Joey Manfre. (Who just so happens to be my husband's best friend and my daughter's godfather!)
I published the illustrated edition of Raggedy Chan in 2008, back before indie publishing experienced its current revolution. My decision to self-publish came from a desire to share a story near and dear to my heart. Raggedy Chan wasn't the sort of thing getting attention from traditional publishers, so I decided to publish it on my own. I printed books in Hong Kong and hand sold them at events. This was my first published book. The story was inspired by the stories and experiences of my Chinese grandparents.
I've always wanted to release this as an e-book, but the technology wasn't there back in 2008. With full-color reading devices and tablets taking the world by storm, it seems like the technology for full-color books is finally here. I'm making the Kindle version on my own with a nifty software called Scrivener. (You would not believe what companies quoted to convert this book for me! I got bids ranging from $250 - $750! So not do-able for an indie writer.)
Aren't these pictures just gorgeous? There are 40 of them in my book. I'm hoping to have the book released by Chinese New Year. I'm so excited for the opportunity to finally introduce the illustrated Raggedy Chan to the digital world!