Tip of the Day: Head to local spring/summer festivals -- they can offer settings, characters, and experiences for novels! (And those deep fried Snickers bars....)
More library weeding words, this time from the cover art corner.
No matter how good a YA novel from a mid-list author's jacket copy reads or how exciting it sounds, if it was:
1. Published between 1997 and 2001, and
2. The cover art is a watercolor or colored pencil drawing, then
3. No one will read it in the years 2007-2008.
YA covers today are flashy, catchy, bright, colorful, gritty, gorgeous, dark, mysterious, intriguing.
Not washed out, not 2-D, and not, well, boring.
Sadly, many covers from the late 90s ARE boring. Kids today who like the bright glitz will not be attracted to these. If a dull-covered book COULD (should?) go out based on its story line and good writing, I can't even put it face out on the shelf to get someone to pick it up. But if I put a more recent book face out that has a fab cover, even if the writing/story are mediocre, someone will still check it out.
A boring cover = a boring book in many minds. Teens who grew up with Pixar as opposed to 2-D Disney won't be impressed as easily as those of us who were teens in the 80s and 90s. Sad but true, and the marketing ppl know it.
So I hope when my book gets bought, I get a fabu cover that will stand the test of time!
What "old" books do you wish had better covers that would still attract teens now?
Deena, Miss Recently Repped