I may have to buy both versions. I really like the UK cover.
I like the typographical interest they added to your name, too.
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.
2017-01-20 03:17 pm (UTC)
I like the UK version. And your crayon drawing is also interesting.
Jonathan up in NH
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.
I REALLY need to re-read the previous in the series! The problem will be in finding them in our "library"....
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.
I love them both! It will be fun to read more Ky stories, I like hanging out with her.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you! Very glad you enjoy them.
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.
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?"
Gorgeous covers! Also, a timely reminder to confirm that this book is, indeed, on the upcoming-list.
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.
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.