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A very kind lady named Nadya emailed me and sent me a link to where my Russian edition is out, so a) my Russian edition is out, yay! and b) Now I have seen my Russian cover!

I thought y'all might be interested in seeing it too, as I find it fascinating to see what varies from country to country, and what stays the same.


I may've mentioned in my New York Books of Wonder event that I am always describing how different my UK and US covers are.

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Behold! A dude. Ravens. And then lo! ... A dude. Ravens.

Russian cover's a dude and ravens too, and it also looks really different to me, though it has the cityscape and flavour of noir (Noir. It has a flavr) that the UK cover does. I like how wee Nick on the front looks like he's hanging out there on the cover, considering being the villain of the story instead of the hero. That is why I gave him the traditional villainous colouring, after all. Anyways, let me know what you think! I like it, and am thrilled to be out in another country.

In an earlier post about what people liked to see from a journal, some people mentioned missing the 'stumbling towards publication' posts I did pre-publication. Now, it is not yet time for covers for book two, though I pine for that day! With pre-publication, there are specific things to write about like 'finding an agent' and 'baby's first editorial letter'. (Usually, my advice is to cope with things totally differently than I do.)

I am puzzled about exactly what to write for posts stumbling through publication, since mostly post-publication, I write, and writing is just a part of Life.

Scenes From A Writer's Life

The Writer In the Family Home, With Little Brother

SARAH: *writes*
SAUL: *writes*
SARAH: ... Saul, may I ask you a personal question?
SAUL: Yeeeees.
SARAH: Is that a journal with a picture of Zac Efron on the front?
SAUL: Yeeeees.
SARAH: Why do you have that?
SAUL: It is for recording my thoughts.

I believe he was being post-modern and ironic. Maybe.

The Writer In Her Actual Home, With Housemate The Durham Lass

SARAH: *writes*
DURHAM LASS: It's perfectly ridiculous! There are too many teeth!
SARAH: I totally agree. What?
DURHAM LASS: All the relics that are meant to be St Patrick's teeth. There are too many teeth.
SARAH: Oh right.
DURHAM LASS: Which means some of the relics won't work for healing and so on.
SARAH: Well, they're old. Maybe some of them just need a relic repairman. Or a little shake.
DURHAM LASS: Shake shake shake...
SARAH: Shake shake shake...
SARAH & DURHAM LASS: Shake your relic, dah dah dum, dah dah dah.

The Writer In Cafe with Friend The Evil One

EVIL ONE: I'll grab us some drinks.
SARAH: A fine, fine plan. *writes*
SARAH: *smells something terrible*
EVIL ONE: Let's go.
SARAH: What happened? Did you set yourself on fire?
SARAH: Did you set someone else on fire?
EVIL ONE: Mistakes were made. Machines were half-blown up and half-melted. No-one can be blamed.
SARAH: ...
EVIL ONE: Get your coat.

If anyone has any particular things they would like to hear about stumbling onward from publication (Writing A Sequel, What To Do When You Write Your Fifteenth Make-Out Scene and Realise You May Have A Problem) please tell me! I am eager to Impart My Wisdom.

Which means, tell you stories of the idiot things I did, and how you should avoid doing them...


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Aug. 31st, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Both the topics you suggested actually sound fine to me!

...or, if it's not too spoilertastic, what about Introducing New Characters?

Do you ever wish you could go back to Nick POV?
Aug. 31st, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
I did a little at the start, when I realised how much longer Mae's point of view was going to make a book and how my editor might murder me, but no, Nick's point of view wouldn't have worked for the story I wanted to tell and would post-revelation be an absolute, absolute horror to write. (Which is not to say I wouldn't have written it and mayn't still, one day, should the story demand it!)

*taps Salome the macbook thoughtfully* Introducing New Characters is an awesome idea, if I could pull it off without too many spoilers. And too much wailing about Seb Why Do You Have To Be This Way, Baby, I Only Want To Love You And Not Rewrite All Your Scenes From Scratch McFarlane.
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Aug. 31st, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
So, in what is hopefully an appropriate question, is Hiromu Arakawa, the Fullmetal Alchemist artist, the one who did the Japanese cover? It really looks like her work, and I have totally fallen for that version of Allen.
Aug. 31st, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Yes, she is! I went absolutely insane with glee when told she'd done my cover, and I love it dearly. Seeing an Alan on a cover at all, something I did not expect ever, and such an awesome one - big plus.
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Aug. 31st, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Awww! Your icon has one of my favorite lines! And I would be happy to read either of those suggested topics.

Your covers are not far from a potential boy band now. UK is the responsible but brooding leader, US is the sensitive one and Russia is UK's mischievous younger unpredictable brother.
Aug. 31st, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Hee! Since I am writing another short story in my vampire boy band universe now, unfortunately all the boy band pieces fall together rather TOO neatly. I picture UK Nick patting US Nick on the shoulder in a manly way and telling him his tambourine solo was gold, while Russian Nick crafts an explosive drum kit in the corner.
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Aug. 31st, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
I know: I like it. ;)

Chapter plans! They work for me. Well, not in the sense of 'bear much resemblance to the finished book' but when first-drafting, it is awesome to have a chapter plan whenever you think 'Oh God, how do I...? What comes next...?' The chapter plan tells you, until you build up enough steam to totally ignore it.
Aug. 31st, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
so russian... umm.. *ponders when it is going to be arriving in New Zealand*

cause i keep on asking.. although i am enjoying the funny looks from the ladies who run the counter for young adults,

