Okay, blog readers, I need your help. If I decide to e-publish my young adult novel, I need cover art. I have a friend who’s a graphic artist (and has actually designed a book cover before) who’s promised to help me. But she’d like some input from me. And I’m a total blank. For someone who thinks in pictures, it’s pathetic but true.
On my last post, Lydia volunteered to help—and I thought that would be a great idea. So I’m asking all of you for suggestions. Here’s the pertinent info. My YA novel is called Screwing Up Time. It’s a rom-com (romantic comedy) with a dark edge. This is the hardest aspect for me. How do you convey darkness and romantic comedy? Plus, the novel is told from the male point of view. So no cutesy covers and no pink—it’s got to appeal to teenage boys as well as girls. The significant “objects” in the book include a poison ring, a fedora, and the colors of time.
Here’s my pitch paragraph.
Mark Montgomery is a slacker content with his life. He’s a senior at New Haven Prep, has a great friend, and after graduation he’ll get a brand new sports car from his parents, assuming he stays out of trouble. Then, she comes into his life—Miranda with her I-just-escaped-from-a-Renaissance-Fair clothing. Only, she hasn’t. She has come from Bodiam Castle in the Middle Ages and demands a secret ingredient and a book of recipes for traveling through the treacherous colors of time. Although Mark has never even heard of either before, he must find them, or Miranda will die. To save her, Mark must break into a psych hospital to visit his grandfather who once tried to kill him, pass through the colors of time, take on a medieval alchemist, prevent Miranda’s marriage to a two-timing baron, and keep it all hidden from his parents. The sports car is definitely in trouble.
Have at it. I’m eager to hear your suggestions.