Cavanaugh Lee's debut novel, Save as Draft, is a fun and fast-paced story that takes place entirely through emails, tweets and IMs. My friend Eric, who's a computer guy by day, saw it in a bookstore and emailed me to point out the cover -- it's that arresting! Then, of course, he read the book, found it full of heart, and told me I'd love it, which I did!
But first, I fell for that shiny silver cover. Here's Cavanaugh to explain how it came about:
"My editor, agent, and I were on the same page about the cover from day one. We always envisioned something high-tech that would carry the on-line electronic message of the book. S&S came up with the laptop idea. We experimented with different things, like, for instance, putting a Blackberry where the post-it note is. But ultimately we were all in agreement that a simple super sleek silver (wow, how’s that for alliterations for you? ;-) laptop computer with a bright pink post-it note was the way to go. My favorite is obviously the heart icon. The cover completely represents Save as Draft.
"S&S asked for my input every step of the way. We were, in every sense, the dream team. My only input on the cover was 1) try a blackberry where the post-it note sticks, and 2) modify the original heart icon. My blackberry idea did not look good at all (hence why I’m a writer and not an artist, lol). We worked on the heart icon together, and it now represents all of our input!
"When I first saw the cover, I gasped. Gasped, I tell you. In a very good way! I was amazed. I am not an artistic person so I am always truly impressed by the artistic and creative ideas out there. I LOVED that they chose silver. I mean, hello? How eye-catching is that?! I knew it would stand out in a bookstore.
"We pretty much got it right on the first try. The font of the title Save as Draft was changed to look more like computer-type print to further bolster the electronic theme of the book. And the heart was changed.
"I am in love with the cover. Whenever I walk into a Barnes & Nobles, I think: 'Wow my book truly stands out.' It’s so simple yet very interesting. It invites someone to open the book and read it because how many books look like a laptop computer? I may be so bold as to say mine is the first one! The cover sums up Save as Draft’s theme entirely. It’s an electro-epistolary novel written entirely in emails, texts, tweets, Facebook status updates, and on-line dating profiles. I can’t think of any other cover that would work for my book. It had to be a computer. My book TAKES PLACE on a computer! So, really when you open up my book to read it, you are 'logging on' to a computer... you are logging onto Save as Draft."
Thanks, Cavanaugh! I hadn't thought of opening the book like opening a laptop, but that image does totally work. Also: When you pick up this book, don't miss the acknowledgments in the -- there's some back story there.
What do you guys think of this cover?
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Melissa Walker is the author of four Young Adult novels, including the Violet trilogy and Lovestruck Summer. She is co-creator of the popular teen newsletter I Heart Daily and the awkward-stage blog Before You Were Hot, as well as the blogger for readergirlz.com. Her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com.
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