When I was big and you were little - A children's book by RS Whipple

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San Francisco-based artist Rebecca Whipple Silverstein wrote and illustrated this children’s book, a story of a little girl who imagines herself switching roles with her father at bedtime.

I collaborated with Rebecca in numerous respects, managing the development of the project from the original paintings through to finished copies.

At the outset I developed a page size which worked for the size of the paintings. As part of that exercise I costed printing options in the US, UK and Far East. Based on the cost figures for the printing and all the preparatory work we settled on the best combination of price and location. This provided the basis for setting the target for the successful crowdfunding campaign which followed.

I provided Rebecca with the guidance needed to capture her paintings so they could be printed at the highest quality. It was critical to faithfully reproduce the wonderful vibrant colours and rich details of the originals. We converted the digital files to CMYK using a pre-press expert I engaged on her behalf. This part of the process took into account crucial details of the (uncoated) paper and printing process being used. We used top-level colour management to ensure Rebecca was able to see and approve hard copy colour proofs which we were confident the printer would be able to match.

Cick here for her reaction to receiving the finished copies, posted on Instagram – ‘My labor of love of the past 3 years has become an object in the world – a magical object.’


298 x 211mm, portrait
32 pages + end papers
Hardback, thread sewn, printed case with cloth quarter binding and gold foil
Colour reproduction and proofing using FOGRA standards for uncoated paper with offset litho printing
ISBN 978-1-732-35540-8 (published in the U.S)

Available direct from the author’s website here

For another case study of a Children’s book have a look at my post about ‘Mum’s Jumper’ by Jayde Perkin, published in the UK by Book Island

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  • Published November 9th 2018, by RS Whipple
  • Project Management from concept to delivery including development of book specification, financials, scheduling, delivery logistics
  • Colour Management from digital capture of the original paintings through soft and hard copy proofing, enabling accurate reproduction in print
  • Engaged and arranged Repro / Colour Proofing and Print suppliers
  • Sourced appropriate quarter binding cloth
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