Teika is the founder and managing editor of Mother's Milk Books

Never judge a book by its cover...

So the saying goes. But in reality we can’t help but do this, consciously, or subconsciously. We all have preferences, or leanings, towards a certain colour, text font and style. So the moment a person looks at a book cover, some sort of judgement takes place. Some may find that after time a book cover that they thought plain, or boring at first takes on an entirely different meaning… perhaps after they’ve read the book. Or maybe not. The design of book covers is a huge field in itself (as I’m just now discovering!) and trends in certain styles of book covers come and go…

As I’m now in the process of designing the cover of Musings on Mothering I find myself studying many, many book covers. I know that the design I end up with won’t please everyone – that, of course, is an impossibility – but I can’t help at least striving for universal appeal.

After much reflection, though, I have concluded that the main aim is to make the cover appealing enough to make an interested person want to pick up the book (or read the accompanying electronic blurb) and take a leap of faith and actually buy it.

Once they delve inside I am pretty certain that there will be something to hold their interest…

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A Cartoon Me!

My talented brother-in-law created this image of me from a photograph. I think the way he’s done the cartooning is great and I appreciate the time he spent doing this. Thanks a lot Matthew!

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The days go by....

So February 29th – the deadline for submissions – came and went… and my inbox was impressively full. I wanted to immediately get going with the collating of all the work but technical issues with the website meant I had to put the submissions aside for a while.

I now find myself in the wonderful position of producing a book full of work from great writers and artists. I am putting the contributions together now and am thoroughly enjoying matching art with words.

Thanks again to all those folk who took the time to submit work for the anthology.

I’ll keep you posted on the book’s progress…

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Two months to go until the 'Call for Submissions' closes

Just a reminder – there are only 2 months to go until the deadline for submissions for the anthology project. If you have any ideas for art, poetry or prose, and would like to discuss them with me, please feel free to email me (see the Project Musings page).

And thanks to all those who have sent in submissions so far. Keep them coming…

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Breastfeeding Art and Chocolate!

At the October 2011 La Leche League Great Britain annual conference, I got the opportunity to meet lots of lovely mamas who were keen to help me out with the anthology project. The lovely Nik Harris even gave me a very special bar of chocolate, which alerted me to the wonderful work of a Polish artist called Stanislaw Wyspianski.

A Polish chocolate manufacturer had seen the obvious beauty in the painting titled ‘Motherhood’, and decided to put it onto the chocolate wrapper. They obviously have very good taste!

As for the chocolate, well, as much as I love to eat chocolate, I daren’t open the beautiful packet. It will sit on my desk and continue to tempt and inspire me in equal measures!

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