One of my favourite things to do is book covers, but it has to be said, they can be tricky! Covers have to be seen by lots of different people, including art directors, editorial, sales and marketing, as well as the author of the book, which can mean there is a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and changes to make until everybody is happy. This cover for Random House Children's kept going back and forth - it was going to be the first in a series so we had to be extra sure that it was just right! It's about a young girl, Pea Llewellyn who moves to a new house in London with her Author Mother and two sisters, trying to adjust to London life and most importantly trying to find a new best friend! I was asked to feature the house as a main focal point but try a few other things too. It was also important to get the characters in and fitting their written descriptions as best possible. I tried to stay away from too much pink or girly-ness as the main character is pretty cool and un-girly.
This was the final cover which everybody loved, but unfortunately it fell at the final hurdle, as we were told it wasn't 'sale-able enough' or something. A shame as it would have been good to be involved in a series... Anyway, the book is out now - it's got some great characters, is well written and very funny. The final cover is very nice and appealing (and it is pink!)