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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for TRAVELER

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Hey Swooners,

We are very excited to share the cover directions for Traveler by L.E. DeLano! Three of our fabulous designers have come up with some fantastic options for you to choose from.

Here's a synopsis of Traveler in case you're in need of a refresher:

"Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities.

But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles… Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live."

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. (For more information about the difference between a cover direction and the final cover 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, April 19.

Traveler ES pink dress cover

Eileen S.'s Pink Dress Cover

This cover is a more abstract interpretation of world traveling. The strong geometric shapes are visually striking, and offer a sharp contrast to the dreamy scenes they hold. Jessa floats in and out of these worlds as if she's in a dream herself. The dark, starry background allows the colors to jump off the page, and the faint compass rose adds another element of travel and adventure.


Traveler KB Cracked Cover

KB's Cracked Cover

Thinking about Traveler, the key things that stood out to me was the idea of mirrors, alternate worlds/ universes, and the fantastic character of Pirate Finn. So I crafted my cover to reflect those elements. The thing that really brought it together for me was when I found this perfect images of a young girl with Jessa's huge blue eyes.


Traveler ES Tree Cover

Eileen S.'s Tree Cover

With this cover I was trying to show the mirror in a less literal way. You still see the silhouette of an ornate frame, but inside is an image of the inverted sky. The lone tree emerging out represents only one of the worlds, but the swirling background alludes to the portals these mirrors become. Jessa is shown in her more historical garb, but she's still an explorer in a fantastical world, gazing out towards the skyline.


Traveler RD Swirl Cover

Rich D.'s Swirl Cover

KB, who has been working on several of the covers, reminded me of a cool spiral stock image that I've been holding onto for while. Finally, the right cover to use it on!  If this direction is chosen, I would probably add a few more elements to it, maybe some ocean water or Jessa herself.  I'd also like to add some more details to the outside of the spiral to make it look more like a compass rose.

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