About the Book
Animals of the Great American West: A Fun and Relaxing Coloring Book for Teens and Adults features 50 original mandala style animal illustrations that vary in complexity and detail, and are fun for all skill levels, beginner to advanced.
Why not give yourself the gift of relaxation by buying one for yourself? Get your colored pencils ready! And nurture creativity in a loved one by getting them a copy of this original coloring book for themselves as it makes a thoughtful and well appreciated gift.
About the Author
Scott Baker is an author of coloring and activity books for kids and adults. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree from University of California Los Angeles. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
Animals of the Great American West is a fun and relaxing coloring book for teens and adults.
The animals depicted inside the book are animals that Lewis and Clark encountered during their famous expedition to explore and map the western half of the U.S. between August 31, 1803, to September 25, 1806.
An important part of the expedition was to study the animals they encountered during their journey. The animals included in this coloring book were selected from the lists compiled during these explorations.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
Based upon the feedback we have received from people who have already purchased Animals of the Great American West: A Fun and Relaxing Coloring Book for Teens and Adults, the book is fortunately well-liked by both teens and adults.
While the book offers straightforward fun and entertainment for teens, much of the feedback from adults has centered on how relaxing they find it to color these animal-mandala designs.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
In preparation for some upcoming projects, I have recently been looking for creative inspiration by re-visiting books written for kids and young adults but with universal appeal such as The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein; The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy; and The Pleasant Fieldmouse written by my dear friend Jan Wahl and illustrated by Maurice Sendak who incidentally wrote Where the Wild Things Are, another wonderful book with universal and timeless appeal.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
Write first. Ask questions later. Sometimes you just need to start doing the thing you fear. It can be paralyzing to try to pre-plan every tiny detail worrying too much about problems in the writing that are yet to come.
While I certainly think a detailed outline is invaluable, I often make more progress by just getting something down on paper (or screen) and then later weaving it into the outline, and tweaking the outline as the bigger picture becomes more clear to me through the process of writing.
With respect to creating coloring books, I’d say market research is essential, you want to be able to forecast if there is likely to be any demand for what you want to create. Some niches are so saturated that it would be difficult for potential buyers to locate you. So I think it is important to find what is unique about your book and have a slightly different angle if trying to publish in a very competitive niche.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
While I don’t have a personal website, I can be contacted at ScottBakerPublishing@gmail.com.