|The bookstore at the Ontario Teen Bookfest. Do you see MIDNIGHT THIEF?|
Note: I'm still giving signed bookplates to people who preorder. See details here.
While I've always theoretically understood the importance of good cover art, but I didn't really appreciate it until the months before Midnight Thief's release.
Disney-Hyperion really hit it out of the park with this one. As soon as the cover went up on goodreads, people started telling me they became interested in the book because of the cover. And when Midnight Thief went on sale for the first time at Ontario Teen Book Fest (yes, we released 20 copies early for the festival!) I saw people crossing the room to pick up the book because the art caught their eye. We sold out all 20 copies around lunchtime, and given that I was a complete unknown who didn't even technically have a book out yet, it can only be because of the cover art and description.
Today I'm thrilled to have my cover designer Tanya Ross-Hughes over to talk a little bit about the design process. And stick around after the interview because I'm giving away a signed finished copy of Midnight Thief!