On Thursday Mylisa wrote about covers, and I couldn’t agree with her more. Covers are a big deal! My cover was previously revealed on Mr. Colby Sharp’s blog along with an interview, but I also wanted to share a bit about my cover here.

When my editor emailed me with the name of the illustrator she had hired for Book Scavenger, I immediately googled her name: Sarah Watts. I was thrilled with what I found. Sarah is so talented, and her illustration style was exactly the direction I was hoping my publisher would go in. But appreciating someone’s artistic talent is not the same as knowing what your cover will look like. And then one day in November, my editor emailed me the final cover. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. I love how the burgundy of the title and the book Emily is holding pop against the blues. I love that you can see a gold bug on the miniature book cover, and that James’s hair is poking up, and that there are two birds hovering in the sky. I love the flying books, and even more so, I love how if I let my vision blur then the books take on the look of fog, which is such a staple of San Francisco. I love the running Emily and James next to my name. I love that this cover says “mystery” to me, but also sets the tone for the type of mystery that it is.

Did I mention I love my cover? Yeah, I do. April Ward designed this beauty, Sarah Watts created the cover art, and I am so thankful to them both.



jenn.bertman-2002139Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is the author of the forthcoming middle-grade mystery, Book Scavenger (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan, 2015). Book Scavenger launches a contemporary mystery series that involves cipher-cracking, book-hunting, and a search for treasure through the streets of San Francisco. Jennifer earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA, and is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette.

You can find Jennifer online at where she runs an interview series with children’s book authors and illustrators called “Creative Spaces.”


Filed under cover art, Happiness, Thankfulness

8 responses to “Cover Reveal: BOOK SCAVENGER

  1. mariagianferrari

    I love it, Jenn, especially the silhouettes which lend it an air of mystery! Can’t wait to read this one 🙂


  2. Janet Fox

    It’s a truly gorgeous cover, Jen. It makes me WANT this book!! (I just learned the name of my cover designer, and I’m absolutely THRILLED!! So I know just what you mean.)


  3. Ooh- makes grabby hands!! It’s fantastic. I’ve always thought MG as a rule always comes up w/some of the best covers. Can’t wait to get to read it!


  4. kglittle

    It’s a fabulous cover! I love it. Congrats, Jennifer!


  5. Loved this cover the moment I saw it. Can’t wait to read this book, Jenn!


  6. This is exactly the kind of cover that screams “Pick Me Up!” I’m so happy for you! Can’t wait to hold it in my hands!!!


  7. I love it, too, Jenn! The books are such a wonderful element! I would absolutely pick this up!!! Can’t wait to read it!


  8. I love it, Jenn, and I love all of the subtle details you pointed out that add to the whole. I can’t wait to read it! =D


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