Hello my name is Debora
Burr, and I have worked as a freelance illustrator and designer
for the past 27 years.
I originally began as a graphic designer,
creating logos and adverts, as well as brochures and packaging.
I have in the past, freelanced for numerous companies ranging
from the large corporate, public relations, printers and newspapers
as well as small businesses.
About 20 years ago while cold calling for new work as you do
when you have a quite spell, I rang on the off chance a local
children’s publisher and much to my surprise received
regular work from them.
After this initial work I started to work closely with a few
children's book packaging companies, working on concept, design
and production of children’s picture books. The advantage
of being involved in all aspects of how a book is created through
to the finished book and also being generously invited to the
Book fairs to see how the books are presented and sold, I think
would give anyone a good understanding of what is required for
a children’s book.
With knowledge gleaned from this
work I set about designing and illustrating my first book, with
dummy book in hand I presented my first attempt at a children’s
picture book to a publisher.
Now if this was a Hollywood film the book would be an instantly
snatched from my grasp by grateful publisher and gone on to
become a best seller but alas no after showing at the children's
book fair in Bologna then six months later at the world book
fair in Frankfurt it died a death.
Not one to give up I took on board all the feedback received
from publisher and buyers at both fairs and went back to the
drawing board and tried again. With some changes to the format
and layout of the book my 3rd attempt sold.
The excitement of seeing my first book in print was amazing,
made even more special by the fact some where around the world
a child would be reading a book I had created. Since that first
book, I have designed and illustrated many more, ranging from
novelty board to educational books and have been published internationally
and translated in over 15+ languages.