Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: The Cover

I’m pretty picky about book covers. And even though the phrase is “don’t judge a book by its cover,” I know I’m not the only person who does judge books based on their covers.

The cover of a book is your first impression of it. The cover gives you an idea of what’s inside. It can convey a mood or tone, display the subject matter, or present a symbol that’s used in the book. The last is my favorite. I’m not a fan when covers feature people. I’ll find out what the characters look like as I read the books. I’d rather the cover be a picture of some symbol in the book, one that reflects the true message of the book. When I see a really interesting image on a cover, I’m more likely to pick the book up.

Some of my favorite book covers

With Somewhere Only We Know, I knew that symbol on the cover had to be a tree. The tree in the book means so much to each of the girls, and it is what connects them all together. So when my publisher asked what I was thinking for the cover, I told her it needed a tree on it.

I also sent her pictures of both my hand-drawn and typed covers I had made for the book. I knew how I wanted the text laid out on the page. I wanted it all to be lowercase and flushed left. I played with capitalization a lot in the book, which I’ll talk about in a future Behind the Scenes blog post, and I wanted the cover to reflect that.


I’m so happy with how the cover turned out. My publisher did a fantastic job taking my idea out of my head and making a beautiful picture. I love the font she used and the green overlay on the tree. The green frames the text of the title but it doesn’t cover the whole picture. I like that some of the tree is left dark, almost black and white. It reflects how Frankie has trouble letting the light in.

If this wasn’t my book but I saw it somewhere, I would definitely pick it up. The lowercase title and picture of the tree are interesting, and they would make me want to see what was inside the book.

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The paperback cover


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