I don't think most people realize how many versions a book cover goes through before it becomes the final product they see on the shelf. Designing a book cover is a very collaborative process, and though it can also be a very challenging and loooong process at times—it's always fascinating to see the evolution. Often, a designer's best or favorite concepts are not the ones that make the final cut, so it's fun to share what was left behind. Here's a recent cover I did for Egmont. Another opportunity to mix my own illustration and lettering into the design, I dove right in and really enjoyed hammering out these first comps.
Ultimately, the publisher preferred a more commercial photographic approach, but I was still able to incorporate a whimsical illustration into the final cover:
This is Mary Amato's second YA novel, and is available for pre-order on Amazon.