Redrockwriting's Blog

March 11, 2010

Isn’t this book design beautiful? I hired graphic designer Jane Perini to marry the copy and illustrations. And what a beautiful result! For the writers who may follow this blog, using a professional designer was so important to the final result, as well as painter Cyndi Thau, who did the illustrations in pen and ink. It was printed by a firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan that specializes in printing books of all kinds. I was impressed with their expertise in spanning the gutters on the two-page spreads with the illustrations and color blocks. It all worked! Now I’m busy marketing my book both locally and to national and state parks. I had pegged my niche accurately, as the book is proving to be popular at these locations for their gift shops that cater to tourists. It’s pretty exciting!

Filed under: Uncategorized — redrockwriting @ 4:55 pm


  1. Is this book appropriate for 1st graders? I was thinking about getting a copy for Ashley’s classroom.

    Comment by whitney — April 7, 2010 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  2. This is a perfect story for first graders. Ashley will be able to tell the story, while sharing facts about ravens. Because ravens and crows are cousins, and there a lot of crows in Michigan, the kids will gain a new understanding of these common birds. Maybe Ashley could show the kids the photos of the real Emily and Shade on my blog! Thanks for asking. Hope your new animal friend is doing well.

    Comment by redrockwriting — April 7, 2010 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

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