There’s nothing quite like seeing the artwork someone else has created to represent the words I’ve written! Wow! I am in awe!

Before I get to the big unveiling, I thought I’d share a wee bit about the design process. After HMH acquired Blind Spot, several people asked me what I wanted my cover to look like, and to be honest, I didn’t have an answer. I truly hadn’t envisioned one for it. Many authors I talked to thought that was strange — they had definite ideas for their books and some even expressed disappointment because a cover wasn’t anything like what they had pictured.

As my cover design process began, the only real input I gave besides the characters’ physical descriptions, what they would never wear, etc. was that if a design played on  Roswell’s vision, it had to be correct — that I was adamant about. Macular degeneration means her central vision is blocked and I didn’t want that incorrectly represented in any way.

When I saw the preliminary art, I was blown away. I’d never seen such a beutiful cover! I know all new mamas say that, but seriously. It was perfect! That awesome feeling soon faded to dismay, however,  when my editor told me they were unable to secure the artwork rights and would be returning to the drawing board.

I couldn’t imagine another cover after seeing that first one. I understood why my friends who’d had definite ideas for their covers had expressed disappointment  — because it is really hard to imagine another cover once you’ve attached a specific image to your work.

In my case, I wasn’t disappointed for long. HMH reached an agreement with the artist, and after some slight changes, like adding a killer tagline . . .

I was in cover love 🙂

Are you? Leave a comment, tell me what you think. Two lucky commenters will win a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card and one lucky commenter will receive a signed hardcover of Blind Spot after it’s release October 23!

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58 Responses to BLIND SPOT HAS A COVER!

  1. Rachel Anderson 01/27/2012 at 13:42 #

    The cover “look” is intriquing. So happy for you and for the upcoming release of this book.

  2. Jeff 01/26/2012 at 18:27 #

    Awesome cover…I’m so excited for you and all the hard work you’ve done!!

  3. Kelsey Sutton 01/26/2012 at 13:20 #

    Ooh, creepy! Love it. Can’t wait to read this.

    • Laura 01/26/2012 at 20:20 #

      Thanks Kelsey 🙂

  4. Alicia 01/23/2012 at 18:18 #

    This is fantastic, Laura. I can’t wait to purchase a copy . . . for everyone in my family! Congrats again!

    • Laura 01/24/2012 at 07:23 #

      Thanks Alicia – I can’t wait for everyone in your family to read it 🙂

  5. Jennifer Carson 01/22/2012 at 16:16 #

    the cover is fantastic! Love the colors and the tag line too. Can’t wait to read this book (again) =0)

    • Laura 01/24/2012 at 07:25 #

      Thanks Jennifer 🙂 can’t wait for you to read it too; it’s changed quite a bit!

  6. alicia marie 01/22/2012 at 12:18 #

    congrats on the awesome cover! i love the it and it fits so perfectly with the story! can’t wait to read it…almost torture having to wait until october 😛

    also tweeted so more people could come see the awesomeness!!/bamayankee/status/161134386413191169

    and signed up for newsletter to find out tour stuff just in case you happen to come anywhere down south 🙂

    • Laura 01/24/2012 at 07:27 #

      Yay, Alicia, thanks for the tweet and cover love!

  7. Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez 01/22/2012 at 05:07 #

    Congratulations, Laura, on completing the cover design process and for being pleased with it.

    Perhaps, I’m somewhat “traditional,” but I found that the title “Blind Spot” in the pupil was difficult to see. Perhaps that’s the point? I’m not sure. The picture of the eye seems to be the focus, rather than the title. I, myself, would have preferred the title where the tag line is, with the tag line removed. And have the pupil and the colour of the eye highlighted in some way through colour to show this “blind spot.”

    But, as cover designs go, it’s subjective. Congratulations on your book and your cover design. It always feels good to reach the end stretch of a personal project. Can’t wait to read it!

    Email: zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

    • Laura 01/24/2012 at 07:30 #

      Thanks Zara! You’ll have to tell me if you think the cover fits after you read it 🙂

  8. Jennifer Kirkeby 01/21/2012 at 17:13 #

    Wow, what a gorgeous cover! I can’t wait to read the book! Congrats!

    • Laura 01/24/2012 at 07:34 #

      Thank you Jennifer 🙂

  9. Raihana 01/21/2012 at 13:47 #

    I love the cover! its truly amazing!!! i even did a blog post and your book cover was in it –
    I think this is one of my most anticipated books. love it.!!!

    • Laura 01/21/2012 at 14:49 #

      Thanks so much for putting my cover up on your blog! You posted a lot of my favorite covers too — there are some beautiful ones out there!

  10. Jill Hathaway 01/21/2012 at 08:22 #

    I’m so excited to read BLIND SPOT!!!

  11. Barb V. 01/21/2012 at 08:21 #

    Laura, All I can say is. WOW!!!!!!!!!! Awesome cover. Congratulations.

  12. Tiffany Schmidt 01/21/2012 at 07:37 #

    Thanks for sharing the story behind your cover! It makes it even MORE appealing!

  13. Tracy Bilen 01/20/2012 at 23:41 #

    Love it – congrats!!

  14. Talia Vance 01/20/2012 at 22:09 #


  15. Natalie Aguirre 01/20/2012 at 19:20 #

    Love your cover. It’s perfect for your story. So glad you’re happy with it. I signed up for your newsletter.

