Today’s briefing from YB headquarters is about the cover to our book. We have hit the big red button to PRINT so whilst we wait for the copies to arrive Flight Lieutenant Michelle will tell you more.
When I first decided that I wanted to get printed copies of The Yellow Bills the old phrase, “don’t judge a book by its cover” flew into my head (but let’s face it we quite often do like a good cover). I thought if I want this flying story to have any chance of taking off, I needed to attract readers with some great illustrations. The problem is that my drawing skills aren’t the best so I made an attempt to do some kind of logo that might be used as a cover which I’ve attached here.
As the weeks went on the image just didn’t feel quite right and so I began looking on Twitter to try and find an illustrator. I connected with some book bloggers and saw @bookMonsterAlly had recommended a lovely illustrator by the name of @ste_illustrates to her followers. I checked his website and really liked the style. The next thing was to pluck up the courage to contact him as I wasn’t sure if he would be interested in doing such a small project. I finally decided to email and he came straight back and was so helpful in advising me as to what would work. More importantly he didn’t laugh at my budget.
We then arranged for me to send an outline of the story and he set to work on designing a couple of different covers. When I saw the sketches I was sooo pleased and then the full colour design came through and I thought it was ‘boss’.
You may have seen part of the cover before but here is the final front and back version that has gone to print.
Thanks Ste let’s hope the words live up to the cover 😀
Illustrations by Ste Johnson www.steillustrates.co.uk
By the way if anyone knows Joanna Lumley, Idris Elba or Tom Hardy, do let them know I’m more than happy for them to do an audio version of the book. 👍🐤
Pre-Order your copy in the UK for £5.99 from the following (international orders will be available through your local Amazon in March):
*thanks for the title Seamus Russell