Here is a free printable for your Halloween loving littles!
The PDF version is here
For your interest… Weirdest Book Titles
Even though I am a designer, I often find myself brainstorming titles for our books at Cedar Fort Publishing. My team (two editors, and acquisitions editor, and two designers) likes to work together. And we like each other. (Also this staves off boredom)
Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about titling a book that will go to press and influence millions of readers.*
*Names and specifics are changed so that I don’t lose my job/reveal industry secrets to the competitors
I got the text for this book, about 70 words because its a board book, and I started thumbnailing. It’s much less intimidating to draw your ideas in tiny form. Who cares if it looks perfect!? Its just a baby drawing.
The book used to be way bigger and was supposed to have maps in it. Then there would be these little temple stickers you put in. But in a meeting it was decided that this would cost too much. I still think it would have been pretty cool.
The approval process is a crazy beast. I try to figure out what they like, so the first few approvals are always rough. I also (try to) never take things personally. I drew it, but it doesn’t mean I’m stupid if it gets rejected.
But on the other hand it DOES mean I’m a spectacular artist if they love it.
It’s available to purchase here.
I thought it could be cool to share how I illustrated this book and how the press process works. I learned a lot (as I do every single day at Cedar Fort) and I feel soooo lucky to work where I do.
This was a fast project. Like insanely fast. This is because the original illustrator contracted for this book ran into some problems, and kinda just told us that he wasn’t ever into doing it. Unfortunately he told us this the week after the final cover was due for sales sheets.
I’m a graphic designer at Cedar Fort, a publishing house in Springville, UT. I’m also often in charge of finding illustrators for projects. I LOVE this part of my job. I like the contract negotiations. I like taking their stuff to meetings and helping the sales team and head of our company see the illustrator’s vision, and then going right back to the illustrator and helping them see the vision of the company.
Sometimes translation between non artist people to art speak is hard. Especially when “No, I don’t like this spread. Redesign.” actually means, “Please change the colors of the trees and sky and make the children a tad bigger and suddenly I LOVE this spread.” Happens ALLLL the time!
So anyways. As the only illustrator member of the design team I was perfectly placed to pick up the slack and take this project.
The next post will tell you how I begin my illustrations and a bit more into the (never ending) approval process.
What a wonderful thing is was to be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!
Click on that if you’re curious about what the heck I was doing for 18 months.
Also, look what I’ve been working on with Mark Mabry since I got back a week ago.