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Judging a Cover by its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for HOW TO KEEP ROLLING AFTER A FALL

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Hello Swooners!

Last week we announced that we would be publishing Karole Cozzo‘s second book, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, in August 2016. Today, we are so stoked to present you with five options for the cover direction! (For a refresher on the difference between a cover direction and the final cover, check out this blog post.)

Vote for your favorite direction and please feel free to leave suggestions and comments below! If you would like to see a bigger version of any of the images, just click on it. We need your feedback by Tuesday Sept. 8 at Noon EST.

About How to Keep Rolling After a Fall:

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.

We can’t wait to hear what y’all think!

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April W.’s Swimming Cover
April W.’s Swimming Cover
This cover is a close-up of the moment just before Pax and Nikki’s first kiss in the swimming pool at night. The build up to that moment is pretty intense and this photo really captures that. In fact I thought the body language (though pretty accurate to the story) might be a smidgen too intense for a YA cover so I brightened up the pinks and blues and added some light and playful type colors to tone it down. Of course the details aren’t quite right: Some elements like Pax’s hair length and Nikki’s swimwear would need to be adjusted to better match the text.
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Eileen S.’s Stars Cover
Eileen S.’s Stars Cover
This cover was a case of sudden inspiration. In my research I came across a long-exposure image of a starry sky, and loved how it looked like a spinning wheel. Nikki and Pax visit the beach at night, and so I created a scene around the sky. Adding the sketches conveyed a little more about the story, but kept the tone fun and light.
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Eileen S.’s Wheelchair Cover
Eileen S.’s Wheelchair Cover
I wanted to try a more graphic, illustrated approach, and immediately thought of the tracks a wheelchair leaves behind. What kind of imagery could that create? After a few sketches, the simplest answer was of course a heart. It’s a quieter cover, and the one where I was the most up-front about Pax’s wheelchair. But I think it still manages to be sweet and visually striking.
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April W.’s Snapshots Cover
April W.’s Snapshots Cover
When I read How to Keep Rolling I was really struck by the little moments of genuine joy that surround a romance as it’s building up. Like the smiling selfie that Pax takes when he’s watching Nikki on her favorite ride, their first intense make out session in the pool, and opening up about their families on the ferris wheel. It made me think of those Instagram-type moments where everything seems rose-colored and fun and perfect, so I wanted to do a cover that combined those snapshots of memories. I was inspired by my friend Lauren’s Instagram feed and she was kind enough to let me use one of her images. (Check out her lovely photography at laurenpisano.com.) The top left image is courtesy of Zoltán Fenyvesi, and the others are stock images that could be refined to better match details of the text if chosen.
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Anna B.’s Ferris Wheel Cover
Anna B.’s Ferris Wheel Cover
I really enjoyed the scene where Nikki and Pax go on a date/not-date at the boardwalk, especially the part when they go on the ferris wheel. I thought the ferris wheel could be interesting to use on the cover, because it works if it’s just a ferris wheel, but it can also be an echo of Pax’s wheelchair, and it ties in with the cyclicality of the idea of forgiveness and second chances, too. I chose this particular photo because the sunset and the empty ferris wheel cars hint at the setting of the story — a beach town at the end of the summer and in the off-season.

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