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Letters to the FYAditor: A Plea to Book Jacket Designers

A letter to the FYAditor makes an empassioned plea to book jacket designers (with a song!).

Letters to the FYAditor: A Plea to Book Jacket Designers

We are most pleased to present another gem from the dark depths of our mailbox from Alison, who also penned the incredibly inspiring YAngelist Anthem. This time, she's using her song-writing ability for an equally important cause...

Dear FYA,

Remember that time when you all made new year's resolutions for YA authors and publishers, and Meghan Posh requested that YA authors unionize and force publishers to stop with the heinous covers? I mean, I'll admit that collective bargaining isn't having its finest hour at the moment, but Meghan Posh, I don't think they're even TRYING to listen to you. Last night, I started a really excellent, recently released YA book---name withheld to protect the innocent---and I had to take the jacket off before I could continue reading it on the subway this morning, lest I look like an idiot. Looking around at my fellow commuters, I got angry; how come nobody ELSE had to take the jackets off of THEIR books before leaving the house?

And so I did what I always do to combat literary injustice: I wrote a ridiculous song. Perhaps if we split up and sing this outside marketing departments nationwide, our voices will finally be heard and we'll get the tasteful, matte covers that we deserve in colors other than pink.

Yours in solidarity, Alison
(of the YAngelist Anthem)

A Plea to Book Jacket Designers
(to be sung to the tune of "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" from "My Fair Lady," with sincere apologies to Lerner and Loewe)

All I want is a book that's sleek,
That won't shame me when others peek
Or broadcast, "I'm a geek!"
These covers are embarrassing!

Chopped-up photos of pretty girls,
Floating mouths, disembodied curls.
Book's worth it's weight in pearls
But DAMN, it looks embarrassing.

Must be marketing research shows them that I like this stuff,
I just want to look mature
And not like I'm reading fluff...

YA books can be works of art.
Clothed like this, though, they don't look smart.
I beg you from my heart,
Make covers less embarrassing!

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).