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The production team had SUCH a daunting task of choosing the winner for the cover contest.
Not just because it’s such a critically important decision in relation to Damsel Distressed’s production, but because when people share their artwork with you, they’re also sharing a piece of their heart.
The concept we chose as the winner was created by an incredibly talented designer.
She’s so talented, in fact, that she had TWO designs make it into the top ten.
We are so excited to work with her and find ways to integrate the best parts of her incredible designs, which is why the the announcement today is the contest winner announcement and not a cover reveal. The final cover won’t be exactly this, but it will certainly be gorgeous at the hands of this talented artist.
The winner of our contest, Jenny Zemanek, designed the entry that stole our hearts:
COVER NOT FINAL
Jenny also designed the lovely “Moody Masks” concept, and we’re so honored to have her contributions to the contest.
We’d like to thank the two runners-up, Jessica W. and Whitney G. who created such beautiful works, along with each of the other members of the top ten, and of course, everyone who submitted anything at all.
Be on the look out for the final cover design as well as the album artwork for IMOGEN UNLOCKED, early in the new year!
Check out the video below for more information about the novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, and the companion album, Imogen Unlocked, comprised of original songs written for and inspired by the book and written/performed by folky, indie-pop band, Wedding Day Rain.
Kelsey Macke’s DAMSEL DISTRESSED, about 17-year-old Imogen Keegan and her struggle with obesity, self-harm, and the infuriatingly perfect stepsister who makes her want to drown herself in a vat of Nutella, with accompanying soundtrack of original songs written and performed by the author’s band, Wedding Day Rain, in an innovative mash-up of prose, technology, drawings, and music, to Danielle Ellison at Spencer Hill Contemporary, for October 2014, by Jessica Sinsheimer at The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency (World).
Kelsey Macke’s DAMSEL DISTRESSED (Spencer Hill Contemporary, 2014) is the story of Imogen Keegan, a seventeen-year old girl who has been stuck in a cycle of clinical depression, self-harm, and baked-goods-addiction since her mom died seven years ago.
The book, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, is equal parts hurt and heart, and is held together by Imogen’s journal entries of poems, doodles, lyrics, and the “back stage” musings of a theatre-loving girl who is so much more than the sum of her parts.
Imogen’s journal is part of the prose, but the line between fiction and reality blurs when readers have the ability to use their computer or mobile device to access all kinds of interactive online content.
The cornerstone of this supplemental content is the album of real life songs, written and performed by the author as part of the band, Wedding Day Rain called IMOGEN UNLOCKED.
The inside of the book is highly interactive and driven by the readers’ experience.
The creative team wants nothing less for the outside of the book as well!
So, in the spirit of community and collaboration, we’re having a cover contest!
The DAMSEL DISTRESSED cover contest will be open from August 16th until September 22nd, 2014.
We’re so excited to see all of the incredible ideas you have that will tap into Imogen’s story.
There will be three rounds, each narrowing the entries, and culminating in a public vote for one of three top slots! Additionally, ten semi-finalists will win a $10 itunes gift card and a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card. The grand prize winner will not only earn the design commission and a copy of the book once printed, but will also have the opportunity to design the album artwork and swag!
If you or someone you know is eager to dive into the world of publishing design, this is a great opportunity to grow a portfolio and get paid!
For full details on the contest, including all terms, conditions, and instructions for submitting your design, visit www.teamomgen.tumblr.com!
Kelsey Macke is a twitterphile, (@KelsNotChels) and enthusiastic Nerdfighter. DAMSEL DISTRESSED is her first novel. www.KelseyMacke.com
Hey everyone! This is Kelsey Macke (@KelsNotChels) and I want to thank each and everyone of you who have entered the contest in the past three weeks!
In addition to thanking the amazing artists who’ve already entered, I’ve got to take a second to thank the amazing friends and supporters who have told their artistically inclined friends, posted it on social media, and shared it in their community.
You probably know that the 10 semi-finalists will be winning a prize for their entries, but this giveaway is just for you–those who may not have the ability or desire to make something, but who’ve graciously spread the word.
We have just FIVE DAYS LEFT to accept entries!
One lucky person who promotes the contest in any way over the next five days will win a wonderful prize pack designed and curated by me full of bookish/writerly/nerdy goodies!
The more support we can give to the contest in the next five days, the more valuable the prize pack will be!
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday… For every day that the contest information is shared a total of TEN times, the value of the prize will go up by ten dollars.
So, if at least 10 people share/post/discuss the contest on Wednesday, the winning prize will be valued at $10. If we can keep the momentum up until Sunday, then the winner’s prize will be valued at $50! It will be chock-full of amazing goodies that I am sure you’ll love. (Be sure if you are sharing on social media to either tag me or let me know so that I can keep up with the value of the prize!)
Each day that you share about the contest by tweeting, instagramming, vining, emailing a friend, telling a stranger at the grocery store, you can come to this post and enter rafflecopter.
Lastly, when the submission window closes on Sunday, the team will take time to sift through the entries, and when the semi-finalists have been chosen, remember that YOU will be voting one of those ten into one of the TOP THREE SPOTS! (AHH!)
The easiest place to point people to for contest information is here: teamomgen.tumblr.com
Thank you so very much,
(As this giveaway is hosted by me, and me alone, and I want to be able to give the best prize possible, I must restrict the winner to someone with a shipping address in the continental US. Please forgive me, international friends! I promise I’ll have an international giveaway in the future!)
We are so excited to reveal to you the three finalists in the Damsel Distressed cover design contest!
We would like to thank every single person who entered a design, from the first round all the way to the other seven designs from the top ten.
We are so honored that you chose to share your art with us, and we hope that you know how difficult this decision was–and will continue to be:
The winner will be announced THIS FRIDAY, 11/8/13.
In no particular order, the top three finalists are:
“Black Bird” by Jenny Z.
“Torn Apart” by Jessica W.
“Stormy Girl” by Whitney G.
Again, thank you to everyone who entered. We can’t wait to [decide] and announce the winner at the end of the week!
All my love,
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