Monday, May 3, 2010

Alpha-Oops! H is for Halloween


There is something really emotional about getting that first copy of a new book. I find myself both excited and nervous. The last month or so of working on a book seems to get very intense. A lot of time and thought. Then it just goes away for about six months. When finally, and often unannounced, it shows up on your doorstep in the form of an advance copy. It's one of the lucky ones that got to fly back while most of the books are still on a cargo boat somewhere. I will examine the cover, sniff the fresh ink and then set it aside. I need to get up the courage to open it up. I know that it's done. I can't change it anymore, this is it, this is what the kids will get. I need time to take off the creator hat. I try to forget all the struggles, the alternate versions, the second guessing and try to look at it new, like someone pulling it off a library shelf.

5 comments:

Gina Perry said...

Well, the cover looks quite successful from here! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about getting those 1st copies. Well said.

Nina Crittenden said...

Looks great to me! I am patiently waiting and watching my doorstep for copies of my very first book to arrive. When does it seem real??? Your work is fantastic!!!

Anne Moore said...

you did a smash-up job!!! love the palette, as always : ) you're a pro.

michael robertson said...

hey, just happened upon your blog-great stuff. I love your style!

Deanna said...

I just google searched you after admiring your work on "A Cat and A Dog." I love the style of your artwork. I have a cute idea myself for a colorful childrens' book but I don't even know where to begin since I am just a hobby artist at this point. Any guidance on how to get started?