My Sister Has A Big Black Beard is finished!


And the winner is...........







Using this background and other odds and ends, the cover has finally been all put together and sent off...and approved...so now Duncan Ball and I sit back and wait to look at the final version of it and the internal illustrations before they are sent off to the printer who will go mad and make thousands of books.

It’s scary knowing that if there is a mistake, it turns into thousands of mistakes...so a this stage everybody is looking with eagle-eyes for anything not quite right. It’s still amazing how things can slip through, though.

So...although this is just a rough rough version and the writing on the back is not exactly what will be there and is all messy because it got wrecked with some sticky tape, here is the cover!!! YAY!!!!!

The cover

Now we are trying to come up with a good cover for My Sister Has A Big Black Beard. We’re playing with various ideas and I invented some background patterns...but they ended up being too crazy and it is hard to read the writing once the title is added. So we’re trying something different...but here are some silly patterns...

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A book’s cover is really important because it has to be true to what’s inside the book, and it has to be appealing enough that you want to pick the book up and read it.

Sometimes authors and illustrators don’t agree with what the publisher’s marketing people say the cover should look like; marketing people know what’s selling in the current market but authors and illustrators may want to do something original. It can be a complicated process coming up with a cover that everybody is happy with.