Melissa Walker

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 Melissa Walker

I love you guys for all those TV suggestions and I’ll try lots of those shows out–thank you! But, I’m not sure I can watch So You Think You Can Dance, which was the most-recommended show! Okay, maybe I’ll try it… Anyway, the winner of Lisa Ann Sandell’s A Map of the Known World is… Mya! (Who just compiled an AWESOME summer playlist that you must check out). Send me your address, M!
SeachangeCVR.JPGToday as a double-feature Win-It Wednesday + Cover Story Aimee Friedman is talking about her achingly lovely cover for Sea Change (which is a fantastic summer love story):
“I got the idea for Sea Change one summer when I was riding the ferry to Governor’s Island–a small, little-known island right off the coast of lower Manhattan. As I was standing on the deck and looking into the deep blue, mysterious depths of the water, I remembered how much I had always loved mermaid stories–everything from the movie Splash to the beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Then I took it one step further, and wondered: what if the gender roles were reversed? What if it was a human girl, falling in love with a boy who came from the sea? My heart fluttered at this notion, and when I got home that evening, I sat down in front of my laptop and, well, dove in.
in the pool at jons.jpg“So, right away, before Sea Change even had a title, I envisioned the cover as being very sea-like in nature. I had the color blue in mind, of course (it has always been my favorite color), and I liked the idea of showing a girl underwater. It’s funny, because even though I never learned to swim (call it the curse of being a city child), I am very happy when in water. Plunk me in the shallow end of a pool and I can bob there for hours, like a sea horse (see left).
Kate Winslet_sm.jpg“I wanted the cover to capture this feeling of freedom and peace I–and the main character Miranda–feel in the water. For a long time, as I was writing, I pictured this amazing shot the photographer Annie Liebowitz took of Kate Winslet right after Titanic came out.
“I knew we couldn’t use Kate on the cover (as much as I love her!), but I was drawn to that kind of mermaid-like look.
“And then I found The Photo.
“At this point, I should probably explain my somewhat unique situation as an author. In addition to writing, I work full-time as a book editor, a job I absolutely love (although I wouldn’t recommend juggling two full-time jobs to people who DON’T already have insomnia). One day, I was searching for an image for ANOTHER cover–for a book I was editing. Typically the design department is in charge of searching for stock photos on sites like Corbis and Getty, but we’d been having so much trouble with this particular cover, that I volunteered to pitch in. I was browsing through various images when my eye landed on this one:
“It was love at first sight. To me, the couple looked as if they were underwater, and the composition was so dreamy and romantic that it captured the mood I was creating in the book. I immediately sent the photo to my editor and she said, ‘YES!’
“And so the Sea Change cover was born. It’s usually never that smooth a process to get a cover just right–there’s usually a lot of back and forth and several different attempts. But even the designer took one look at the photo and instantly knew how to crop it, and how to flow in the perfect kind of type. Somehow, in a way miraculous as mermaids, all the elements that make up the cover of Sea Change just came together, fluid as water. I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Ooh, great story! And yes, the final cover is just divine–love the swirlies around it, too (swirlies is not an official term, but you know what I mean). I can’t believe Aimee just stumbled upon the photo. What do you guys think? Comment below for a chance to win Aimee’s dreamy book–signed!
Happy Wednesday!

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  1. MJ says:

    I agree that the cover is great. I admit that I often buy a book just because the cover grabs me..even if I’ve never heard of it before…usually it pays off!!

  2. NotNessie says:

    I am absolutely guilty of judging books by their covers, and I love this one!

  3. beth says:

    How magical–to find that image just like that!
    I found it especially interesting how Aimee used the Kate Winslet picture as a sort of inspiration. I’ve never done that but have heard of authors who do–it makes me want to scrounge around on the net and find some pics to inspire me while writing!
    (And whoa–talk about two full time jobs!)
    Please enter me in the contest, also. Thanks so much! bethrevis(at)

  4. JenP says:

    I love how atmospheric the blue looks! I’d love to be entered!

  5. Hannah R. says:

    That is a great cover. I definitely want to read that book!

  6. Tiff says:

    Gorgeous cover. It sounds absolutely perfect for the book – I love the colour and the mood it sets. I definitely want to read this book now!
    Also, I covet both of Aimee’s jobs! I wish I had that kind of stamina!

  7. Ashley says:

    I do think it’s a great cover!! I think I would’ve liked the “swirlies” (hehe) to be a bit more subtle, but that’s just personal taste. Either way, ever since I heard of this book I’ve been dying to read it.

