Melissa Walker

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 Melissa Walker

Last week’s winner of the signed ARC of Aimee Friedman’s Sea Change is… Sophie Brookover! Congrats, SB! Send me your address.
Today, Serena Robar is here to share a Cover Story and give away a book! Bonus. Read on:
GIVINGupVweb.JPG“Every publisher is different. With my last publisher, they asked me what I thought the covers should look like and I would write a detailed email and send it to them, which they promptly disregarded and then did their own thing. Since I’m a writer and not a cover artist, maybe my cover ideas would not have sold the books as well as what they chose. It’s always a concern that you will get a cover that doesn’t portray the tone of your book accurately and have a negative impact on sales.
fans4freaks.jpg“I’ve only asked for a change once in my book-writing history. In Fangs4Freaks I asked that the girl on the front not have black nail polish, since the heroine vampire was a cheerleader and loved pink. They switched it to a deep, hot pink. In my opinion, she should have had a pink French manicure but in the end it wasn’t a issue I was willing to raise a stink over. And to be honest, they would have ignored me if I had. Writers have literally no say over what their covers look like.
“With Giving Up the V, I really had no idea what the cover would look like and they didn’t ask me. I found out they were doing a model shoot for the cover when my editor told me it was about to happen. I was pretty excited to learn they actually set up a traditional photography shoot.
“One of the things I hear about my cover is how wonderful that they used a realistic model on the cover. She isn’t anorexic, she looks healthy. This makes me laugh because my heroine is supposed to be a ‘bigger’ girl. The model on the cover is New York’s idea of a chunky teen.
“I loved the cover when I first saw it! Since I had no expectation and was up for anything, I was well and truly delighted. I thought the font and doodles on the cover really evoked the tone of a light, fun read. I suppose my only beef would be that my name is so small. When you view the cover online, you can’t even see my name since they use a very thin, crayon font. With every book my name seems to get smaller and smaller on the front cover, but traditionally it should be getting bigger! Guess I never do anything the ‘right’ way.
“I asked them to darken the font and make my name bigger. They did darken the font but my name stayed the same. Overall, I was really very pleased with the cover so I am tickled with the end result.
“At my house, my books are all referred to as the ‘midriff books’ since almost all of them feature the middle section of a girl’s body. This is a popular trend in cover art today. Just the body of the model with little or no facial features present. Sometimes I put my books face-out on my bookshelf and put Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series face-out on the bookshelf above mine just to see what my covers would look like with a complete person on the front, lol.”
I love book cover play like that! And yay for a healthy-body cover model (who has kind of a bangin’ body, right?)! I also really like the playful crayon font. What do you guys think? Comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of Giving Up the V, courtesy of Serena!
PS-Serena Robar is giving away book a day, every day, in honor of her latest book release. All you have to do to is sign up for her newsletter and you are entered to win. Enter once and you are in the running to win a book every day in the month of June. Whoa! (Today she’s giving away Lovestruck Summer, yay!)

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29 Comments

  1. darcy says:

    Compared to that ‘bigger’ girl, I am Jabba the Hut. I love your cover and am anxiously awaiting your book’s rise to the top of my TBR pile.
    And Melissa, these cover stories are cool!

  2. Diana Dang says:

    The model for the cover is very pretty! Though her hand position is a little awkward now that I look at it…

  3. I just noticed how her leg silhouette matches the “V,” which is kinda cool!

  4. summer says:

    Yeah you gotta get that name popping off. You wrote the book right? It didn’t write itself!

  5. Charity says:

    Yay! Our Simon Pulse “sister”. The first chapter of Giving Up the V is in the back of The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading and we’re in the back of Serena’s book.
    And I love how the model looks healthy.

  6. JenP says:

    I love the blue colors
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  7. Tiff says:

    I also love how healthy the model looks. It makes her seem more “normal.” She’s pretty, but she’s not drop-dead gorgeous–I like that. I somehow immediately thought, “That must be how Serena Robar looks in real life!” which I guess is a sign that I’m connecting to the book.

  8. scottsgal says:

    It’s definitely a nice catchy cover – not sure I’d call her “healthy” she’s pretty skinny to me :-)

  9. Em says:

    That’s hilarious about the cover posing! And I like how the cover model’s body is sort of in the shape of a V–if you squint your eyes. :-D

  10. Leann says:

    I really do like that her legs are in the shape of a V, its a pretty cool touch.
    Serena’s name really should be bigger and darker. It took me a moment to even find it!

  11. Paradox says:

    I just saw a copy of Giving Up the V in a book store today! I’d love to win a copy!

  12. Bridget says:

    No need to enter me, just posted this giveaway on Win A Book.

  13. Cyndi says:

    It’s kind of funny to see what people see as “a bigger girl” since clearly that girl isn’t big at all. Anyway, I love the cover and would love to win a copy of the book!

  14. Megan says:

    I love the cover! Please enter me in the contest :)

  15. Megan says:

    I love the cover! Please enter me in the contest :)

  16. Marjolein says:

    Haven’t heard of this book before, it looks awesome!
    xo
    Marjolein

  17. Marie says:

    I wish I was that “healthy” — she makes me look like I need a diet but after having my two kids that’s ok :-) But it’s still a lovely cover and I like it!

  18. Amee says:

    I also like that they used a “bigger” girl on the cover. Thank goodness for someone normal. I think books (as opposed to magazines) are the best at promoting healthy body images. :)

  19. Valorie says:

    It IS nice to see a woman who isn’t super and unnaturally skinny on the cover, since we know that women just don’t always come like that! And I like simply covers. Plus, covers with women who don’t have all of any of their face shown seem to be in this season.

  20. Janel G. says:

    I love that the model isn’t stick thin. What a great message for women of any age. I also love the hand-written look of the title. It seems more personal to me because of it.

  21. Sue says:

    I love the cover. It is nice to see when the cover model isnt super skinny that I cringed as the sight of it.

  22. MandyK says:

    Cool Cover

  23. Alea says:

    Oh yeah her name kind of disappears, part of it I think is that there is so much text and it’s all in that same font that it kind of gets hidden! I really like the cover though!
    Please don’t enter me :)

  24. Erica says:

    This book sounds sooo good! I love the cover.

  25. Liviania says:

    I love the “bigger” girl . . . although when I read the book I’d dislike the insinuation that she was chunky.

  26. Kate says:

    Looks like an awesome book!
    I’ll have to check it out…

  27. Tina A says:

    I like the cover of the book, sounds good!

  28. Katie says:

    It looks really good =)
    i liked the idea for the title fangs are 4 freaks! ill have to add these two books to my summer reading list. if you have any others you think are good summer reads let me know k?
    Love always

  29. Ink says:

    I wouldn’t call the model a “big girl”, but I guess compared to other models and actress she’s big.

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