Tuesday, May 8, 2012

More YA covers: Eye catching!

They're diabolical, these YA cover designers. They have to be: They have a tough, tough job.

First of all, obviously, they have to be pretty accurate about conveying a book's essence: There's nothing more annoying to a reader than buying a book with a soft, romantic cover only to suffer a bloody chainsaw murder on page five.

Also, a designer wants to drag you to a book across a crowded store. Once the book's in your hands, he wants you eaten up with curiosity about what's inside. (CINDER wins that award, in my opinion.)

Today's post explores a few of the techniques designers have been using on covers in the January-June publication season. Cue the eyeballs!

The covers are after the break. Which ones work for you? Why?

The eyes! They won't let me go!

Eye-catching oddities

(Speaking of oddities: If the cover on A BEAUTIFUL EVIL looks familiar, that's because you saw something like it here [scroll down to the "pairing up" grouping]. But the book being marketed with that cover last fall now has a new cover and is slated for Fall 2012. Two different publishers, too. Just keeping us on our toes!)

Yep. I'm curious.

In fact, I can't tear myself away.

Whoa. Cool typeface.

Swirling and Twirling 

That flower doesn't look safe, somehow.

Mirror, mirror

Brrrrr. (Uh-oh?)

Blood red. (Uh-oh!)

What are they looking at? 

Me! They're looking at me!


Ellen Booraem is the author of SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS and THE UNNAMEABLES. She lives in Downeast Maine with an artist, a dog, and a cat, one of whom is a practicing curmudgeon. She's online at www.ellenbooraem.com.

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