I held my debut picture book (Alone Together on Dan Street) in my hands and then also realized that it was on pre-order online! I’m going to have actual readers soon!
It might not seem obvious, but there’s a business side to writing and I realized that my business cards (as if I’m actually going to a conference anytime soon) are outdated and need to be redone. I have a Canva account for PJ Library Hong Kong that I never learned to use, but I decided this would be a good starting point. It turns out that it’s extremely easy to use and the possibilities for design are endless even for someone with little to no design experience or tech skills. I used (with permission) a character sketch from ALONE TOGETHER ON DAN STREET. My only real debate was whether to include my phone number or not. Since, in theory, I will one day pass these out to strangers I decide it was best to leave the number off and only to include my email address and social media links.
Once my design was completed, I discovered that they don’t ship outside the US. Luckily, it’s easy to use Canvas for the design and then download the files. After researching my local printers, I opted to have them printed at ePrint in WanChai (HK$60 for 200 cards which is about US$7). I went with the mat laminated 350g art paper. They were ready the next day and they turned out great!