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Create Your Debut YA Cover


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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?


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.net

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.

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.


  1. Thanks for a fun activity! =) Now I want to write a book. Here’s my cover. http://libridilectio.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-debut-ya-cover.html

  2. Can I play too?


    My ‘random VERB’ was ‘afraid’, though.


  3. Oh…the ‘person’ rule. Duh. Read the instructions.

    O well. It was fun anyway.

  4. Awesome challenge. I had so much fun that I made 4 more!





    I think, although I forgot to keep the names the same, End and Burn could be part of a series. The feel of the covers kinda makes me feel that one’s a sequel to the other.

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

    Here’s mine… Bluster! (with a rather English pen name too.)


  6. Excellent site, keep up the good work

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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


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