Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for SIP SIP BANG BANG

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Hey there, Swooners!

We are incredibly excited to show you all the proposed cover directions for Danika Stone's new book, Sip Sip Bang Bang! In case you missed the announcement post, here's a little more info about this spoof on Die Hard:

"Haylee Campos is living the New York dream. She’s landed an impressive publishing internship at Folio-Echo, made great friends, and is finally starting to feel at home in the city. At work, Haylee spends her time putting out fires and, of course, making the occasional coffee run to Caffeine, the shop across the street. In spite of her mother’s worries, Haylee’s life is practically a Taylor Swift song. Until she gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Trapped in Caffeine by a group of rogue criminals, Haylee and Carter (the super hot barista whose inability to get her order right is what landed Haylee in this situation in the first place) must rely on their extensive knowledge of action movies in order to save themselves and the other café customers. But time is running out…"

Swoon designers Rich D. and Sophie E. have cooked up four awesome cover options for you to choose from and have also shared some thoughts about their inspiration behind each. 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, September 29.

   

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Sophie E.'s Blinds Cover

This cover plays on the suspense aspect of the narrative, as well as the setting. In the story the characters spend a lot of time in hiding from enemies. I obscured the title treatment to reflect this.

   

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Rich D.'s Spilled Cover

This title treatment really brings out the humor of the story with the bright fun colors, done in type reminiscent of chalk on a coffee shop signboard.

   

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Rich D.'s Steam Cover

The coffee cup here is a call out to some of the nicer local coffee shops (which still serve coffee in brightly colored china mugs), while the faces in the steam reflect both Haley and Carter and the connection between them.  And again, the vibrant color palette and the crack in the cup are call outs to the danger and action. 

   

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Rich D.'s Bullseye Cover

With this cover I wanted to give a sense of the action. The strong red and black colors here hint at that danger and action. Even the tilt of the coffee cup echoes that feeling of movement and running.

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52 comments on "Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for SIP SIP BANG BANG"

Austin.Hinderliter on Sept. 28, 2017, 11:27 a.m. said:

Austin.Hinderliter


I like the idea of the blinds cover, but I think it's too hard to read. I think the quirkiness of both coffee cup covers is fun.

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Danika Stone on Sept. 30, 2017, 3:39 p.m. said:

Danika Stone


*whispers* I think you might be getting your wish! :)

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CimoneW on Sept. 28, 2017, 11:03 a.m. said:

CimoneW


The Bullseye cover is excellent. It has a good mix of comedy and suspense. It makes me think of crime fighting and Saturday morning cartoons from my childhood. So, basically, Kim Possible, hahaha. And I love the use of the word "run" at the bottom.

I also like the Blinds Cover, but it makes it seem like the title is "Coffee Sip Sip Bang Bang".

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CimoneW on Sept. 28, 2017, 11:04 a.m. said:

CimoneW


Also, I see what some people are saying about the Blinds Cover being hard to read.

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Danika Stone on Sept. 30, 2017, 3:40 p.m. said:

Danika Stone


p.s. Agreed about the blinds. ;)

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Danika Stone on Sept. 30, 2017, 3:39 p.m. said:

Danika Stone


Those are AWESOME insights! Hopefully the cover that makes it makes YOU happy!

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Kate Evangelista on Sept. 26, 2017, 10:31 a.m. said:

Kate Evangelista


The last one! It has to be the last one!

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Danika Stone on Sept. 27, 2017, 6:53 p.m. said:

Danika Stone


Isn't it awesome! (It's way in the lead now, so I think you're going to get your wish.) :D

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Melissa on Sept. 26, 2017, 12:12 a.m. said:

Melissa


I love the spilled coffee cover! It is just so pleasing to look at!

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Danika Stone on Sept. 27, 2017, 6:54 p.m. said:

Danika Stone


I really love that one, too! It's got a very cool illustration quality to it. :)

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