Welcome to the newly created Children of Sophista blog. This website is still under construction but feel free to comment here if you wish to communicate with the owner/author. I eventually hope to have a private area for members of this site (as well as a signup for the private area) which will feature book excerpts and other goodies. So keep checking back for changes!
Below is the current mockup for the cover of the book currently being worked on. The gold frame and gold lettering will be done in gold foil and the blue stars will actually be blue foil. Something called spot gloss will make the illustration glossy and give it a three dimensional feel like old fantasy books which used to have glossy illustrations pasted on their matt cover. The blue stars will also feel three dimensional with spot gloss covering them. The whole scheme that I use on the cover and throughout the inside of this illustrated book is a "family heirloom" fantasy book, the kind that would be passed down from generation to generation. It will be printed in large 8x10 illustrated children's book format, so the illustrations should generally be large enough to show up well. The book will be hardcover with thick satin-finish (between gloss and matt) coated high quality paper. Presently, the book is roughly about 580 pages so this will not be a book that you hold in one hand but one that you lay on your lap while cuddled up next to some eagerly listening young teen. If you don't have a child or grandchild to read this with, don't worry, this book is for adults too. It is not a book of fluff but of deep philosophical thoughts about life (by very bright children) with deep, intimate characterization of the children and adult characters in the book. You will also see tinges of a political/espionage thriller mixed with aliens and magical fantasy. It sounds like a mess but believe me, you will surprised how well it all fits together.