CCBC Book Week Tour!

CCBC Book Week Tour!

Happy to have been selected to tour, in person, the province I think of as my long lost home, Quebec. For these tours, the cost drops significantly so it’s a great opportunity for a school to engage their young readers with a writer they may not know yet. Having written for 35 years and visited libraries and schools across Canada for the same amount of time, I think of myself as a grandmother of literacy.. I love the kids and my work. Passion inspires across the board, not just for reading and writing. You’ll see if you host me. Because the profile I’ve posted here is a screen shot, the pink hyperlink button won’t work. Here’s the application link, nice and long: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPAM6jf7KIl2RN9LgJ2AzZ9swgizIOojcGXxcj8v07gQXTAg/viewform?pli=1

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Book trailer time!

Book trailer time!

Taking direction from your dad on exactly how he wants you to climb.

 

Opening shot, preparing for the climb by doing up laces!

How many times do you need to climb these stairs to equal CN Tower climb? How many times to get the shot right?

Triumph! Made it to the top. Surely Allergic to Everything Girl can conquer her fear of public speaking too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you create a book trailer?

I start with a short script that I run by my son Craig (EpiloguePoductions.com). For Blue to the Sky, I wanted to show my main character Ella training for her big CN Tower stair climb. Over the climbing shots, we would put a voiceover of her citing her goals: first climbing Chedoke steps and then CN Tower stairs, then reciting her allergy poem over the City of Toronto, then presenting in front of her class and conquering her public speaking fear.  I hired my granddaughter Violet to climb Chedoke stairs and to read the lines.

Best stair climber I know and she has such a unique voice.

I can’t wait for you to see the video.

 

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Final, final, cover

Final, final, cover

The colour has been corrected; here is the final image. In order to bond with it I will have a t-shirt made with the image on it. DCB will also create a poster for me to display at upcoming events. Can you see any differences between this and the last cover?

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And the Final Cover is….

And the Final Cover is….

Climbing the stairs, with a dog standing by for moral support, and surrounded by ribbons of words that 12  year old Ella recites to shore herself up and to memorize for  her CN tower recital–here it is the final cover. This week this image will be finalized with some colour corrections.

Coming April 13 in poetry month.

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Whittling Down the Cover Choices

Whittling Down the Cover Choices

In my family there are three graphic designers and others trained in  photography and art as well as nine grandchildren. I ask everyone’s opinions on the cover in order to see if they conform with mine.  I definitely wanted railings for my stairs, for safety and accuracy. Dogs can’t climb Chedoke stairs because of the raised metal points. Ella wants to have a dog but is allergic. However, her friend’s dog Bala is a Whoodle–part Wheaten terrier part poodle–supposedly hypoallergenic and he does come to a training session only sits at the top. Dogs on covers sell books, says my publisher.So Ella aspires to climb CN Tower stairs, and hopes to own a hypoallergenic pooch of her own some day. Having those images at the top, even if the CN tower is not  really visible from Hamilton set Cherokee stairs, represents the goal.

What do you think? Accuracy vs mass appeal? Final cover coming up soon.

 

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