We were pleasantly surprised to see the new cover for WISH YOU WEREN’T, a Middle Grade novel by Book Country member Sherrie Petersen. WISH YOU WEREN’T is currently up for peer review on Book Country. Below, Sherrie shares what it was like re-illustrating the cover for WISH YOU WEREN’T with artist Fabián Cobos.
We all know that the adage about not judging a book by its cover is ridiculous. EVERY book gets judged by its cover. And while I had a lot of love for the original cover of WISH YOU WEREN’T, I knew it wasn’t conveying the excitement and adventure that readers would find between the pages.
I started studying the covers of my favorite MG sci-fi books, concentrating on stories that were similar to WISH YOU WEREN’T, which blends sci-fi, time travel and magic. When I found covers that demanded to be picked up, I looked inside to find out who the artist was. I discovered that one of my favorite artists had illustrated covers for several books that I liked, so I contacted him…and found out that he charged more to do a cover than I had earned in royalties for the past year. So that was a no.
I kept looking and was lucky enough on my second attempt to find an artist who was super talented and affordable. Hooray! Continue reading