  8. Briana says:

    The photo sounds perfect for the book :) And it’s so pretty, too.
    And two full time jobs? Wow!
    I really want to read this book now. It’s so interesting to know how the covers were chosen.

  9. Erica Orloff says:

    That is one of the best covers I’ve ever seen!

  10. wendy says:

    I love coming here and finding out about all these fantastic books & getting a little sneak peek at how the cover came to be.
    I have to say that so you think you can dance is a pretty awesome show – the amount of talent those dancers have is awesome!! give a try – it’s on tonight.

  11. Em says:

    Wow, that’s one of the best Cover Stories I’ve read here, Melissa! :)
    Aimee’s situation is so unique and I completely agree that this cover is amazing!!!

  12. Love it, love it! I have a lot of fun searching through those stock photo sites looking for the stock photos that covers use, so it’s neat to see this one!

  13. It is beautiful & sexy, but not trashy at all. Very atmospheric, and the blue tones underscore the mermaid theme nicely. What a stroke of luck!

  14. Mitzy says:

    I really enjoy the color – I like how it’s kind of dark and seductive, but with class to it!

  15. Shelly Burns says:

    I always love your cover stories posts, and this one is just magical.
    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

  16. Amee says:

    I love this cover! I also love that the story flips the roles with the guy being the one from the sea! I love stories like that. :)

  17. Jacqueline L. says:

    Love the cover. I especially like the colour, the diagonal line made by the boy’s arm and the font of the title, particularly how it slants opposite to the diagonal line. Wait, did that make sense? I think I need more caffeine…

  18. Sarah says:

    Such a beautiful cover and a cool story. I love the picture and think the additions to it make it look very sea-like. I can’t wait to read the book.

  19. Jennifer says:

    great story, love how she just stumbled upon it and fell in love!

  20. Carlene says:

    I love the cover of Sea Change and think the book sounds great.

  21. Leann says:

    That cover is sooo beautiful. And I love her take on flipping the roles around!

  22. Amelia says:

    Love the cover! For a split second when I clicked onto the page I thought it was Robert Pattinson, but yeah, no. xD

  23. Genevieve says:

    I love the cover. She was really lucky to have such a find! I’ve heard some good things about the book.

  24. Parker P says:

    So odd, but right when I saw this cover and the title I thought “I bet it’s about a mermaid boy who loves a girl.”

  25. Erica says:

    I absolutely love the cover!
    The book sounds so good!

  26. Marjolein says:

    Sea Change is my nr 1 want-to-read book at the moment. It seems to me THE perfect read to read at the beach or swimming pool this summer.

  27. Ann says:

    Omg. I love the cover. It really does look romantic!!

  28. Hillary says:

    That is such a beautiful cover. I really love the blue.

  29. Cyndi says:

    I love the cover! It’s absolutely gorgeous! That alone made me want to read the book! And even the reviews of the book has been good! I hope I win! :D

  30. Medens says:

    The cover is absolutely AMAZING. One of the best I have ever seen. It catched my attention the very first glance I got and it compelled me to read the excerpt which was amazing as well! I hear it is a splendid book and I hope I win so I can see for myself.

  31. Bridget says:

    No need to enter me; just blogged about this on Win A Book.

  32. Andrea says:

    I think this cover is absolutely breathtaking…I would love to read it!

  33. Gail says:

    What a great story…and a great cover. Please enter me for this one.

  34. Wendy says:

    I absolutely love Sea Change’s cover, it’s so dreamy and romantic!

  35. Victoria Price says:

    I think that it’s so ironic that she found the perfect picture but it’s also very cool!

  36. Pam says:

    I am guilty of judging books by their covers. And it’s usually not disappointing – only 1 that I can recall.
    This cover looks haunting, achey, sexy…

  37. Diana Dang says:

    I definitely think it’s a very sexy cover!

  38. Denise says:

    I sadly do judge book by their cover and Sea Change grabed my attention right away I think It was Fate that she stumbled upone the pictore:)

  39. I love the stock image! =D Very sexy. The final cover… wow it took my breath away. Thanks for sharing with us your cover story Aimee!

  40. Llehn says:

    I love the cover! Very sensual, very dream-like! Love, love, love!

  41. Thao says:

    Woah, the picture actually looks better in its original state than as a cover. I love the smoothness of it.

  42. To stumble upon something like that is amazing! I really do like the one of the girl in the water though! It’s beautiful!

