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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?