DIE FOR ME’s New US Cover

Yesterday, Kari of A Good Addiction announced the newest of news in the DIE FOR ME publishing story. It seems that at this point, there’s something happening almost every day. But comparatively, this news is HUGE: a cover change. Or in the words of my editor, “A Jacket Switcheroo”.

You all know the original Kate-in-a-Boat cover. Here it is in all of its magnificent glory:

Well I got a note from my editor three weeks ago telling me that when the marketing people at Harper saw the British cover, they fell in love with it. And though everyone raved about the Kate-in-a-Boat cover, Kate-on-a-Roof seemed like a “bigger” cover to “people in positions of power”. So they got in touch with Little, Brown UK, got Atom’s jacket files, and tweaked them a little bit to create this…the NEW HarperTeen cover of DIE FOR ME:

HarperTeen's New DIE FOR ME Cover

Since the announcement yesterday, people have been writing me on Twitter asking, “But isn’t that the UK cover?” So I have used my amazing and highly advanced Photoshop skills to put one cover next to the other (below) in order to demonstrate the differences. ALERT: since these are images that have been emailed back and forth a dozen times, the colors might not be COMPLETELY ACCURATE. But this will at least give you an idea:

US cover on left, UK cover on right

I think they’re both gorgeous, and the small differences in font and hue make each distinctive.

BUT…as I said on Facebook yesterday, even though I love the new cover, I also loved the old one, so it is sad to say goodbye. And the saddest part of all is that we won’t have the lovely Michelle Cartwright gracing the cover. But Michelle – if you’re reading this, I want you to know that you will ALWAYS be Cover-Kate in my mind.

And on a happier note, a HUGE congratulations to Mark Ecob, the original cover designer, and Johanna Basford who calls herself Ink Evangelist, but who I call “Queen of Swirls”, for making a cover that was so beautiful it went global! And congratulations to me for having garnered the favor of the Cover Fairy*. I must have been Mother Theresa or someone of equal standing in a past life to have been granted such a stunning cover for my very first book!

*Thank you Atom. Thank you HarperTeen.
You both make kick-ass Cover Fairies!

17 Comments to DIE FOR ME’s New US Cover

  1. by Kathrin - On March 12, 2011

    It is just so nice to watch all the good things happening to you Amy!!
    Michelle, I wish you a HUGE break in the industry!!!

  2. by amy - On March 12, 2011

    Thanks, Kathrin! And I wish the same to Michelle. I’m convinced she’s going to do VERY well!

  3. by Kristina Ebert - On March 13, 2011

    I can’t wait to get my greedy little paws on this book!! I have to say I’m glad we are getting this cover, I like the colors more 🙂 the other one was good, but this one has more draw for my eyes.

  4. by Gretchen - On March 14, 2011

    I like the British cover better (the color and the font)

  5. by Mandy Lum - On March 14, 2011

    I absolutely loveeeeee the new cover! It is gorgeous!

    Have a great week!

    Mandy @ Embrace Your Oddities

  6. by Cate Gardner - On March 17, 2011

    Absolutely gorgeous covers.

  7. by amy - On March 17, 2011

    I love it how everyone has a different opinion. 🙂

  8. by Ellie - On March 23, 2011

    Love the new cover!!!!!

  9. by Michelle A - On March 26, 2011

    Hi Amy ,
    It’s 2.48am I just finished…WOW!!! Just simply loved your book. Now I get the boat cover. What a well thought out book. I must write my review tomorrow while its still fresh. I keep saying it but Ambrose and Jules are such lovely characters, and sigh..Vincent he is beautiful.

    One thing I have to add is obviously now I have finished, the silk dress , its blue on the new covers its Red?? I don’t understand. It ties around the neck , which the red one does so I can only assume its the same dress. I’m a bit baffled. Anyhoo, well done..oh so long until book 2 can I wait that long for flirtatious Jules, big bro Ambrose and romantic, smexi Vincent..I think I have to…lol!!!

    Have a great day?? I must get to bed. You pleasantly kept me up all night, well done:D


  10. by amy - On March 26, 2011

    Michelle. I’m SO GLAD you liked the book. About the dress, HarperTeen told me they were going to use something different, and I said that was fine. Atom decided to go with the red dress, but since it was a stock photo, they didn’t have one made with Asian-patterned embroidery on it. But I liked it that it tied around the neck like the one Vincent got Kate!

  11. by Michelle A - On March 27, 2011

    Hi Amy,

    I shall write my review and I’ll twitter you or let you know when it’s done. I would absolutely love to be able to get an interview from you for our blog, if possible, no pressure. Or guest blog spot, if possible. You made my day with such a romantic, dangerous, heart filled book. I actually loved the Eiffel Tower boat scene, beautiful!!!!! I felt as the reader like I was walking around Paris with Vincent and Kate. Cafe’s, Museums, clubs, Seine..We all know Eiffel Tower I have been up it..it was nice that it wasn’t the obvious place they went on a date. It was those hidden places , I loved that. I felt like I was discovering Paris . Those beautiful boys you wrote..sigh…I think I have a fictional crush on them all. So many things I liked about this book. I think I am going to miss these characters until book 2 hits the shelves.
    Sorry I get a bit chatty when I feel passionate about a book.
    I shall finish now:D


  12. by Jemima - On April 1, 2011

    Just writing to say that i LOVED THIS BOOK! Finished it this morning, and very annoyed that it had to end.. Will there be a 2nd book? If so i can’t wait! The characters were great, Vincent was amazing! Congratulations!
    Jemima 🙂

  13. by Amy Plum - On April 1, 2011

    Hi Jemima! Yes – there will be 2 more DIE FOR ME books! Much more Vincent & Kate to come. Thank you, and I’m SO glad you enjoyed it!

  14. by Jemima - On April 1, 2011


    When will they be out? I literally can’t wait!!! Jemima 🙂

  15. by Amy Plum - On April 1, 2011

    I am very sorry to say that they’re scheduled at 1 per year!

  16. by Jemima - On April 1, 2011

    Oh okay, well my 2012 just got a whole lot more exciting… can’t wait already! 🙂

  17. by tltl - On May 23, 2011

    I am very guilty of judging a book by its cover. I prowl the shelves at our local library, grabbing books whose covers appeal, then reading the descriptions to see which is coming home with me.

    I can say, without any hesitation, your book would be one of the first ones grabbed. I absolutely love the cover.

    And after reading the description, it would come home with me for certain! (If I hadn’t already bought my own copy, which you know I have.)

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