Wow! Just five more days until I'd Rather Be Short is released. I still can't believe it. The butterflies set in at the one week mark. I had a dream last night that I was late to my signing and forgot to get ready. I was wearing khaki Docker sweatpants (no, those don't exist). I wonder what that means...probably that Dockers needs to manufacture khaki sweatpants.
I'm going to chat a bit about a few rejected pages. I pitched this book with 100 reasons of why it's awesome to be small. I don't know why I chose that number, but it seemed like an impressive amount.
Once I started working with my publisher, one of the first things we did was trim the fat. My editor cut the ones she deemed inaccurate or too similar to others (there isn't a page for kids' shoes because there's already one for kids' clothes). Of course throughout the editing process a few still made it into the art round, only to be cut later. We probably replaced 15 or 20 from the original list.
On the top image you can see how I set the early type. All caps? Why? Yikes and woof. Glad that didn't make it to print. Though we really liked this one, it got cut late in the game because it seemed to be more of a weight benefit than height. The silver lining was that I'd get to put it in a blog post a whole year later. Look at me now! The gold lining is that the replacement drawing is way funnier (see #58 here, one of Amazon's preview pages. Thank you, John Maguire.)
This reason did make the book, but the image didn't. My agent said bullets in the parking lot was a little...dark for my subject matter. I redid the illustration so it's a Nerf gun at a child's birthday party.
This is one of the early early drawings, way back to Hunger Games days. While this reason is probably true for many of us short folks (tall people won't get it), it doesn't convey much pride in our stature if we're trying to be taller than our fellow petites. My friend Kate pointed that out and I couldn't agree more.
Tomorrow I'm going to post on the cover process. Jaya, the art director at Penguin gave terrific direction and you'll see what could have been if it weren't for her. This is so fun to look back on. Thanks for joining me down memory lane. I can't wait until Tuesday!