I can’t stay long, but realise it is ages since I posted and this is a very exciting post for me.
The publication date for my first published book – the children’s novel ‘Girl with a White Dog’ (Catnip) is coming closer every day (March 1st) and I have been sent a photo of the finished wonderful cover. It is designed by Philippa Johnson of Bounce Marketing ( a multi-talented person) and illustrated by Serena Rocca.
Ta Da! (trumpet fanfare)
and Ta Da! (another trumpet fanfare and lots of clapping)
I love it because they have really thought about the book. ‘Girl with a White Dog’ references Grimms’ fairy tales alot, and also has a scene where Jessie, the heroine, takes Snowy, the white German Shepherd puppy, to dog training in a wood. So Pip and Serena have come up with a very fairytale-like scene. ‘Girl with a White dog’ is about a story happening now, so Serena has drawn a very contemporary teenager. It links to a story happening over 70 years ago, and Pip has alluded to that by using font on the cover which is like typewriter print or the type of print you would find in older children’s books.
I also love it because walking dogs in woods is very much part of my own teenagers’ lives:
(The family dogs have run on ahead in the picture – luckily Serena made sure there was an illustrated white dog on the cover!)
Found them! With 2 of my teenage daughters (I LOVE how Serena has drawn Jessie on the cover) and my husband.
I feel very proud of the line ‘A story to change hearts and minds’ on the back, as I really hope it does do that, and because that was originally Non Pratt’s suggestion. Non took on ‘Girl with a White Dog’ and along with Liz Bankes, was my editor. She left at Christmas, and is about to be a debut YA author with Walker Books with her book ‘Trouble’ (also out March 1st), so it is lovely to have something by her on the cover. I feel very grateful to her for taking ‘Girl with a White Dog’ on when my lovely agent, Anne Clark, submitted it to her.
So, all in all, Yippee! I hope you love the cover as much as I do. I still can’t quite believe it is true.
And a BIG thank you to Pip and Serena, and to Liz and Non for editing, and to Anne Clark for believing in the book and taking me on in the first place!