"For the first book, Sucks to Be Me, I actually made a cover mock up with one of those old-school notebooks and a goofy-looking fanged bat. It was really silly (pictured below). I'm glad they did what they did instead! I love both the book covers, for the first book and the second book.
"With Sucks to Be Me, I sent them that mockup I mentioned above. They liked the journal-ish idea and they went from there and built on it. They did ask me about the doodles and things like that and had me send them some photographs of girls that I thought looked like Mina (I'd searched some stock photo archives for ideas). They found their own Mina, though (her name is Taylor).
"I loved the cover when I saw it! I love the strong colors -- so bold! And I especially adore all of the doodles and things that Emi Tanji (the designer/artist) made for both books. And the batty sticker! Other people love batty too... one girl actually got a batty tattoo!
"My editor let me make suggestions, and I was even able to suggest some changes to the back copy and the doodles. I didn't ask for anything major, though. I've pretty much loved everything they've done. I think I've been really lucky in the cover department.
"Originally, the cover of the second book featured a red suitcase instead of a blue one. But they decided that the red color was too similar to the color of the first book. They wanted to make sure readers glancing at it realized it was a NEW book and not the first one, so they changed it to that lovely shade of blue.
"They did a cover shoot with a girl named Taylor. She's the same girl as from the first book. She's really just an ordinary girl (okay, not ordinary, as I think she's very cool, but ordinary in that she's not a professional or even amateur model or anything.).
"I love both covers. I like that there are some little hidden things if people pay attention. Like on the spine of the first book, it says 'NWRVC' for the Vampire Council. And the doodles really give you an idea of some of the conflict going on in Mina's life in the books."
Thanks, Kimberly! I'm really into the illustrated title font and the doodle feel to both of these covers, and the bold colors make them pop. What do you think -- would these covers catch your (or your teenager's) eye?