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The Demon's Lexicon

Oh, you guys. Oh, you guys, I am so terrified.

So rejacketing a book is a very scary thing, because a) It means the whole series look has been totally changed! So the two sequels are going to look this way and b) It seems people did not like the old cover - oh please please please let them like this one!

I feel exceedingly lucky to have a lovely publisher, Simon & Schuster, who did not just say 'Oh well, Sarah RB, clearly a bust, next please' but who hired The Illustrious James Porto to make new covers for me.

And I feel even more lucky that when I went peeping to them with suggestions, and to my friends for thoughts, my publishers and friends both listened. (Which publishers in no way have to do. If they wanted a purple spacemonkey on my cover, they could have one no matter what I said! They are just very kind.) Especial thanks go to my friend Saundra Mitchell, whose artistic input was invaluable.

And this new cover is very different and dynamic and dramatic! And I think it has the feel of the book down, and - well, I will leave you to JUDGE FOR YOURSELVES.

In short, I hope you guys like it! *closes eyes and presses post*

The Demon's Lexicon US Paperback CoverCollapse )

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mizkit
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Nick is Johnny Depp! ...which is probably more apt than Tom Welling, which is who the last cover looked like. :) Wow cool!
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
I feel Johnny Depp has an irresistible universal appeal which may indeed very well be demonic!

I mean... I respect the man as a fine thespian or something...
stephanieburgis
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that is AWESOME and so perfect for the book. Yayyyyy!!!!!
moia
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I like the darkness of it, which is very close to the atmosphere of the book itself and that it feels very dynamic and I also like the diagonal composition. :) The model is closer to how I see Nick than the guy on the hardback cover.

It's still not that much my cup of tea only because I generally prefer illustrated covers to covers with photographs of people on them. I prefer to imagine what the characters look like on my own to being given the image so clearly. :) Then again, I am not the primary target audience, since I am neither American, nor a teenager (is YA primarily for teenagers? I like to read it anyway, who cares ;)), so I wonder how much my opinion counts in any case. :D
malsperanza
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
The other one was sort of pouty and emo and looked too much like Ashton Kutscher, who is a flash-in-the-pan. It suggested a hig-school dating-angst book, not magic. This one seems more directed at HP readers, which makes sense. And I like the way Scott's blurb is reflected in a literal swirling storm.
madhatterpan
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh! I do like it more! This is a book I could read in public without discreetly removing the jacket so everyone just sees the secret sword, ignoring how the sword is not so secret being in Nick's hand. It is dramatic! And kickass! It does look like Nick needs to take a nap.

(I also got to have an externship at S&S in early-ish January. And they are wonderful, amazing people! Even if we were around six flights above the children and YA floor. They took me down on a field trip so I could raid the free book shelves.)
ext_222705
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
What a great cover! Action Nick with a sword, what's not to like!?

May I blog about the cover?
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
I would be delighted!
lady_moriel
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
NICK IS A BADASS LONGCOAT. I APPROVE OF THIS.
daiseechain
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
I have a Special Theory Of Swooshy Coats.

I second your approval.
urnesha
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
I definitely like it more than the first. Much more representative of the feel of the book I think. Pouty-Nick had always given me a 'this is a book about romance' feel which was pretty inaccurate. I'm delighted your publishers worked so closely with you to produce something you like! :) Can't wait for Book 2!
rachel_hawkins
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
LOVE!! The bad-assery, it leaps at me! So fabulous!
ubiquitous_a
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Wait, Nick is actually Johnny Depp? Not that I mind this! *leers* But overall, just have to say I think it definitely is a better portrayal of what happens in the story than the other one. The other was pretty, mind you, but this one is more......I dunno, sword-tastic. :)

P.S. Now, I'm seeing that a bunch of others made the same Johnny Depp comment. Well, it was my initial impression, after all!
dreamwaffles
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
It looks awesome. I totally agree that he's got a little crazy around the eyes, but since this is Nick, that's exactly what's needed!

Will this be on the paperback?
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is the paperback cover, and the Covenant cover will be in the same style. ;)

Indeed Nick does not look particularly sane around the eyes!
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conser
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I like it more because this time Nick looks like the crazy warrior he is, instead of staring pensively at the reader, which doesn't tell us much.
ashe_frost
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
On second look, I am taking solace in the fact that the cover model is probably legal. That kind of justifies my ~inappropriate desires~, right?
khek
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
I liked the first one, but this one is good. It has more atmosphere, and the dark colors make it more menacing. (The sword in front of the title is especially nice and eye-catching.)

Good luck!
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
That sword cutting the title was Saundra Mitchell's idea. She is a genius I agree!

And thanks. ;)
daiseechain
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re Judging Books By Covers
I'm certain I'd still enjoy it whatever was on the cover. Yes, this is dynamic, but I have to say I'm not certain it would make me buy this any more than the other covers did. What would encourage me to buy it is the blurb.

That said, I'm not the target market who I suspect will take one look at the cute guy and say 'Yum!'. Not that I didn't. But I am older and wiser and buy books totally because of their innards not their outards. And not because they feature a cute guy half my age on the cover... uh. *stares* Sorry. What was the question again?

In agreement that it looks like a movie poster which I'm sure is not lost on your marketing people.
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