The Sign of a Great Book Cover

My five-year-old and I celebrating THE MONSTORE illustrator James Burks' newest book, Princess Millie's Magic Wand. (Please note: before haircuts!)

Last week I got the thrill every author looks forward to—a rough sketch of my book cover for THE MONSTORE. (Phew, I need an editor. I don’t mean every author looks forward to THE MONSTORE cover, but it sure would be a boon to my sales if they did!)

The cover was only in black and white, but WOWIE! To see my characters starting back at me with these eager “read me” expressions was as thrilling as holding my daughters for the first time. (Except then I was exhausted and thirsty. At least this time I was well-rested with a huge ceramic vat of chai.)

I immediately printed it out and my five-year-old and I colored it in. Then we slapped it on the basket of the scooter that I use to tool around the neighborhood.  Yep, it’s now a MONSTOREMOBILE!

We then scooted over to the elementary school to pick up my eight-year-old (who is going to be upset if I don’t mention she’ll be nine in two days) and almost caused several accidents.

The kids were mesmerized. Gazing. Frozen. NOT MOVING OUT OF THE WAY!

I guess this is the sign of a good cover, right?

I wish I could share it here with you, but it’s still under wraps.

But I have to say–I think I had such a fabulous reaction to my cover because I didn’t hold any preconceived notions as to what it might look like. I think this is important when you’re the author of a picture book because it will NEVER look like what you imagine.

Nope, it will look BETTER than you ever DREAMED!

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38 responses to “The Sign of a Great Book Cover

  1. Congratulations!!! This is so exciting to read about … I can feel your excitement in your well-worded blog post! If I were teaching a lesson on “blogging word choice” you would have received an A! (Which in Ontario means you EXCEEDED the expectation for the grade level! YAY YOU!) But in all seriousness, through your blogs I feel like I’ve come to know you a little bit, and so that makes this moment for you even more exciting to read about! I can’t wait to buy a copy! It better be available in Canada, or I’ll be importing it myself!

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    • Thanks so much, Patrtick! Yes, it will be coming to Canada. If not, I will be coming to Canada in an ice-cream truck disguised as a MONSTOREMOBILE and handing them out myself!

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  2. What a tantalizing post! As someone who is NOT the author of The Monstore, I can enjoy imagining the cover and developing multiple preconceived notions based soley on the title!

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  3. I soooo wish you’d captured your Monstoremobile ride on video. Maybe a future vlog? hint, hint. Yay for awesome covers! I know just how it feels to fall in cover-love–definitely one of the most scrumptious highlights of becoming an author. Looking forward to when you can share yours.

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  4. Gail Handler

    So excited for you! I hope to experience that feeling someday myself!

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  5. Can’t wait to see it, Tara!
    I’m going a bit nuts waiting to see my cover. I just tweeted this Ambrose Bierce quote:
    “Patience: a minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.”

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  6. annastan

    Oooh, I can’t wait to see it! And creating your very own Monstoremobile = genius.

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  7. Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

    Super exciting Tara. So happy for you. Wish you could post a pic of your Monstoremobile…TOO funny! Congratulations?

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  8. congratulations and i can’t wait for THE MONSTORE’s release! you are so right about no expectations and being blown away with the illustrator’s work. there’s a reason why the authors stay out of the picture when it comes to the illustrations. 🙂

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  9. I cannot WAIT for THE MONSTORE to be in HUMANSTORES! The title is so so clever, and I’m betting the art will match. What a fabulous photo of you & daughter!

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  10. Tara — How exciting. I agree that the scooter video would be great. Maybe you could get it featured on the TV show “Pimp My Ride.” If that show is even still on the air. Congratulations!

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  11. tinamcho

    I love your enthusiasm! Can’t wait to see it, Tara!

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  12. Sooooo excited for you, Tara!!! Can’t wait to get my paws on a copy of Monstore!

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  13. I’m so in love with the returns policy at the Monstore.

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  14. I could feel your enthusiasm come across my screen…a sign of a great writer. So there will be a super cover and incredible writing….I think we can all expect a fabulous picture book from Monstore.

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  15. Ellen L. Ramsey

    I look forward to being mesmerized too!

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  16. Catherine Johnson

    Love the picture Tara. What a fun idea taking it on a bike! So excited to see and read Monstore.

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  17. Tara, are you SURE, there is nothing you can send me about the Monstore for my booth? A bookmark? An autographed sketch by the illustrator? Something??? I would love, love, LOVE to be able to help pre-promote your book…kinda like a upcoming movie trailer…lol…

    Donna

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    • Donna, you are so sweet. I really don’t have a thing I can release right now! Hopefully you’re doing it next year, too…because I am sure I will have stuff by next May!

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  18. This post is so much fun to read, Tara!! Thanks and CONGRAT’S!!

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  19. Brianna Soloski

    Congratulations. Can’t wait to see the real deal!

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  20. Congratulations! I wish I were on your school run – then I’d have gotten to see your book cover. Enjoy the next few months, and be sure to let us know when we can find it on the shelves!

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  21. AWSOME! I can’t wait to see “The Monstore Cover” !!!!

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  22. I am so excited about your book cover…and even more excited about seeing the entire book. I can’t imagine how thrilling it was for you to see the rough sketch!

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  23. Dawnyelle

    I love reading about your daily musings! It gives me such inspiration and reassurment!

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  24. I love that you and your little one colored in the sketches – I will do that too, one day, when I have a book under contract and receive my sketches – even if my little one is 21 years old!

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  25. From this post, I can’t wait to see your book, and meet YOU!

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  27. I love this post, Tara! Wish we lived in the same neighborhood so I could see the Monstoremobile for myself. We definitely need pictures and/or video. Congratulations!

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  28. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see the unveiling of the cover.

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  29. Leslie G

    Mega congrats, Tara, and w00t!!! (Or as my kids would say, “Teh awesomeness!”)

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