Landry in Like–New Release by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Today, I am proud to introduce Landry in Like, a new release by Krysten Lindsay Hager. This is the third installment in the teen fiction series, Landry’s True Colors.

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Series Info: The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult humor series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, crushes, and self-image.

Landry in Like (Landry’s True Colors Series: Book 3) by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Blurb: Things seem to be going well in Landry Albright’s world—she’s getting invited to be on local talk shows to talk about her modeling career, her best friends have her back, and her boyfriend Vladi has becoming someone she can truly count on…and then everything changes. Suddenly it seems like most of the girls in school are into hanging out at a new teen dance club, while Landry just wants to spend her weekends playing video games and baking cupcakes at sleepovers. Then, Yasmin McCarty, the most popular girl in school, starts to come between Landry’s friendship with Ashanti. Things take a turn when Yasmin tells Vladi that Landry is interested in another boy. Can Landry get her relationships with Ashanti and Vladi back or will she be left out and left behind?

 

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Excerpt:

I wanted to call my friends and tell them about being on the talk show, but Mom said we had to be at the TV station super early — even before school started. She said I could text them, but I had to turn off my phone and go to bed.

“I’m waking you up at four a.m.,” she said. “You have to be there at five-thirty.”

“Can I just call Peyton and Ashanti? Please?”

“Fine, but you have five minutes and then that phone is mine and you’re in bed.”

I dialed Peyton, but her mom said she was in the shower. I told her mom about the show tomorrow and said my mom wouldn’t let me stay up any later to call Peyton back.

“How exciting! I will make sure Peyton knows, and I will be watching you tomorrow. Good luck, honey,” Mrs. Urich said.

I called Ashanti next and told her.

“Get out. Get. Out. No way. This is so exciting!”

“I’m so nervous. My stomach is already doing cartwheels. I can’t do one, but my stomach can. Seems unfair. What if I throw up before I go on? I did that right before I went on at the statewide Ingénue modeling competition in Detroit, and my mom had to give me a cough drop to cover up the smell.”

“I’m sure you’ll be fine, but… just in case, take a cough drop with you,” Ashanti said. “Good luck. You’ll be great and I’ll go set the DVR now.”

I hung up and sent a text to Vladi, India, Devon, Thalia, Tori, and Ericka, so no one would be mad and feel left out. Then I shut off my phone. Mom poked her head in the door to make sure I was in bed.

“Night, hon. Try to get some rest,” she said.

Easier said than done. I stared at my ceiling while thinking about all the things that could possibly go wrong tomorrow. Seeing as the show was on in the morning, I never got to watch it, so I had no idea what the set was like — did it have super high chairs and I’d struggle to get into them? And what if it had those higher stools that were kind of tippy and my rear overshot the seat and I fell off? Or what if the prep questions got lost and the interviewer asked me random things like my feelings on nuclear war or asked me about some foreign political leader who I had never heard of before, and I appeared stupid? Why did I say I’d do this? I tried to get comfortable and it felt like I had just dozed off when I felt my mom shaking my shoulder.

“Rise and shine, TV star,” she said.

 

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Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CsGREKFQco&feature=youtu.be

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Author bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series, a clean reads young adult series and the new ​Star Series. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image in True Colors, Best Friends…Forever? And Landry in Like, as well as in, Next Door to a Star (Star Series). Her sequel to Next Door to a Star will be out March 22 2016.

Krysten is a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes YA, MG, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in southwestern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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An Interview with Cover Designer, Victorine Lieske

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I’m thrilled to present an interview with Victorine Lieske, a cover designer and New York Times Best-Selling Author, who’s agreed to share her insights on cover design. Victorine designed one of my own book covers, A Rose in Bloom, which is still awaiting publication, and I highly recommend her work.

1. How did you get started in artistic cover design?

I’ve always loved art, and I fell in love with graphic design in college, but I didn’t ever freelance my design work until I became an author and saw the need for cover artists. At the time, I knew I had the design skills, but not the photoshop skills. So I watched as many tutorials on Photoshop as I could and jumped into it, determined to figure out how it worked. I must say I fell in love with Photoshop as well.

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2. Do you have other non-digital artistic talents?                          

I love to doodle, and I sometimes draw designs for my rubber stamp company, Victorine Originals, but my skill is limited. I do much better on the computer!

The average person knows within seven seconds of looking at the cover if they are interested in a book or not.

