I had to answer questions about important locations in the book (the basketball court, the prep school itself and a swimming pool at nighttime- my main character, Kate, swims laps at night), clothes I thought the characters would wear (school uniforms- navy skirts or pants, white collared shirts), and important colors (maroon and yellow- Beacon Prep's school colors). I described the tone of the book and other things I thought might be important.
I also had to include pictures of actors and actresses that I thought looked like my main characters. I went to imdb for that and attached the following files.
I pulled pictures of Ellen Page and Willa Holland for Kate...
This is what I wrote to the art department when trying to describe my thoughts/mood of the cover:
"When I envision the cover I see either a silhouette of Kate swimming in a swimming pool at night (perhaps from above, so the whole cover is the pool and her silhouette is on the bottom) or Kate floating on her back in a pool at night maybe with her hair spread out around her. Again, I see the whole cover the pool and a small part the main character of Kate. I think this would evoke the idea of solitude or feeling alone, especially at night.
The other image that comes to mind is an empty basketball court and either Kate sitting alone in her school uniform on the edge of a bleacher or lying on the floor of the court (again, the whole court is most of the cover) like the cover I’ve attached from Out of Reach. This would also evoke that idea/mode of being alone or solitude. She doesn’t play basketball, but she’s surrounded by it."
I'm so nervous and so excited to see my cover! I don't know if I can handle the waiting!