Title: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly
Author: Jamie Pacton
Release Date: May 5th 2020
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
It is my first time doing a blog post featuring a story behind the cover. I always love looking at book covers and couldn’t stop admiring their beauties and speculate how much love was put together making them. Sometimes, I even buy books based on it. Most of the times I ended up loving them, but not always – the others I regret buying but rarely. It is always so nice to see these book covers, right? But it is more of a delight to know the story behind them – the process of making them and bringing them to life. So let’s unravel the story behind The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly from Jamie Pacton herself.
Story Behind the Cover
Let me start by saying that I absolutely love my cover! Everything about it thrills me—from the adorable pictures of Kit and her bff/love interest Jett, to the font, to the color scheme, to the blurbs, and the subtle knight helms in the background. I get so much love for this book cover, and I so appreciate the design team at Page Street and the artist who helped THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY ride into the world in such style.
The first cover concept had some of the same colors with the peach and blue, but it was text heavy with only a small knight helm + a bow illustration. This one is now on the inside jacket of the book. After some discussions with my agent and editor, we went back to design and asked for a less text-heavy cover. I gave them HOT DOG GIRL and A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE as cover concepts that I loved. HOT DOG GIRL for the characters on the book and the immediate sense of setting that cover provides; and, A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE for all the little Easter egg clues in the cover illustrations and the bold color and font choices.
The next KIT cover that came back was similar to the one I have now, and it included early versions of the Kit and Jett. They weren’t as detailed as they are now, so I asked my editor if we could add in small details like the motorcycle helmet Jett is holding and small tweaks to Kit’s costume, face, and posture.
After that, a third cover came back and it was pretty much the one we have now. Huzzah! Kit had her perfectly sassy expression; Jett was looking handsome; and, all the little details were there. My editor, agent, and I went back and forth a few more times about placing blurbs on the cover and Kit’s shoes (boots or sneakers? It was a whole thing). But, overall, KIT’s cover was set and I still can’t believe I got such a cute, catchy, perfect cover for my debut!
Cover design by Rosie Stewart.
Cover illustrations by Mina Price.
Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurant.Working as a wench―i.e. waitress―at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval―if they don’t get fired first.
About Jamie Pacton
Jamie Pacton writes all sorts of books: dark, feminist YA fantasy; contemporary YA stories with a funny + geeky bent; funny MG adventure-fantasy; and, even the occasional adult rom-com. She was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2015 and she mentored YA in 2016, 2017, and 2018. She grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee; she’s the oldest of ten kids; and, she currently lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, their two kids, and a dog named Lego. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly (forthcoming May 5, 2020) is her Young Adult debut.
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