One thing I have heard repeatedly in the book industry is that covers sell. If you don’t have a great cover it’s harder to sell your book no matter how great it is. And I’m a believer. Not that my 1st edition didn’t sell, matter of fact I sold out, but my new cover is bold and immediately lets you know it’s an adventure and that Anyia is about to take you on a journey.
When I designed the cover of the 1st edition of Anyia, Dream of a Warrior I really didn’t in an action pose. I don’t think it even crossed my mind. I was fixed on putting her next to a Kork tree with Pepo Bugs to show the fantasy side of the book; as a greeting to the readers or something. I don’t even know anymore, but as I learned more about the book industry and etc. I’ve come to realize that I needed to show more of the adventure side of the book on the cover which is working very well. Showing the adventure side of the book speaks to her journey and it made the book feel less passive and I think that has an appeal to buyers.
I also took the title of Labyrinth’s Door off the cover and just made it Anyia, Dream of a Warrior. I did this because of the direction I’m going with the book series. I do want to come back with a Labyrinth’s Door series, which is a book with puzzles, mazes and etc., but it needs to be thought out more and setup different. I did leave the maze, puzzles and the how to draw section in the book, so the content is the same as well as all the inside illustrations.
Out of curiosity I would love to know which cover you like. Leave me a comment and let me know.
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Talee is my first early reader book character. She is a fun loving eight-year-old who adores adventures. She loves to read about her favorite explorer, Captain Jewel, and hopes to one day be a great explorer herself. Because of her love for exploring, she explores her home planet, Gala, whenever possible and takes her friends Cora and Nola with her.
Talee’s stories were initially going to be coloring book adventures, which is why all the illustrations in the first early reader book are color book style illustrations that kids can color. I wanted to keep a bit of the original idea in the book. Of course, now I’m working on the 2nd edition of the book and all the illustrations will be in color and this illustration will be one of them.
I started working on a set of memory cards awhile back since I have so many illustrations from the Talee and the Fallen Object Coloring Book Adventure to choose from. I thought it would be a fun way for kids to engage with the story as well as work on their memory skills. I know I used to love playing memory when I was younger.
The illustrations are the same illustrations from the coloring book, except of course I colored them in and changed some of the elements to make the image easier to read on a 2×2 card (You can see the differences in one of the illustration below). I also add some shading to help Talee stand out more in the illustrations. At first I was planning to leave the illustration flat with no shading or changes from the coloring book, but after printing them out I think they could use a some shading to give the scene more depth. If you look at the photo on the upper left you can see the illustration with Talee on the bed is easier to read and maybe even easier to remember then the others. And since Talee is going to be a lot smaller on the 2×2 card I also need her to have just a little more pop. To help with this I think once all the illustrations are done I’m going to go back and add an overlay layer just on her to brighten her up and to give the illustrations continuity. It will help pull her forward in the illustration and give the background some depth.
Last week I brought a set of washable coloring markers made by Play Day and colored in one of my coloring tees. The colors went on well, vibrant, and the shirt was easy to color. The only problem was that the makers didn’t dry quick and I got marker smudges on the side of my hands. The good thing is that the smudges wore off quick so it wasn’t a big deal. I’m not sure how much color I’ll get out of the markers but so far so good. And now that I know the marker directions show I’ll try to color better. I really didn’t think about it until I was almost finished. For some reason, I thought the colors were going to blend in more. I’m going to press the same design on the back and color it in with some fabric markers to see the differences. I’ll then wash it to see how the colors hold up. I’ll post once I get the results.