Goodness, I can't believe our Middle Grade Mastery course is coming to an end. It's been quite the extraordinary adventure with students learning to make magic with their ideas and manuscripts and sharing their journeys and processes with us and each other! We've had a bonus illustrating middle grade books section each week and for Week 4 we look at Photoshop, including covers in your portfolio, and creating your own cover if you are writing and illustrating your novel. I thought this video might be helpful for folks here as the principles apply to picture books or whatever genre you are illustrating. Plus it's neat info to know. Because nearly all the books I shared didn't have jackets, I didn't talk about wrap around jackets. This is where there's a separate cover with a hard bound book that wraps around. The front flap will often have a pitch or something enticing about the book or even a quote, while the back will have enticing bios about the author and illustrator. So who's up for taking a peek at the 12 minute bio and letting us know what you think in the comments?
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.