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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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shoebox_rhymes
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
OH my GOODNESS, that is very.... Yes. That will do. Very nice. :)

Out of curiosity, because it never occurred to me to wonder about this before, will they give/sell copies of book jackets to random readers if they ask nicely? Perhaps this is a silly question.
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Er, I don't think so: they come as part of the book. Specially with paperbacks, which this one will be. I'm happy you like it!
(no subject) - shoebox_rhymes - Jan. 27th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC) - Expand
tommyrotter
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Nice! I like the UK covers the best due to the colors, drawings and typography, but I think this is an improvement on the hardback cover, if only because it doesn't have an inexplicable rainbow effect in the background. The only simple thing I wish they'd done would have been to fill in the eyes like the US hardback had, because it's pretty important to the story and also very easy to do.

I don't know how it would have worked with the photograph (which is gorgeous) and its composition, but I always find I kinda prefer books where, if they do choose to use human models, they crop the image so as to hide the eyes/only show the eyes. It gives a more universal feel and allows for more individual interpretations of the character (which I feel is especially important when someone is described as being very attractive since desirable features are so subjective. I'm not sure how anybody else feels, and this certainly isn't a criticism of the new cover! Mostly just my growing thoughts on book covers and what I find appealing.
tommyrotter
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
A couple of examples of what I mean:

Hero by Perry Moore US Paperback

City of Glass by Cassandra Clara US Hardcover

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Cover


I'm sure you're already aware of all of these examples! But they were the first things that came to mind. I dunno!
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wingstodust
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thoughts: when I first saw the cover, the first thing I thought was 'Woah, SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE PREVIOUS COVER'. Granted, I kinda have an extremely low opinion of the 1st US hardback cover (its only redeeming feature was the secret cover) so it isn't hard, but I do like this cover by its own right. While not the best full-figure cover I've ever seen or anything, it's definitely very eye-catching and has the right atmosphere, which I appreciate.

Then, I was like, homg, how awesome is the REST of the covers gonna be? 'cause I started visualizing our Pink-Haired Mae wielding some baddass weapon for Demon's Covenant and was like, guhhhhhhhh wanna see cover nao. Which is another way of me saying that I can't WAIT for the cover release of Demon's Covenant. =D
charlotterhys
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Aiieeee! So much better! I really, really love it. The colors and action fit it so much better

*happy clap!*
brightlotusmoon
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
...he kinda looks like a young Johnny Depp.
BRB, swooning.
tea_egg
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
OI like it much better, although Nick's hair is shorter than i immagined. The UK cover is my favorite though.
jawastew
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I think I liked the original better. :( But this one is rather dark and exciting...
maab_connor
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
i think it's better; i think that the darker, more action-oriented cover is a lot more representational of the book.

also, i think that it better follows the cover rules for YA books that you posted about when the US cover first came out.

Purple monkeys just don't say "pick me up and buy me" the way they should... unless they know sign, i guess.
akasha_lilian
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
He seems a bit too old, but otherwise really dashing, like it a lot! So how many books have you sold so far? Or do they remodel without the other books selling out? Sorry, not very experienced in these things.
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Well, books can have zillions of different printings, with varying amounts of copies per printing, depending on how they do. The paperback comes out in April no matter how many copies I do or don't sell!
jawberry
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
I had no problem with the old cover... however the first words out of my mouth when I say this was OH MY GOD YES! Absolutely perfect! Ku-Dos!
sirael
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Ahhh! Yay! This makes me so happy. I'll be honest, if I hadn't read your stuff online for forever and been looking forward to your book since you told all of us about it, I wouldn't have picked up the old book with its Lip Gloss Boyz cover. This cover, on the other hand, I would have been all over. And am all over, rather. It's dynamic! It has a sense of action and power and darkness in it that was entirely lacking in the first, which seemed to be to emphasize only prettiness and a splash of shiny talismany things. Not to mention that Nick is a DEAD RINGER for my mental image of him after reading the book. I am sold! I look forward to seeing the covers for the sequels!
willowgreen
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
BIG improvement. The original U.S. cover makes Nick look like Tom Welling from "Smallville," which is misleading to say the least.
entropic_om
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
I like it much better than the old one.
Working at B&N we see what sells. This cover is a bit different from most that are in the teen fic section (at least at my store). Honestly, it looks a bit more like a DVD cover. Not a bad thing. Even though it was pretty the old cover really got lost on the shelves. This looks more like a book people are going to pick up because they want to know what it's all about.
Same goes if it were shelved in SciFi - although, there the cover is not as unique looking.
Yay!!
sarahtales
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yay! I am glad to have an expert opinion. ;)
hergrace
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
This is soooooooo much better than the original. Really. It's a great, dark, actiony cover. I can't wait to start doing guerilla marketing for it again. x
heartoffocus
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! I love love the UK cover, ad didn't so much like the US, but it was worth it just to buy your book. this however... I love. Now I'm going to have to save up for it. :P
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