Me: "excuse me, do you have the book the DEMON'S LEXICON *echo's bouncing across the room* it should be in young adults"
them: "are you sure its a young adults sections and not in the batshit crazy section which is out the door and down the street, two streets over?
Me:... *smirks*
them: "no sorry dear we don't have that in yet blar blar"
Me: *sighs*

oh well.. it will arrive eventually... *twirls around*

Aug. 31st, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
I am afraid I am not kept abreast of these things, but I am told it is definitely in Australia, so it should be in New Zealand now! Or soon! I shall keep my fingers crossed you find it. (It should have the UK cover, I am told.)
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Aug. 31st, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
American version: totally voyeuristic. boy does not see you looking at him. boy is looking at someone else entirely, or perhaps he is pursing his lips thoughtfully, considering the very important question of mocha? or latte? Ergo, you must buy the book and make him pay attention.

UK version: semi-voyeuristic. boy is too cool to *normally* check you out so openly, but you're staring at him in a really intriguing way, and he cannot resist you. Ergo, you must buy the book and have your way with him.

Russian version: no voyeurism here! boy is *staring right at you*. He wants you to buy his book. And you want to, too. No-one can resist the glowing eyes.
Aug. 31st, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
I had not considered the ins and outs of the Character's Gaze, go you! I agree Russian Nick does look very engaged: his eyes say 'Hey, you! I am potentially rather evil. Ask me how!'
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Okay, that needed to be an icon... - shmuel - Aug. 31st, 2009 01:41 am (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 31st, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Dealing with the Incredible Spawning Neuroses? (Or maybe that's just me.)
Aug. 31st, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
If I knew how to do that, I would write a self-help book and sell meeeeeeeeeellions. ;)
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Aug. 31st, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Oh that is a very awesome Russian cover! (Although the red eyes are kind of freaky...I am assuming, considering certain things written inside the book, that the red is supposed to be reflection rather than the actual colour!)

Both of your suggestions sound fascinating! (As does the suggestion of Introducing New Characters!) I would also be interested to hear tales of How Easy (Or Not) It Is To Change Voice Between Books And Whether You Sometimes Wish You Could Change In The Middle, as from whom the perspective of a story is written and why the author chose that character is always one of my most interested points! (Although obviously I already know the answer to the latter!)

You have also now put the 'shake shake shake' song in my head. It makes me long for maracas to better shake shake shake myself.
Aug. 31st, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I believe it may be a reflection of the fires of Hades! (Not that the fires of Hades come up at any point in the book, but the light does look rather Hadesy.)

Changing in the middle sounds horrible to me: I have a great love for limited third person, and the universe you get purely through one person's eyes, and being able to turn that on its head: having a point of view almost act like a mystery. One of my books just now has two points of view and that bit of it is really tricky to write!

Changing voices from book one to book two was hard, from book two to three much easier, I think partly because Nick's point of view is necessarily so very different to anyone else's - there was a longer way to come, and the whole view changed. Choosing the character, though, is more fluid for me: Nick was the only one who could've told book one, but I had book two chapter plans from Nick's, Gerald's and Mae's points of view. I am glad my editor picked Mae, though, as I am rather fond of the book. ;)
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Aug. 31st, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
It is lovely to hear about your brother, who is always wonderfully entertaining!

Also, my fav cover is still the eternally awesome Japanese one, but the new Russian one's pretty nifty, too. Really, all of them are supa-fine covers!
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Aug. 31st, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I will write you a makeout scene between ME and LI RONG. No need to thank me - it is my pleasure...
Aug. 31st, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Sarah! Have you ever seen the U.S. covers of The Forbidden Game (L.J. Smith?). Russian Nick totally reminds me of how Julian looked on one of them, though obviously with black hair instead of white. :-P

Or maybe I'm just crazy. But that's what it made me think of.

Wait, I'll do better and link it! http://www.amazon.com/Hunter-Forbidden-Game-Vol/dp/0671874519
Aug. 31st, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Poor US Cover Nick looks as though he is Poutily Sulking, not Darkly Brooding as the UK Cover Nick is, nor Fiendishly Plotting as the Russian Cover Nick is. He also looks as though he might break out in Sparkles of Woe and Despair.
Aug. 31st, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
American Nick is such a fruit. I want to swat at his ankles with my cane, croaking "Get a job, ya little wuss!"
Aug. 31st, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
I love the Russian cover! That's how Nick looks in my mind!

By the way, I *finally* saw your book in the bookshop last weekend, took it home and read it immediately. I love it, especially the big revelation, which certainly took me by surprise. I believe my reaction at the end of the book was 'oh good, there's a sequel'. Definitely not ready to let go yet, and will certainly need to reread it again more slowly now I know what happens...
Aug. 31st, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
I do like the evil gleam in his eye. ;)

I am very pleased you found the book, and even more pleased that you liked it! And that you found the surprise surprising: thank you for telling me.
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Aug. 31st, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Do you have any advice/knowledge on how to get the Russian version while residing in the U.S.? I'd love to get it and give it to my russian speaking family (not quite sure who yet... but that's not important).
Aug. 31st, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
I have... this link (http://shop.top-kniga.ru/books/item/in/417560/) which was sent to me by lovely Nadya. I hope it is even a little bit helpful!
Aug. 31st, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
Russian Nick looks like he'd go around gleefully drowning kittens, or something. It's funny how they look like they'd be three different stories when they're all a dude + ravens. I own the UK version but I kind of want the German one, because I think it's rather epic and it has no ravens.
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