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Cover Art for UK edition of Deed [Aug. 12th, 2009|02:07 pm]
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My editor at Orbit UK has let me post the cover of their edition of The Deed of Paksenarrion on the Paksworld blog.

I'll give y'all the same reminder I gave the blog denizens: the purpose of the cover art is to attract the right readers for that book--people who will enjoy it.   Accuracy is not the point:  selling books is the point.   This is a very striking cover, eye-catching and evocative.  Does the figure in the foreground look like Paks?  Not really.  So what?   Is the armor exactly right?  Not really.  So what?   It's right in the book, where it counts.  This is cover art.  

Like all readers (and writers) I like some cover art a lot better than other cover art, in the sense of what I might want to look at on my wall,  but that's a separate axis from "Will this cover sell books?"    My taste in art isn't the point.  Remember the point?   "Selling books..."  Yes, very good, you understand.

This one should sell books.



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[User Picture]From: jdawson001
2009-08-12 08:01 pm (UTC)
I agree - it's book-selling art. It's very stunning. Congrats!
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From: kalinmoor
2009-08-12 08:15 pm (UTC)
It's very dramatic, I'll give it that. Looks a bit rendered, especially her face. But as you said, in the end, the goal is to move product, and the cover is noticeable without being in your face. Which is good. And should sell.

Personally I strongly prefer the Keith Parkinson (RIP) cover, but then, I love Keith's work. (His son Nick is also a really nice guy)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-12 09:02 pm (UTC)
I absolutely *love* the Keith Parkinson cover. It's certainly my favorite of my fantasy covers so far (given that the Oath of Fealty cover isn't out yet--that's a gorgeous thing too--more color than this and I'm a color enthusiast.)

But I've noticed before that British cover styles aren't the same as ours, and my editor knows that market far better than I do.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-13 03:57 am (UTC)
The nits being picked in the blog group were about the obvious. The inherently impractical, in terms of actual armor in an actual battle. (Boy, can I be circumspect when I want to...) I can sympathize with the nit-pickers, since I can be nit-picky too (you should hear me on artists who get horse anatomy wrong, esp. the ears, which should not look like wolves' ears, and the tack, which they could research SO easily with a couple of catalogs. Or just go to a stable and sketch for an hour, she mutters. But anyway...)

But I think it's a very, very attractive cover that ought to sell books, and I'm keeping any nitpickin' comments on it to myself, since they're irrelevant to the function of the cover.
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[User Picture]From: wordslinger
2009-08-12 10:08 pm (UTC)
Nice art (mutters quietly... even if it's not exactly true to story)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-13 03:59 am (UTC)
Thank you for muttering quietly.

I think for true-to-story we'd have to find dedicated costumers who wanted to do the costuming...and I'm not sure I gave enough description for that to be possible.
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[User Picture]From: dirtwitch
2009-08-12 10:33 pm (UTC)
It is striking.. I'd buy that. I'd at least pick the book up to have a look thru, and then, I'd certainly buy it...
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[User Picture]From: msminlr
2009-08-12 10:43 pm (UTC)
There's a box that's been buried in my storage cube for about 5 years now that has most of your older books, including a set of the 3 paperbacks in the OLD edition of Paksennarion. The first volume is in much worse condition than the other two, because I bought it at a Used Books table at an SF convention to see what your writing looked like when you weren't collaborating with Anne McCaffrey [Sassinak]. Then after I got the other two new from Glen Cook I couldn't find a fresh copy of the first book!

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-13 03:49 am (UTC)
I did mention that Baen is having the original mass-markets re-packaged, didn't I? With Todd Lockwood covers (woot!) He's just starting on them. They should be gorgeous, too.

(I'm telling you, this is my year for Cover Foo, apparently.)

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-13 03:49 am (UTC)
Yes, I agree.
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[User Picture]From: kristine_smith
2009-08-13 04:07 am (UTC)
It's beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-13 02:28 pm (UTC)
I thought so! Glad you agree.
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From: 6_penny
2009-08-13 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yes I did pick a nit, but aesthetically the cover is very nice and does the job.
(OT: I have just preordered oath. My small contribution to your presales. Now counting the many days until it is out!)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-13 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you!

I think it's good for editors to know what readers like, but also to know that their writers understand the practicalities. (She reads that blogs, BTW. And for all I know, this one, too.)
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[User Picture]From: liz_gregory
2009-08-14 02:03 am (UTC)
That one will most definitely sell books.
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From: sf_lover
2009-08-17 11:24 am (UTC)

Orbit's UK cover

I like it. I'd buy it if I didn't already own the original trilogy, the trade paperback, and an ebook version. I've found Orbits covers fairly eye catching in the past.
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