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UK Cover for COLD WELCOME [Jan. 20th, 2017|08:30 am]
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COLD-WELCOME-UK-500w
Coming in April

Orbit UK came up with a terrific cover that conveys the overall feel of the book...it's not a walk in the park or a stroll down memory lane when Ky Vatta visits her home planet after seven years away.   And though she's Grand Admiral of her own fleet, the universe has ways to make the powerful feel small.

(I must admit, the release of this cover image on this day seems singularly appropriate.  But that's not what this post is about.)

The US cover, from Del Rey, is also a terrific cover that focuses more on Ky Vatta herself than the exact situation she's in, and for those who missed it earlier, here it is again.

COLD-WELCOME-US500w


And these covers are why nobody was interested in MY sketch for the cover art (and why should they be?  I'm a writer not a professional artist.)   BUT It gave me a great excuse to open a box of crayons and play for awhile.   Wheee!  That weird thing in the lower left corner is supposed to be  coil of the kind of rope that floats and is bright yellow.  That was supposed to be snow blowing off the top of those red cliffs.  (I am much better with horses, wildflowers, and even crawdads than I am with dramatic scenes.  Still, fun to make pictures sometimes instead of stories, even if the pictures are far from pro standards.

Cold Welcome ENM sketch2

The point of cover art is to suggest that the book is worth picking up (and won't embarrass you if you're seen reading it....that, too.)   This next phase in the Vatta saga is about dealing with a dangerous reality that arrives suddenly and threatens more than mere survival.  About new challenges and the need to keep learning and adapting.  About leadership and treachery and blind spots and mistakes good people make.  But mostly it's about Ky Vatta, and the Vatta family.  (Just as a teaser, the book *after* this is almost-nearly ready to send to Editor.  It's called INTO THE FIRE.)
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From: Scott Zrubek
2017-01-20 02:56 pm (UTC)

Cover options

I may have to buy both versions. I really like the UK cover.

I like the typographical interest they added to your name, too.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-20 04:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Cover options

So did I, Scott. It's an interesting pair to see together, for sure--one psychological and one "scenic." I think both wrap around w/more images behind whatever they put on the back. And I wish I had the artist names--today's not a day to ask that question but when I get it I'll edit this post and add their names.
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-01-20 03:17 pm (UTC)

Cold Welcome

I like the UK version. And your crayon drawing is also interesting.

Jonathan up in NH
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-20 03:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Cold Welcome

Thank you for the tactful "interesting" as a response to my sketch! I also like the UK version today in particular.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2017-01-20 03:55 pm (UTC)
I REALLY need to re-read the previous in the series! The problem will be in finding them in our "library"....
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-20 04:59 pm (UTC)
Actually this book isn't that connected to the earlier ones. All the characters that repeat are a few years older, and I think/hope that their intros are brief enough not to be infodump and informative enough to prevent confusion. Most of the characters but the main ones are new. Though if you find the books and WANT to wade through them again, it certainly wouldn't hurt my feelings.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2017-01-20 05:32 pm (UTC)
In addition to refreshing my background to the characters, a re-read would also refresh my memory of your universe, and that's important to me. And I do enjoy re-reading series. I recently re-watched a TV show that I'd seen only a year ago and I was amazed at not only the details that I'd forgotten but at the new connections that I made. While I broadly remembered the show, I'd forgotten a lot of the nuanced bits.

Plus, our local book store closed, so I won't have an opportunity to buy the new one until next week anyway. :-) Not that the bums would have had it. My wife's birthday is in mid-October. One year a new Vorkosigan was coming out on her birthday, and she was ecstatic. We went to the store, and not only did they not have it, they argued that it was not out yet. When we conclusively proved that it was, indeed, out, they said they weren't getting it for at least another month. As I recall she bought the audio book when we got home and we bought the print edition the next time we were in Las Cruces (I don't listen to audio books).
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-20 05:38 pm (UTC)
This one isn't out yet--it comes out in April. You can pre-order it, of course, online, but it's still making its way through the process and hasn't shipped.
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From: 6_penny
2017-01-21 06:13 pm (UTC)
No wonder the store closed. A shame that they were not more book friendly.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2017-01-21 06:44 pm (UTC)
Hastings was a weird chain. They had two aisles of Christian stuff and six or so shelves of computer books and most of that was Dummy books. Their SF/F was intermixed so you had no way of seeing what was new releases if you didn't know in advance. I gave up on buying books from them a long time ago, I'd wait until we were at a B&N (most of my Amazon buying is not books). Their magazine stock was decent, their video side was good and they had good sales on new and used. Music was hit or miss because of my music tastes. Cafe was decent and the restrooms were clean.

But their failure boiled down to the guy on top. A friend of mine worked at their corporate office, she said he was a complete idiot. He ended up selling the entire chain for a ridiculously low amount of money, which spawned a huge shareholder suit for devaluing their stock.

I did get some good deals on games when they folded, got good discounts on the Ghostbusters cooperative board game and King of Tokyo. Fortunately I got there early: didn't get the deepest discounts, but I got the best selection.
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[User Picture]From: draconin
2017-01-22 07:47 am (UTC)
They're both amazing covers. I think I lean more towards the UK one because there's so much more detail in it but I suspect the US one might be more meaningful once I've read the book. I'm looking forward to the release; I recently listened to the whole earlier series on audiobook so it's good timing. Mind you, I'm not sure how long it will be before the audiobook version of this one comes out...
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[User Picture]From: draconin
2017-01-22 07:48 am (UTC)
Oops. That was meant to be a standalone comment, not a reply. :-(
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2017-01-20 07:26 pm (UTC)
I love them both! It will be fun to read more Ky stories, I like hanging out with her.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-20 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2017-01-20 07:55 pm (UTC)
The actual covers are really gorgeous. But I really like your sketch as well, seeing over the characters' shoulders at what they're looking at, and the gesture as they interact. It's very intriguing.

