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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for MEET ME IN OUTER SPACE

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We are incredibly excited to show you all the proposed cover directions for Melinda Grace's debut novel, Meet Me in Outer Space! In case you're in need of a refresher, here's what it's all about:

Edie Kits has a learning disability. Well, not a learning disability exactly, but a disability that impacts her learning. It isn’t visible, it isn’t obvious, and it isn’t something she likes to advertise. In fact, she’s successfully hidden it from nearly everyone in her life, including her college roommate and best friend, Serena.

And for the first half of her freshman year, she has managed without assistance. Edie thought she was in control of her disability, until she meets her match with French 101 and a professor unwilling to hear her out.

Edie finds herself caught between getting the help she needs and convincing her professor that she isn’t looking for an easy out. Luckily for her, Hudson, the badly dressed but undoubtedly adorable TA in her French class, ambles in to help her out…

Swoon designer Liz D. has cooked up four awesome cover options for you to choose from and have also shared some thoughts about her inspiration behind each. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will most likely 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, March 13.


MMIOS LD waves and kisses

Waves and Kisses Cover

Believe or not, I didn't think to use sound waves as a motif until I'd been working on comps for weeks. I kept trying ideas that were too literal: Title on flashcards! Edie's transmitter! Sewing! They all looked terrible. This cover is subtle and beautiful and says more than those literal ones ever did: The navy background has a texture like fabric and is the color of Edie's final project, the sound waves are for Edie's auditory processing disorder, and the lips are for kissing! Or speaking. Or both.


MMIOS LD lights at night

Lights at Night Cover

Look how sweetly Edie and Hudson are embracing—and Hudson is wearing his signature maroon beanie of course! Heart-shaped lights are swirling all around with the title floating amidst them. I love how the depth of this cover pulls you in without giving away too much.


MMIOS LD layers and layers

Layers and Layers Cover

There's a lot layered in here, and I like how you don't necessarily see it all at once. The bright pink catches your eye, then the title is front and center, then there are the yellow lines making waves and distortions, and then there's Edie and Hudson staring at each other. Maybe they're talking, maybe they're about to kiss, it's ambiguous—which feels fitting for their romance.


Waves and Swashes

Waves and Swashes Cover

Here are the sound waves again! Can you tell that I like them? Now they're integrated with the type—and look how sexy that type is! It's all curves and swashes, and it could be straight out of a fashion magazine. The colors and textures are beautiful. This cover is simple but not plain.

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