The children who are beta testing the upcoming WriteShop Junior series have been learning about the writing process:
- Rough draft
- Editing and revising
- Final draft
They’ve enjoyed watching our book covers go through this process too, and it’s helped them realize that everything worth doing takes time.
So let’s follow our talented artist, Deborah Thomson, as she designs a book cover for us!
At the initial concept stage, we toss around ideas and settle on a “woodland animals” theme. Deborah throws together some sketches.
The characters are cute! But they’re also a little young for our target age. So we talk about tweaking the drawings so that they’re more suitable for older elementary ages.
The reviews are mixed. Some of our test families love the sketches, others think they’re still too young-looking. We talk with Deborah about creating characters that reflect some of the genres we’re teaching, and she goes back to the drawing board.
The excitement is starting to build! The animals have taken on an older look. There’s detective rabbit for our mystery theme. And a mad-scientist goose for our science fiction theme. We’re ready for more feedback, so we run these by the families who are beta testing WriteShop Junior.
The verdict? We’re getting warmer! It’s time for a concept cover!
Editing and Revising
Bingo! We have a winner! We give Deborah the go-ahead and she creates the full-color final cover for WriteShop Junior Book F (the third book in our series).
And here’s a peek at the cover for Book D.
And Book E!
I’m wild about our new book covers! Aren’t you?
We would love to publish the first book, WriteShop Junior Book D, within the next couple of months. Praying every detail falls into place!