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Usually I don’t do YA, but…

A few months back I posted the steps to Create Your Debut Fantasy Novel Cover. Now it’s time to do something for the Teens. Above is my debut YA cover. I had to modify the rules for this sort of cover to ensure the appropriate YA clichés were represented:

What will yours look like?

CREATE YOUR DEBUT YA COVER

1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/

The name that appears is your author name.

2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click http://www.websitestyle.com/parser/randomword.shtml

The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.

3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/index.php

Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, PicMonkey, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.

5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Vicki says:
  2. Kim says:
  3. Jen says:

    Ha! This is amazing. Aren’t we all a sucker for YA fiction?

    Here’s mine… Bluster! (with a rather English pen name too.)
    http://divinest-sense.blogspot.com/2009/08/little-fun.html

    Fun!

  4. Excellent site, keep up the good work

  5. Tiffany says:

    My cover is at http://tiffanygholar.blogspot.com/2009/09/widget-wednesday-create-your-own-young.html and because I liked the concept so much, I have included it as my Widget Wednesday generator for this week.

  6. scrumptious says:

    I hope it’s not too late to join the party! I just found this and your fantasy book cover and had a great time with them. I really like how you tailored the instructions for this one to generate a very YA cover.

    Mine turned out pretty creepy, so check out Order, the latest in the deluge of dark, dystopian, disaster books being published for young adults!

  7. Kirsten says:

    This is great! I’m going to use this in one of my programs with my teens at my library!!!

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