How We Judge a Book by Its Cover: The Cover Design Process

By Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director

I get a lot of “Oh, you work in children’s book publishing, that must be so fun!” when people find out what I do for a living. And in truth it can be a lot of fun! We never tire of all the interesting facts we get to learn—and then foist upon others—when working on our books.

However, cover design is also a lot of dedicated work, a lot of communication, a lot of research, a lot of meetings, and a lot of problem solving. Children’s publishing is a big business, so catching the immediate attention of anyone who would buy a book is imperative. There is a lot resting on how the covers of our books look at first glance. Read More

The Art of Cover Design: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

I asked designer Lindsey Owens if she had things to say about the cover design for our novel The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary that she’d like to discuss on the blog, and yes, yes she did. Today’s Dispatch from the Design Department—and a look into life in publishing—is courtesy of Lindsey. Also, I don’t make a practice of giving people work to do on road trips, I promise!—Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director Read More

A Book Designer’s View of ALA 2017

By Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director

Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) conference. In between the whirlwind of meetings, celebrations, events, signings, and running—literally running—to and from various rooms to hear ALA celebrity librarians and authors pontificate about topics dear to us book people, I found design inspiration in some unlikely places. I also found and (finally) met in person the award-winning illustrator, R. Gregory Christie.

Bad News for Outlaws, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie    No Crystal Stair illustrated by R Gregory Christie    The Book Itch illustrated by R Gregory Christie

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