Friday, April 21, 2017

Photo Friday: Cover Help Needed

On this Photo Friday, Mrs. M needs a little help. She showed you some covers the other day of the Circle C Stepping Stones books.

Well, book 6, Andi Far from Home, is giving me issues. I think I have the plot hammered out now (finally!), but it may mean she's not really doing the whole "cable car" thing that is shown on the original book 6 cover I showed off a few Fridays ago. Instead, she's going to end up at the Pacific Ocean (Seal Rocks to be exact), so I thought maybe a more beach-oriented cover would be better.

Well,now I'm stumped! I don't know WHICH ONE I LIKE BEST. I love the red dress, but it looks to fancy to go to the beach. I suppose I could keep the original cover because she's in San Francisco, and what yells "San Francisco!" more than a cable car, even if Andi never steps foot on one?

But I put the red dress on her on a beach scene. Does a fancy dress look dumb at the beach? Does it look overly photo-shopped? Or does it look realistic for Andi to get all dressed up (she is with Aunt Rebecca, after all) and they go eat dinner at the fancy Cliff House afterwards. A picture of Seal Rocks and the Cliff House in 1870 is at the bottom of this post.

Or should Andi be in more casual beach clothes, and is it more natural and appealing to have her wearing the hat and looking like she's actually having fun? LOL

Let me know, O wise readers. I know you aren't exactly the target age, but you are definitely closer to the target reading age than Mrs. M is. Show it to younger sibs, maybe, and get their opinions? Kregel will--in the end--create the covers, but I send them the concepts. Which idea should I suggest to them? (If the modern Daisy Kingdom dress on the hat picture looks like too modern print (cupcakes) that can be maybe changed to look more old-fashioned, so don't let that stand in your way if you like that cover better overall.)

Number 1, 2, or 3? I need your votes! (Those are the real Seal Rocks in the background, BTW)
 
The Cliff House and Seal Rocks 1870s




43 comments:

  1. OHH! Definitely cover #1!! It's amazing!

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  2. Number 1!

    Ingrid

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  3. Well, I know this is hardly original (Lol, looks like everybody else said this :), but I definitely like #1 best. It's great! I love her hair in that one, especially. It may seem funny that I should particularly notice her hair....but, you see, I think I've already mentioned this, but my hair is the messiest hair this side o' the sierras. Seriously. So I always take special note of people's hair, and hers is beautiful. Is that your granddaughter, Mrs. M?
    ~Hope M.

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    1. Yes, it does seem anonymous. LOL Yes, that's Julie, my (now) ten-year-old granddaughter.

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    2. Aww. She is the sweetest thing! I bet your really proud of your grandkids, I would be, but I'm a LONG WAY from even havin' KIDS, much less grandkids. I love kids. You can probably tell... *wink* Which is kinda funny, 'cuz I AM a kid myself still. Of course, I'm never gonna grow up, so I'll ALWAYS be a kid.
      Do your grandkids have a horse right now? I remember a while back they had an Arabian and it didn't work for 'em, and then they got another horse, a palomino, and it didn't work for 'em either. Did they get another horse after that?
      ~Hope M.
      P.S. Sorry I'm always askin' so many questions! But I'm not only way too curious about things that aren't any of my business, but I also like to pretend to be a detective...the combination isn't good. :-)

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    3. I'm still 12 on the inside, and for the life of me I can't figure out how to make myself grow up. My body says I'm a grownup but ya know . . . weird.

      You have a good memory! No, they don't have a horse right now. 30+ chickens, about 10 ducks, 4 cats, 2 gerbils, and 5 parakeets, but no horse. They moved from the hay fields and open spaces to 7 acres of woods. Kind of hard to have pasture animals in the woods. :-)

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  4. Ah, I'm gonna have to say #1. It's just so cute and it fits perfect!

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  5. Umm, I'm not sure, cause really like the dress in #2 and #3, but I like the hat and background in #1. Umm I'm not gonna be able to choose which is my favorite, I like them all, sorry I'm no help:) BTW the story sounds exciting:) but if she goes to the beach won't you have to change in San Francisco Smugglers where (I think) she tells Jenny that she has never been to the ocean?.
    <3 MA

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    1. Oh, and is the necklace Andi is wearing in #2 and #3 her locket?? If it is I thought she didn't get it until her 12 birthday.
      <3 MA

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    2. Good questions! I originally was going to make it her locket (yes, and have to revise Family Secret when the anniversary edition is ready to be redone), but if I go with cover 1 I don't have to worry about it. She was going to be stuck in SF for her 10th birthday, but Justin would sweeten the deal with the locket, but now I'm not doing that part. Not enough room (I only have 16K words to work with!)

      And you are right, Family Secret states that she got the locket at 12.

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    3. About Andi and the ocean. I did a "search" and here are the only two references to the ocean. Yes, it can be inferred that she hasn't been there before, but it doesn't come right out and say it. But I would totally revise SFS when the anniversary edition comes out to make everything match!

      Justin looked at her in surprise, then seemed to know how she felt. “If you think the bay looks big, wait ’til you see the ocean.”
      “I don’t intend to.”

      and then this in the letter home. It says she doesn't intend to visit the ocean, but it doesn't say that she's never visited it before. Just that she hasn't done it yet and doesn't plan on it. (After all, it's winter in this book. Brrrr!)

