Oct 29, 2014

German Digital Deal for My Mother’s Garden

I have good news; My Mother’s Garden (MMG) has been sold to Anja Leidel of KONO Design und Technologie GmbH for world German ebook right. KONO also optioned world German print and digital rights for the series.

It was a case of serendipity when I met Anja at the Frankfurt Book Fair during her very short trip around the fair halls. She was looking for illustrators and I took the chance to introduce myself and my books. I gave her a copy of MMG and two days before I return to Malaysia, she e-mailed me about her intention in translating my book to German and published it as e-book. I quickly jump at the opportunity and now the e-book is at its re-designing stage by Anja.  The enhanced ebook with audio will be published before Christmas this year. It will be made available for sale  at Apple’s iBook Store, and for the Google and Amazons Kindle devices.


Since it was first published in English, My Mother’s Garden has gone through a second print run and translated into Malay by Malaysian publisher Karangkraf. It has also been animated by Moker Taiwan and English digital rights sold to Perbadanan Kota Buku, Malaysia.



Oct 27, 2014

Giveaways for Sept/Oct 2014

Here’s what’s in store for the Top 3 commenters for combined months of Sept/Oct 2014:

1st : Handrawn calico bag with my new character (painted in Frankfurt), collection of children’s book catalogues (these are precious for those who like to illustrate and make children’s book), some random postcards from Frankfurt and a book entitled In The Garden of Thoughts, written by Dodinsky and illustrated by Amanda Cass. This book is a New York Times Bestseller.



2nd: A set of 5 books of Bacalah Sayang series published by DBP,a planner (2013-2017), random postcards and my original painting; “I’m Not A Cat, Just A Girl.



3rd: A set of 5 books of Bacalah Sayang series published by DBP and random postcards.


Since I posted this quite late, I am extending the closing date for these combined months’ giveaways to 5 November 2014. Happy commenting and good luck!

Oct 23, 2014

How to cope with sadness in J’attends Mamy



I fell in love with this book when I saw the cover at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Bought it right away.

It was in French and thanks to online free translation, I managed to understand the story.

The story is beautiful and poetic. A little girl’s granny had left the house but she was told that her granny would be home soon. Waiting for granny to return, the little girl spent her time outdoor talking to the trees, ladybug, dragonfly and many more.



One day, her father explains that her granny is dead, that she is not coming back. The girl eventually understand that new phase of life begins; life without Granny.

I personally love the illustrations which were done in pencil where some elements were tinted red. The illustrations really complement the story and there was a moment, or two, that I broke to tears.

I am so happy that I bought this precious book.

Publication details:
Format: Hardcover
Language: French
ISBN: 9782874261404
Published: 2011
Pages: 32
Publisher: Alice-Jeunesse (Alice Youth Editions)

Oct 15, 2014

Collaborative Princess book

I’m back! There are so many exciting stories to tell and this is one of it.

princessesWith Malaysian Consul General to Germany, Adina Kamaruddin. She loves the Legendary Princesses of Malaysia and bought all copies that I had.

Oyez!Books and I collected more than 20 stories for my upcoming new collaborative book—of legendary princesses from around the world—at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year.

Oyez!Books, represented by Linda Tan Lingard at the fair presented the list of countries below:

  1. Belgium
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Canada
  4. Chile
  5. China
  6. Egypt
  7. Estonia
  8. Finland
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. India
  12. Indonesia
  13. Iran (Persia)
  14. Korea
  15. Netherlands
  16. Philippines
  17. Romania
  18. Serbia
  19. Singapore
  20. Switzerland
  21. Thailand
  22. Turkey
  23. UAE
  24. UK (Wales)
  25. Vietnam

Stories and legends of princesses were collected from people who dropped by my table at the Malaysian stand. In some cases Linda went and asked at different country stands especially at Hall 5.0 where the international publishers were.

The next step will be to follow up with the contributors for the full story, background and image references for me to illustrate the book.

Many people at the fair loved the idea and all the more when they saw my illustrations in Legendary Princesses of Malaysia. In addition, a Spanish publisher has expressed interest in a co-edition.

Submissions and contributors were accepted only during the fair but all other queries may be addressed to: lindalingard@yusofgajahlingard.com.

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September & October 2014 Giveaway

I am still figuring out what to give for September. Since I will be going to Frankfurt, I thought I get something from there and combine the giveaways. Sounds fun, huh?

As usual, 3 giveaways for Top 3 except that this time it'll be extra to cover both months.

Sept & Oct 2014 Top Ones