At times they've helped me during hard times, other times they've given me problems when daydreaming in class. No matter the situation, stories have always been, probably the most important thing in my life. Something I just can't manage to be without. I want to tell stories, and share them with the world. It is my hope that, after 50 years, there will be people who, when thinking back to magical and important things from their childhood, that they will think of a story I've told. To achieve this I need to tell many stories, to increase my experience and skill level. That is why I started OMOiOMO.
OMOiOMO allows me to tell the stories that I feel are the most important, and in a way I feel is the most moving, without having to worry about how they will be perceived by publishers and the industry. It allows me to work in different styles and techniques to challange myself as an artist and push myself to get better rather than having to have a "personal style" thats's commercial.
Under the label of OMOiOMO I'm creating 1-2 picture book length stories per month, or chapters if a part of a longer story, but I release them in compilations of about 4 stories per book (unless it's a longer story in one book). I'm doing this partially of the egotistical reason that it's simpler for me to manage fewer releases so it'll allow me to focus more on creating. Mainly though, the reason is that I, especially when I was a child, often would get frustrated with picture books, and sometimes comics, because I felt that they where far too short or had too little contents.
What will I get if I sign up to follow your newsletter?
About twice a month I send out a newsletter with info on new releases, my thoughts on the creative process and other artists and storytellers.
Also, in the near future I'm going to set up a paid subscription option that also gives access to pdf:s of the stories as I finish them togeather with making of materials and my notes on the process of creating the story, discount codes for the printed books, among other things.
I'm curious about the printed books. Could you tell me about them?
The books are printed as hardcover books with the interior using glossy 200g paper and high quality printing normally used for photo books and not picture books or comics. I chose to have the books printed in higher quality than normal because I believe the physical feeling of a book influences the reading experience.
The books are sold via Peecho, a Dutch print-on-demand company using printers all around the world. As they receive your order they print the book at the printer closest to you and then the book is sent to you directly from the printer. The book generally arrives within two weeks from when the order was placed. If there’s any problem with the order, Peechos customer service will help you to the best of their abilities.
Can you tell me why I should buy your books?
Not knowing you personally, I can only answer assuming you’re an average person, in which case: You should not buy my books! Why?
My books aren’t what you see filling up the shelves at book stores as “safe-bets” for selling. I take risks with my work.
My books don’t have the cheapest prices and don’t participate in the race to the bottom trying to appeal with low prices rather than quality content.
My books don’t have a design chosen based on what an editor thinks will sell. The design of my books are based on what I feel will convey the story the strongest.
My books aren’t made to appeal to the larger mass, so they aren’t, and will probably never be, on any top seller lists. If you like to have others tell you what you should like, my books aren’t for you.
In short, you probably shouldn’t buy my books. Instead go buy something average.
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