My cover is coming!!!!
Alright, so bear with me guys, this post is going to be a little all over the place. To clarify, I am not posting my book cover reveal…YET! I still have a few more weeks left until I get to work with my amazing and talented cover designer. But but but! Stick around anyway! Because I’m going to talk about books! And covers! And really, really interesting things!
Truthfully I just want to dance around and sing a little bit because designing the covers for my novels is quite possibly the most fun aspect of creating a book. I mean, after months of writing and weeks of editing…yeah. I’m ready to look at some pretty photos and hand the reins over to a professional for a while. For once I get to put my Boss hat on and pretend to tell someone else what to do. Except not, because I want my designer to like me and she’s so so skilled she undoubtedly knows way better than I do. But just let me pretend for a little bit, okay? Yes?
Though I reached out to her back in January, she was booked up until the middle of March, so I’ve been patiently biding my time until then. Truthfully, I’m glad for it, because as anxious as I am to GET STARTED RIGHT THIS SECOND, it’s given me more time to really do my research and see what’s going on in the world of YA/NA covers as well as what really speaks to me.
What to know what I learned? DO YOU? Of course you do, because I am wise and everybody loves lists! MWUAHAHAH! Okay, let’s get started.
MY BOOK COVER DISCOVERIES
Models on covers are hit or miss
Apparently, people hate this? I get it, you want to envision the character on your own and sometimes cover designers choose really inappropriate or just plain odd models. But how can you possibly hate a cover as beautiful as The Belles? I mean…have you seen it? This probably my biggest “rule” I’m breaking. I want pretty people on my covers and I’ve spent WAY TOO MANY hours searching for just the right ones NOT to use them.
YA books hate numbering series
No seriously, what’s up with this? I can’t tell you how much I HATE finding a book, thinking it’s a standalone because NOWHERE ON THE COVER DOES IT STATE IT’S A SERIES. Why do publishers do this? What is the purpose??? And then when I go to put my series on the shelf I have to LOOK UP what order they go in. OMG. Stop this. Please. You know who IS putting numbers on her books? This guy.
Illustrated covers are precious
I feel like there’s been a huge turn toward illustrated covers recently and I super, duper love it? Honestly, what kind of monster doesn’t? They’re quirky, unique and more often than not, really, really pretty. And I’m shallow and a certain level of pretty is basically all I require in a book cover, sooooo…yes, please. Hand them over.
We have a phenomenon of beheaded people walking around
Yeah. Okay. I get why publishers do this. And maybe people who hate models find this a nice alternative? I don’t know, but count me out. You get full people on my covers or NOTHING AT ALL. One or the other, man. I know what I want and when I want. Which is now. And right now, I just want to see covers with people without their heads being chopped in half.
Flowers are pretty rad
Seriously, people. Walking through the YA section is like taking a stroll through the most beautiful and impossibly lush garden in the world. There are so. Many. FLOWERS. I have some mega heart eyes on right now. Sometimes I just want to buy them all so I can set them around my house and have flowers all year round that will NEVER DIE from my horribly awful black thumb. That’s totally normal, right?
You can’t beat good old beautiful typography
Don’t believe anyone who tries to convince you that typography isn’t an art. It is. SO MUCH ART. And sadly, one that’s often undervalued until you’re stuck with a basic Cinzel and can’t understand why your image is falling flat. It takes more than a well-placed drop-shadow for typography to work, and when a cover relies almost solely on beautiful words? Oof. That’s when the magic really happens.
There will always be girls in ballgowns
Are we a little sick of these by now? Yes. Are publishers going to keep pumping them out because trash like me can’t look past a gorgeous dress? Also yes. I won’t even sugarcoat it, I basically want all my covers to be some version of this and I don’t even care how utterly predictable that is (princesses in ballgowns? -gasp- revolutionary!) because that’s what being a writer is all about – living vicariously through your books.
My, my, we are some picky little bunnies, aren’t we? But at least we’re CUTE, picky bunnies, because who ever heard of an UNcute bunny? Impossible.
So, the moral of this post? We like pretty covers and we want more of them. And also that I’m so unbelievably excited about my upcoming cover I can barely stop myself from screeching like a chupacabra at the top of my lungs for everyone in the tiniest corner of the earth to hear. Because everyone needs to know this. It’s happening, people, and it’s going to be SO GORGEOUS.
What do you love seeing on book covers? What would be your ideal cover, no matter the genre, audience, etc.? Are you even a LIIIIIITTLE bit excited to see the cover reveal for Fairytale!?!?!