3. What inspires you when you are beginning a cover design?

Honestly, I’ve learned not to re-invent the wheel. If someone comes to me with a book, I ask what other books out there are like theirs. I look at other book covers in their genre, and see what kind of vibe they portray. I look at the font, the colors, and the images from that genre. I want my totally new cover to scream the genre. If it mumbles it, I’m not doing my job. I want people to know right away what kind of book they are looking at. The average person knows within seven seconds of looking at the cover if they are interested in a book or not. If the cover looks appealing to them, they will go read the blurb. If the cover doesn’t portray the right genre, or it’s not clear what genre it is, the reader won’t even look at the blurb. They will move on to something else.

4. What kind of service should an author expect from you as a professional cover designer?

I feel my job isn’t only to provide a cover. As a NYT’s best selling author, I have some experience with writing, packaging, and marketing a book. I feel my job is to give an author the best chance they have at selling a book. Sometimes that means talking a cover design through with an author, because some authors want me to design something that is firm in their head, and what they envision wouldn’t help them sell a book. A large part of my job requires me to find out what genre the author has written in, and what well known books are like theirs. If an author has written a book that is unlike anything that has ever been published, it will be difficult to package and market. (And it’s unlikely that is true anyway. It’s more likely the author just isn’t familiar with what genre they are writing in.)

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I feel my job is to give an author the best chance they have at selling a book.

5. What sets your cover designs apart from the millions of covers out there in cyber-space?

I’m not sure if anything sets my designs apart, other than my experience as a best selling author myself.

6. Should a cover “stand out from” or “blend with” the other covers in the genre?

I’ve touched on this before, but it’s so important I’m going to say it again. It’s highly important that a cover match the other covers in the genre. Maybe “blend in” isn’t the right phrase, because you do want your cover to be noticed, but a cover should not look so different that people can’t tell what genre the book is. Genre trumps story details every time. This is what I mean by that. If you wrote a story about an ice skater who falls in love with a football player, and at it’s core the story is a romance, it’s more important to show that the book is a romance than having ice skates and a football on the cover. While ice skates and a football might represent the story, it won’t tell anyone about the genre. And people shop by genre. A potential buyer is going to think, “I’d love to read a good romance novel,” but they are not going to think, “I really want to read a story about an ice skater who falls for a football player.”

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7. What are some of your favorite covers you’ve designed and why?

Wow, that’s a hard question! I love all the covers. I guess I have to confess my absolutely favorite cover is one I did for my own book, Accidentally Married. I was lucky enough to find the right photos to make the girl look like she was a bride. And I’m pretty happy with how the flower looks like it’s really in her hair. That cover actually won the Best of Adult category in the 2015 IndieRevAwards. http://www.indierevawards.com/p/cover-contest-winners.html

8. What should an author do if they can’t afford to hire a book cover designer?

I know some authors who have designed their own covers, and have done a fantastic job. However, I know far more who have ended up with something that looks homemade and unprofessional. I don’t say this to be mean. Like our own writing needs other eyes, our own book covers need other opinions as well. If you’re set on designing your own cover, join an author’s group and post your cover. Get outside opinions. Kboards.com (the Writer’s Cafe child board) is a great place to do this because there are a lot of cover designers who will give you honest feedback. The best thing you can do, in my opinion, is to study other covers in your genre before attempting to create your own. Pay attention to the fonts used, the color schemes, the images, and over-all presentation. For best results, you may have to purchase a professional font, and a stock photo or two. And if you don’t have photo editing software, you may want to download Gimp and watch a few tutorials on YouTube. In the end, if you don’t already have graphic design skills, you will probably come to the conclusion that hiring a cover designer is best. If money is tight, ask your designer if they would be willing to split up the cost in two or three payments. I’ve done this for clients. You will probably have to wait for the final cover until you have paid in full, but you probably have to wait for your beta readers’ feedback, as well as your editor. (And if you don’t use beta readers or an editor, that’s a conversation for another day.)

The other thing you can do is look at pre-made covers, which usually cost less, but can be just as stunning.
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Victorine and her husband live in Nebraska where they raise their four children. She designs and manufactures rubber stamps for the craft industry, and freelances as a graphic designer. Victorine self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010.  In March of 2011 the book hit the New York Times best selling eBook list, where it stayed on the list for six weeks. Her third novel, Accidentally Married, hit the USA Today best sellers list in January of 2015. She teaches classes on self-publishing, and how to be successful selling eBooks.
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Cover Design Website: www.bluevalleyauthorservices.com