blo Teens Read and Write: Waiting on Wednesday: 1/19/11 + Cover Story

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: 1/19/11 + Cover Story

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill on Breaking The Spine.

THE LIAR SOCIETY
Lisa and Laura Roecker
pub: March 1
Teen Fiction


SUMMARY:
Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)
Kate,
I'm here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.
Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...


Looks like lots fun - and what about that cool cover? Lisa and Laura Roeker share an interesting story about the cover development. You can read the full story HERE - and you should. It's hysterical - Here's a tidbit...


"After we'd dried our tears and swore up and down that we'd NEVER write again we took a step back and tried really hard to be objective. We went back to the long list of over 300 votes in the cover contest and began analyzing the results.
  • Our 12-year-old cousin who read The Liar Society just over a year ago and fell in love? Voted pink. 
  • The adorable 14-year-old book blogger who sent us an e-mail raving about Kate? Voted pink. 
  • Our 56-year-old mother who grounded us when we dyed our hair in high school? Did NOT vote pink.
Wait a second. Hold the phone. Was it possible that all the old people (ourselves included) voted for the pretty brown haired girl and all the actual verified young adults voted for the smexy pink gal?

Um, yes. Yes it was.

And that's when we realized two things:

1. We are OLD.
2. We are NOT the target market for this book."



You get the gist. Teens voted on it and wholeheartedly wanted pink hair on the model. Lisa and Laura balked because the main character, Kate, didn't have pink hair. However, the savvy ladies finally realized that they were not the demographic of the book. So instead of whining, they revised the book, giving Kate pink hair!

Even Ferraris Love Pink!
We love this story because it's a great example of the adult crowd of writers/publishers actually listening and responding to the targeted teen reader. Well done! We think the cover is fantastic and are glad they listened.

And Tanks!

FYI - we're lucky enough to be part of Lisa's and Laura's tour. March 22 they will be here to do a vlog interview - sound fun right? 

If you have any questions you'd like us to ask, put them in the comments and we may include them.

What are you waiting for?
And what do you think of the cover, and the story behind it?

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16 comments:

Cheree said...

I love that cover. I can't wait to read this. This is definitely at the top of my to-read list for this year.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love the cover and can't wait to read the book. And I'm jealous. I want pink hair. :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

I'm definitely not the demographic for this book, but I love the pink, too cute! I've added this one to my reading list as well. The blurb is sooo intriguing!

Dottie :)

Small Review said...

I voted for the brown haired girl. I guess I'm old :(

Hearing the target audience overwhelmingly wanted the pink hair makes this cover a little more palatable. But I really loved the old cover.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I can't wait to read this one! I'll have to think up some questions and get back to you.

@Small Review - I voted for the brunette as well, so I guess we're both old :(

This cover does seem like it would appeal to a younger YA audience, so I guess that's good. Either way, I can't wait to read the book.

Blodeuedd said...

I love the cover, so cute, and pink hair is the best

Jenny N. said...

I'm loving the cover too. The pink hair on the cover gives the girl some attitude.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love the cover. Pink was the right choice.

The reasoning made me lol. :)

Lisa and Laura said...

Thanks for the post and all the insightful comments! It's absolutely fascinating for us to read all the opinions about the book cover. Love it or hate it, we really hope you guys will enjoy the book!

Misty said...

I saw this for the first time a couple of days ago -- I think the pink was a good call.
(and I love the pink tank!)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I LOVE pink and have always wanted pink hair.

Here is what I was wishing for Wednesday

Cleverly Inked said...

I love the cover! It's fun

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