Hi, guys–Happy New Year! It’s good to be back!
There was a piece recently in Publishers Weekly about the cover of Steam Train, Dream Train, the follow-up to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. So much thought goes into figuring out book covers.
For my next book with Millbrook Press, Water Can Be…, my editor sent me two cover sketches that illustrator Violeta Dabija did. A committee would be meeting the following week to choose the cover. I liked both sketches, but I did have my fingers crossed for one of them–the one that didn’t get picked. Ah well…that’s the way it goes. At NCTE, I got to talk with a Lerner marketing person who had a say in the choice, and I liked hearing the criteria they talked about. They liked the whimsy of the one they chose, and also that there was more of a sense of a character. I could see that. I did think it was surprising that neither of the two covers that went to approval had a central, singular image, like the cover of Leaf Can Be… does. I love those two little foxes on the cover! Anyway, I can’t wait to see the actual cover and art for Water. It doesn’t come out for more than a year, so I’m still trying to be patient:>)
Leave a comment guessing what animal is going to be on the cover of Water Can Be…, and I’ll send one of my nonfiction books to the first person who guesses correctly!