Greg Logstead has told a Cover Story once before, sharing the awesome tale behind Something Happened. Now, Greg is back to tell the tale of Alibi Junior High!
"Melissa, thanks for featuring Alibi Junior High on your cover stories! This blog is so much fun. Let's see, I didn't really have an idea for the cover. All I really wanted was for it to be really cool. I was thinking maybe some kind of snake tattoo or something like that. (One of the characters, Andy has a snake tattoo.)
"My publisher asked for ideas and unfortunately all I could come up with was my very vague 'it should be really cool' suggestion. Which in retrospect isn't much help at all. It's like if a painter asked me what color I wanted my house painted and I just told him, 'I Just want it to look cool.'
"Okay, the first time I saw the first cover, I have to admit I...HATED it: the drawing, the green colors, even the letters - it looked completely wrong to me. I was disappointed. This is only my second book so I didn't know what to do. I didn't want to be 'difficult' so I spent a whole lot of time trying to convince myself that it wasn't that bad.
"Luckily...I wasn't the only person who hated the first cover and they came up with the final cover which I LOVED the instant I saw it. I emailed it to friends and even printed it to show to people at work. Now...I can't even imagine Alibi Junior High without that final cover. I think they nailed it perfectly."
I'm with Greg! That first cover... eh, not so much. I love the final. What do you guys think?