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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for BEWARE THE NIGHT

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What's up, Swooners?

We'll tell you what's up: We're thrilled to share with you the three cover options for Jessika Fleck's recently renamed Beware the Night! In case you missed it, here's the lowdown on this book: 

On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda Adeline understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, civilian peace and harmony, and a thriving commerce. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits.

Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking work and imposing rules. Her close friendship with Nico is Veda’s one saving grace in a cruel world where the division between her people and the ruling Dogio is as wide and winding as the many canals that snake through their island.

But when Veda’s grandfather is chosen as the next sacrificial offering to keep the sun’s favor, his dying words force Veda to see the injustice of Bellonian society. Turning away from the sun means she must join the night—and an underground revolution she’s been taught to fear all her life.

But first, a note from Swoon designer Liz D.:

I'm excited to share cover directions for Beware the Night with you! We're doing something different with this cover: I hired the incredibly talented illustrator Elen Winata to create three options for this cover, all in her signature style which you can see samples of below. You are voting on black-and-white sketches. Elen will finesse the chosen direction to make sure it perfectly encapsulates the book and then add color to really bring everything to life. Here are a few samples of her finished work:

elen samples

(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 Thursday, March 1.


BtN Sun & Moon

Sun & Moon Cover

The duality of day and night are showcased here, with Veda fishing in front of the sun on the top and prepared to fight with the moon at her back on the bottom. Vines filled with symbols from the story grow between them.


BtN Swallowed by Darkness

Swallowed By Darkness Cover

The title is surrounded by the night and various terrifying things in it. There's a monster hand reaching to drag "night" away, a vine pulling "beware," and a skull sitting right up front, just in case you weren't getting the message.


BtN The Woods

The Woods Cover

The sun and moon frame the title, surrounded by symbols from the story like the coliseum, hourglass, medallion, pantera fish and five-pointed star. These are all nestled in woods inspired by the forest that Veda runs to.

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