Birmingham-based author, Jane Komussar has come a long way since her beginnings in Estonia. Naturally she has fond memories of growing up and is proud to return to her home country with her son to visit her parents and her sister’s family, but she also loves living in Birmingham where she has been for 6 years.
Jane’s first foray into writing was Baby Food Cookbook in 2009 influenced by her time working with children in America. Written in Estonian for her home market, it was the first book of its kind in her country and became an overnight bestseller. From these auspicious publishing beginnings, Jane has since self-published a children’s picture book Otto and the Angry Donga – a true story of how her son learnt to deal with his angry emotions. Jane wrote this book to help other children learn to deal with their own anger issues. Illustrated by an award-winning Estonian illustrator Karel Korp, Otto and the Angry Donga, is a striking picture book with a strong message. “Anger is one of many emotions and it is vital that children learn how to cope with these feelings whilst they’re growing up,” explains Jane.
Never one to be pigeon-holed, Jane’s latest book I Know Myself takes a different direction, giving children aged 8 and over the chance to discover and document their feelings along with positive affirmations to help them understand that they are enough no matter what anyone else says. Jane had a loving family growing up in Estonia, unfortunately though there were some negative influences which have affected her relationships and mindset since. “It’s so important to have positive people in children’s lives”, says Jane, who tries to influence her son, now 13, to be a strong, independent, self-thinking individual.
I Know Myself is a child-friendly book which children and parents can use together to build on their existing loving relationships. Both Otto and the Angry Donga and I Know Myself are available on Amazon worldwide and Jane’s own publishing website: www.kizzfrog.com.
Now, Jane is turning her attention to working with fellow independent authors on her new project BookPlanet4Kids which launched last week at the Festive Gift Fair at the NEC. The driving force behind this newest endeavour is the difficulties independent authors face when marketing their books. It’s not simply a case of writing a book; there’s an awful lot of work involved in producing and then marketing books, which is where Jane’s experience in sales comes to the fore. Working with Daniela Burley, an Essex-based children’s author (her book for children 8+ Elen and the Water Goblin is available on Amazon and on her website www.danielaburley.co.uk) the BookPlanet4Kids team grew from a single conversation with nearly 40 authors now involved including Josie Dom, also from Essex, with 3 picture books available via her website josiedom.co.uk, and Nick Jones who runs his own small publishing company uniting a number of children’s authors: full-media.co.uk.
Jane’s vision for BookPlanet4Kids doesn’t stop at this year’s Festive Gift Fair so we expect to see much more of Jane in the months and years to come. Watch this space, as they say!
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