Andrea Richesin's new anthology has arrived just in time for Father's Day! What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughters is a celebration of the father-daughter relationship that includes laughter, tears, and moments of grace.
The cover portrays the classic daddy-daughter dancing moment—she's on his toes. Here's Andrea to tell us how that image was chosen:
"I wanted the cover to tug at the heart strings of proud papas. When brainstorming image ideas for dads and daughters today, one of the first images that came to mind was of a little girl dancing on her daddy’s tiptoes. It’s a bit of a clichéd image, but a tender moment nonetheless.
"I spent a few hours on flickr.com, Corbis, and Getty images searching for just the right shot for the cover art. I discovered a black and white photograph of a little girl walking hand in hand with her dad down a beach (right) by an Australian photographer Robert Gjessing. I thought it would be stunning on the cover, but we decided to go with the stock image of the dancing girl with her dad instead. I believe this was a stock image. They sent me comps of images of fathers and daughters (there were many of these, and here are two, below). I chose one from the bunch that I thought captured the spirit of the collection.
"My publisher Harlequin Nonfiction was incredible about asking for my input. At first, I wasn’t fond of the use of yellow as the color for the ribbon across the cover. I think I would have preferred turquoise or emerald green, or another color that would pop. The black and yellow combination reminded me too much of the little girl in the bumblebee costume in the Blind Melon video for 'No Rain.' However, I must concede that the yellow does indeed leap off the cover.
"The art department also worked very hard on the layout of the photos of all the contributors with their daughters in the Contributors' Notes in the back of the book. I know many readers have enjoyed getting to see what the writers and their daughters look like. Cindy Hudson of Mother Daughter Book Club commented in her review: 'Pictures of the contributors with their daughters are in the back of the book, and I found myself studying the photo of a writer and his daughter after reading his essay.'
"In my next anthology, CRUSH, I think we’ll have a little more freedom to be edgy and have fun!"
What do you 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 the new awkward-stage blog Before You Were Hot. Her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com.
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