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I'm an editor/teacher/writer of YA novels. I'm also a singer in a band. The one thing crazier than publishing your own book is producing your own album. And the only thing crazier than both of those is mashing them together and putting them out AT THE SAME TIME. That's The Green Ray of the Sun. Ostensibly a travelogue through Western Europe, this contemporary young adult novel follows a young American girl as she journeys westward from Italy through Germany, France, and finally Scotland at the behest of the ghost of 19th Century Tuscan bandit, Domenico Tiburzi. Her goal: to uncover a long-hidden story of love lost in the wake of World War II. So The Green Ray of the Sun is part adventure, part bildungsroman, part gazetteer of some of the funkier, less-well-known parts of Europe (at least to Americans). The target audience for this book are teens (13-19), but more specifically, LGBTQ teens. The protagonist is an out lesbian teen, and much of the storyline reflects upon how she has dealt with identity in the past and how her sexual orientation is only one piece of the person she is. Young people have been clamoring for more diverse books, and this with luck will appeal to them.
What's your vision?
One of the main plot elements in the book is the main character receiving an old copy of the Jules Verne book, The Green Ray, from the 1800s. My initial inclination for the cover is to emulate the iconic Hetzel covers of Jules Verne books from the late 1800s, but customized to this current title. For example, Jeff Vandemeer's Steampunk Bible sticks closely to one of the Hetzel designs (http://www.amazon.com/The-Steampunk-Bible-Illustrated-Scientists/dp/0810989581) so perhaps it might be better to use one of the alternative designs in the samples. I do prefer the cover versions that have little mini scenes of things from the book. For this book, that could include trains, backpacks, horses, guitar/song-playing, two girls kissing, a pottery wheel. See Cover G with highlights.jpg to see exactly what I am referring to, highlighted in yellow. The book should have a green color to it matching the green of some of the Hetzel covers attached below (To The Sun.jpg). While I really like the Hetzel covers and would welcome designs that adhere to that style, this cover is also open to more modern interpretations, such as the designs by Jim Tierney: http://www.jimtierneyart.com/1_eighty.php http://www.jimtierneyart.com/1_moon.php http://www.jimtierneyart.com/1_journey.php http://www.jimtierneyart.com/1_leagues.php This cover will be for a paperback version as well as an ebook version, so it would need a front and back cover, with the cover blurb on the back. The back should have some sort of space for the text to fill while remaining legible. Here's the back blurb ("Star Trek" and "The Green Ray" should be in italics): Ryland Taggart—college freshman, lesbian, and Star Trek aficionado—just wanted the free trip to Italy, courtesy of her dangerously impractical botany professor. But when their research on a Tuscan farm finds an inexplicable disease killing off the crops, Ryland gets something she absolutely didn't want: nightly dreams starring the ghost of the 19th-century Tuscan bandit-king, Domenico Tiburzi, pleading with her to save the land. "You must follow the green ray," he implores. When she is given an 1883 edition of Jules Verne's The Green Ray, accompanied by a photo of a mysterious, unnamed woman, Ryland takes up Tiburzi’s challenge. She embarks on a cross-European odyssey to uncover a tragic love story buried since the last days of World War II, and in the process, find out how the farm's destiny is entwined with her own.
See attached sample images. Also see attached cover template with measurements in pdf and png format. I have attached a copy of the first chapter for you to have a sort of reference for the tone of the book (if you'd like more, just ask--you can have the whole thing if you want). I've also included two tracks from the accompanying album (also more available if you need it). For samples of more modern alternatives to the Hetzel covers, see the designs by Jim Tierney for Jules Verne classics: http://www.jimtierneyart.com/1_eighty.php http://www.jimtierneyart.com/1_moon.php http://www.jimtierneyart.com/1_journey.php http://www.jimtierneyart.com/1_leagues.php Finally, thank you. Thank you for the thought and work you put into this cover. Thank you for taking the time. Thank you for caring. Thank you for being excited. Our goal with this book is to bring stories to diverse youth who aren't being served by the publishing powers that be, to see that they can be the heroes--they can make the difference. Thank you for being a part of that. Please do not hesitate to leave a message if you have any questions.
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