  16. Natalie Aguirre 01/20/2012 at 19:19 #

    Awesome cover. It So fits your story. Glad you like it so much. I signed up for the newsletter.

  17. Christy Howden 01/20/2012 at 17:53 #

    Looks fantastic. Really looking forward to reading it and spreading the word down here in Nashville. If you do a book tour to Nashville, we will be there.

    • Laura 01/20/2012 at 18:15 #

      Thanks Christy! I am starting to look at tour cities so I’ll let you know 🙂

  18. Petra 01/20/2012 at 17:04 #

    Perfection! The cover definitely matches the description of the book. I’m glad you got the cover you wanted 🙂

  19. Kayti 01/20/2012 at 16:27 #

    Laura! It’s beautiful. I can’t wait to buy my copy and send it off to get it signed.

    Oh, maybe I’ll even bring it up as a possible book club read. 🙂

    • Laura 01/21/2012 at 14:50 #

      I’d LOVE it if you added it as a book club read! Maybe I’ll swing through Boston for a signing sometime 🙂

  20. Ashley Maker 01/20/2012 at 15:58 #

    Ooh, lovely cover!! I love all of the smudged eye makeup and the way the font glows. Definitely very eye-catching 🙂

    • Laura 01/21/2012 at 14:51 #

      Thanks Ashley! I love that smudged-eye look too!

  21. Diane T 01/20/2012 at 15:02 #

    That is really cool … I had to click to blow it up big to see what was reflected in the eye! Can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

  22. Anne Greenwood Brown 01/20/2012 at 14:22 #

    Oh, yeah, they nailed it!

  23. Shari Arnold 01/20/2012 at 14:06 #

    I love it!! Congrats!

  24. Jana @TheBookGoddess 01/20/2012 at 12:53 #

    I’m kinda in love with the cover! Can’t wait until it’s officially out!

    • Laura 01/20/2012 at 15:06 #

      Me too! Thanks for checking it out!

  25. Grace Radford 01/20/2012 at 12:35 #

    I very much like this cover!!! I shared it on my facebook page for YA books, Peace, Love, Teen Fiction. :]
    I look forward to reading it!

    • Laura 01/20/2012 at 15:06 #

      Thanks for sharing it Grace!

  26. Cheryl 01/20/2012 at 12:11 #

    Oh my gosh! Love it!!! It is a perfect fit! OOhhhh! I see “Movie” written all over this!! 🙂 So proud of you! Congrats!

    • Laura 01/20/2012 at 15:07 #

      🙂 thanks Cheryl!

  27. Stefanie 01/20/2012 at 12:10 #

    Laura, this turned out fantastic. The eye makeup, the tilt of the gaze, the lettering of the title… it’s all so well done. Am so excited for you and the book release this fall!

  28. Jodi Meadows 01/20/2012 at 11:48 #

    It looks great!! Congratulations!

  29. Nikki 01/20/2012 at 11:42 #

    Wow, that looks great! Can’t wait until I get to see what it looks like in person!

    • Laura 01/20/2012 at 15:07 #

      I can’t wait either! Maybe I’ll do a booksigning near you!

  30. Breanna Hebard 01/20/2012 at 11:40 #

    Looks great! Can’t wait to read it.

  31. Jenny K.T. 01/20/2012 at 11:26 #

    I have been waiting for a very long time for news on your book! The cover looks super fantastic. It’s amazing!! I absolutely cannot wait for your book to come out! 😀 Good luck on the rest of the process.

    • Laura 01/20/2012 at 15:08 #

      Thanks Jenny! Hope you’ll be in town for the release!

  32. Maryann R 01/20/2012 at 11:12 #

    That cover is gorgeous!! I can’t wait to read it, I just joined your mailing list 🙂

  33. Kara Taylor 01/20/2012 at 11:09 #

    Oh wow, SO gorgeous! Congratulations! I RTed your tweet to spread the word– @karamtaylor1 🙂

  34. Kristin Lenz 01/20/2012 at 10:58 #

    Yay Laura! It’s wonderful – very excited for you!

  35. Shannon P. 01/20/2012 at 10:56 #

    As I just said on twitter, its eerie and beautiful and different. I am in LOVE with it!!! Congrats!

  36. Erica 01/20/2012 at 10:35 #

    I LOVE the tagline on the cover! and I love the words on her eye!

    I tweeted about the cover reveal 🙂!/thebookcellarx/status/160384715986182145

  37. Mocha ღ Latte 01/20/2012 at 10:34 #

    Oh wow! I’m in love with the cover for Blind Spot! October 2012…that’s just too far away. Anyone care to let me borrow their time machine?

    A Cupcake and a Latte: Young Adult Reviews!

    • Laura 01/20/2012 at 15:04 #

      Thank you Wendy! Love your blog BTW!

  38. Kai A. 01/20/2012 at 10:27 #

    Oh that is such a gorgeous cover! I’ve been eagerly waiting for the cover to be revealed and this just blew me away! How is that for a tagline? I love it! It’s got a haunting feel in it… I think the eye is mesmerizing.

    I shared this on twitter:!/amaterasureads/status/160382491365085185

  39. Diana Renn 01/20/2012 at 10:10 #

    Wow, what an amazing cover!! Congratulations!! And a fascinating story behind it too; thanks for sharing a bit of the history. No need to enter me in the contest; just wanted to rave about it here!

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