Thursday, February 13, 2014

3 Cover Secrets of BURN OUT by Kristi Helvig

1.  I actually had input into my cover. I’ve heard a lot of people report they didn’t get much say about their cover, but my editor asked me specifically what I wanted and didn’t want, then asked me for feedback after I saw it. NOTE: He even let me pick me the font of the interior from three different samples which was pretty cool.

2.  Despite giving input, I had no idea what the design team would come up with and had butterflies in my stomach when I opened the file. I loved it so much! It made me so happy that they embraced the sci-fi elements of my book, and the colors in the cover gave me chills. I’m not artistic at all, and the cover is exactly how I pictured Tora’s world.

3.  I wrote the tag line on the cover. This will change on the final version as there’s a wonderful blurb to take its place, but I’m holding on to one of my ARCs for posterity. NOTE: I’m giving away one of the last two available ARCs on Goodreads within the next week, so be sure to enter for a chance to win!


  1. Very eye-catching cover! What blurb did you come up with vs. which one will be the final? Always fun to compare. :) I'll be sure and head to Goodreads!

    1. Kim--I wrote the tagline on the ARC pictured above. The final one will have an author blurb on the cover instead. Thanks! :)

  2. Love this cover and love this book. One of my favorites of 2014.