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Cover design for YA coming-of-age adventure, The Metric Weight of Moments
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The Metric Weight of Moments
J.G. Smith has been writing (stories, songs, poems) for as long as he can remember, though this is his first full-length novel. He lives in Colorado, among the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, with his family.
The Metric Weight of Moments is a YA action-adventure story, sprinkled with a dose of (accessible) sci-fi and a smattering of magical realism. I'm hoping it will appeal to readers who enjoy thought-provoking and adrenaline-inducing stories, helmed by a kick-ass female protagonist who ruminates on the fabric of space-time—while blowing things up. Imagine little orphan Annie became a brilliant and sarcastic teenager, obsessed with black holes and The Dead Kennedys. Then cue the killer robots. Fourteen-year-old Sienna Luz has always had an awkward relationship with time, and figuring out just what to do with it. Born on the elusive 29th day of February, she’s been obsessed with how humans have attempted to define and measure the passage of time her whole life. Shipped off to live with her Uncle following her mom’s suicide, she’s spent the past 18 months simply biding her time: protecting her younger brother from the bullies of Jigsaw, Arizona (pop 798) and daydreaming about her hero Albert Einstein’s quest to unlock the mysteries of the Universe. Worst of all, Sienna feels stuck, unsure of who she really is and who she’s meant to be. When Sienna becomes the target of a plot to steal the temporal plasma from the blood of kids born on Leap Day, based on an ancient Egyptian prophecy for achieving immortality, well...things get weird. Sienna’s forced to escape robotic henchmen (called Globos) dispatched by former tech CEO Dr. Maddox Lynx, who’s obsessed with finding a cure for death, and leave her life in Jigsaw in the rear-view mirror. With the help of a ragtag group of fellow ‘Leapers,’ Sienna embarks on a cross-country journey to save her brother’s life, thwart Maddox’s sinister plot, and unravel the mysteries of her mother’s death. Sienna finds herself in a race against (and about) time, forced to draw on her deep scientific knowledge and newfound courage in order to survive. Along the way, she manages to fall in love with a tough girl named Magna, decipher the circumference of a second, and figure out there’s only one unit of measurement that truly matters when it comes to the slippery, mind-boggling physics of space-time: Here and Now.
Young adults (12 - 30 year olds).
Book cover type
I'm excited to see some design ideas. I've included a wod doc with some of the imagery that's inspired me in writing the novel, below. I also want to be clear (based on some of the early designs coming in) that I don't necessarily imagine the cover incorporating ALL or even MOST of these imagery ideas. Maybe there's one idea here that becomes the focus of the cover, that works with me. I'm including all 8 imagery ideas in the attached doc, but (again) I don't necessarily expect that all of them make it into the design. Image 1: Clock inside eye. The book deals with themes of time and I've been intrigued by some images of clocks embedded with an eye as a potential motif. Image 2: There's also an Egyptian ankh in the story, so I could see that perhaps being an image referenced in the cover. Image 3: The protagonist wears a red windflower necklace which plays a role in the story, so that's another idea. Image 4: Einstein plays a role in the story and specifically his reflections on the Bern Clock Tower (which is so cool looking) and its role in his discovery of the Theory of Relativity, so I could see the clock tower potentially being part of the imagery. Image 5: Setting is the Arizona desert, so perhaps that could be reflected on the cover maybe. Image 6: Time...maybe an hourglass. Image 7: Metric Weight = imagery of a scale? Image 8: Einstein's equations (E=MC2, etc) Those are some ideas. I tend to lean towards covers that are a bit more abstract and "artistic." I realize that most covers for the YA action genre tend to be very literal, i.e. picture of a character's back with some apocalyptic scene in the background, but I'd rather go towards something a bit more "literary" even though that's genre-stretching.
What to avoid
The cliched image of the back of a character with stuff blowing up in the background. I know that's all the rave in YA action, but I can't do it.
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