Judging a Cover by Its Book: Pick the Cover Direction for THE BOY NEXT DOOR

Cover Voting is Now Closed! — Thank you for telling us what made you swoon!

Hey Swoon Readers,

We know that everyone is very excited about Katie Van Ark’s intensely romantic novel The Boy Next Door.  All your comments and enthusiasm were key in bringing it to our attention, and we know that your advice has been invaluable in helping Katie through her revisions.

(For all those who weren’t lucky enough to read it earlier, when it was posted as Pairing Up, The Boy Next Door is about a pair figure skater named Maddy, who is desperately in love with her skating partner and childhood friend, Gabe, who is just as determined to think of her as a sister. But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes! Will this be the big break Maddy has been hoping for, or the big break-up that Gabe has always feared?)

And now, it’s time for one of the most exciting parts of the process: Picking the cover direction!

Our art director Rich D., who designed the beautiful cover you chose for Save Me, was so inspired by The Boy Next Door that he has created FOUR amazing cover directions for you to choose from:

 

Boy Next Door Cover - snowglobe 2
The Snow Globe Cover
Boy Next Door Cover - silhouettes
The Silhouettes Cover
Boy Next Door Cover - park 2
The Park Cover
Boy Next Door Cover - skates 2
The Skates Cover

 

And remember, these are just cover directions. Once you pick the look you like the best, Rich will continue to work on the cover, improving and tweaking it, until it is perfect!

If, like us, you are having trouble choosing, you can check back every day this week for an in depth look at each option, as Rich explains how he came up with these different cover directions.

Find them here:
The Snow Globe Cover
The Silhouettes Cover
The Park Cover
The Skates Cover

Voting is now closed!

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11 comments on "Judging a Cover by Its Book: Pick the Cover Direction for THE BOY NEXT DOOR"

Katie Van Ark on June 2, 2014, 9:06 p.m. said:

Katie Van Ark


So excited about these designs and looking forward to hearing everyone’s opinions on them!

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on June 3, 2014, 6:32 a.m. said:


I really like the silhouette and the skates one. I can’t quite decide which one I like best to be honest Good job!

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Sandy Hall on June 3, 2014, 8:17 a.m. said:

Sandy Hall


I really love the skates! I like the shade of blue and I love how the background has a woody texture.

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gale hood on June 3, 2014, 9:37 a.m. said:

gale hood


I love the skates, but they should be real figure skates.

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Katie Van Ark on June 3, 2014, 5:49 p.m. said:

Katie Van Ark


Definitely agree with you there, Gale!

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Petra on June 4, 2014, 12:46 p.m. said:

Petra


My favourite is the silhouettes cover. They’re all great, but I feel like I’ve seen the other 3 before. Obviously not the same, but something similar. I do like the fonts for the snow globe cover & the park cover a little more though.

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Roxanne Henley on June 5, 2014, 11:25 a.m. said:

Roxanne Henley


I like the font on the Silhouettes, and the picture, but I like the warmth and magic of the Park cover. I also like the kiss. Torn between the two. If I could blend the font and kiss of Silhouette with the warmth and magic of Park, that would be my perfect choice for the book. Congrats again Katie! Wonderful book and great writing.

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Kristine Asselin on June 5, 2014, 6:12 p.m. said:

Kristine Asselin


LOVE the Park cover. LOVE. I love the sepia tones, and the romantic pose. It’s so unique and I can almost get a sense of the characters from it. Good luck–they are all lovely, but *that* one is my favorite.

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on June 6, 2014, 12:01 p.m. said:


[…] you love what Rich is doing here, let us know by leaving a comment and voting for this cover direction. And remember, this is a cover direction, not the final cover, so if you […]

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Luvelle Raevan on June 7, 2014, 11:13 p.m. said:

Luvelle Raevan


I chose the skates and silhouettes was my second choice. Skates is more about the story and a reader can imagine what the people look like. With silhouettes, although beautiful, I have a preconceived notion of what the main characters’ bodies look like and I prefer to form my own visual.

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