I agree - it's book-selling art. It's very stunning. Congrats!
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)
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.
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.
Nice art (mutters quietly... even if it's not exactly true to story)
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.
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...
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!
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.)
I thought so! Glad you agree.
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!)
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.)
That one will most definitely sell books.
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.