One thing I have learnt from my personal publishing journey is that not having an idea is never the problem - the problem is having too many ideas, and wanting to pursue all of them. So, with Blue Mushroom Books I am going to keep the number of books manageable, increasing output only if and when there are more people on board.
Jonathon Hagger and I will be working on two books together. One is a revised edition of his thesis on mindfulness in leadership, which I will be editing as a service to suit a broader audience. The other is a publication that Blue Mushroom Books will publish later in the year, also on mindfulness, but with a focus on nature and applicability. Jonathon Hagger is a friend and a patron of my personal work, so I am thrilled to be working with him in this capacity.
The Leatherback Turtle book that I started work on will be pushed out to later in the year as well - possibly to 2019 - as it will be getting the AR (Augmented Reality) treatment from Mark Southcombe. This requires digital illustrations, which will be commissioned by an illustrator who is confident in that medium.
I am working away at the plant book (possible title Grow Wild), which is in the style of Ramble On - an illustrated anthology. You can see progress for this book via our Instagram page: @bluemushroombooks. So far we have pieces on orchids, carnivorous plants, and feijoas. Illustrations have just begun.
Auckland Creative Anthology
After much consideration, I have decided that I will be dropping the museum book for now. I have had one Auckland museum, Huia Settler's Museum, confirm an interview, and they will be pulled into another book project...
...which is an anthology in the style of my personal publication, the (wo)manpower zine series. This will be a collaboration with my friend and colleague, Bernice Austin. We caught up yesterday to discuss the project, and are very excited to be working on this together. We will be editing an illustrated anthology of interviews with creative people in Auckland, our home city. We haven't confirmed timeline yet, but will probably be looking at Spring 2018.