Evolution Of A Cover (Part Three)
April 30, 2010
First, here’s what the book is about:
Four dares – Two secrets – One night
Eliza is in a full-blown panic. Her notebook has been stolen—the one that lists everything she wants but is afraid to go after. And the absolute worst person in the world has it: her ex-boyfriend, Cooper.
Like it’s not enough Cooper was lying to Eliza for their entire relationship, now he and his friends are blackmailing her. They’re giving her just one night to complete the most humiliating tasks on her list or they’ll post her secrets online—including the ones that aren’t just about her.
Eliza’s sure of only one thing: she isn’t going down without a fight. Cooper may have what’s left of her dignity, but she’s not the only one with something to hide …
And here was the original cover:
I have to admit that I literally gasped when I saw this cover. I loved it. It was my favorite cover of all of my books, EVER. It’s just really striking, and I loved the colors and the image.
But when the fab team at S&S went to sell the book to bookstores, there was some concern that the book looks like something BAD happens in it. And I do have to admit that the first itme I saw it (after I gasped), I did think, ‘hmm, does it look like something BAD happens in this book?’
I mean, there ARE bad things that happen in the book, — poor Eliza is getting blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend — but there is nothing BAD that happens. It’s not a dark book. It has the same kind of fun, light voice that all my books have.
So I definitely saw their point, and even though I loved this cover, I agreed that it needed to be changed.
I waited and waited for S&S to come up with something else. I trust them completely, so I wasn’t too worried, but I did wonder if I would love the new cover as much as I loved the first.
And here’s what they came up with:
And this will be the new cover!
I LOVE IT. I love that they kept the elements I liked most about the first cover – the city lights, the night scene, the colors of the title – but made the image fit the book a more, so that it looks fun and more dynamic. Like I said, I loved the first cover, but I think this one represents the book accurately, and will attract the right kind of audience.
It’s my new fave cover ever, and I cannot wait for the book to come out on July 6th!
Also, I’m planning a huge contest next week to celebrate the release of HAILEY TWITCH IS NOT A SNITCH, along with posting some events I’ll be doing for the book, so I hope you’ll check back!
I will probably also be blogging over the weekend about our new TV, which we kind of sort of bought on a whim, and which we are picking up today in a truck that The Boy rented. It could definitely be a disaster…
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