Melissa Walker

Friday, April 18th, 2014 Melissa Walker

GEEKGIRLcover.jpgCharity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance are the co-authors of a book called The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading, which is a totally intriguing title if I’ve ever heard one. Plus, the cover really pops. They’re here to share their Cover Story as a twosome, and give away major prizes (more on that later):
Charity: We had absolutely no idea about the cover, which is probably weird. My son thought the cover model should be wearing a lab coat over her cheerleading outfit along with a pocket protector–and maybe nerd glasses.
Darcy: You did have that dream where we had a blue cover.
C: And as it turns out we have … a blue cover!
D: No one asked for our input and, really, it was a surprise when the cover design landed in our inboxes. I didn’t realize that happened so early in the process.
C: The story to our cover is a bit of a saga. We started out with a stock photo of a jumping cheerleader. The cover was cute, but it also had a football scoreboard and lots of lush green grass. The story takes place during basketball season, in Minnesota (think snow and lots of it). I was a little shocked. I was afraid if we went with that cover, we’d forever be explaining the football/basketball discrepancy.
D: Exactly. I could hear my mother’s voice in my head saying, “But isn’t it a basketball book?” But we were still in disbelief that our book was actually going to be published. We worried that if we asked for changes, our editor might change her mind and cancel the book. Lucky for us, our agent wasn’t as timid as we were.
C: She felt that the cover needed to attract the sort of teen reader who normally wouldn’t pick up a cheerleading book. She negotiated for a new cover. Our publisher did a special shoot and we ended up with three great shots: the model “jumping” over the title, the pigeon-toed shot on the spine, and the one with the glasses on the back.
D: Otherwise known as “Jumping Girl,” “Foot Girl,” and “Back Girl.”
C: In the end, the concept itself didn’t change: we still have the cheerleader with her quirky jump over the title. Everyone felt that was the shot that conveyed the most energy while still being quirky and fun. I love it. The whole package is wonderful, from front cover, to back, to the spine.
D: I love it too. It’s the kind of cover I wouldn’t be able to resist if I saw it in a book store.
Thanks, ladies! I like the energy of the cover, too, and I’m glad you pointed out that we get three poses in one with this book.
Now, what do you guys think? Comment below and you’ll be entered to win a gift basket filled with surprise goodies (a book, of course, and then various “geek” stuff that Charity and Darcy are picking out). They’ll announce the winners on their blog later this month. Good luck!

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  1. This book is in my to-read pile on my desk at work!
    Kudos for speaking up – The squeaky wheel gets the grease!

  2. I think I like the photo on the back best with the girl holding her glasses, it just bring out the geekness quality more. but overall, it’s nicely done.

  3. Diana Dang says:

    I think it’s an adorable cover! Love how they used 3 different photos for it!

  4. Lenore says:

    Ooh! I had not seen the spine or back – those are awesome shots!

  5. beth says:

    Oh, please enter me!
    I love the cover–especially “back girl.” What a great way to combine all three photos, though. Very clever.

  6. summer says:

    Fun story. The cover is great so good job!

  7. I love the cover, backcover and the spine! Everything about it is cute and nice. =]
    Thanks for sharing this cover story!

  8. Angel Y says:

    Geeky goodness!!

  9. Tiff says:

    I love the whole thing. Each picture of the girl is super-cute, and kind of conveys the awkwardness of being a geek and a cheerleader–both of which I was in high school, so I can totally relate!

  10. Charity says:

    Thanks to Melissa for hosting us today and showing off our cover!
    Thanks for all the comments, everyone. I do like all the poses, so it’s hard to pick just one, although I think Darcy and I both have a soft spot for “Foot Girl.”

  11. Alea says:

    I’m finishing this book right now so what timing! I just knew that the images were so perfect there was no way they weren’t specifically shot for the book. They are great!
    no need to enter me!

  12. Denise says:

    This cover is soooo cute
    Please enter me

  13. Katryna says:

    I had no idea that so much effort was put into covers. I thought you just had an idea, found the picture, and BAM! that was it. All three of the pictures are great though.

  14. Leann says:

    This cover is so adorable! Great thing they spoke up (or had their agent) because it’s great. I really think it looks like such a cute book.
    Oh, I really want to win this!

  15. Paradox says:

    Oh! I had no idea there was another picture on the back! I like the “back girl” best. I hop to get a chance to read this book.

  16. Priya says:

    I really want to read this book! I love the cover.

  17. Miss Erin says:

    It looks ver cute!

  18. Katie says:

    Its sooooo cute!!!!=D
    it has spunk and your right it does pop.
    ill have to read it sometime.

  19. Charity says:

    Thanks again, everyone! I thought I’d mention that in addition to a signed copy of Geek Girl, we’re also including a signed copy of Mandy Hubbard’s debut novel Prada and Prejudice as well (which I can’t wait to read).

  20. Ashley says:

    Sounds good, please enter me! Thanks.

  21. Thao says:

    I love the front cover and unsurprisingly the back is just as cool.

  22. Darcy says:

    And don’t forget the funky sunglasses! There’s a pair that I see every time I go to the gas station — absolutely COVERED with rhinestones.
    But wait, what do _I_ know about cute sunglasses? I’ve always had prescription ones = BORING.
    Maybe while we’re here at Melissa’s she’ll give us free fashion advice? Or maybe her readers will — what style of sunglasses should we pick for the prize?

  23. Llehn says:

    I really love the color scheme of the cover! The deep purple makes me want to reach for chocolates!

  24. Jasindo says:

    That’s so cool that she dreamed about a blue cover!!

  25. MandyK says:

    Im in

  26. MandyK says:

    Im in =)

  27. Liviania says:

    I like the shot on the back cover the best – but I think it works best where it is. It’s a good thing your agent did that, because I know I would’ve been confused by a football cover on a basketball book.

  28. Kristi says:

    This is a cute cover – and I like that we get to see all three shots. I would love to have a chance to read the book!

  29. Amy E. says:

    Ooh! Geek stuff is the best! ;D this book looks interesting ;D

  30. Tina A says:

    This book looks awesome!!

  31. Ink says:

    The book sounds like a fun read. The cover is awesome, and I love “Back Girl”.

  32. Heidi V. says:

    The cover is bold and what a great choice of colors.
    I like the design on the spine also very catchy!

  33. Prodhi says:

    Thank you so much for doing something on the cover itself…’cause I love the cover!:D

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