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Anita Lester

Anita Lester

My name is A.D Lester. I'm an Australian, London based Illustrator, focusing on all things whimsical, adventurous and a little spooky.

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The Forbidden Tree

Lilly needs to save her brother, but the only way to do it is to reach the top of the Forbidden Tree. Once she arrives, something happens that she couldn't have predicted.

The Blue Wood Forest was once full of medicinal flowers, but after years of destruction, only one flower remains...and it's at the top of a Forbidden Tree. Lilly's brother ate poison berries and she must find the last flower to save him. Once inside the tree's giant trunk, she unexpectedly shrinks and must find her way to the top.

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Children's Adventure
London, United Kingdom
2,500 words
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5 publishers interested

Synopsis

THE FORBIDDEN TREE is a tale about bravery, the environment and love. The story is about a girl who enters a mysterious world that follows in the stylistic footsteps of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. Along the way she is taught lessons about fear through the characters she meets. She ultimately finds herself and saves the integrity of the forest.

The demographic is between 7-11…and anyone who likes unravelling adventures.

My protagonist is a girl that I believe defies gender stereotypes in subtle ways. The supporting characters are all designed to reflect parts of her and hopefully the reader.

I hope to inspire children to know to not judge something by the way it looks, to find the truth in fear and to respect and love the earth we live on.

Outline

The book is sectioned into 15 sections/ chapters and follows the structure of the Heroes Journey.

Each chapter is in rhyme, following the culture of oral tradition and classic storytelling.
Each chapter is approximately 150-250 words

Chapter 1 is an introduction to the mythology of the forest, in which the story takes place.
Chapters 2- 4 is the introduction to the protagonist 'Lilly', and her mission.
Chapters 5- 10 is a series of challenges and characters who will plant metaphorical seeds for the last 5 chapters.
Chapter11 is where Lilly meets her biggest moral test and the direction of her journey makes a turn.
Chapter 12-14 is the completion of her adventure, still meeting obstacles, but having the support of all the characters met early in the book.
Chapter 15 is the final chapter, and the realisation of herself and bravery.

Audience

I've targeted my audience as 7-11. I see it sitting in a demographic that exists before YA and chapter-based books.
Although it is rhyme, it's easy to read.
I also hope to engage an adult audience.
After managing a vintage toy store, I am aware of a growing niche market that focuses on Children's books for adults and kids.

Author

My name is A.D Lester. I'm an Australian, London based Illustrator, focusing on all things whimsical, adventurous and a little spooky.

I have a BA in Illustration and Animation from RMIT, and a teaching degree with 8 years art education experience.

I focus on a style that is dreamy and classic with a dark edge.

Aside from children's books, fine art projects and animation, I provide a service for commission based works, including invitations, brand design, logos, portraits and anything else your imagination draws you towards.

This is my first Children's Book THE FORBIDDEN TREE and I couldn't be more excited to show it.

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Promotion

I have a very clear marketing plan, that involves Blogs, social media and practical placement.
I also plan to partake in Book fairs.

If selling this independently, I'd like to initially engage online communities and sell short runs as physical copies. Additionally, I'd be interested in digital books.
I am familiar with the potential of being promoted in high end blogs and multi-platform websites (such as general children's services and literary websites).

I run Facebook, a website and instagram and am active in posting across multiple social media platforms.

Competition

I'm a big fan of the curation style of Brain Pickings Blog (https://www.brainpickings.org/)

I definitely align myself with the classic, yet whimsical storytelling style of Through the Looking Glass, The Wizard of Oz and classic Eastern European storytelling, to name a few.

Aesthetically, I feel as though my darker edge could be aligned with artists like Shaun Tan and Tim Burton.

Specifically, some books I like:

Ghost Stories or Antiquary by Montague Rhodes James
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ghost_Stories_of_an_Antiquary/%27Oh,_Whistle,_and_I%27ll_Come_to_You_My_Lad%27

The Twits by Roald Dahl
http://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/1980s/the-twits

The Little Gardner by Emily Hughes https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1909263435/braipick0d-21

Home by Carson Ellis
https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0763665290/braipick0d-21

Enormous by Matthew Burgess
https://www.amazon.com/Enormous-Smallness-Story-E-Cummings/dp/159270171X/?tag=braipick-20

Lost and Found by Shaun Tan
https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Three-Shaun-Omnibus/dp/0545229243/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1473345085&sr=1-2&keywords=sean+tan

Samples

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The Blue Wood Forests mysteries are known across the land,
And deep inside the woods, a Forbidden tree does stand.
But bright atop the branches, a magic flower shines bright,
The golden petals reflect the moon and light up the cold night.
Greater than a medicine, a spell or any cure,
The flower power lives and breathes, of this I can be sure.
And years before I tell you this, a girl was lost in there,
She tried to find the flower just to give her father care.
And never seen again this girl was not last to be lost,
Beware the Blue Forest and the Forbidden Tree’s true cost.

