Endpapers for Beginners
Holy cow! My book has endpapers! Well, okay, every hardcover book has endpapers, they’re what keep the pages of the book attached to the covers, but I mean illustrated endpapers, and that makes them special. Jeremy Holmes has just unveiled his endpapers for What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World. He’s showing them off on Dribbble, the Web Site for People Who Have More Bs Than They Know What to Do With, visiting which is well worth the troubbble. The endpapers look like this:
This is a map of the Pennsylvania town of Cheshire, where the book's three heros live on the wrong side of a huge underground coal-seam fire called Hellsboro that has eaten away most of the town's best real estate. The map is not to scale; it's a much farther walk from Bagshot Road to the ruins of the abandoned chemical factory in Hellsboro's center, and you'd have to be crazy to walk there, across burning hot soil that can crumble, swallow you, and bake you like a potato. The book's heros don't do it until chapter 12. (If they didn't do it, they wouldn't be heros.)
Pictured here on the day he sold What We Found in the Sofa. His mood is cautiously optimistic.