So, you may know that my father been a storyteller for years. He has a bunch of original pieces about a woodcutter character, Philbert Whomperstomper, who lives in the forest around Calaveras County. He'd written them down, and sent them to me. So I formatted them into a manuscript and put together a wrap-around cover for a hardback book, and printed a copy for him for his 80th birthday. Here's the cover image:
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Most of the photos were taken by my father and my older brother, in the area around where they live. I changed them to black-and-white and sepia for an "old-timey" feel, and added the white borders.
He was VERY pleased. When I talked to him after he opened his present, his first questions were, "How can I get more?" and "Can I sell them on Amazon?" Once things calm down here, I plan on setting it up with an ISBN and getting it listed. Then I'll print copies for all of us siblings, and a few extra for my father to sell in the museum where he works.
A big success all around, if you ask me. :-)