Cat Day Contest and Black Cats Tell All Book Cover?
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It’s Caturday and National Cat Day and we are celebrating with a sneak peek at our Black Cats Tell All book cover and a mega Halloween contest with 5 prizes with 5 winners. Go get a coffee, this is a long post chock full of goodies.
Say hello to our little book baby.
We need your opinion! This slightly hazy image is still being tweaked. The small font isn’t reading well in a thumbnail. Is there anything that looks off? What do you love or not?
The search for the purrfect cover girl
All fiction and many nonfiction cat books use stock photos for their covers. These are professional images licensed exclusively or for multiple usage. As beautiful or studio perfect they are, there is a generic quality and a subtle disconnect between the cover and the content. I’m a self-confessed book cover junkie and it took a very special designer to work with me and my exacting ways.
Since Black Cats Tell All: True Tales and Inspiring Images is about real cats, it was critical to select the right cat for the cover. In the early days of the project, I thought we’d go with our “star” contributor, Cole of Cole and Marmalade but it wasn’t fair to the other contributors. Choosing a few cats meant someone would be left out. There were too many to place all of them on the cover. There is nothing worse than a cluttered cover.
Covers sell books and I wanted something clean and light; nothing as obvious as a black cover about black cats. Nothing could be cuter a kitten right? But what kitten? There were all kinds of sweet kitten pics but nothing felt right. They were too big or small, the image resolution poor, a weird angle, no direct gaze. Finally, I found series of adorable shelter kittens on Instagram shot by photographer, Jay Bondelli for RainAZ in Arizona. He sent me a selection of adorable kitten pics but again, the designer tried head shots, sitting, standing, cropped. Was the expression too sweet or too devilish, the eyes too big or too small. The blue back ground had to be removed for our all white background. Any other designer would have throttled me. Thankfully Michael Rohani is talented and patient.
The only kitten who had the “it” factor was Ilsa, sitting splay-legged, head-cocked imploring, “Please open this book and buy it and while you’re at it, adopt a black cat.” After a slight enhancement (all cover girls are photo-shopped) we had our cover girl.
Going square was a bold choice but it’s going to be image heavy. The delay will be worth it. And we’re going bigger, 8.5 X 8.5. I was worried about someone stealing my idea but not anymore. A labor of love can’t be slapped together in a few weeks. It’s taken months of curating and editing the most diverse and breathtaking images ever seen of black cats and I’m not done yet. After reading hundreds of cat books and photography books, I have a new appreciation for cats, art, books and cat lovers.
Nothing could have prepared me for this transformational journey. I can honestly say it’s changed my life and I’m at a crossroads.
What would you choose: 1, 2 or 3?
In the process of working on the book and juggling more balls than humanly possible, I’m dealing with personal issues. I’m devastated that the book won’t be ready as I’d hoped for Halloween. Our e-commerce shop is not ready either. The book and calendar should be ready in time for holiday gift-giving but it means, we’ve missed the peak marketing time and pre-sale period.
There is a tiny window of time to decide:
1) Go full throttle and have the book on Amazon and a small e-shop with a calendar ready by the end of November.
2) Use Nov. and Dec. to market, focus on pre-sales, reviews, and launch in January. No calendar. No one buys calendars in January. We’d miss the holiday season for all related merchandise.
3) Launch the book in January but the calendar and related products in November. Note: 100% of net profits go to the nonprofit to promote black cat awareness.
Tell us in a comment what number you would choose or privately via email or message email@example.com Thank you!
For your support we’re offering MORE Halloween Treats!
We’re adding more prizes to our custom pet portrait giveaway You can enter at the link or by leaving a comment at this post. Show some love to the mini.house.panthers on Instagram. Momo and Nova are contributors to our book!
What else could bewitch the fussiest feline but catnip toys from Bewitched Cat Toys It’s a mystery prize but guaranteed to be spooktacularly100% awesome.
The very potent, organic handmade in Illinois catnip toys are popular with many of my famous cat pals on Instagram. Gigi, the owner/designer and I have dished long and hard about the catnip and cat toy biz and I respect her long history. She’s not fancy but real. I’ve been concerned about cat toy safety lately and value Gigi’s input. Follow her on Instagram @bewitchedcattoys
If you missed our fab post about catios, by check it out. Not only does Yasaar Nakchbendi of Chirpy Cats have a green thumb, she is a talented illustrator. We’re over the moon with her black cat illustration she created for us and you could win a your own 8 X 10 copy! She’ll sign, add your cat’s name and ship it anywhere in the world. It will be available for purchase soon. Visit ChirpyCats or follow her on Instagram at Chirpycats
I stumbled on yet another talented artist Pania Brown from New Zealand who loves cats on Instagram.
You have to love an artist who describes herself this way: “Hi. I’m Pania Brown the person behind Pania Brown Artworks. That’s me in the picture with my cat (and muse, Dexter). In reality, I’m older than that with more wrinkles, but I get to draw myself however I wish! In reality Dexter does sit on the daffodils – and anything else he can find!”
I adore our readers down under like Kiwi Marjorie aka @DashKitten and our book contributors like Merlin_the_exotic. Ya got love those plump cheeks or the stunning Cleo from our friend Bev aka @fozziemum
We’ll be featuring Pania’s literary cat art soon. All her art is really affordable. It’s not easy making a living as an artist (we can’t all be Simon’s Cat with millions of followers.) There are so many deserving artists, I love to shine a light on lesser known ones. I love her cat lady header on Facebook Go follow her on Instagram at @buzzington_If you’re #100 tag me @catwisdom101