  43. Paradox says:

    I LOVE the cover of Sea Change! I also love mer stories, so I really want to read it!

  44. Alea says:

    Please don’t enter me but what a wonderful story! Sometimes you find the best things when you aren’t even looking for them. A little hobby of mine sometimes is to track down the original stock photos so I was overjoyed when Aimee did the work for me, beautiful!

  45. babygirlG says:

    When I first saw the cover I thought it was underwater too! Gor-ge-ous!

  46. Ellie says:

    I am loving the cover! Good story, too.

  47. Laurie says:

    Dreamy! It’s already on my to-read list at Goodreads!

  48. scottsgal says:

    Love the cover – the blues just add a really cool feel to the story

  49. Marie says:

    I love this cover — it’s just gorgeous!

  50. Kristin says:

    The first thing that always caught my eye with this cover is how rich the aqua color is. It’s really cool to read that Aimee just sort of stumbled upon it, but I suppose that happens all the time in different ways (I know I just stumbled upon my prom dress when I was not-so-seriously looking through a rack of gowns and then just knew that it was The Dress). I also like the way the photo was cropped down to just their faces (it seems like covers with faces are popular these days), though I wish there had been some way to get the girl’s hair in there because those ringlets are just gorgeous.

  51. I love this cover! It’s one of those books that I don’t even care what the book is about, I just want the book so i can gaze lovingly at the front… and then maybe read it, you know?

  52. Liviania says:

    That is a great Cover Story! But wow, the photo is even more sexy when you see the whole thing.

  53. Pretty Nguyen says:

    That cover is gorgeous, but the boy in the cover looks like a pretty girl sort of. Books about selkies are so fun to read about.

  54. Margay says:

    This is a wonderful cover. And I love it when authors take an old story and revive it with a new twist. This looks like a good one.

  55. beth kephart says:

    But you have to watch So You Think You Can DANCE.
    You have to. :)
    (love all your cover stories)

  56. pepsivanilla says:

    That is an awesome story! It’s so cool that Aimee got to pick her own perfect cover :)

  57. Tiffany K. says:

    I think it’s a beautiful cover. Which is good, because the cover is the first thing that attracts me to be interested in a book. Well, that and the title.
    Please enter me. Thanks!

  58. Kristi says:

    I have been wanting to read this book after I first read the description on another blog – but with this cover! I think the cover alone would have attracted me to it – I love it!
    Please enter me to win!
    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  59. Katie says:

    WOW!!!! I am in love with this book

  60. Ashley says:

    That is so awesome! What a cool story :D
    I just adore the cover; it’s so mysterious and blue (my favorite color!) (:
    Please enter me, thanks. booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

  61. Breezy says:

    I am in LOVE with this cover! It’s bueatiful! :)

  62. Jasindo says:

    Wow! Your finding of that picture was fate! The cover is amazing!

  63. Bex says:

    That is an amazing cover!! When I saw it I thought “whoa, awesome cover art” and then the story…that’s just a stock picture?! Wow!

  64. haely says:

    ooooo… pictures are making me swoon…. i’d love to win a copy of this book….

  65. Megan (the book geek) says:

    I love the cover. And I can’t wait to read athe book.
    Megan(the book geek)

  66. Megan (the book geek) says:

    I love the cover. And I can’t wait to read athe book.
    Megan(the book geek)

  67. Megan (the book geek) says:

    I love the cover. And I can’t wait to read athe book.
    Megan(the book geek)

  68. Dominique says:

    gorgeous cover!!! I can’t believe it was a stock photo–I would’ve never guessed!! & it sounds like an amazing book!

  69. MandyK says:

    The cover is great! =)

  70. Danielle says:

    The cover for Sea Change is absolutely amazing. Seeing the cover was what first attracted me to the book and when I read up further on it I thought it sounded like a very interesting read. I hope to get the book soon, can’t wait to read it!

  71. mikayla:) says:

    i’ve allways loved cover stories but that is my favorite. ever since i saw the cover i wondered where the pic came from .it’s so cool. :)

  72. Bidisha says:

    I’m a complete judge-a-book-by-its-cover person. I love great covers and Sea Change has an extraordinarily beautiful one. I read an excerpt and the book blurp and now I so wanna read it. Hopefully it’ll live up to its expectations!

  73. Juju says:

    I would love to be considered for this contest if it’s still open.

  74. I love the cover design on this book. How wonderful that Aimee was so involved in designing it. The image is perfect, down to the girl’s dark clothing and the boy’s bare skin!

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