And the winning cover for A PROM TO REMEMBER is...
I think a lot about book covers. I always have.
As a young reader, I was very picky about what books looked like. Not so much for the ones that I took out of the library, but for the ones that I purchased. If they didn’t have a certain feel then I didn’t want to own them.
As a children’s and teen librarian, I would work hard to make eye-catching and interesting displays that kids and teens would want to scoop up by the handful. Having enticing cover art went a long way when it came to those displays.
As an author, I probably think about book covers more than ever. I daydream about the perfect cover for whatever project I’m working on. A cover that strikes the balance between representing the story and also drawing readers in, which is not the easiest balance to strike in my opinion.
However, I believe that April W.’s Balloon Cover for A Prom to Remember deftly manages both. It’s eye catching and incorporates an unexpected color combo for prom. It has a retro appeal that’s a nod to a little detail in the story.
In A Prom to Remember, the prom theme at this particular high school has been “A Prom to Remember” for the past twenty years thanks to an overzealous prom advisor getting a really good deal on prom keepsakes back in the late 90s. While I hesitate to say that anything from 1998 is actually “retro,” there’s a classic vibe going on that I really appreciate.
Not to mention that it kind of reminds me of Footloose, which is never a bad thing.
A big thank you to Mary Kate, April, and Sophie for their awesome cover designs. I loved watching the voting numbers climb last week and going through the voter’s comments. I would have been proud to have any of those five covers on my book.
Now in the immortal words of Kevin Bacon:
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