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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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Jan. 26th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
While an overall improvement (though I didn't mind the old cover, either), the pose seems...awkward, and the face...it looks like he's sucking his cheeks in. It seems I am alone in this thought, or at least no one else has voiced it. Everything else looks great, though.
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Though I very much liked the brooding pretty boy on the old cover, I think this one does represent the essence of Action!Nick.
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Dear ghods, infinitely better!

I trashed my US cover, printed out Arakawa's Japanese cover (much love!), and rewrapped my hardcover.
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I especially love the Scott Westerfeld quote at the top, for the words even more than for the fact that Scott Westerfeld said it. I also love the dramatic swirly coat.
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I've already bought and read the book (brilliant), but as a dude speaking as a dude, I'd be more apt to buy it with this cover then the other. Just my opinion, but in either case, I still love the words inside.
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
I definitely prefer the UK cover to both this and the previous US cover, but this is a big improvement. It does remind me a bit of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And of course your Japanese cover is just awesome!
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
So Much Better!!!!

Nick looked like he was going to pout his enemies into submission before, now I fear his sword skills.

Question: Why does it say "Author of The Demon's Covenant?" Don't covers usually point out the author of a preceding novel/prequel?
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
I think just as a point that it's a series. Glad you like!
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
The pose looks a bit awkward to me, and the Japanese and UK covers remain my favorites because (let us be both accurate and honest) they are AWESOME. However! I approve of swords on covers as a matter of principle.
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Mmm, I echoes the cries of "A young Johnny Depp! Lovely!"

Honestly, I loved the other two covers, but this is fantastic, too. And if the other books are going to be styled in this fashion... I fear I'll have to buy this version, too.

Three Nick's on my bookshelf! All staring at each other with animosity and distrust and not a small degree of violence! *glee*
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)

I have to admit I was okay with the previous US cover (which for some reason I got when I bought it from Waterstones?), but wasn't a huge fan of the UK cover. Love this one! But goddammit, now I already have a copy. Hope Covenent comes out with one in this vein!
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Also you might get more boy readers with this one? I'm not a boy so not sure what appeals, but the previous two covers sort of said "directed at girls" to me.
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Without knowing anything about the contents, I'd buy that book in a hot minute. For me, for my cousins both male and female and for passersby in the aisles of my local bookstore. Well done.
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)

THAT IS SO AWESOME! And waaaay better than the old one... It properly showcases Nick's badassness, and I can see how that would appeal to boys a lot more than the previous cover. I'm so glad they didn't change the title. I totally want a US copy now. SO MUCH. It's gorgeous.
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Good point. The first cover was much more inclined for girl buyers.....this one has the more bad-ass qualities that may appeal to guys.
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
To give you my honest opinion (and this may not be a popular opinion, so you need not worry?), I don't really like the model in this cover either. I find that using real people to portray book characters in covers sometimes works, but most of the time it takes the mystery out of the book. It is better than the other cover, but to me it's still not as appealing as, for example, your UK cover.
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
I have nothing more coherent to say than SHIIIIIIIIINY! ^_^
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I never really liked the American version; I like this one much better. However I do feel like the typography is a bit out of place; the gradient is very 90s, especially when juxtaposed with a texture-rich background like this one. Also, I feel like the font is a bit ambivalent about its intention (which is not always a bad thing! except in this case I think it is). Honestly, I'd go with a light blackletter or heavy humanist sans in a solid color, and maybe reposition the 'the' to make the title look less like random text and more like a title. Also, drop shadows for text superimposed on images should be prohibited by law.
Obviously though I am no kind of professional, I am just a person who has too many opinions, and who judges too many books by their covers. Since I was always going to read your books regardless of the cover, I probably should not be listened to.
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