P.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-20 08:16 pm (UTC)
The concept for me of that seascape/landscape came from a flight along the Australian coast...miles and miles of red rock cliffs, deep blue ocean below with lines of waves...from 30,000 feet, the waves looked big. A fellow passenger told me they really were big (esp. to a landlubber like me!) I just made it a *frozen* coast and then changed the topography inland, the way one does when writing. It was fun to do. I hadn't touched those crayons in several years.
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[User Picture]From: tuftears
2017-01-20 08:26 pm (UTC)
Am I wrong for thinking the crayon drawing has one of the characters thumping the other on the head for getting them into this situation? :)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-20 08:40 pm (UTC)
Uh--that's not what's SUPPOSED to be happening. The left most is pointing over the head of the other to where the rocks are getting lower; the one sort of leaning over is doing something for the one lying down (those are feet sticking up in the lower right corner, soles facing you.) I forget what scenes I mashed together for this and exactly what was happening.

The next book is in a completely different place, though on the same planet.

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[User Picture]From: tuftears
2017-01-20 08:43 pm (UTC)
I saw that too (one character pointing, the other character looking) but I thought the idea of one character hassling the other would be funny as well. :)

Definitely looking forward to it, either way!
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[User Picture]From: green_knight
2017-01-20 08:01 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, the UK/US divide in covers. (Juliet McKenna has a whole folder of these - UK editions, usually epic, US edition, most of the time a single person and very often zoomed in a lot.)

Looking forward to this one. We need books about how to be good people in times of stress and danger.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-20 08:22 pm (UTC)
I think fashions change--I remember epic-looking US covers being in vogue at one time, then going to the single-figure, while some people got "iconic" covers with an emblem or a sword or something. Some of my covers in the UK were close up of characters in action (the Paladin's Legacy covers, for instance, which also went for a very restricted palette. Gorgeous in their way.) But often the covers were deliberately *different* between the two editions. Someone cracked first, and the other saw their cover, and then reacted to it--or that was my interpretation.

Some readers like a scene, some like faces, some like weapons...I suspect publishers look at what sold best and try for something similiar.
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[User Picture]From: green_knight
2017-01-20 08:37 pm (UTC)
The 'who blinks first' theory might have some merit.

I suspect publishers look at what sold best and try for something similiar

Take it far enough and you get the million Urban Fantasy covers that looked completely identical, and then the pendulum swings again...
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-20 09:35 pm (UTC)
I object to only a few things--one of which hits women writers of genres/subgenres that people think of a male-writer-territory. That's making the cover look "feminine" because wow, a female writer. I don't know if it's the Art Director, or Marketing, or what, but I know that Kings of the North in the US had a romance-male figure on the cover that a lot of my male readers complained about, and the original version of Dorrin on Crown of Renewal was a vamp in a low-cut scarlet dress with long flowing locks and holding, basically, an ankh. Had no luck getting a beard on Kieri, but threw a fit and got them to change Dorrin's clothes...what part of almost 50 year old mercenary commander and duke did they not comprehend??? There is no point in any of the books from Paks I on up where Dorrin wears a skirt, let alone a low-cut red gown with her frontage about to hang out. It would have turned off ALL my readers for the Paksworld books, men and women alike.

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[User Picture]From: green_knight
2017-01-20 09:51 pm (UTC)
<whistles> There's a bimbo on the cover of my book, there's a bimbo on the cover of my book...

Dorrin. Low-cut scarlet dress. Just no.

It's not a compliment to the female writer: it's a sign of the girl-cooties that must lurk within, fit to be read only by women - and that infuriates me.

And not only does this sort of thing turn off people who would have liked the book within, it annoys the people who would have liked the book they were promised and got a very different one, so no-one is happy. Bah. Wishing that your future covers are in the vein of these.
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[User Picture]From: seekerval
2017-01-21 02:00 pm (UTC)
Not that you need my input, but I am compelled to write:

What COOL and BEAUTIFUL covers! Especially the UK version IMHO.

Looking forward to refreshing my acquaintance with the Vatta family and their universe in the coming months, before I dig into COLD WELCOME.

BTW, thanks for continuing to write such entertaining books.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-23 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Very glad you enjoy them.
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[User Picture]From: Susan H Beaty
2017-01-21 07:06 pm (UTC)
I really like the UK cover better since the Vatta books are action-oriented. They are both beautiful though. They've also done some interesting things with the typeface on the UK cover. Does they way the 2nd O in Moon is made have any significance?

Looking forward to reading a new Vatta book.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-22 01:07 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoy them. They did play with the O but they didn't tell me why. Is it an alchemical symbol? An astrological symbol? Someone will know. I find it intriguing, but I've been too busy working on the next book and various other things to dig into it or even ask my UK editor "What's that about?"
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2017-01-25 10:46 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous covers! Also, a timely reminder to confirm that this book is, indeed, on the upcoming-list.
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-01-26 04:11 pm (UTC)

UK book cover

No pun intended, but I think the UK cover is really cool looking. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the US printing when it comes out.

Ed Bunyan
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-02-07 04:44 am (UTC)

Re: UK book cover

April. First week of. Anyone who wants to bug their local bookstore to know when it comes in, feel free. I know some of you have pre-ordered it on Amazon.com, and thank you, too.
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