Cemetery Boys: A Conversation with YA Author Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys cover

Okay, effectively I wish to discuss concerning the e-book cowl, as a result of it’s wonderful. Are you able to discuss concerning the course of of getting it occur?

Yeah, completely. When it got here time for determining the e-book covers, at that time, sorry I simply did one thing bizarre. It was like shaking at me. For the duvet, I feel it was round the place we began going to repeat edits. They had been like, “Oh, we’re going to kick you some artists.” And I used to be like, “Okay.” I used to be type of wired concerning the cowl, as a result of I’ve heard so many horror tales from individuals being like, “Oh my God, it went so fallacious. And I hate my cowl.” And for Swoon Reads, usually the general public will get to vote on the duvet, so you actually don’t have any say. However for Cemetery Boys, they determined that they weren’t going to do the duvet voting, that they simply wished to create a canopy and so they had been actually cool about letting me be a part of that course of. And so the very first thing that they did that stunned me was that they emailed me and so they had been like, “Hey Aiden, we’re shifting in the direction of engaged on the duvet. Right here’s some cowl artists, are you able to inform us who you’d most wish to work with?” And I used to be like, “Okay, cool.”

So even earlier than I opened it, after I very first began drafting Cemetery Boys, I discovered Mars Lauderbaugh on Tumblr, and I adopted them as a result of I used to be obsessed with their fan artwork of Haikyuu and Voltron. And so I had really commissioned them to do character artwork again when Cemetery Boys wasn’t even a factor. So I used to be emailing Mars, I used to be like, “Hey, I’m a author, and might you draw my [original characters] for me?” And Mars was like, “Positive, yeah. Right here you go.” After which it type of progressed and I used to be like, “Hey, it’s getting become a e-book, might you do my character artwork for me?” They usually had been like, “Oh, yeah.” After which after I obtained this checklist of artists, the very first thing that I observed, which was so cool, was that Macmillan/Swoon had solely picked artists who had been artists of coloration and/or trans. And that was wonderful and blew my thoughts. After which I noticed that that they had included Mars on the checklist as a result of that they had seen the character artwork, and so I used to be like, “Sure, sure! Please, Mars, Mars, Mars!” After which in order that they reached out to Mars, and Mars turned my cowl artist, and now all of my swag and stuff matches and it simply blew my thoughts. There was three unique variations of the duvet, so I obtained to see what these seemed like. They usually picked my favourite one. Yeah, it was so cool.

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And I used to be nerding out so dangerous. And being in publishing, I’m very a lot of the thoughts of as I’m getting into this area, I’m making an attempt to wedge open the door and sneak in as many different individuals as I can. So with the ability to take Mars, who's doing commissions for fan artwork, and with the ability to get them a e-book cowl deal was actually necessary to me. And that was undoubtedly a spotlight. I've the perfect cowl ever. It couldn't be higher.

So had they by no means accomplished a e-book cowl earlier than?


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Joseph Ellis

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