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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Stage one of cover consultation- Blue to the Sky

Stage one of cover consultation- Blue to the Sky

Twelve year-old Ella wants to conquer her fear of public speaking by climbing the CN Tower to recite her poem on allergies.  She also wants to someday own a dog that won’t make her sneeze or wheeze.

Julie McLaughlin prepared these roughs based on my idea that we showed Ella training for the climb on the Chedoke stairs in Hamilton. I asked everyone in my family which one they preferred and why.  Which one do you like better?                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

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Summer is not over yet!

Summer is not over yet!

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Cicadas buzz in the soft evening air of August. Local peaches, and corn and watermelon await our eating pleasure at stands and grocery stores, fresh from the farm yards. It’s still warm enough for a swim at the beach or pool. We are going on a second vacation, from a log cottage to a campsite; we will stretch the vacation vibe as long as possible bringing lots of books to read to take us even further away from real life minutiae. Join us and enjoy your book outside, under a tree.

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Encore Reading and Writing

Encore Reading and Writing

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Here I am hard at work editing my upcoming novel Blue to the Sky, a story about a girl coping with too many allergies and surviving because of poetry.  Banjo is here giving me encouragement and making sure I take breaks, especially for walks. I’m reading this story for possibly the hundredth time and still loving and rooting for Ella my main character. Maybe it’s because Ella is a composite of some of my grands. In any case, reading a book more than once is a joy. You see so many nuances you didn’t the first time when you were gobbling up the story. Revisiting work through editing is similar in that you can add layers and not worry about figuring so much about the plot.  What I wish for book lovers is that they take the time this summer to reread a novel and enjoy a story even more. It’s what book shelves are really about.

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