Melissa Walker

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Melissa Walker

Cracks%20Cover%20good%20quality.jpg Stacy DeKeyser‘s book Jump the Cracks, has one of the most compelling descriptions ever: “A 15-year-old girl is accused of kidnapping when she finds an abandoned child on a train and then hides him from his abusive father. Soon she’s on a cross-country journey with the boy, as each ‘right’ decision gets her deeper into trouble — and farther away from home. Victoria has vowed to protect the little boy no matter what. But can she keep that promise? Fast-paced suspense about a determined girl who becomes both rescuer and abductor of a child at risk.”
Sounds like the cover could have gone a bunch of different ways, so Stacy’s here to share how it played out:
“When I write, and even when I read a novel, I prefer not to form a distinct mental picture of the main characters. I don’t include much physical description in my book. I prefer to let the characters sort of form and shape themselves in the reader’s mind. Probably for the same reason, one thing I DID know was that the cover wouldn’t show any faces.
“Flux was great about [requesting input on the cover design]. My editor Andrew Karre asked me for my ideas, and he told me his. My only requests were ‘no faces’ and ‘no shiny covers.’ (That’s just me–I don’t like shiny book covers.)
“When I saw the cover, at first I was a little surprised, because Andrew had described a cover using mosaic tiles, like you see in the New York City subway, which is one setting in Jump the Cracks. So when I saw the actual cover. without any mosaics, it threw me a bit. But I warmed up to it instantly. I loved the arrows, and the suggestion of motion, and the fact that you can’t see what the girl might be carrying. You know she’s going somewhere, and you want to know her story. And (I suppose this will sound weird after I said I don’t imagine my characters’ physically), she looks exactly the way I’d pictured her in my head.
“I had no comments to make, except, ‘Wow!’ Andrew said there had been several different cover designs, but I only saw one — the perfect one. And I still really love it.”
Thanks, Stacy! I agree that the cover has so much motion–it definitely indicates a fast-paced journey, and I can’t wait to read the book! What do you guys think?

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  1. Ooh, first comment.
    It looks good although I try not to judge a book by the cover, but I’ll definitely check this one out. :)

  2. Kwana says:

    This sounds so exciting!

  3. Julia says:

    Wow that sounds REALLY good! I was wondering if you had any thoughts/opinions on the popularity of the use of photographs for YA books these days… and especially photographs where you can’t really see faces. I kind of miss the old-school paint by numbers look of YA books from the 70s and 80s, a la Sweet Valley High or Judy Blume books. Not that I think we should go back to that… I was just thinkin’! :)

  4. Thanks for the profile, Melissa. I love to analyze covers too.
    Julia, I’m so intrigued by your love of the “old” style covers for YA books. I have a feeling it reminds you of many pleasant hours spent reading.
    I have a feeling photos are much less expensive than original art. That’s probably one reason theyr’e so common these days.
    Thanks again, Melissa!

  5. Melissa Walker says:

    Wow! That sounds like an amazing book! I definitely need to pick it up.

  6. Alea says:

    The cover looks to match the plot very well!
    Stock Photography is very easy to get and purchase compared to setting up a photoshoot or getting someone to do artwork for you. Of course then you run the risk of seeing duplicate photos on covers. I guess it all depends on the situation, time limit, budget, subject matter. It’s definitely an interesting topic :D
    I actually just recently posted a cover lookalike someone pointed out to me and I found the actual stock image used as well!

  7. Dominique says:

    love these cover stories!! :D
    definitely sounds like an interesting book & the cover/font has a bit of an edgy feel to it, which, after reading the blurb, fits!
    (btw, I’m having a contest for 5 signed copies of Top 8 if you’re interested!

  8. Great cover, GREAT book.

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