Monday, April 14, 2014
The paperback for Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace is out in the world! Jake cannot control his excitement. Here he is celebrating in that crazy Jake way.
Actually Jake seems to really enjoy books. He was the first to unwrap my author copies (and he did this while we were all out of the house). When I got home, the box was opened and all of the copies were transported to Jake's favorite spot under the stairs.
Alas. This wasn't the first time he's done this. He enjoys paperbacks but he's been known to nibble on a hard cover too. Jake likes to sink his teeth into a book.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
As an author, I'm beginning to notice things about book design that I never saw as a reader.
Check out the paperback version of Hiding Out At the Pancake Palace.
Notice the information you get from the front cover. At the top is a one sentence teaser that tells what the book is about (I did not come up with this clever one liner.). They also managed to get the "an NPR Best Book of the Year" placed in the top left corner. At the bottom of the cover, there's the title of my other book so that the reader can make that connection.
And then there are the lovely images. The sunglasses hint that someone is hiding (and they make the book look fun!). Even the blueberries are there for a reason. In Aunt Emily's Pancake Palace and in the Pinelands of New Jersey (where the book takes place) blueberries are important. And how can anyone resist the yummy stack of pancakes with the gooey font of the title melting right over them?
In the back of the book there's a longer description to give the reader a better feeling for what the book is about and some quotes from the reviews. Sometimes when you put a lot of text into a small space it looks overwhelming. But not in this case. That is because the quotes from the reviews are served up on white plates with a fork right next to them!
By the way, those blueberries that are on the back cover are also featured in the beginning page of each chapter.
Thank you Square Fish for making the book look so delicious and for the time, talent and care you put into the design.
The paperback comes out on April 10th!