Hi, I’m Kathy, the writer of Hey Taipei
When I was working in New York, I would buy picture books to bring back as souvenirs for my friends and their kids. The sights and bright lights of New York would jump right off the page. After I moved back to Taiwan, I shopped around for a cute picture book about Taipei in English but didn't find one. And the Chinese-language versions didn’t have the same spirit of fun and adventure. So I thought, hey, I’m a writer. Why not write one myself? Taipei deserves it.
I wrote the story about two years ago but didn’t know what to do with it. Then I had my baby daughter in October 2017 and suddenly the project became about her. I want Claudia to see herself in the book, having the same adventures and feeling proud she’s from Taipei.
Why does Hey Taipei need crowdfunding?
This is my first time writing a children's book and my first experience with the publishing industry. I learned that in Taiwan it’s rare for picture books to be profitable. Sometimes it can be a challenge to break even. Luckily I’m working with Garlic Crush Studios, a Taipei-based studio and publisher. They believe children’s books should be fun and inspire readers to be creative. If possible, they should make kids laugh and smile. I completely agree!
Since Hey Taipei is in English, I have no idea if there’s a market for the book to succeed. Do enough parents in Taiwan want to buy an English-language book about Taipei? We’ll find out! Garlic Crush Studios has taken on the work of the illustrations and book design. Now we’re hoping to pre-sell enough copies to cover the printing cost and make all the work worthwhile. Hopefully this campaign will be a success and we’ll get to see Hey Taipei selling in bookstores and maybe even Taoyuan Airport.