1. Did you have an idea in mind for your cover as you were proposing/writing the book? If so, what did it look like? I did...and it was stupid. I wanted sort of an iconic shot of my three main characters walking into shadows. You know, like those Batman posters. I warned you...it was stupid :smileyhappy: 
 
1. Did your publisher ask for your input on the cover design before the art dept started working? If so, what input did you give?
 They didn't, but based on my last answer, I'm REALLY glad they didn't. I was really excited, however, when they linked me to strawberryluna.com and told me she'd be doing the cover art, and was totally confident that she'd do something amazing.
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3. 1. I did...and it was stupid. I wanted sort of an iconic shot of my three main characters walking into shadows. You know, like those Batman posters. I warned you...it was stupid :smileyhappy: 
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5. Did your publisher ask for your input on the cover design before the art dept started working? If so, what input did you give?
6. They didn't, but based on my last answer, I'm REALLY glad they didn't. I was really excited, however, when they linked me to strawberryluna.com and told me she'd be doing the cover art, and was totally confident that she'd do something amazing.
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8. What did you think the first time you saw your cover? Truly!
 I was SO EXCITED. Seriously. I was proud and happy and forwarded it to everybody I know. I couldn't believe they'd captured the book so well. I actually remember trying to drive down the interstate while pulling the cover up on my phone, just so I could look at it again.
1. Did your editor let you make comments/suggestions on the cover, if you wanted to?
My comments were just OMGOMGOMGOMG and other thoughtful, articulate things. I suggested they not even put my name or the title on the book cover, since it's like a piece of art.
1. Did the art dept take those comments/suggestions to heart?
Marketing insisted that the title and my name be on the cover. They talked about doing it in a gloss, so it'd be more subtle, but that must have gotten vetoed somewhere in there...
1. Did the cover change much from the original version you saw?
 The original artwork had the ears a little different, and it was a slightly different shade of red, but other than that it stayed relatively the same.
1. Do you know if your cover was shot with a model or still life, or if it is a stock photo that the art department found that could capture the feeling of the book?
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1. How do you feel about your cover, in the end? Have you found any hidden meaning in it or anything you didn’t notice at first glance?
 I love it. I still can't believe it's mine, and I can't WAIT to see what the artist comes up with for SWEETLY. I'll be so proud to see SISTERS RED on the shelf!
1. Please share a photo of your cover, and if you can share an earlier version or inspiration images, please do!
The actual cover is attached. I found out later that this was one of the "concept drafts" that the artist made: http://strawberryluna.com/gallery1.php?size=full&image=

 

"I had my own cover idea... and it was stupid. I wanted sort of an iconic shot of my three main characters walking into shadows. You know, like those Batman posters. I warned you...it was stupid.

 

"My publisher didn't ask me for input, but based on my last answer, I'm REALLY glad they didn't. I was really excited, however, when they linked me to strawberryluna.com and told me she'd be doing the cover art, and was totally confident that she'd do something amazing.

 

"I found out later that this was one of the 'concept drafts' that the artist made.

concept RED draft.JPG

 

"The first time I saw my cover I was SO EXCITED. Seriously. I was proud and happy and forwarded it to everybody I know. I couldn't believe they'd captured the book so well. I actually remember trying to drive down the interstate while pulling the cover up on my phone, just so I could look at it again.

 

"My comments were just 'OMGOMGOMGOMG' and other thoughtful, articulate things. I suggested they not even put my name or the title on the book cover, since it's like a piece of art. But Marketing insisted that the title and my name be on the cover. They talked about doing it in a gloss, so it'd be more subtle, but that must have gotten vetoed somewhere in there.

 

"The original artwork had the ears a little different, and it was a slightly different shade of red, but other than that it stayed relatively the same.

 

"In the end, I love it. I still can't believe it's mine, and I can't WAIT to see what the artist comes up with for SWEETLY, my next book. I'll be so proud to see Sisters Red on the shelf!"

 

I love that the colors are so strong and the image looks timeless, almost like the way they'd re-release a classic novel.

 

What do you guys think of this cover?

 

 

 

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 her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com.

 

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by Blogger Albert_Rolls on ‎05-04-2010 01:15 PM

Neither the title nor the author's name appeared on the first edition of Carrie.

by Blogger Melissa-Walker ‎05-05-2010 04:20 PM - edited ‎05-05-2010 04:20 PM

Interesting, Albert! I wonder if that would ever fly today...

by on ‎05-06-2010 11:14 PM

It is strong, but I'd like to know a little more about the story...it looks kind of evil.  The scary looks like it's fighting the pure reflections of white.

 

From three main characters to this...hmm, makes me wonder a whole lot!  Reflections of a face, like the moon on water....eyes of a wolf, the red imitating fire.  I don't have a clue.  I even stood on my head to see what it would look like...I thought I'd see a reverse of the picture...hidden within it, but not the case.  It actually looked a little goofy...no, not me standing on my head, the picture!

 

The author's name in the grey has a nice subtle touch.  If the story is good, you'll look for the name, whether it's inside, or out.  I always thinks it's funny...when the author grows famous...(I honestly don't know this one, but that's nothing new)....the name gets bigger than the title!

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