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UK Cover for COLD WELCOME [Jan. 20th, 2017|08:30 am]
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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.


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.)

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: 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)
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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.

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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: 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: 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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