      “I haven’t visited the seashore yet, and I don’t care to. The ocean seems to seep into the very air, and I always feel chilled.

      If you can find the scene (if it's there) where she tells Jenny she's never been to the ocean, please let me know." :-) It's probably there someplace. I just don't remember and a search with the word "ocean" did not bring it up.

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    4. I'm not sure if this is what MA is thinking of but..
      In Trouble with Treasure, when Jenny is over heated one of the things she says is:
      "I run down to the dock and jump in the bay. There's nothing like a dunking to cool a body off.."
      Andi then thinks:
      "In spite of the heat, she shivered at the thought of cooling off in a body of water larger than a creek."
      I don't know if this helps or not! :) <3)

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    5. But there's nothing that says Andi has never been to the ocean in that mini-scene.

      And here is a newsflash. Trouble with Treasure anniversary edition comes out this fall, and I cut that sentence out of the book. :-)

      I changed a number of things. It's so FUN to revise!

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    6. OK, I was wrong, it wasn't in San Francisco Smugglers or any of the books. I was actually thinking of one of the fan fiction storys. Sorry guys *embarrassed face*. I get ff storys mixed up with the actual storys all the time.
      <3 MA

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    7. No, I don't think you are really wrong. I know that I implied that Andi hadn't been to the ocean (nor did she want to see it), but I can't find specifically where she says it. At any rate, I'll be revising that in SFS because I really need her to go to the beach in this Stepping Stones Book 6. Thanks for your detective work!

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  6. Ohh... They are all so cool, but I have to say I like cover #1 best :) It just looks more natural to me. I really like her outfit in that one.
    ~Kenna

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  7. I think I would have to go with #1. Very cute!! :)

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  8. Totally not an original answer, but number 1 is my favorite. I like everything about it, and the dress is really cute! :-) Sadly I have no younger siblings and I can't hear their thoughts, so your getting an older reader's suggestion. I love all your books though, even if I'm to "old" to read them. But, if you ask me, nobody's ever to old to read any book. ;)

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    1. Aw, how sweet. Glad you like it. I made that dress for the older sister a few years ago, and a pink one for #2 and a green one for #3. Now #2 has #1's old dress, and #3 has the pink one, and the baby (who grew up) has the green one.

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    2. Oh, that's really nice that they all could pass down their old clothes to each other! I wish I could hire you to make me a dress like that, it is so pretty! ;-P Anyway, thanks for posting this and letting us all give you some suggestions for the cover, I have tons of fun doing so. :-)

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  9. I agree with everyone else, I like #1. Andi definitely looks happier in that one.

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  10. Me and my cousin really like #1 the most. All of them are good, but number one is our favorite.

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    1. I like 1 and 2, I like 2 because it looks the least photo shopped, otherwise I like 2 it's cute and cheerful! :) :)

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    2. Do you mean you like #1 because it looks the least photo-shopped? Because I hate to tell you, but #2 looks the most-photo shopped because . . . nobody would be standing in front of a cable car in reality. LOL

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    3. Nope, I meant 2, simply because of the lighting, it looks the most accurate (personally) whereas with 1 the lighting is on her and the sun is in the background, or so it looks to me.
      So that's my opinion, and I know sometimes it looks different when printed out, and I'm sure the right choice will be made! :) :)

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  12. great job with everything Mrs. Marlow!!!

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  13. #1! She looks a lot happier and relaxed, plus she doesn't look so 'cut and pasted' on top of the photo like she does in the other ones (at least in my opinion)
    Hannah M.

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    1. I agree. The angle is "right" on the shore in #1. #2, of course nobody would be standing in front of a cable car in downtown SF, and #3 the shot of Seal Rocks is from "above," which makes it hard to figure out exactly WHERE Andi is standing.

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  14. I love #1!
    -Abigail D.

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  15. I personally like #1... but like you said, I'm not in the age range for this series. ;)
    My sister, though, who IS in the range, said #2. :)

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  16. I really like cover 1. It is so cute! :)

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  17. I would say 3. If she is with Aunt Rebecca and they go to a fancy place to eat, she wouldn't be dressed casually. (I can't imagine her ever dressing casually when with Aunt Rebecca!)

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    1. P.S. I forgot to mention that I like the background of #1 better. :) And I seem to be the odd one out, but you asked. ;)

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  18. I love number 1! Andi just looks so happy and natural(not photoshoped). I also love her hair in number 1
    ~cheyenne

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  19. I like both 1 and 2 covers. But for cover one, the dress looks a little too modern to me personally.
    My 7 year old sister liked the 1st and my 5 year old sister liked the 2nd.

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  20. I like #1 the best!

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  21. I asked my little sisters and they like #1 and #3 the best

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  22. I like #1 for sure. It looks the most natural!

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  23. My almost 11 year old sister says #1.

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  24. All those pictures are very sweet, but I think I agree with most everyone that cover #1 is my favorite. I can't wait to read the rest of your books!!!!

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Let Andi know what you think!