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There is an auction going on at magick4terri to benefit Terri Windling, creator of groundbreaking fantasy over the past several decades, ranging from the influential urban fantasy series Bordertown to the online Journal of Mythic Arts. With co-editor Ellen Datlow, she changed the face of contemporary short fiction with The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

There is also some cool stuff to be had for a reader, or a writer--one of the coolest offered things is lunch with a literary agent in New York. Barry Goldblatt is an awesome agent who could tell you loads about publishing. (He is also a good time, and the food will be good.)

Also... I am offering a thing! A signed set of the Lexicon trilogy, and a signed advance copy of Team Human.

You remember Team Human. A new summary of it, which is by no means official, but... which I wrote recently, goes like this.

‘Friends don’t let friends date vampires.

You know when your best friend gets involved with a boy, and he’s all she talks about, and she’s going to change her whole life for him, and you don’t even like the guy?

It’s even worse for Mel. Her best friend is dating a vampire.

In the city of New Whitby, vampires are an accepted fact of life, and always a draw for the tourists, but Mel didn’t think she would ever be getting to know one. When Francis Duvarney, blond, beautiful and over a century old, starts going to her high school, she can’t say that it is a pleasure. But her best friend Cathy begs to differ. Mel’s just got to make her see the error of her ways.

As if saving her best friend from the lukewarm embrace of the undead isn’t enough for Mel to deal with, there’s also another friend with a secret, a grumpy vampire cop with suspicions, and a boy raised by vampires who thinks life works by the rules of TV…’

It is not as cool as some of the other things (some of the other things are so cool!) but... it is there... if people want...

Also The Demon's Lexicon and The Demon's Covenant have covers in Germany!

And voila, here they are! I hope you like them, and I hope Germany likes them. They are fun covers for guessing who people are meant to be, and also atmospherical!




I am again in the grip of Thinking A Lot About Covers, because My Lovely Editor of Unspoken has told me that the final cover is in! My genius artist--who, no lie, they let me PICK--sent the original piece of artwork (yes… it’s ART… I’m fancy, seriously, this is the fanciest cover ever) to Random House, and it is out being scanned in a giant scanner. I'm not sure how long this will take. I may go Tumblr crazy waiting for it!

So, covers galore, and of course upcoming Gothic and sassy reporter posts. But the thing to remember from this post is magic for Terri!

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eavanmoore
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
They are fun covers for guessing who people are meant to be

How graciously you put this. :-)
sarahtales
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
Oh, but I mean it: different things work differently in foreign markets, so I've seen a gritty urban fantasy about a girl sleeping rough on the streets get a foreign cover of a girl in a wood with a teeny dragon. I just want it to be pretty, to trust them and just hope it will sell. ;) Plus, I am pretty sure the dude is Nick. *adds him to her Nick collection*

Edited at 2011-12-15 02:33 am (UTC)
eavanmoore
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
I guess selling is the important part! After that the books speak for themselves.
amanuensis1
Dec. 15th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
*laughs and nods* Well-said, both of you, and it is fascinating to see what foreign markets think work for sales.
sarahtales
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Of course to me, the US is a foreign market. ;)
brightlotusmoon
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
I am sort of kicking my feet and throwing a gleeful, ecstatic tantrum waiting for Team Human to come out in the US. I know it won't be for seven months or so, but I can wait seven months.* I think. Maybe? It's just that the Lexicon trilogy was so GOOD (OMG I LOVE JAMIE) and I feel like the plot of Team Human is just what I need.


*I waited longer than that for Seanan McGuire's books, and she still has unpublished books in the queue, damn her.
sarahtales
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
It comes out in the US first, so you guys are the early birds. ;) I'm confident you can wait that long, and also glad you haven't decided you're going to wait a year and seven months. ;) And I am very pleased that you did read the Lexicon trilogy after all (oh, me of little faith), and that you liked it!
branquignole
Dec. 15th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'm confused. Are those the German paperbacks? And why is the title different from when Demon's Lexicon first came out over here?

Anyway, this is very exciting! I can't wait for Team Human wheeeeen can I get my hands on it give it to meee.
sarahtales
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, those are the German paperbacks. It is a whole new look! Sometimes books do this: Robin Wasserman's Skinned series became the Cold Awakening series, with all new covers and titles, as below: http://www.malindalo.com/2011/11/this-is-what-ya-sci-fi-looks-like/

I am very much hoping people will like eeeee. ;)
evalangui
Dec. 15th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm really curious about the German covers. The guy in the first one is obviously nick and since the title says "Magician and Demon"... the lady is Olivia?

