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Just for ladyofastolat - I read this and thought of you.
In Ansible, a quote from Jane Yolen:

Someone asked a children's book publisher recently at a panel what was the most popular trend in picture books these days. He thought carefully for a long moment, then said, "Pink and sparkly covers." I think I shall go and drown myself forthwith.


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Just wait until he gets to school and all his peers tell him he can't read that "girly stuff". (As a toddler, my kid brother was furious that he was not allowed a ribbon in his hair like wot I had.)

I mooched around the bookshops in Wakefield last year looking for horse books for kids. I wanted to see what was available while I was working on 'Your Horse Sees Dead People'. Hence part of my pitch for my book is: 'A book about magic and horses - not magic horses. There isn't a pink sparkly unicorn in sight.'

Much as I am longing for publication I will curl up and die if this is ever published with a sparkly pink cover. Blech!

I remember a lot of authors in the past talking about their books and mentioning the "publisher's (urgh) cover." Apparently you get very little say until you are in the Rowling or King class.

No, you don't get any choice at all. Apparently they send you the cover for your 'approval' and you're suppsed to say: Yes, thank you, it's very nice.

And then you go and hide in a dark corner and cry because they've made your piebald Gypsy Vanner with feathered feet into a pink sparkly Pegasus, and your crop-haired plain heroine into a blonde Barbie doll with waist-length free-flow hair and no riding helmet.

Though to be fair, many of my friends' books have had fabulous covers.

Ever since the publication of research showing that young females had a pronounced positive reaction to pink, it's been nearly impossible to find *anything* for young girls that isn't bloody Barbie pink.
Except for books ...

ladyofastolat is a children's librarian just across the water from you on the Isle of Wight. She has ranted recently on why all girl's books are pink and glittery with unicorns on them.

When I was a children's librarian in Yorkshire we didn't have any pink sparkly covers. They build kids tough in Yorkshire, tha knaws.
(Of course it is 30years ago.)

When I was a girl I used to cringe at pink in all its many shades. One year (I was 12) we returned to school to find in our summer holliday absence they'd painted all the classrooms a hideous pink (it was a girl's high school). We had a term-long campaign to ban pink paint. We didn't succeed, of course, but the pink was universally hated.

I would seriously doubt the research. Or maybe it's just because I come from Barnsley.

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