“Go To Sleep!” Wins Moonbeam Award!

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards 2017

Marion Adams and Sarah Leigh-Wills win Moonbeam Award for “Go To Sleep

There’s really nothing quite like being considered for an award, and there’s certainly nothing like getting a prize!

When you’re a writer, or an illustrator, or editor, or anything creative, sometimes it can feel like you’re working alone all the time. Writing a book takes up a huge amount of time and energy, and is more often than not, undertaken alone and without any support. Whilst your housemates/husband/wife/partner/dog can make you a cup of tea or come in for a cuddle (get yourself a dog that can do both, people) it doesn’t quite finish your novel, or write the last chapter. For that matter, it doesn’t even write the first chapter, and that’s sometimes the hardest one!

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So I think we can all agree that finishing a book in the first place is quite an achievement. Days on end in a room alone, with just your laptop or notebook for company, and hours of agonising over one word over another can be justly rewarded when, joy of joys, it’s finished! Then begins the long, laborious process of editing. If you’ve never written your own story and read it back before, have a go. Or, even just finish a book and start reading it again, really slowly. Then again. And again. It’s not the most exciting process and it isn’t something that’s an easy task.

So, the book is written, the edits are done and you’ve managed to find someone to publish it. You’ve also found a great illustrator (*shines buttons*) and you’re ready to launch your words into the public sphere! How will they take it? Will they like it? Will everyone laugh at me? Have I spelled anything wrong, even after reading my story a billion and one times? (Just as a side note, I wouldn’t recommend reading your own, or any, story a billion and one times. I don’t even know how the maths would work on that, but don’t make it a goal in your writing life!) But there it is, sitting on the shelves at the local book shop, or smiling at you from the digital shelves of Amazon. You’ve written, you’ve worked, you’ve probably cried. There have been many cups of tea ingested, and possibly the odd snifter of something a little stronger. Then the reviews start to come in, if you’re really lucky. All those months of work and hot beverages have culminated in one person (probably on the internet) who isn’t a family member telling you what they think of your book. They love it! It’s passed the test of the random stranger! Then the next one, and the next. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a few favourable reviews.


Winning Awards

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But winning awards? After all this has happened, someone then hands you a medal or a trophy? Everyone loves a prize at the best of times, but when it’s for a book you’ve written yourself with your own hands then it really does take on a whole new meaning! So we take great pleasure in congratulating Marion Adams on her win, and for being able to help her to live her author-y dream. Find out all about “Go To Sleep” here, and make sure to get your hands on this AWARD-WINNING book!




Go To Sleep

Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that there is something wrong …

A delightful bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

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A few of my previous clients

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  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."