Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cover Contest Announcement!!

I am so excited to tell you guys this news!
Swoon Romance is having a cover contest for my upcoming YA novel, DON'T FALL!
Here's the deal:
You create a cover for DON'T FALL
and email it to me by March 5th. You can enter as many designs as you want.
The covers will be posted during a blog blitz
and people can vote for their favorites!
Voting will be open for two weeks,
at the end of which Swoon will choose a winner.
Winner will have their design used for DON'T FALL,
and will receive and ecopy of the book AND
a $100 Amazon gif card!

And here's what you need to know about the book:

Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered she doesn't even have a best friend.
But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.
Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.

Character descriptions:

Anya: She has long blonde hair which she normally wears in braids, either hanging down her back or wrapped around her head. She has blue eyes and fair skin. She's sweet, perhaps a bit naïve, and a romantic. She loves vintage clothes, especially dresses, and the color yellow, which she always incorporates into her outfit one way or another.

Zander:  He's nineteen, tall, and well-dressed. He's got messy dark hair, dark eyes, olive skin.
He's a bit serious, but has a sweet smile.
I made up some pretty great excitement for me and Zander that afternoon in my head, staring at his photograph. I dreamed up a whole relationship, filled with passion, until my mother called me downstairs to eat.
Their hang-outs include: The library, a cupcake shop,
and their own secret spot out in the woods.

What I'd like in a cover:

DON'T FALL is a contemporary retelling of Rapunzel.
While it is set in modern times, I hoped to still capture a fairy tale feeling with it.
I'd love that in the cover as well. Something beautiful and romantic.

You can check out more of my inspiration for this story on my Pinterest board.
There may also be some snippets on my Facebook page. :)
You can also message me via FB if you have any questions.

So get designing! I can't wait to see what people come up with. :)

Email the covers to me at: rachelmarybean(at)
Put DF cover contest in the subject line.
(Make sure any images you use are either your own, or ones you have the rights to.)

And watch my Twitter feed (@RMSchieffelbein) because
I might just share some hints about my favorites as they come in!


  1. Wow, this is such a cool contest! Wishing the best of luck to everyone who enters! :)

  2. Sadly I'm not a cover designer but I can't wait to see what the entrants come up with. Congrats on another book Rachel.

  3. Interesting competition. Don't forget that if people are using images they didn't take or create themselves, then you'll need permission to use them on the blog and for the cover. You probably realised that already, but people do sometimes forget that just pictures and photos are subject to copyright, just as writing is, and you can't just use anything you see on the internet.

  4. Ooh, a Rapunzel retelling--that sounds wonderful! I hope you get tons of beautiful, brilliant entries and I'll be back to vote for my favourite :)

  5. If I had the slightest bit of artistic ability, I'd do it. I'll have to tell some peeps who do!

  6. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with :) Makes me wish I were talented in this department!

  7. Thanks you guys! Entries have already started coming in and they're awesome!

  8. This sounds amazing! Wow, my daughter is 17 has long blonde hair and her boyfriend is 19. I know when he comes home from college on Valentine's I am having an Art Date with them-lol! The library is right by their favorite coffee shop....
    woo hoo! My daughter's birthday is the March 5th...