Sunday, July 24, 2005

One more (important!!) thing!

I can't believe in my total blabbing of my California adventure I almost forgot to upload my new cover! This is the cover for my first Berkley Jam book - "Boys that Bite". Is it not fabulous? I love it. I think it looks very Gossip Girls'esque and will perhaps attract adults as well as teens. (As I think the book itself might.)




It's funny actually, now that I'm thinking about it. I came up with the concept and title for "Boys that Bite" on the plane ride back from Nationals last year (Dallas). At the time I was an unpublished author and was a bit depressed at seeing all the successful writers at the conference. I didn't think I had a prayer to become published.

But then this crazy idea came to me out of nowhere. A girl who accidentally (through a case of mistaken identity) gets bitten by a vampire a week before prom. How fun would that be? The more I thought about it, the more excited I became. Unfortunately, I didn't have a pen and was itching the entire first leg of the trip to write down my idea, but to no avail. During my layover I ran to the store, bought a pen and paper and scribbled down the prologue on the way back to Boston. Now a year later I have a book out already and this one will be out in April. How cool would it have been to have a crystal ball and to have seen my cover one year from the book's inception?

It just goes to show, in this business, you have to have faith and you can't ever, ever give up.

Anyway - I'd love to know what you all think!
Marianne

13 comments:

Gena Showalter said...

Okay, I TOTALLY love this cover. It rocks. I'd buy it in a second!

Diana Peterfreund said...

It is a great cover, and, you're right, totally crossover.

But, I must ask, why are you "Mari" Mancusi on it? Did they ask you to use a different name?

Cherlyn Michaels said...

Nice cover!
And I so know how it feels to be caught up in the air without pen and paper. It sucks! :-)

mhgibson said...

GREAT cover! That's certainly going to stand out on the shelves. And since I've read the story already, I think it's perfect. CONGRATS!

= )

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

The cover looks great. Definitely Gossip Girl esque. Have fun in Reno!

Shannon Canard said...

Oh, my. This cover totally rocks. It compells me to pick up the book, especially with the little button that says BITE ME.

Shannon Canard

Marianne Mancusi said...

Hey thanks guys!! I love it too. :)

Diana - I use Mari Mancusi for my YA books just to differentiate. My "Sk8er Boy" book is under "Mari" as well. The idea was so that 12 year olds don't read my sex scenes. :)

Hopefully I'll learn to answer to it at some point. No one ever called me "Mari" growing up. It was always "Mar" (like a female horse - heh!)

Marianne

Shannon McKelden said...

Great cover, Marianne!! Can't wait for the book!

Nikki said...

Woo! Very cool cover. And I like the tagline too...

Mari Mancusi has a nice ring to it too...

Have a great time this week!!!!

tori said...

This a fabulous cover! I love it! And it sounds like a really fun book. Can't wait to read it!

Melani Blazer said...

It *is* a great cover. Looking forward to reading it and then sharing it with my daughter. :)

Congrats on the success story! Those are wonderful to hear.

Dorothy said...

Fantastic cover! And I love that little bite me button..adds a little sparkle to it, not that it needed anymore sparkle! Can't wait to read it. Bought your other book and I'm having a blast reading it.

Amy said...

I love it! And what a cool story about coming up with the idea. :) Congrats on a very successful year!