Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for MATCH ME IF YOU CAN
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Good morning, Swooners! We've got something super-special-awesome to hopefully help you survive Hump Day: it's time to vote on the cover for Tiana Smith's debut novel, Match Me If You Can! We're stoked to share the three cover options with you, but before you dive in here's a refresher on what this book's all about:
Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.
Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince—the guy she knows is right for her—and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back.
Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?
We hired freelance designer Emily O. to tackle this one, and she has dreamed up three shiny cover directions for you to choose from. 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 Wednesday, March 7.
Logan is the newspaper's photographer, and this graphic style evokes old school printing techniques and photo negatives. The messiness and the way the colors don't line up perfectly evokes the mess Mia makes and how out of sync she and Logan are at first. Plus, the bright pop-y colors are eye-catching and fun.
Mia and Logan first really connect in the treehouse in Logan's backyard, so of course we had to put that on a cover! Everything about it is so romantic. If this direction is chosen, we'll finesse the photo mashup to look seamless and realistic, and adjust the lines between hearts so that they look like shooting stars.
Split Down the Middle Cover
You can see this is the same couple from the duotone cover, now in full color! The background is split down the middle to symbolize how Mia thinks of herself and Logan as opposites who shouldn't be matched... the hearts tell you that they just might match up anyway.