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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for THE BIG F!

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We are so pumped for you to finally see the three amazing cover options for The Big F! A girl must figure out her own path when her college acceptance is revoked due to a failing grade in Maggie Ann Martin's fun and feisty contemporary. In case you need a reminder, here's the synopsis:

"Danielle's plans for the future were easy to figure out... until she fails senior English and her single college application is denied. Suddenly she's in hot water with few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a "college psychic"?

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her local community college with a plan: pass English and get back into Ohio State—and her mother's good graces. Romance isn't on her radar... until she reconnects with her childhood crush, Luke. With family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can't help but feel overwhelmed. Luckily she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

Failure's not an option this time."

Swoon designers Rich D., KB and Danielle M. have put together three fabulous 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, Sept. 27.

RD TBF Red F

Rich D.'s Red F Cover

This giant hand drawn F is a bold, graphic concept that would be visually striking in final form and complements a great title. If chosen, the artwork would be customized to portray more relevant details of Danielle's story and the playful doodles would frame and balance the more harsh quality of the F.

   

RD KB TBF Chalkboard

Rich D. and KB's Chalkboard Cover

In this direction, we have Danielle standing in front of a chalkboard (which represents her school troubles), trying to figure out just how the heck she's going to get her life back together. And we liked the bold yellow color from Maggie's original cover, so we pulled it into the title.

   

DM TBF Facepalm

Danielle M.'s Facepalm Cover

I'm a believer in less is more. The title and headline were screaming to be front and center. Coupled with an honest portrait of the girl in crisis, this direction is neatly wrapping all that sardonic angst inside. The simplicity is deafening!

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