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Brave Squish Rabbit

I love mail. Bills – not so much – but letters and postcards and invites and … packages. Oh yes, especially packages. Most especially those that come in the shape of books. Or those with little white rabbits tucked away inside. And yesterday I received just such a package.

These are the final print proofs of the Australian version of Brave Squish Rabbit, which will officially be released on October 1st, just after the US release date of September 14th. And this version has a very special difference. Something we’re super hoppy excited about. Which is…

It’s glow-in-the-dark

It was all my editor’s idea, who has been looking for the right book to use this effect on. Along came Squish with his second tale, set at night and with luminous little glow bugs on the cover. It couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s taken quite a mammoth effort to get the printing of this book just right, and the UQP editorial team and I have spent much time together in dark cupboards testing glowing samples. Not quite how I imagined this whole publishing thing would work. But a lot of fun :)

The glow effect is on the glow bugs on the cover and the little stars on the back:

l always imagine that because I have spent so long illustrating a project and have seen it every day on my computer screen, that I wont react when I see the final book. But it’s just not true. When I opened the package I might have been heard repeating the words ‘It’s a book! It’s a book!’ like some kind of neanderthal who has just discovered the written word. Needless to say, I was pretty excited. I’m really proud of this book, and so thankful of the support my two publishers have given me in helping bring it to life.

But I wasn’t the only one in this household who was excited about the arrival. You can see what happened below:

First, Squish (who has a giraffe beanie on – don’t ask) wanted to read his story

Then my pup, Frank, got jealous and wanted in on the action

Like all good siblings, they finally settled their differences and decided to share

DIY Cover Art

Cold Hard Truth: the design degree I invested all those hours, sweat, tears and money in was a waste of time. OK, so I didn’t invest any actual money, just accumulated a massive HECS debt that I’ll die with. Ahem. Anyway, I didn’t need to learn about visual communication, art history, typography and book binding in order to design book covers. Alien Onion showed me the light. Turns out it’s all rather simple, really.

COVER ART FOR DUMMIES:

How to create your debut YA cover

  1. Go to Fake Name Generator – the name that appears is your author name
  2. Go to Random Word Generator – the word listed under ‘Random Verb’ is your title
  3. Go to FlickrCC – type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover
  4. Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in
  5. Post it to your site along with this text

Here’s mine:

2009-08-13

It’s so YA. Tense and Meaningful. Definitely a ‘coming of age’ type novel – a young man balancing on the brink of childhood and adulthood. Check out the author’s name. Who doesn’t love a pun?

Confession: I had to cheat slightly, as my first random verb was ‘prognosticate’, which (oh shock) yielded nothing on Flickr, so I had to go with the next one. The original image can be found here. And there’s a great gallery of DIY covers over on 100 Scope Notes which you have to check out.

So go fly my pretties and see what you come up with. Please post links if you do…


About this Blog…

A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

All text & images  Katherine Battersby

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