Min Tea Break’, the idea being that every day of 2019 I will take just 5 mins of my day to draw my tea!

I absolutely love tea and drink it everyday, this is a great little warm up drawing to get me started with the added bonus that I will have a cup of tea to drink when I have finished. Some of them, like my first one of the year (shown above) will be drawing from observation and some of them will be more like my new logo (below) which will be more whimsical. 

My hope is that at the end of the year I will have improved drawing from observation and turning my observational drawings into better planned out whimsical drawings. I hope that it will reduce the amount of procrastinating that I do when I sit with my sketchbook, the hardest thing to draw is usually the first thing because its hard to decide what to draw first. Once the first doodle of the day is finished the rest usually flow much easier, like stretching before you do any exercise helps you perform better.

You can follow my progress on my instagram feed where I will post to my story, unedited phone snaps each day. They won’t be perfect and sometimes they wont even be pretty but I hope you enjoy seeing them regardless. 

Have a wonderful 2019 

Samantha x

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It’s PREORDER day!!!

It is the 1st October today and the moment I opened my eyes my Webblings (who had probably been up at least an hour) gave me a big cuddle and said “Happy Pre Order Day!”, I guess I must have mentioned it once or twice over the last few weeks.

 

Poor Glub is stuck in the crane at an amusement arcade, dreaming of life outside but he has been too scared to take that leap of faith.  Glub knows that he doesn’t look like the other smiley teddies that surround him and he knows that he is a little bit scary but that is all about to change when someone is brave enough to see just how friendly Glub is.

 

I am so excited, I have not seen a physical copy of the book myself yet but the digital files which I have approved have looked fantastic. I am hopeful that a copy will land through my letterbox any day now and I will be able to tell you all about it.

But today is preorder day, you can preorder your copy of Glub ready to receive on launch day. Released on 17th October 2018 Glub will be £6.99 and can be purchased directly from my publishers Little Goblins’ Books, from Waterstones and Amazon in the UK and from Barnes and Noble in the US.

I am still overwhelmed and amazed that my little book will be in real book shops, it is like a dream come true and I cannot wait to see what you think of this little furry guy.

Samantha x

Glub by Samantha Webb
Preorder your copy today!

 

Glub is on the way

This June I felt very low, I had lost my Grandpa the month before, he was my role model and my hero,  I was going through a deep mourning process. A friend sent me a link to a competition, the winner would have their children’s book published. I deleted that message, I wasn’t sure I wanted to ever create anything again. Then my Nanny called me, she was doing so well, she was missing her soul mate, her husband of 60 years and her only love but she was being so brave. She inspired me and helped me to keep moving forward. This was a key moment because I knew that I  had to do something big to get out of the dark place that I had gotten in to.

I searched for the Summer Sizzler competition and sent my application. I truly didn’t think I had much of a chance, I believe in Glub but despite having self published three books, I had never been brave enough to send any of my stories to a publisher before.

It was the step I needed to get out of the dark and since that day I have put more and more work into my writing future and I had put the competition to the back of my mind.

On the 5th September I received the message that I had won the competition and that Little Goblin’s Books  would like to publish my story, Glub. I cried, I cried a lot of happy tears. I told my Jamie and the Webblings who were over the moon for me, we did a happy dance all four of us together. I truly am so happy that I found the strength to press send that day. I am having a lot of fun working with Little Goblin’s Books and I am overwhelmingly excited to see Glub in print and hopeful that this is the start of a brighter writing and illustrating career.

I will keep you updated on the journey, for now I am still dancing and haven’t stopped smiling since I received that email.

Samantha Webb

 

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Glub is being published.