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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cover Stories + Contest: Pull by B.A. Binns

This week, B.A. Binns is here to talk about the cover of her new release, PULL, and there's a chance to win the book!

Here's B.A.:

"My publisher, WestSide Books, did something many publishers shy away from these days. They not only bought a young adult book featuring an African American couple, they also put a picture of the hero on the cover. Because PULL revolves around the boy, and is told completely from his POV, the decision was made early on that the book would have a teenaged male spotlighted on the cover. They showed me a selection of models. I picked out a picture of a really cute guy with curly hair and a huge smile.

"They picked the David that now dominates the cover of PULL. And when I saw what the art department put together, I realized they had my hero's essence, and by now I feel that is the face of David Albacore. While I wasn't given cover art approval, they did run things past me and my editor assured me that if I really hated things the
y would make changes. It took me ten seconds to realize I wouldn't change a thing. They had captured the essence of what I wanted potential readers to feel when they see that cover.

"They and I both know the cover is a risk. There is the fear that some young people will turn away from the book just because of the face on the cover..."

Read the rest of B.A.'s Cover Story, and have a chance to win the book, at melissacwalker.com.

PS-Check out the trailer for PULL:


holly cupala said...

This looks so interesting. Such a striking cover!

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