The process of creating a book is kind of amazing. We were about half way through doing the art for the book, and Scarletta wanted to start having discussions about the cover.
Obviously, the cover is a VERY important part of what the book is about. It is the first thing that people see, what will make them pick it up and take a look. And, hopefully, if they like it, they’ll buy it!
So we started talking about what kind of images we wanted on the cover to try to emulate what the book is about. We wanted it to be fun and colorful and capture people’s attention in stores. We came up with about 5 or 6 different ideas of what could be on the cover. There was tons of discussion.
So, after plenty of discussion, THIS is how it evolved.
Initial sketch ideas for the cover
The initial sketches for two different cover concepts
I was thinking what can we do with Robbie that would be fun and different ?
And I thought “Robbie” should have a song! I didn’t know of too many children’s books had songs. I wanted it to be like a theme song.
So I talked with Steve Wold, the leader of my band, The Rhinestone Diplomats—no, it’s NOT a country band—and I said we need to come up with a theme song for Robbie.
We got together and he came up with a great little number! We worked it out, rehearsed it, and I called another friend Leiah Webb (who I will be playing and producing a record with this winter) and asked her if she would like to get involved with it and she was really excited about it.
So I sent her the words and a rough cut of us in the rehearsal space.
We all met together in Hastings, and went to a recording studio!
And, digitall speaking of course, we got it all down on tape.