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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for A PROM TO REMEMBER

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Well, hello there, Swooners!

We are so incredibly excited to share the five shiny cover options for Sandy Hall's new book, A Prom to Remember! In case you missed yesterday's announcement post, here's a little more info about it:

"7 Seniors. 7 Problems. 1 Senior Prom.

Cora: Head of the Prom Committee. Has been dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie™ for forever, and has NO IDEA how to break up with him.

Paisley: Dislikes prom, yet nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king.

Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!

Otis: Half of the cutest couple in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room experience.

Lizzie: Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn't know.

Cameron: Loner. Done with high school. But there’s this girl he needs to meet.

Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Prom is her chance to shine! If only she could find a date.

The newest book from the author of A Little Something Different is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler's life."

Designers Mary Kate M., April W., and Sophie E. have put together five 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 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.)

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Mary Kate M.'s Bright Blue Cover

I wanted this cover to have the same charm that the characters have in the book. The characters had unique and personal touches to their prom-posals so I wanted the hand-lettering and illustrations to reflect that. (Check out some of Mary Kate's amazing hand lettering and illustrations here: marykatemcdevitt.com.)



April W.'s Balloon Cover

This concept came from a conversation with Holly about how to make a cover that reads as prom and not wedding. We talked a bit about what kinds of details could complement the dress and suits and she cleverly suggested balloons and streamers! So I tried that here with a limited palette teal and gold direction. 



April W.'s Boxy Cover

I'm a big fan of using playful framing devices to introduce details from varied storylines, and I also love it when a cover could pass as a board game! For this book I think it's especially fitting, since expectations run high and the final outcome of each character's own prom experience is not always what you might expect.


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April W.'s Starry Night Cover

Here I was hoping to emphasize that hopeful and dreamlike quality of what you envision your prom will be. I thought focusing on the night sky could be a magical way to show subtle illustrated prom details.



Sophie E.'s Limo Cover

I wanted to find a playful way to represent the various stories in a cohesive composition. I couldn't help but take the idea of a stretch limo to the next level.

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