Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for FINDING YOU!
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We have a super special awesome holiday gift for you all: cover voting for Finding You by Lydia Albano! In case you need a refresher, here's the synopsis of this story that is equal parts heart-pounding and heartbreaking:
"Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, her only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as the days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming, and if they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own."
Swoon designers Rich D. and Danielle M. have come up with four brilliant 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.)
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Rich D.'s Ropes Cover
I used the ropes to create a graphic lined look while also giving the reader that feeling of imprisonment. But at the same time, some of the ropes are fraying and breaking, symbolizing how Isla is strong and fighting to be free. If this direction is chosen, I would add more of that cityscape line art to give a better sense of setting.
Danielle M.'s Green Eyes Cover
Using a bold decorative design element to symbolize the heroine's imprisonment helps make the cover more inviting while still conveying the dark subject matter. The heroine's bright green eyes also draw your eyes away from the flat silver decorative "gate" that sits over the whole image.
Rich D.'s Locket Cover
Here's another graphic option, with a similar lined look. The locket is an important element of the story, being the thing Isla holds onto in captivity to stay strong and hopeful, and remind her of what (and who) she's fighting to get back to. I really liked the idea of tying in the chains with the locket, and used a more delicate necklace type of chain instead of the big, clunky ugly ones you would typically associate with captivity.
Danielle M.'s Bars Cover
Another version using the decorative "gate" as a design element to symbolize the heroines harrowing journey from imprisonment. The photograph choice shows the heroines' strength and courage.