Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME
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Hey there Swooners,
We're super stoked to present the cover directions for You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando! Rich D. (with a little help from KB) has come up with five covers that are just as kick-butt as Reagan is.
Here's the book synopsis in case you need a reminder:
"Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.
Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?"
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Movie Poster Cover
KB also worked on this one. For this cover we had fun emulating spy movie posters from the '60s with a really big title and bold graphics. In this cover, the perspective of her running and her shadow and being punctuated by the bullet holes is really cool. The pose emphasizes how active Reagan is, though we'll use a different image for the girl in a final version.
For this cover direction, after several attempts with different hairstyles and sunglasses, I was about ready to give up. But then I found this orange ponytail and that made it feel so much younger and made Reagan look more like an everyday person. We loved the idea of a blank face and sunglasses, because that really said "spy" to everyone. I added the earbud to make Reagan feel young and active.
I also wanted to do a cover option that was more graphic and simple. Something simple that says "spy thriller," kind of like something in the same vein as Gone Girl. Since Reagan is living a double life as an average high school and kick-butt spy-in-training, I really like the clash of the fun, watermelon pink and the bullet holes.
Red Data Cover
Because the whole concept of the book is that Reagan's a spy, but also a student by day, I liked the idea of making her face unidentifiable. So in this concept I really like the blank face with sunglasses that give that classic spy feel. Plus she's wearing her cool black bodysuit outfit, and there's the contrast of the earbud of a regular teen in one ear and a spy earpiece in the other. The bullet holes add an interesting graphic element. In the final version I would probably give Reagan a longer hairstyle.
Girl in Sunglasses Cover
This is another cover that was sparked by the idea of doing something with a girl's face and sunglasses. I stripped down the colors of the photo and made it really gritty. I like the pose in this photo because it adds a little mystery, plus she's obviously a strong character. Adding the bullet holes shows there's also some kind of threat looming. In the final version, I would change the hair to give Reagan a ponytail to make her look more like a high-schooler and more active. And I'd probably add an earbud, too.