Thursday, January 8, 2009

Cover Stories by Jennifer Banash

When I got the email from my editor at Penguin telling me that the cover for my first YA novel THE ELITE was ready for me to view, I was ecstatic. As any author will tell you, the moment the cover of your first book is unveiled is electric and magical.

That is if it doesn’t completely suck.

The first mock up of THE ELITE was horrendous beyond words. It featured a stark white cover and the body of a headless girl wearing some sort of atrocious tube top and jeans that looked vaguely acid washed, standing in what looked like a warehouse, surrounded by racks of blurry clothes. To say that I hated it was an understatement. I was violently opposed to my name being anywhere near that cover, much less plastered across the front. So I did something I never thought in a million years I’d ever do--I begged.

After twenty minutes of sobbing into my cell phone with my editor listening patiently on the other end, she took pity on me and relented, telling me that she’d talk to the art department and would see what she could work out, but not to get my hopes up as a complete redesign would be very expensive. But someone up there must kind of like me because two days later I was looking at the final cover of THE ELITE, and I was in love with it. That gorgeous cover image of the blond wearing the kick-ass dark shades, sparkly sequins in the background blurred by the camera’s movement, said everything I wanted to get across in an image about the series itself. It was glamorous, urban, and very, very sexy.

Fast forward four months later--I was in the middle of editing IN TOO DEEP when an email from my editor appeared in my inbox, cover photos attached. There were two images to choose from for the final cover—one was so hideous that I’ve clearly repressed it as I can literally remember NOTHING about it, and the other was the cover that you will see in less than a week on bookstore shelves. I loved everything about it from the Kate Bosworth-esque model, to the insanely fabulous blue eyelashes she’s so confidently rocking. At that moment I couldn’t imagine that I would ever have a cover I liked better than IN TOO DEEP.

Happily, I was wrong.

Last week my editor sent me the final cover version for the third book in the ELITE series, SIMPLY IRRISTIBLE, and if I was in love with the covers for THE ELITE and IN TOO DEEP, I am psychotically obsessed with the cover for SI! I love how mysterious and dreamy the image is, the profile of the model, the color scheme—everything! But, more importantly, now that I’m debuting the cover here on Hope’s Bookshelf for the first time, what do YOU think?

xo
JB

16 comments:

carmen alexis said...

OMG. I love the cover! It's so dramatic and eye-catching. xD

Katie said...

I love the green & her lipstick really stands out against the rest.

BookChic said...

I absolutely LOVE the cover!! It looks fantabulous!! I can't wait to have that one in my hands. :)

Great cover story!

stargirlreads said...

The third cover is amazing

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm so glad they went with the covers they did, because I love it too!! And SI looks amazinng. So beautiful.

-Lauren

Diana Dang said...

I love the third cover the best! It's so simple yet so elegant!

sweetmelissa818 said...

These are all gorgeous covers!

Khy said...

I love the new cover! It's awesome. It looks really different than the first two though.

What a Girl Reads said...

All three covers look absolutely fabolous! But I still like the first one best..

Shalonda said...

I love the Simply Irresistible cover! That green is hot!

Paradox said...

OMG! The cover of Simply Irresistible is awesome! The color scheme is perfect!!!

Wrighty - said...

Wow, it looks awesome!! Congrats! I'm sure it will do great and good for you for speaking up about that first cover.

Megan Kelley Hall said...

Amazing third cover, Jennifer! I LOOOOOOVE it! So jealous!

xoxo
Megan

Vanessa (whatvanessareads.wordpress.com) said...

wow it's so pretty!!!

Chelsie said...

Beautiful cover!

Still, I like the In Too Deep cover best, but the third one is still awesome!

<3 Chelsie
bookloverreviews.blogspot.com

Melissa Walker said...

I love the last one best. It's the lips.