Once upon a summer day, a girl named Lilly sung
her favourite songs into the trees before the setting sun.
Her little brother Yoyo, collected spider in a jar,
He hung them round his neck and teased Lilly from afar.
As the night was creeping, Yoyo wanted to go home,
his tummy was loudly rumbling, but Lilly told him to leave her alone.
The stars began to twinkle and she hadn’t heard a peep,
And after searching near and far, she found Yoyo asleep.
She shook him so to wake him up, but he didn’t move at all,
It’s then she noticed poison berries inside his hands so small.
The doctors all came rushing fast to little Yoyo’s bed,
But saddened there was nothing left to do or to be said.
And just before walking away, a doctor turned round solemn-
‘The only thing to wake him up is the Golden Flower’s pollen.’

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  • Lee Constantine on Nov. 1, 2016, 6:48 p.m.

    Good luck, Anita!

  • Stuart Cohen on Nov. 1, 2016, 7:51 p.m.

    Congratulations gorgeous. You are such a talent!!!!

  • Amelie Scalercio on Nov. 1, 2016, 8:19 p.m.

    Good luck neets!! X

  • Lisa Mitchell on Nov. 2, 2016, 12:29 a.m.

    You're so inspiring. Undying love as always xx

  • Hazel Allison on Nov. 2, 2016, 11:01 a.m.

    Cant wait for my copies, you are such an inspiration and talent my sweet 😘💗

  • Alice Simpson-Young on Nov. 3, 2016, 3:34 a.m.

    I'm so excited to read it Anita!! Congratulations, it looks so beautiful :) Hopefully I see you soon <3

  • Ngaire Joseph on Nov. 6, 2016, 8:26 a.m.

    Can't wait to read this to my nephew x

  • Nicola Shuttleworth on Nov. 6, 2016, 9:26 p.m.

    💗💗💗💗💗

  • Maya Lester on Nov. 6, 2016, 9:41 p.m.

    Love you

  • Alejandro Escalante on Nov. 7, 2016, 2:23 a.m.

    You rock!... Musician, Writer/Illustrator/Animator, beautiful, great sense of humor and personality, can't wait to get this piece of you :) Besos Hermosa! Te deseo mucho exito!

  • Jo Levin on Nov. 7, 2016, 9:35 p.m.

    got us 3 copies. one to read, one to gift and one to keep in mint condish if you ever make JK Rowling status :D

  • Harry Kestin on Nov. 10, 2016, 5:58 a.m.

    looking forward to seeing it Anita

  • Alissia Dawood on Nov. 12, 2016, 9:18 p.m.

    So excited to read your book! Big well done

  • Rose Flanagan on Nov. 14, 2016, 2:11 a.m.

    I'm so excited to get my hands on this artistic, poetic wonder! Can't wait to feast my eyes on the beautiful genius of A.D. Lester's imaginative and engrossing creations.

  • Scarlette Baccini on Nov. 17, 2016, 12:36 a.m.

    Can't wait to get my copy, it looks beautiful!

  • Jessie Warren on Nov. 23, 2016, 4:31 a.m.

    one book thx, mate.

  • Melissa Weston on Nov. 26, 2016, 5:49 a.m.

    Awesome work Anita xx

  • Christopher Pitiris on Nov. 27, 2016, 2:32 p.m.

    Just ordered my copy of The Forbidden Tree! I cannot wait for my little nephew in Australia to receive it and hopefully treasure it for years to come! xx

  • Jarrah Cohen on Nov. 29, 2016, 12:04 a.m.

    You're the best, book looks amazing, love you to bits!!!

  • Liz Dovey on Nov. 29, 2016, 3 a.m.

    Good luck with your writing and drawing Anita!

  • Madeleine Ryan on Nov. 29, 2016, 9:22 a.m.

    Been There, Done That, Bought The Book >>> Thank you for making it possible to support & acquire your work so readily, A. Blessings upon all that you set your heart, mind & hands to. x

  • Lawrence Greenwood on Nov. 30, 2016, 2:14 a.m.

    Sick.......this looks sick.

  • Peter Riley on Dec. 1, 2016, 7:29 a.m.

    Your book is amazing and very different. I hope you get more sales but whatever: BE HAPPY!
    Lots of love Carol and Peter xx

  • Rivkah Frolich on Dec. 1, 2016, 8:52 a.m.

    Levi and I are both excited to read (and see) the book. So proud of you! <3

  • Paige Clark on Dec. 1, 2016, 4:13 p.m.

    Can't wait!

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