WriteShop Junior book covers: Everything’s a process!

The children who are beta testing the upcoming WriteShop Junior series have been learning about the writing process:

  • Brainstorming
  • Rough draft
  • Editing and revising
  • Final draft

They’ve enjoyed watching our book covers go through this process too, and it’s helped them realize that everything worth doing takes time.

So let’s follow our talented artist, Deborah Thomson, as she designs a book cover for us!

Brainstorming

At the initial concept stage, we toss around ideas and settle on a “woodland animals” theme. Deborah throws together some sketches.

The characters are cute! But they’re also a little young for our target age. So we talk about tweaking the drawings so that they’re more suitable for older elementary ages.

Mixed Reviews

The reviews are mixed. Some of our test families love the sketches, others think they’re still too young-looking. We talk with Deborah about creating characters that reflect some of the genres we’re teaching, and she goes back to the drawing board.

Rough Draft

The excitement is starting to build! The animals have taken on an older look. There’s detective rabbit for our mystery theme. And a mad-scientist goose for our science fiction theme. We’re ready for more feedback, so we run these by the families who are beta testing WriteShop Junior.

The verdict? We’re getting warmer! It’s time for a concept cover!

Editing and Revising

Final Draft

Bingo! We have a winner! We give Deborah the go-ahead and she creates the full-color final cover for WriteShop Junior Book F (the third book in our series).

And here’s a peek at the cover for Book D.

And Book E!

I’m wild about our new book covers! Aren’t you?

We would love to publish the first book, WriteShop Junior Book D, within the next couple of months. Praying every detail falls into place!

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13 comments ↓

#1 Isabelle aka Canadianladybug on 04.13.11 at 9:24 am

Alexandre thinks they are funny. I laughed a bit seeing the book E.

Love the colours. The originality and the titles.

Personally my favourite is the Book D. Love the cave.

BTW you have caught his curiosity with the word PLOT on book F….

#2 Jolanthe on 04.13.11 at 10:16 am

My girls are looking over my shoulder and literally cheering!! :) Love the covers and the characters and cannot wait to use them!

#3 Kim on 04.13.11 at 10:26 am

They definitely appeal to our target age group! I’m super excited.

#4 Nancy I. Sanders on 04.13.11 at 10:58 am

Kim and Deborah, I LOVE taking a peek at this process. It’s an inspiration to all writers, young and old. And wahoo!!! You’ve designed some winners. Congratulations. -Nancy

#5 Nancy Larimer on 04.13.11 at 4:36 pm

All three of the covers are great. They make the topics fun and appealing. He likes all the topics.

#6 Melanie on 04.13.11 at 5:56 pm

They all look fantastic! Book E is my favorite!
Hope you have a safe trip and a wonderful time with your family, Kim!

#7 Kim on 04.13.11 at 6:34 pm

Thanks, ladies!

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#9 Julie Grant on 04.14.11 at 5:03 am

They all look awesome! :) Very cool to see the process!

#10 Janet on 04.18.11 at 12:32 pm

I love the bat with the book on the cover of Book D! My mind tends toward the zany sometimes, so I can just picture a bat colony in a cave, mama bats hanging upside down, clutching their babies, while reading stories to them! (Sorry, Kim! Couldn’t resist!)

#11 Kim on 04.19.11 at 2:32 pm

The bat was a last-minute change, but it sure has been popular! It’s hard to tell, but it’s reading a thesaurus. Cute, cute, cute!

#12 Mindy on 06.04.11 at 1:08 pm

I would love to use your junior level F with my 6th grader in the fall. Will it be available then? Or would it be better to go straight into write shop 1? She has only completed just write 3.
Thanks!

#13 Kim on 06.04.11 at 1:25 pm

Mindy: Book F won’t be available until Spring 2012. It’s still in development. Depending on her skill level, she could do Book D (available later this summer) or Book E (available in late fall). She could also begin WriteShop I, taking two years to complete the book so as not to become overwhelmed.

Wordsmith Apprentice is another good option for a 6th grader who’s not quite ready for WriteShop I. It can be a good bridge between earlier writing experiences and WriteShop I.

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