Cover Stories: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

audrey-wait.jpgThe super-fun Robin Benway has two Cover Stories for our enjoyment. We'll start with her awesome debut, Audrey, Wait!, and you'll get the tale behind her new cover (for The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June) later this week.Here's Robin! "In my first book, Audrey, Wait!, Audrey is a character who loves music, so I always had an image of a girl's wrist covered in wristbands. Not bracelets, but the sort of wristbands you get when you have to queue up in line for a concert or to get backstage. I thought that'd be so cool! When Audrey sold, however, my publisher hired Rodrigo Corral to do the cover. I was over the moon at this news, since I had seen so many of his book covers and thought they were beautiful. "When Razorbill first emailed me the image that would become the hardcover Audrey cover, I was driving down to Orange County and my phone at the time couldn't download photos. My agent called me and was saying, 'Did you see it? Did you see it?' and I was FREAKING OUT because I couldn't see it and I didn't have my computer with me and I was an hour away from home and I NEEDED to see my book cover! "So I did what any rational person would do: I drove to the nearest Apple store, hopped onto a computer, and pulled up the image. I immediately loved it. I kept walking back and forth across the Apple store so I could see it from far away, just to get an idea of what it would look like on a bookstore shelf, and then I stood there and had a 20-minute phone conference with my publisher and agent about it. Thanks, Apple! Audrey original (1).png"For the paperback version of Audrey, I knew that my publisher wanted to change the cover and put a girl on it, but I saw some rough draft images of the ppbk cover that were so not what I had envisioned for the book. So I sent Razorbill a photograph of a girl that, to me, personified Audrey, left. (The cool thing was that Kristen Pettit, the Razorbill editor who bought Audrey, had had the exact same image on her wall!) Razorbill was really great about keeping me in the loop and sent me some headshots of models to pick from and did a photoshoot with one of the girls, and I really love the way she's doing that little look over her shoulder. "(Fun fact alert: On the cover of Audrey, the model is actually wearing my editor's skirt.)" audrey-wait (1).jpg Audrey Wait back cover.jpgThanks, Robin! I really love both covers. I like the first one because it stands out and feels original to me. I like the second for its real-girlness and total capturing of Audrey, who looks just like I pictured she would. I'm torn! Also, can I just say that I adore the back of the paperback Audrey, Wait! because it's covered in reviews, many by book bloggers? AMAZING. Which cover do you guys like best? PS-Robin has an album with all the foreign Audrey covers on facebook. Here's a peek, but go check out the full images--so cool! foreign audrey.jpg