The other one puzzles me, because I'say Mae for the girl in back but her hair is wrong and Mae + Olivia (dark!Lady seems to be the same) doesn't fit, not to mention Mae is not a demon.

Summing up, I have no idea!
sarahtales
Dec. 15th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
My guess would be the lady on both the covers is Mae, but... hmm. The other girl could be either of her friends, Rachel or Erica, who are timorously following her in the first scene of Covenant! Whoo! At last, Erica/Rachel's time to shine. ;)
sleepinbeast
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Hehe, the guy on the first cover looks like RPatts. And the background lady on the second cover looks like you!

sarahtales
Dec. 15th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Hee! Now I am picturing me sneaking up behind Mae and being all 'Sorry about giving you those boyfriends in this book. You know, the compulsive liar, the gay guy and the demon. Sorry.'
jpmarsull
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I didn't realize you got to PICK your cover artist! That's awesome. I can't WAIT to see it! (Nor can I wait for TEAM HUMAN. The summary is just so much awesome.)
sarahtales
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
*beams* I'm so glad you like the summary!

And gosh, yes, the fact I got to pick my artist is AMAZING, FANTASTIC AND STUNNING. The whole story of The Unspoken Cover Art Drama is a long and involved one, but yes: my editor let me pick my cover artist. We discussed a particular kind of art, and then my editor came up with a list of people great at that particular kind of art, and then I picked an artist. It was an absolutely magical thing to happen: none of the authors I told about it had ever, ever been allowed to pick their cover artist, and I certainly never had before. Usually they just mention your cover artist's name and then you are like 'Okay...' and go off to google frantically. Or if it's stock art, you don't have a cover artist, but you do still have a cover designer and they're still very important. (Many an excellent cover is stock art: Twilight's cover does pretty well, also Tris and Izzie is stock art I particularly liked!)

I also picked a series theme which my cover designer liked, and so (should cover no. 1 do well and not get changed) the trilogy will reflect that! I have never heard of someone having such cover consultation before: it is ridiculous. Generally they consult by showing you the cover, and changing a few little things if you beg! Which, fair enough--when I started out not so long ago, I had nooooo ideeeeeea about covers. But I certainly got to thinking about them! And it was like a miraculous dream that I picked the artist and the theme, we discussed what the image would be, they showed me the rough sketch and we did all the changes I wanted. It is crazy, especially as there were many other complicating factors to the process (long strange story, it'll be a blog post): my editor didn't have to do any of it!

Of course this means... I am exceptionally, exceptionally anxious to see the final cover. So her greatness is rewarded by my impatience. ;)

(I use this image because it is Gothic, not because it is... anything like my cover... I also apologise for going on and on! I have many cover thoughts this week.)

Edited at 2011-12-16 03:13 am (UTC)
madhatterpan
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
*headtilts* I guess...black is the new pink? Because it would make the most sense if it is Nick and Mae on the first cover. And then, Mae was all whoops, I shall go purple for the second book and the other girl must be Sin?

Clearly, Germany needs to put Jamie on the cover for the last book. Just because I want more Jamie coverage (lame pun intended).
sarahtales
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
I refuse to accept the other girl as Sin, because changing hair colour, oh well, but changing skin colour, noooooo. My current theory is that it is one of Mae's friends! She is peeping out from behind her, so it all makes sense. ;)

More Jamie coverage would be lovely. We'll see!
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sarahtales
Dec. 16th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Numerous health and family issues that are a bit complicated and personal to go into.
Angelica Bohle
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm quite confused, not about the covers because that's what ALL German Urban Fantasy covers look like these days, but about the titles ("The Conjuration" and "The Betrayal", respectively)! They're very non-descript and interchangeable, I think. Although I suppose there ARE conjurations and betrayal. I thought Lexicon's original German title was very fitting and kept close enough to the English title and don't understand why it had to be changed.

And don't get me started on all the white people. Apparently, there are NO other ethnicities in Germany, NONE AT ALL, so we have to put all-white people on book covers. The last time I've seen a non-white person on a German book cover was Cassie and Marco on the Animorphs books when I was twelve. I wish that was hyperbole.

I'd love to be proven wrong and the publisher puts a fantastic biracial Sin on the third cover, though.
sarahtales
Dec. 16th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
As to why, changes are often made to both cover and title (e.g. http://www.malindalo.com/2011/11/this-is-what-ya-sci-fi-looks-like/) to help sales, which seems the best reason in the world to me. ;) Hope it does!

Ah, I remember Cassie and Marco. Much nostalgic love for the Animorphs...
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