Danielle Ellison Takes Over My Blog
Follow Me Through This Takeover with Danielle Ellison: The Cover
Danielle Ellison here with another blog takeover! To celebrate the release of my book Follow Me Through Darkness—which comes in out on October 21! (eek!)— I am taking over fantastic book blogs twice a week to share stories and PRIZES! Thanks to my amazing friend Amy for letting me crash her party! Today, I want to talk about my book cover.
I freaking love my book cover. I love everything about it. My cover designer, Hafsah who is the of the very talented designer behind Icey Designs and blogger/author extraordinary, was the perfect fit for my book. I always say she gave me everything I wanted and everything I didn’t know I should want.
When I discussed the design with Hafsah, I told her that I wanted it to feel a certain way—that when people saw it they felt the book without even reading it. I didn’t really know it would take to make that, which I was honest about to her. I knew I wanted font, but that was the extent and feeling but that was the extent. I sent her the manuscript so she could read it because when you read it then it makes everything click in a different way. I also sent her my three comp covers—covers that I felt captured something beautiful and a feeling about a story just based on the look of it.
The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
Chaos of the Stars by Kirsten White
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
A few days later, the cover designer sent me the cover. I freaked out. From attempt number one, she pretty much nailed it.
We had her change the people in the moons, the look of my name on the bottom, and the way the ocean looked. The moons were representative of the branding in the book, so we also had her tweak the way the moon looked to resemble the branding more. I went looking through photos for the model, and here was her revision:
“The branding with the outline makes it look like citrus slices ;)” That’s what Hafsah said about the new moon design—and she was right on. Needless to say we reverted back to the other one! It was a good decision. So she smoothed everything out and sent me the whole cover spread, to which, according to emails, I said , “LOOK AT THAT SPINE! OMG!”
And from there my book had a face and a side and a back—and pretty soon you’ll all get to hold it in your hands.
To celebrate today, I’m doing a giveaway of some other books that have really fantastic covers:
Here’s the code:
About the book:
Add FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS to Goodreads
Pre-Order A Copy:
Your local indie: http://www.indiebound.org/indie-store-finder
One More Page Books: http://www.onemorepagebooks.com (They have signed copies.)
About the Book:
The truth won’t always set you free.
Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn’t chosen for her.
Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.
Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.
Now she’s on the run through a dangerous wasteland full of killing machines, secret organizations, and people who want to sell her back to the Elders for their own safety. The whole world outside the Compound is living proof that everything in Neely’s life was a lie manufactured by the Elders, which may even include the boy she loves.
All Neely wants is the truth, but each new piece of it drives her further from what she thought she knew. With only forty days until everyone she loves falls under the Elders’ mind control, Neely must decipher who to trust, what questions to ask, and how to get one step ahead of the Elders, who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.
About the Author:
Danielle Ellison spent of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It’s probably the reason she can’t divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It’s also probably the reason she’s had so many different zip codes and jobs.
When she’s not writing, Danielle is usually drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. Danielle is also the author of SALT and STORM, a series about a snarky witch without magic. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.