We've reached the end of Cover Blitz Week!
To celebrate, first I'm going to share with you something my editor just shared with me this week: the thumbnail sketches. These were the very first pieces of work the illustrator sent over for this project. They were used to figure out composition, before he created the more detailed sketches found here.
As you can probably tell, they went with composition number 4. Emphasis was taken off of the rose, however, so that it didn't look too girly...something I wholeheartedly agree with because I very specifically wanted to write a book, with a female protagonist, that was still gender neutral.
So, there you have it! If you put all 5 of the Cover Blitz posts together, completely out of order (not sure why I did that, but there you are), you should have a basic anatomy of how a cover gets made.
And now for the other part of the celebration: I'm running a Cover Blitz Week Giveaway!
And the prizes are:
Two books of your choosing from the Bloomsbury/Walker catalogue (to celebrate the extraordinary work they do there).
These are just examples of some of my favorite covers. But the winner can choose any two books found at BloomsburyKids.com
One copy of this new UK re-edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (the reasoning behind this is trifold: to celebrate the newly-minted Pottermore announcement; because I think it's utterly gorgeous; and because I (not-so-secretly) daydream about Bloomsbury UK publishing my book too. )
One signed copy of The Mapmaker and the Ghost when it's released (because...well because it would be weird for me to sign someone else's book!)
I'll send it out as soon as I have copies which means you will be one of the first on the block to have it.
There are three easy ways to enter:
First, answer this question: If you could meet any famous ghost (or famous person's ghost), who would it be?
- Leave a comment on this blog with your answer or
- Tweet me your answer or
- Write your answer on my Facebook wall
Everyone can enter once per method (three max).
The contest ends Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 8 PM EST at which point the winner will be chosen at random. One winner will win all four prizes.
Good luck and thanks everyone for indulging me all week!
Update: The contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner (chosen via random.org)...[drumroll please] Bryan!