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:

“Black Bird”


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.


Congratulations, Jenny!

Be on the look out for the final cover design as well as the album artwork for IMOGEN UNLOCKED, early in the new year!


DAMSEL DISTRESSED is the story of Imogen Keegan, a girl who thinks the world might *actually* end when her stepsister Ella Cinder moves in. But the funny thing about those end-of-the-world moments? Sometimes it turns out that they’re really just the beginning of something you never expected.


October 14th marks the release of DAMSEL DISTRESSED and its companion soundtrack of original songs, written and performed by the author, Kelsey Macke, and her husband Daron as their band, Wedding Day Rain.


In celebration of the release, we’re inviting some of our favorite youtubers, booktubers, and vloggers to consider making a video about their own distressing moment. Maybe yours is an embarrassing tale from 9th grade involving braces, a crazy straw, and ill-fitting pants. Whatever the story, post your video and share it with the world anytime in October.  


At the end of the month, we’ll compile all of them in a roundup and everyone who participates will be entered in a drawing for an annotated final copy of DAMSEL DISTRESSED. The randomly chosen winner will get a signed copy, riddled with Kelsey’s thoughts, doodles, and random comments written throughout.


All it takes to participate and be entered is a public youtube video with “Say Yes to Distressed” in the title and a story of your own.

Book and Album Covers!


So, I woke up this fine Sunday morning and I realized that I’d been living in a post-MTV-revealing-my-freaking-book-cover induced coma. 

Twitter, as always, was right beside me on the big day, but I haven’t yet posted it here, and that just won’t do. 

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, if you’re so inclined. But other than that, an appropriate response is to jump up and down squealing with me. It’s just so pretty. 

I think it’s one of those special covers that will mean even more once the book’s been read, which I really love. 

OH! and before I forget, there’s a matching cover for the album, IMOGEN UNLOCKED, too… Isnt’ it LOVELY?!


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!

Kelsey Macke is a twitterphile, (@KelsNotChels) and enthusiastic Nerdfighter. DAMSEL DISTRESSED is her first novel.