So, one of my favorite things about working with HarperTeen (and I have a LOT of favorites) is that they produce some amazing covers. You’ve already seen my Variant and Feedback covers, but I wanted to show you the cover that we were originally going to use.
It’s by photographer Martin Stranka, who does some amazing work. (His website is here, where you can see this and other great book covers.)
I love it because it’s so bleak. While the final cover (the blue cover) invokes thoughts of action and desperation and fear, this original cover invokes feelings of depression and paranoia.
On the other hand, I don’t like that Jane’s face is visible, or that her hair color is even identifiable. One of my favorite parts of the final cover is that you’re not certain who the girl on the cover is: it could be Jane or Becky.
Ultimately, however, focus groups and marketing/sales teams decided that this original cover didn’t feel YA enough, and a new cover was commissioned, this one by photographer Mark Tucker (who ultimately did both the final Variant and Feedback covers).
I really love both covers–the original and the final. It’s fascinating to see how different artists interpret my book.