As my fellow emu Joshua McCune so correctly pointed out in his cover reveal post, books are judged by their covers. Sure, word of mouth, blog buzz and personal recommendations can get readers past a misleading cover but that first look can bring out the Judgey McJudger in all of us.

When Joy Peskin, my editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, emailed me the cover of EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN in December, she was very circumspect, giving a lot of props to the designer Elizabeth Clark, saying how much the sales and marketing folks like it and ending with “I’ll hope you’ll feel the same.” Then she attached this cover:


Fortunately, I was sitting at my desk when the email came through and as soon as I opened it, I gasped (a wow kind of gasp), hit reply and said, “OMIGOSHOMIGOSHOMIGOSHOMIGOSH….WOW…I love it…omigosh.”

Yeah, I know, way to be articulate, right? But I’m so glad I did that because Joy wrote back instantly and shared that showing authors their covers is her #1 most terrifying part of her job and receiving my email in response is the # 1 most awesome part of her job.

So what do I love about it? Well, I love the boy. I love the ghostliness of his image since the book is about a boy who disappears. I love the landscape because it is nearly exactly what I pictured as I wrote the book. I love the abstract symbols of connection because so many of the characters in the book struggle with belonging and disconnection. I have no idea about the subliminal magic of typeface but I love the way NOT SEEN ironically pops off the cover.

Thank you Elizabeth Clark for designing the perfect cover. I was lucky enough to see some of the versions that the team at FSGBYR had rejected and all I can say is I am one lucky author because these folks who hardly know me are really looking out for my book.

EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN is due out September 16, 2014.


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16 responses to “Cover Reveal: EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN

  1. Joshua McCune

    Da-AMN! I love it, Lindsey. So excited for this book!


  2. Yes, she really did hit all the right notes with that cover design, didn’t she? It’s gorgeous, eye-catching, and seems to capture the book perfectly. Doesn’t it make it seem so much more real once you see the cover? Congratulations, Lindsey, and I can’t wait to see (and read) the real thing! =D


  3. So exciting, Lindsey! I just adore that cover and can feel your delight! Hurry, September!


  4. Wow! It really stands out. I love the way the words pop off the cover.


  5. The way “Not Seen” pops out is one of my favorite things about this cover. The whole image makes me want to know more about the story inside, which is the best thing a cover could possibly do, IMO.


  6. Thanks, Jenn and Parker, for chiming in. I love sharing these details with you.


  7. Beautiful cover!!! Can’t wait to read your book. 🙂


  8. Eight months and counting…tickticktick


  9. It’s beautiful, Lindsey. The colors are wonderful. I’m so glad you’re happy!


  10. This cover is SO intriguing, Lindsey! I love it, and can’t wait for the book.


  11. Lindsey Lane

    Thanks, Tara and Adi.


  12. I am gaga over this cover, Linds. It’s hot, cool, and compelling all at the same time.


  13. Lindsey Lane



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