Sleeping in My Jeans is officially one year out. While our official pub date is yet to be set, we’re planning on putting the book out sometime in November of 2018. To many, that would seem like a ton of time. What could you possibly do with an entire year until your book publishes? You’d be surprised.
A book’s launch party should reflect the content of the book and the personality of its writer; it should be a celebration of all the hard work that went into creating the book and is seen as the culmination of all of that hard work…so, no pressure, right?
p>We’re also lucky that the novel itself is a treasure trove of hilarious lines, mostly from its protagonist, 17-year-old Meri Miller. Take this, for example: “Alaska’s like two thousand miles away from anywhere cultured. No offense, Canada.” Keep an eye on Ooligan’s social media profiles this summer and fall to hear more about the upcoming The Ocean in My Ears.
Here’s a quick reading guide—and thank heavens it’s a non-election year—for #summerreading in 2017.
One would think these principles of cover design to be universal, and yet I’m staring at a couple Japanese novels on my desk, and can’t help but wonder if the standards of design are a little bit different (read: awesome) there. Japanese bestsellers, especially foreign titles, are often printed as bunko, which are similar in form and function to mass market paperbacks in the West. They do tend to be a bit shorter and slimmer than Western paperbacks however, and are usually only about two hundred pages long. Because of this length restriction, many Western bestsellers are often split up into multiple volumes. These criteria mean that cover designers have less space to work on per book, but potentially more books available. You might also notice an almost universal trend of more numerous and larger typographic elements on Japanese covers. As my team has been working on a YA cover, I’m specifically interested in that market. As a teaching example of YA cover design differences between Japan and America, one need look no further than America’s favorite dystopian series about ritual teen murder and bird-themed rebellion: The Hunger Games.
I recently wandered the YA shelves of Powell’s to take note of the latest cover trends––partly as research for the cover design of The Ocean in My Ears, and partly because that’s the kind of thing I like to do with my Friday nights. In order to focus only on the latest trends and limit […]