What? Oh. Super Bowl? Well, that's something altogether different then, isn't it? Cough. Never mind.
You know, it's funny. But you think about the book, you write the book, you live the book, you rewrite the book, you anguish over the book . . .
. . . and then POOF! Suddenly the book is out. In stores. In reader's hands. And you think, "Self (that would be me), it finally made it. At last." Then you weep a little and go eat some chocolate.
Recently I created the ABSOLUTELY MAYBE website. (iWeb is soooo easy to use, even I could do it!) I decided that since the novel is a YA, I'd have a site separate from LisaYee.com. Please check out the new site and tell me what you think. (BTW, I couldn't get the domain AbsolutelyMaybe, so instead I went for a hyphen . . . Absolutely-Maybe.com. Is that confusing?)
Here are some pages from the site . . .
There's a page about how the cover got made. But I'll add to it here, too. Semi-recently, when Peepy and I were in New York, we met with awesome art director Elizabeth Parisi. Here's Elizabeth asking for advice from Peepy . . .
The original cover for ABSOLUTELY MAYBE looked like this . . .
Then there was a meeting and the take away was, that while it was great, it looked too much like a middle grade book. Plus, the kids looked too happy. If you live with a teen, know a teen, or were ever a teen, you know that most teens (okay, all teens) aren't always this cheery.
Since this was my debut YA novel, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic wanted to get it just right. So the original cover was scrapped, and the direction was to give it more of an edge.
Elizabeth went back and tried several other cover designs including these . . .
But nothing was working for her. Until she hit upon this fabulousity . . .
And it stuck. I LOVE it! It really captures the main character and is iconic. Plus it has an older audience feel to it. If you see it in person, make sure to touch it--the title and question mark icon are embossed!!! (That means they are raised. You really need to touch the book to get the full effect/affect, unless you have a 3-D feel-o-rama computer.)
Hey, I don't want to forget my wonderful, witty and talented editors Arthur Levine and Cheryl Klein. They were terrific, as always. Here they are at a typical editorial meeting discussing ABSOLUTELY MAYBE . . .
Oh! And here's Maybe's MySpace.
Okay, it's time for more eat chocolate.
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