I had a pretty productive weekend so far. Considering the last two weeks I came up with practically nothing I'm glad to say I was able to enjoy my drawing board a lot more. Well above is a sketch for the cover to my book dummy and I don't know what to do at this point. I've heard conflicting suggestions as to whether one should submit a dummy with a finished color cover or not? Of course I'm going to digest all of your feedback first and foremost on the prilimanary sketch and then decide whether to paint this or not. But I'm totally confused whether one should present the dummy as a concept in sketch form with a few illos in color inside ( which I have) or go with the tremendous temptation to give the cover life so that it will stand out more and be more eye-catching? I've heard that the cover to a picture book is the most art-directed part of a book and so you shouldn't impose a finished concept on the publishers because you might rub them the wrong way. I actually got that feedback a while back when I posted a different, very finished, painted version on the SCBWI boards. But lately since I hit 45 this past June I'm feeling like I should go with my gutt instinct and make it pop a little bit more out of the slush pile. Was curious to know what everyone else here has done with their's? Also any suggestions on the type for the title would be great. I choice this one because I thought it would add some playfulness to the piece. All the traditional fonts seemed very boring when put together with my style. Any info would be great. PS If you didn't spot him the wolf is lurking in the woods to the right making his plans! Oh and thanks so much for the feedback on last week's piece. Great suggestions.