TBWCS covers

Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for THE (BEST) WORST CASE SCENARIO!

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We have SO MANY awesome cover options for you to choose from, and so little time! Below you will find the five shiny cover directions for The (Best) Worst Case Scenario by Sandy Hall

In case you missed yesterday's announcement post, here's a little more info about the book:

"Scenario: A Musical Theater Lock-In you've been looking forward to all summer long.

Best Case: You and all your best friends have a fabulous time, your crush falls madly in love with you, and you get amazing material for your college applications that gets you early admittance into their theater programs.

Worst Case: Your best friend brings your mortal enemy to the lock-in and insists that you be on the same team mere hours after you catch your father making out with the person in charge of the lock-in. The drama totally overwhelms you, making it impossible to charm your crush and leaving you wanting to lay down on the floor and cry. Not exactly a formula for success."

Swoon designers Rich D. and Danielle M. have put together five awesome cover directions for you to choose from, and have shared some thoughts about their inspiration behind each one. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will probably be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (Want to see how a cover goes from concept to final? Click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

DMB TBWCS Stage

Danielle M.'s Stage Cover

For this cover concept I wanted to contrast a photographic portrait with some illustrated background to capture the playfulness of Sarah’s imagined musical scenarios.

   

DMB TBWCS Stormy

Danielle M.'s Stormy Cover

For this comp, I really wanted to represent playful angst with a cute, fun, hand-lettered and illustrated cover. This would compliment the design styles of Sandy Hall’s previous covers very nicely. The imposing lettering of the title adds excitement and energy. This is the most “rough” sketch out of the bunch. If you can imagine, the final cover would resemble a slightly retro style lithograph, with a quirky and hip color scheme. The spot illustrations will also be more detailed.

    

DMB TBWCS Stage

Danielle M.'s Clouds Cover

I approached this direction with simplicity and ease in mind. While reading The (Best) Worst Case Scenario, I couldn't help but take some deep calming breaths, probably feeling similar to how the narrator, Sarah, was feeling for most of the story! For the final, I would revise the girl to better reflect Sarah. 

   

DMB TBWCS Lights

Danielle M.'s Lights Cover

I just had to include a cover that spoke through ostentatious colors and zingy type! So much drama I couldn’t resist the lightbulb lettering indicative of theater and show. And what better way to signify conundrum than a broken lightbulb hanging out at the bottom of the composition.

   

RD TBWCS Umbrella

Rich D.'s Umbrella Cover

When I first started working on The (Best) Worst Case Scenario I was intrigued by the title and decided to see what happened if I took it literally. Google searching the title suggested "looking on the brighter side of a bad situation" as another way to look a that phrase, and I thought what better way to express that visually than by taking a cloudy, rainy day and making it happy. The colors make it cheerful, the design is simple and speaks right to the idea, and I always love a bright yellow umbrella.

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