I'm a cover design nerd (in case you hadn't guessed) and sometimes it's a font that draws me in. That's the case with Cara Lynn Shultz's debut novel, Spellbound. The surreal images are enticing to, but that font is what really grabbed me.
Here's Cara to talk about her cover:
"Only after I got my book deal did I start thinking about the cover. I wanted a cover that someone wouldn't be embarrassed to read on the subway—especially as a debut author, I wanted a cover that, for lack of a better word, was cool. My main character, Emma, wears a medieval crest on a chain around her neck that figures heavily into the story. I originally thought the necklace might work well on the cover.
"I suggested the medallion as well as two scenes in the book that could work for the cover. Harlequin Teen did try the medallion out at first but it didn't turn out well.
"The first time I saw the cover, I definitely liked it—it's a blend of two of the more dramatic scenes in the book, so it helped convey moodiness and drama without giving away too much. And it's a little mysterious, a little dark, and the inclusion of the architecture from Central Park sets the stage of the book being in New York.
"They added some more broken glass, which I thought made the cover really pop. When I saw the finished version, I was really psyched—that's when I was like, 'YES!' The background of the cover is matte, but the shards of glass are shiny and sleek. It's eye-popping in person. I think it's an illustration.
"The more I look at the cover, the more I like how Emma is running into darkness. That definitely plays into the plot of the book—she's running into the unknown (insert horror movie effect: Dun Dun Dunnnn!)"
Thanks, Cara! Moody, dramatic and mysterious are definitely fitting words. And can I say one more thing about that title font? Mesmerizing!
What do you guys think?
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Melissa Walker is the author of five Young Adult novels, including the Violet trilogy, Lovestruck Summer and the upcoming Small Town Sinners. 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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