Friday, I got a package in the mail from Abdo — yay me! Black Lives Matter came out in November of 2015. I’m not sure why this one took so long to arrive since Abdo has always been pretty prompt before now. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it is on its 3rd printing. So glad that they are getting this into so many young reader’s hands.
Trench Warfare has been out since January. Frankly, I was a little apprehensive about this one in terms of the art work. So many of the images that I saw while researching this were incredibly gruesome. Let’s just say that there were a lot of rats in and around the trenches. Ugh.
One of the things that you should consider before working with a publisher is whether or not you like their book design. The fact is that some publishers do much better than others. Abdo’s books are consistently gorgeous but that isn’t to say that they all look alike. Black Lives Matter actually manages to look angry which is fitting for a book on the contemporary civil right movement.
Have I ever decided not to submit to a publisher based on their book design? Maybe I’m fickle but the answer is yes. I checked out the books from one newer publisher and discovered that they illustrations were often badly placed on the page and out of focus. Other deal breakers for me would be lack of white space, a hard to read font, or a design that is too busy.
What design elements would make you look for another publisher?