Melissa Walker

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 Melissa Walker

shiver-final-cover.jpgMaggie Stiefvater had one of my favorite covers this year with Shiver, and Linger–her upcoming summer release–is already a 2010 favorite. I had to hear the story behind these simple, subtle designs. Here’s Maggie:

“I was a professional artist before I went full-time with my writing, so I’m possibly even more opinionated about book covers than most authors. I had mocked up a few covers for SHIVER, but nothing that I was really happy with — I was way too close to the project. They were all before the title change (which I think is crucial to the final cover design) and so they were all less wintery and more autumnal.
“My publisher didn’t ask for input, but they did give me the right to go ‘OMG KILL ME NOW INSTEAD OF USING THAT COVER.’

“When I first saw the cover, I loved it. Seriously. No holds barred. It was nothing I would’ve come up with on my own (though I do have a painting I did when I was 15 that is eerily similar) but it was artsy, unique, and fit the book absolutely. They said, ‘we want you to know you can say you hate it and we’ll stop here and come up with something else.’ But it was amazing. They asked again with the cover for my sequel and again, it was lovely, so I didn’t have to say anything.

“The cover changed slightly, and they let me know about each change. The wolf’s head turned a little, and they closed up some of the white space at the bottom.

linger.jpg“The design was done in-house by the cover designer, who had actually read the book, too, which made a huge difference for both SHIVER and the sequel, LINGER (right). It let him build in a lot of nuance that I think otherwise would be missing. I’m also thrilled that it’s not a stock photo. I think it looks totally different from anything else out there, and yet not so far out there that you’re like ‘that’s some weird woo woo there.’

“I love the subtle wolf in the corner of SHIVER’s cover. It’s like the novel itself — mostly about people and winter, and then the wolves are almost incidental. The werewolf addition is really subtle, and the almost invisible wolf hints at that.”

I just adore this cover. What do you guys think? I also found the UK cover, which is pretty too, but doesn’t have the wolf! I’m all for the US wintry version.


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  1. Beth Kephart says:

    I do think these are exceptional covers. The entire packaging of the book is exquisite, as was your hand-made trailer.

  2. beth says:

    Wow…that is one subtle wolf. I’ve seen (and loved) this cover before, but never noticed the wolf!

  3. Tiff says:

    I do love the covers for both Shiver AND Linger – and that fact that the HC of Shiver is in blue ink!!! How cool is that? I also like how people see the cover of Shiver but don’t notice the wolf at first – I have had so many people tell me that!
    My big question…will the print for Linger be GREEN? I can only hope. ;)

  4. Jessica says:

    I fell in love with Shiver’s cover when I first saw it and had the same reaction to Linger. The vines and ice blue coloring of the cover is what originally grabbed me, but the wolf hiding in there is what I really love. The cover is even more beautiful in person, it practically sparkles.
    Thanks for another great Cover Story!

  5. Thanks for featuring me and my covers! The Italian cover of SHIVER is also pretty darn sexy:

  6. Cari_TX says:

    You know the old saying you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Well I think with Shiver you can because the cover is so great that it just grabs you. I picked up this book one day while browsing at Borders and after the first few pages I had to have it. After finishing Shiver I went out and got Lament and Ballad also by Maggie Stiefvater. Both were just as amazing and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait for Linger and for the movies!

  7. Dani says:

    I loooooooove the covers for Shiver and Linger! So pretty! I’m actually off to read Shiver as we speak, so I hope its as good as the cover is pretty! :)

  8. Lauren says:

    At first I didn’t notice the wolf either, but I DO love both the Shiver and LInger covers. It’s actually Shiver’s cover that got me to read it – it was so pretty and captivating! Honestly i’m not a huge fan of the UK cover. It’s a bit too Hot Topic for me. But I do adore the originals.

  9. Trisha says:

    I can not wait to read this book. I didn’t even notice that their was a wolf on the front cover until I just read this post. haha!

  10. Lissa says:

    I love the blue and white cover for Shiver. I only just realised there was a wolf! haha :)
    Not liking the UK version because it doesn’t look as good and is less original. There are way too many covers out there with a red, black, white theme.

  11. Beth Jane says:

    I love both these books and definitely prefer the uk version, i can catch so many more connotations concerning the story in the uk version and its bold colour really stands out on shelves too.

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