Book cover 3

Amanda Ashby

Another blue cover (see Book cover 2). Now, I mentioned before that blue is a masculine colour. Here that manifests itself in strength: this covers shouts at you. However, to temper this strength are the smooth curves of the font and roundness of the halo and the heart-shape cloud.

Blue is also a colour of calm and tranquility but this cover does not fall into this trap fully because of the pair of legs in jeans and high-heels at the top. They say two things to the book browser: fun and the female experience.

This clearly communicates that it’s a comedy and it’s for young (at heart) women. The clever three-way juxtaposition of;

  • calm, strong, permanent blue sky,
  • soft, ephemeral cloud,
  • and kick-ass, slim-legged chick in heels,

provide the conflict that makes this cover shout “buy me”.

Thanks to Christina Phillips for nominating You Had Me at Halo by Amanda Ashby. To be published by NAL, August 2007.


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2 responses to “Book cover 3

  1. Thanks Kate, I love how you’ve broken down the elements of my gorgeous cover (yes, I know – I’m totally biased!!) and fingers crossed that it can shout ‘buy me’ to lots of people!!!

  2. Yep, that’s definitely an intriguing cover, and one you’d linger over, pick up, and turn over to read the blurb. Well done, the designers

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