Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Cover Story

This is a true cover story story.

Once upon a time, a wonderful publisher by the name of Delacorte Press/Random House decided to change the cover for the trade paperback version of I So Don't Do Mysteries.

They looked and they looked through lots and lots of stock photos and finally found two brilliant and magic pictures of the perfect girl to represent Sherry (short for Sherlock) Holmes Baldwin.

Why two photos? One for I So Don't Do Mysteries. One for I So Don't Do Spooky.

Enter Book #3: I So Don't Do Makeup. A book who deserves a brilliant and magic cover with the same perfect girl. But, alas, there are no more stock photos of this girl.

I get an email from Editor Wendy which cautions me in upper case letters not to get my hopes up. It's highly unlikely that this perfect girl will be located. And if she even is located, the odds are slim that she'll be the right age.

Three days later, I get an email from a dad. From a dad who got a phone call from a local photographer who got a phone call from Delacorte. Yes, it was the perfect girl's dad. I'm guessing he googled I So Don't Do Mysteries or I So Don't Do Spooky or me. I'm guessing he found this blog and saw on the sidebar jpegs of the covers with the perfect girl.

Guess what? She wants to be on the cover of I So Don't Do Makeup.

Guess what else? She's the right age.

Guess what else? Last weekend, a bunch of photos were shot of the perfect girl in order to choose a brilliant and magic cover for I So Don't Do Makeup.

This is SO exciting!

p.s. I am dying to see these photos. HINT, HINT! :)



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36 comments:

David Cranmer said...

Excellent! Make sure you take enough stock photos for the next decade or so :)

Beth said...

Insist on having even more photos done for your next book (books)!
Amazing how life turns out - and thank goodness for blogs and the Internet!

Clair Dickson said...

Oh wow! What great luck that it worked out that way!

I agree-- insist on having a bunch of shots for later books.

brian_ohio said...

Oooohh! I want to see them too. This is going to be good!!!

Bina said...

Woo Hoo! I can't wait to see the cover of this book!

Congratulations!

Sally Lawton said...

That's great news and the covers look FAB! xx

Stacy Nyikos said...

AWESOME!!!!! Your star is definitely in whatever house it's supposed to be in...or is it your moon? Either way, something aligned :-)

Mac and Cheese said...

Ya gotta love the internet...

Sarah Laurence said...

It sounds like you have a good ghost helping you solve your mysteries too. A special shoot is even better. The problem with stock photos is that 2 books can come out with the same cover.

Could you interview the model for the blog? I bet your kid readers would like to know more.

sara said...

That is so exciting! It's always nice for young readers to have a picture to reference while they're watching the story in their head. And by young readers, I mean me.
I'm very happy for you!

Charles Gramlich said...

OK, nothing in publishing ever goes that well. What deal have you signed at the crossroads?

Good news indeed, of course.

Lady Glamis said...

Oh my goodness!!!!! That's awesome. Fate has stepped in. Can't wait to see the pics, too, if you can share them, or the cover. :D

kaye said...

Congratulations!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Who could not buy that book after looking at that face?

D.A. Riser said...

That's a superb bit of sleuthing that even Sherry would be proud to have accomplished.

Hmm ... I guess you'll need to plot out your next 40 or so Sherry books to go ahead and get all the pics you want. Have fun!

PJ Hoover said...

This is so cool, Barrie! I can't wait to see what they've come up with!

Bookworm said...

How exciting! The cover girl is a perfect Sherry! I am SOOOOO excited to read I So Don't Do Spooky!

Kathy Holmes said...

What a great story! Thanks for sharing!

ARCHAVIST said...

Agree great story. And a lovely looking girl for the cover images.

Laura said...

WOW - how exciting - Funny how something like this just falls together - so happy. The look is great!!! KUDOS!

Sarakastic said...

Great story! It's funny how everything works out sometimes.

susiej said...

Oooo! I like these new covers!

beth said...

So cool! I can't wait to see the new cover, too!

Michele said...

Such a fantastic story! And you really do have great covers!! :)

Annie said...

AWESOME!

She's perfect and it really adds to the book :)

Caryn Caldwell said...

Oh, that is so cool!!! What fun insight into publishing. Oh, and I love the covers, too. Can't wait to see what they come up with for the third. So did they take a variety so they'd have some for any future books, too?

Beck said...

That is SO great! I love it when things work out like that.

LarramieG said...

Not to be a "wet blanket," but I SO liked Sherry illustrated as a "character!"

Marilyn Brant said...

What a fantastic story, Barrie! I can't wait to see what it'll look like and, as others have said before, I hope the photographers get LOTS of stock photos of "perfect girl" for your many upcoming books in the series :).

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I soooo love your covers! Can't wait to see the new ones!

And I kinda sorta wish I'd woken up Canadian yesterday. I do love the jauntiness of red and white.

Erin said...

That is SO EXCITING!! :D

Amy said...

yay! I'm so glad her dad found you! The internet is wonderful isn't it? :)

gabe said...

Wow! So wonderful. Great new cover for last year's book. Plus all the anticipation for this newest one.
Super wonderful

Shelf Elf said...

Lucky you Barrie!

Loving the covers. She is just the right girl for Sherry.

Happy day!

Laura said...

I so think that was a great story

Solvang Sherrie said...

That is so cool!