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Friday, September 18, 2009




These covers are for my new YA (Young Adult) All comments welcome. Which one do you like and why? Which one don't you like and why?

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Kristin  
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At 3:56 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

Definitely the first one. It seems more personal than the one that is more in the background.

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Laura said...

the one on the left, where she is wearing the dress. Can't wait to read it!!!

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger Deborah said...

they both look so good!!!!! if i had to pick though, the one on the left. can you use the second cover for the sequel???

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Christine said...

First, is the title supposed to be a play on words? Implying that she seems perfect, so why is she dateless? If so, I am definitely for the first cover on the left. She looks perfect, yet, she's alone. Hmmm... Why is she alone? Is something wrong under all that perfection?

Second, even if the above is not the case I still like the first one. Although the formal dress hanging all alone with no where to go is a great idea. :)

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I like the one on the left, which means you should probably choose the one on the right (since it's for teens and not, um, the young at heart like myself, lol)

Enjoy Denver. Don't forget to stop by The Tattered Cover bookstore!

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

I'm 27, so not YA anymore, but the pink dress screams old and dowdy to me. The blue looks more youthful.

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger Carol said...

I like both, but I think I like the one on the right, the blue dress stands out, and it looks more like a dress my niece who's right in the YA (akk did I just have to admit I'm middle aged) category would wear. She would never wear the one on the left.

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

My 14-year old says the blue dress looks more hip. The pink one looks little-girlish and ballerina-like. She would choose the blue dress any day.

She would choose the cover on the right because she isn't into frilly pink stuff and the other cover would make her more interested. Only if the back material and/or teaser is REALLY interesting would she read the book with the pink dress cover.

So there you have it, from a girl who's looking for her own first homecoming dress! :-)

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

More from the teen--if the blue dress was on a girl in the same position as the pink, it would make it even MORE interesting.

I would have chosen the pink, but I'm old. LOL

 
At 5:50 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

I am a teen, and the pink cover with the blue dress attracts me more. The one where she's wearing the dress looks outdated, more like adult chick-lit. If I were browsing by covers, I'd pick the one on the right.

 
At 5:54 PM, Blogger bigguysmama said...

the blue dress cover stikes me more! for some reason it reminds me of "Never the Bride", but that one is more close up and is a different color. Trying to find the book to jog my memory. it has a dress hanging on a door tho. I like how this one is hanging on the words.

~Mimi B

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Love the pink dress. I think it looks more like a novel for teens.

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger Sally said...

I like the one on the left w/ the girl wearing the dress...but if the teens out there think the pink dress is outdated, maybe change up the dress and still have the girl wearing it? I like that there's a real person on the cover - I'd pick that book up before the other one. =)

 
At 7:31 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Thanks everyone, you guys rock. I so appreciate the feedback!

 
At 8:11 PM, Blogger Edna said...

I like the pink dress, the other one just looks like a dress hanging all alone, and the pink one look like a pictuer.


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At 8:35 PM, Blogger Sally Brewer Photography said...

Initially I liked the one on the left, but after reading the comments and looking at the covers again I have changed my mind. Now the one on the right works better for me because it says she doesn't have a date, and she is not going out because it is still on the hanger. Plus, I do recall seeing a lot of bold colors with floating images on the covers of YA fiction. Good luck! I think they're both great.

 
At 9:42 PM, Blogger Evangeline Denmark said...

Kim and I like the one on the left with the girl's arms because of its sweetness and vulnerability.

 
At 11:26 PM, Blogger Alea said...

I think the cover on the right definitely is more youthful than the one on the left. The left cover says adult chicklit to me.

 
At 12:39 AM, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

I like the one on the right.... the one on the left... for some reason the person frightens me. =)

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Deena said...

I like the first one. I feel more compassion for her...or connection. Haven't read the novel yet so I don't know which she needs:-)

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Rachel Holliday said...

My 11-year-old (the real authority) & I both like the one on the right...

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I like the one on the right--the blue dress. It implies youthfulness (the type of dress girls are wearing) and it is not being used--on a hanger with no place to go...dateless.

The one on the left seems old-fashioned, almost Cinderella-like, I suppose.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

I lile the one on the right :)
The first seems a little young, but you did say it was for young adults.

Sometimes, I like that I don't see the character. As I read the book, the character develops and I get to know them even better. The picture of what I think they look like, along with the descriptions of each character written in the book. Since all of you do such a good job of describing the people in the book, I find it just is better for me. There have been times when I see a real person, I haven't picked up that book first.

Again, this is me -- I do have 2 grandchildren but am "young at heart". Not that I am OLD....

 
At 12:46 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

I just looked at the cover again. Now, I am not sure! The one on the left does look sweet, innocent and waiting for her knight in shining armour to come through the door. Maybe her first date? I feel the expectations she is having are high.

As for the cover on the right, the iting. I think she is getting ready to slip the dress on at the last minute to go OUT on the date.

Ok, I have officially changed my mind. The book cover on the left :)

 
At 12:54 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

I like the one with the gal and the dress...both are really fun though.

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger FugettFamily said...

I vote the one on the right, with the blue dress on the hanger. If it's about being dateless, why would someone be dressed up for a date? Instead it should be a dress on a hanger, no where to go. Hope it helps!

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger quietspirit said...

Being old enough to remember when there wasn't a YA catagory, I choose the on on the right. The blue stands out and does seem to convey the thought of the title.

The pink dress is from another age, the 1950's and could be considered juvenile.

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger ginger said...

I like the first one best. A real person on the cover implies a real problem. I can connect with that. The other is too ambiguous.

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger ginger said...

I like the first one best. A real person on the cover implies a real problem. I can connect with that. The other is too ambiguous.

 
At 5:32 PM, Blogger For Fun and Family said...

I asked my 12 year old daughter and she says the one on the left, but also said (on her own) that the hanging dress made sense. BUT her initial reaction was the one on the left.

I agreed with her.

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger Tonya Kappes said...

I like the one on the right with the dress hanging. I think it fits the title being on the hanger as if she is staring at it, not in it and stood up (unless that is what it's about).

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger christa said...

I like the cover on the right. The title is more distinct, and I think the dress on the right makes for an Audrey Hepburn look--one I personally adore--but wouldn't think teens would relate to.

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Beth said...

I think the one on the right gives a starker comment about being left behind in the dating process. It has a little more bite and pain associated with it that the one on the left. But I cannot decide between the two if it comes to which one I like better.

 
At 12:25 AM, Blogger Jenny B. Jones said...

I like the pose of the first one. But I"m not sure about either dress. But either way, I love the cover and either cover is attention getting. Can't wait to see this book on the shelves!!!

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I like the right one w/ the blue dress. It's sharper, not as busy and that blue dress pops! Bolder, cleaner lines. Fonts easier to read. The idea of the dress hanging on the hanger fits with the title. And, gotta feel for that spunky gown and corsage with no where to go! Good luck. They're both great.

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger janet gutierrez said...

absolutely the right! i'm actually disappointed with the re-design of the ashley stockingdale series. literal = boring.

 
At 5:59 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

To me, nothing will replace the original on the Ashley covers. I think they did the best job for the new market, but I prefer the cartoons. I think they're perfect!

 
At 6:53 PM, Blogger janet gutierrez said...

absolutely the right! i'm actually disappointed with the re-design of the ashley stockingdale series. literal = boring.

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger janet gutierrez said...

absolutely the right! i'm actually disappointed with the re-design of the ashley stockingdale series. literal = boring.

 

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