Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I have a cover!!

Woo hooooooooo!

Ok, not a real HarperCollins cover. That won't be for some time now. Especially because I just found out, and it is good news, that my book date is being pushed back to Winter 2013. (Interesting note - in publishing winter means Jan/Feb/March.) This is good because that means I have plenty of time to work book 2 and 3 into perfect shape, something I have to admit I was worried about. So now with the books coming out in 2013, 2014, 2015, I feel confident that I can do a great job on the sequels.

In the meantime, Youngest has asked if she could draw a cover for my book. I was thrilled to see what she came up with.



This is a fabulous rendition of a water dragon battling ninjas. Ok technically I don't have any ninjas in my book, but I think this is marvelous! I especially love how the dragon is crushing one ninja in its claws while spraying water all over another one. Such a nice eye for detail she has!

Then Oldest wanted in on the action and she created her version of my book's cover, this one with Kira, my main character riding the water dragon. I love how she painted it and gave Kira such a fierce expression.



I'm thinking the HarperCollins's art team is going to have a hard time equaling the awesomeness of these two covers. But I also can't wait to see what my book cover will look like. Until then, I'll be admiring these two works of art!

18 comments:

Lisa Aldin said...

Beautiful covers! You should turn that into your publishes. As a suggestion when book design comes along! And congrats on the set dates!

JenniferWriter said...

Aww you got me so excited! But I should have known it was waaaay too early for covers. Still, these are fantastic. Your kids are so talented! (Maybe the sequels SHOULD have ninjas...)

Kelly Bryson said...

That's so great. It sounds like you have a house full of fans- that's one regret I have about writing for adults- my kids can't read it:(

Beautiful covers! Congrats!

Charles Gramlich said...

those are cool. Lot of talent in this family it appears.

Casey McCormick said...

LOVE them!!!

Mike Jung said...

I've decided the Oh girls will design the cover for my book as well. I'll have my people contact their people...

Tere Kirkland said...

Those are great! Even with extraneous ninjas! Marketing will tell you that there's no such thing as too many ninjas. ;)

Thanks for sharing. I love your posts about your girls. Here's to your pending cover matching the awesomeness of theirs.

Catvibe said...

Wonderful!

strugglingwriter said...

These drawings/paintings are great!

Until 2013? That wait would be excruciating for me! But if it's good news for you, then that's good too ;)

Ello said...

Thanks everyone! The girls have been so cute! Youngest keeps coming over to me asking me when Hopper will publish my book with her cover on it. I told her she shouldn't get her hopes up and that they might not use her picture, but that it would be on my blog to be admired by everyone forever! That made her very happy! She will be especially excited to read all of your comments, so thank you all so much!!!

fairyhedgehog said...

Gorgeous pictures! I think the publishers might have an issue with ninjas that don't appear in the book, but hey! no need to be picky.

Kim Kasch said...

:) Love those pics

Bisi Adjapon said...

I absolutely love this! How lovely, awwww :) I'm sure you're very excited; I know I am!

out of the wordwork said...

I think you should frame these - they're fabulous! Harper artists take note!!
Nelsa

Kiki Hamilton said...

Such talent! I love the action portrayed in both covers. Beautiful!!

T.D. McFrost said...

It looks fantastic Ello! I can't tell you enough how happy I am to see your publishing dream come to life.

And no, I'm not tearing up,thats just sand in my eyes.

Tyhitia Green said...

Those pics rock! :-D Your girls really have artistic talent. I can only draw a stick man.

AvDB said...

These are great! Youngest's has that trippy-cool seventies vibe. I might have to hire one of these outside artists for my next cover!

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