Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for AIRPORTS, EXES, AND OTHER THINGS I'M OVER

Cover voting is now closed. Thanks for all your help!

Hey there Swooners!

Got any weekend plans? Well, NOW you do: It's time for cover voting for Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff! In case you missed yesterday's announcement post, here's a little more info about the book:

"A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart... what could go wrong?

After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can't get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari's. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!

When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!" 

Swoon designers Carol L. and Becca S. have come up with FIVE awesome cover directions for you to choose from, and have shared some thoughts about their inspiration behind each one. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will most likely be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (Want to see how a cover goes from concept to final? Click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Friday, April 28.

     

AEOTIO CL Highway

Carol L.'s Highway Cover

I combined a bright photograph with bold type to evoke a fresh young vibe—while conveying that Sari is totally over her terrible day. You can almost feel her exasperation as she hopes something will come down the highway to save her from the conundrum of canceled flights and cheating exes.

   

AEOTIO BS Terminal

Becca S.'s Terminal Cover

Illustrated covers always feel like a nice fit for lighthearted, quirky, fun books like this one! This option is based around the sleek sights and signage you'd find in an airport! I love the idea of our poor main character jealously watching planes leave while she's stuck in the airport. Check out her little guitar case at the bottom!

     

AEOTIO CL Walking

Carol L.'s Walking Cover

With such a great title, sometimes you just need to let the typography do the talking. Using a mix of different font weights, hand drawn type, and one photographic element, the cover and title give you just enough to be intrigued.

   

AEOTIO BS Baggage

Becca S.'s Baggage Cover

This is another lighthearted, graphic option exploring old airport signage. I like the idea that this character has too much stuff to carry, literally and figuratively! It's all here creeping up and ready to bury her. I'd be over it too!!!

    

AEOTIO CL Green

Carol L.'s Green Cover

In this option, the photograph and graphic type almost become interwoven. By making the photograph more monochromatic and playing with type overlap/underlap, the cover comes to life with interesting details.

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32 comments on "Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for AIRPORTS, EXES, AND OTHER THINGS I'M OVER"

Luvelle Raevan on April 25, 2017, 9:12 p.m. said:

Luvelle Raevan


I voted for the Baggage Cover. I like to imagine the characters' physical appearance in books I read. I like the colors and the author's name on a suitcase. A whimsical and humorous cover:)

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JC49 on April 25, 2017, 9:04 a.m. said:

JC49


I like the highway cover. It invokes embarking on an "adventure". Makes me want to delve in and find out what's going on and why? The other covers make me feel like I am going to read a critique of what's wrong with the airline indusyry!

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Sara.Blevins on April 25, 2017, 7:47 a.m. said:

Sara.Blevins


I love the terminal cover! So cute!

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Prisim on April 23, 2017, 5:40 p.m. said:

Prisim


I love the terminal cover. Clean, simple, easy to read!

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Holly Letson on April 23, 2017, 10:11 a.m. said:

Holly Letson


I like the first (yellow & black letters) and third (purple letters) covers best.

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ronsharonron on April 23, 2017, 4:56 a.m. said:

ronsharonron


I love the terminal cover the best. It's cute and simple - and tbh very accurate.

That is the view I remember most too when I'm at the airport (especially since I always arrive a million hours earlier than I should).

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Erin W on April 22, 2017, 12:13 p.m. said:

Erin W


I really like the terminal cover but agree with another commenter that an addition of one more color would help a lot.

If you use either the walking or green covers, I really think the commas should be added in the title.

Nice work!

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Narwhal_luver on April 22, 2017, 10:07 a.m. said:

Narwhal_luver


I really prefer the walking cover.

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Sandra "Jeanz"Richardson on April 22, 2017, 9:09 a.m. said:

Sandra "Jeanz"Richardson


The cover I love the most and I think would stand out well on a book store shelf is Carol L's Green cover. I also love the font style how it actually looks to be part of the cover rather than just placed on top of the cover. I also like the small plane under the title and the female on the cover has a rolling suitcase which immediately makes you think of airports too.
This cover would certainly make me pick the book up to learn more about it!

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J. E. Warren on April 22, 2017, 9 a.m. said:

J. E. Warren


Also, 2nd cover - I'd suggest making the authors name slightly larger/spaced out so that it doesn't get too lost!

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