Friday, 28 March 2014

Flower and moth

You may be wondering why the blog has blushed, and here's your answer: the cover for The Mime Order has been revealed! This is the UK version, but the US is almost identical, save for the missing "2" and the subtitle "A Novel" below the white moth. I hope you guys like it. Do share your thoughts, and any theories on the symbology of the cover, in the comments section. The cover was designed by the wonderful David Mann at Bloomsbury. Click here to read a short interview I did with him last year. 

I've just finished the second round of edits on the book, which has taken it up to a whopping 137K words – just a little shorter than the finished manuscript of The Bone Season, with more still to be added. While my editors have the manuscript I'll be working on a few overdue blog posts, including the first Bone Season Crash Course entry on dreamscapes and dreamwalking to get you back into the swing of Scion. Watch this space.

Samantha    

34 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read this!!!! When will it be out in Australia?

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    1. Should be the same date as the UK and USA, 21 October.

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  2. OOoooOOoOo I really like it! And I like the blushing red on the blog too! Excited the Mime Order, its definitely a curious title and hopefully we'll get some explanation?

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  3. Amazing cover! Covers that center around symbolism are my favourite. It makes the cover another type of teaser because you try to figure out what the symbols could mean. I also love how it fits the first book in the series.

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  4. I made a widget for The Mime Order. You can see it here.

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    1. Thanks so much! I've added it to the blog.

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  5. This is beautiful, I can't wait for its release. I think the cover signifies how the people in the book try to find their clairvoyance just like the moths get attracted and try to find light :)
    Ritika, New Delhi, India

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  6. I love to cover! It's so beautiful :) Can't wait to read The Mime Order.

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  7. Oh, my... This cover is gorgeous!!!:)
    Can't wait to hold it in my arms.
    Congrats!

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  8. Love the cover, amazing :) Can not wait to read the book :)

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  9. It looks amazing, Samantha!! I can't wait to get my hands on it and continue Paige's story (:

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  10. The cover looks amazing! Wow :) Really excited

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  11. It looks great! I love it, but I think I will like it even more when I have the book inside. :) I think the flower is in reference either to the flower on Warden's box or the one in the jar Nashira kept (are they the same kind of flower?) and the moths are Paige and Warden. They're on different petals because they're going to be doing different things, separated from each other, but they are contributing towards the same goal (the downfall of Scion, I would think). They're moths because they know of the metaphorical fire that any union between a reph and a human would cause, but they're drawn to each other anyway. Anyway, that's my theory.

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  12. Hello Samantha,

    I'm about 1/2 way through The Bone Season and so far it's one of the best books I've read. You are totally awesome and I can't wait to read more. Nevermind what they say about being the next JK Rowling, she is good but you are outstanding. I am in the process of forcing everyone I know to read your book. Anywho, I just felt like you should know. Keep up the good work :D - Anastasia P. Portland, OR, US

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  13. Hi Samantha,

    The design for TMO is brilliant. Good of Petra to do a countdown widget, too. I guess you didn't expect to have to do so many edits. But it will all be worth it. Can't wait for the book to come. Seems a long way off.

    I am setting up a blog site on Blogger and I would be grateful if you would tell me where you got the Mail, Blogger, Twitter, FaceBook and G+1 icons from that you use at the foot of your posts.

    Unfortunately, Leina Leatutufu never did get back to me about doing the banner for my blog site. I think she is too busy with all your work. Nevertheless, thanks for putting me on to her via her Twitter account.

    Thanks & best wishes,

    Pete.

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    1. I usually do several rounds of edits, so it was expected. My first drafts are quite rough.

      I'm afraid I have no idea how to do the icons! They're part of the blog layout. And I'm sure Leiana wouldn't mind you sending her a reminder.

      Samantha

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  14. Hi Samantha,

    You did actually help with regard my inquiry for my blog site. I done a 'Test' post and, lo and behold, the icons were automatically inserted. I feel such an idiot for not having done the test in the first place. I have spent days on trying to find out how to insert them! All I have to do now is find out how to have them published in grey-scale, like yours, because they come out dark on mine. Yuk!

    Thanks for the education about how you do a rough version of your draft manuscript and then work with your publisher/editors to get to the final manuscript. I guess that is the beauty of having your foot in the door. I am agonising over my manuscript, because I know it has to be near-top-drawer as I can make it in order to have any hope of beating the slush pile. I can see TMO being somewhere between 480-500, pages in total . . . and every page a great read. Can't wait!

    I won't try to chase down Leiana any more. I really don't want to feel like I am being bothersome. It's a pity really, because I know she would like to do the illustrations I wish to have done. But I can't keep pressing her. She is an incredible illustrator and I am sure a good friend, too.

    BTW: I have entitled my blog site 'Starting From Scratch', which, like your own, will be about my writing journey. Lots to do.

    Keep up the good work. Can't wait for more info on how you are progressing with everything. Seen some of your Tweets. You are a very industrious person and a credit to all.

    My thanks & best wishes,

    Pete.

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  15. I'm eighteen and picked up your book after being so inspired by your personal story. I'm studying English at the University of Liverpool and would love, one day, to see something I've wrote in print.

    Despite never reading a fantasy novel before I read The Bone Season in about three sittings on holiday. Whenever I see it sitting on my bookshelf it evokes a memory of lying by the pool with the screams of children intersecting some beautiful moments between Paige and the Warden- so I'm gutted that this will be coming out in October!! Reading The Mime Order beside the Halloween decorations won't be the same.

    Seriously though, you opened my mind with the first book and the way you interact with fans on your blog is truly touching. Thank you for creating something that has truly made people happy.

    Sam

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    1. Hi Sam,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Actually, October might be a great time to read the book, as its events take place around that time of the year in 2059. Good luck with your writing.

      Samantha

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  16. This book is really awesome...really loved it...

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  17. I believe that the flower is a reference to the flower on Warden's snuff box and in Nashira's bell jar, the red flower clearly has an important connection to the Rephaim which we'll doubtless learn more about. I also think it's significant that the bell jar flower was dead until after Paige and Warden's "moment" under the stage. Gomesia also compares humans to moths and Rephs to butterflies in TBS so I'm sure that's related. It also reminds me of how Warden picks a butterfly for Paige to try her first dreamscape possession with; I'm sure there's a lot to this whole moth/butterfly comparison.

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  18. Hi, Samantha, I'd like to write you some letters. If you could read this I'd enjoy it happily. I must say that I'm not english, I'm from Barcelona, and looking for information about your book, I've found a web page, which says that 'The bone season' is not being in our bookshops until may 2014. I've seen a lot of writtings of your fans, and I'm seeing that your book seems so amazing! I'm 14 years old, and I LOVE writing stories, almost fantasy stories, that have a connetion with the reality. My record of pages is 200 pages, and 86.000 words. I'd like to by like you in the future, because the Wikipedia says that you published a book when you were only 15. I hope your books on my hands early, I promisse you that (if you want) I can write you soon, when I'll have finished 'the bone season', and say you how have I enjoyed it. The next book seems terrific too, and I also hope read it soon

    my english is not very developed yet, sorry, I hope you've understood everything.
    write me soon,
    love,
    Adrià.

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    1. Hi, Adrià!

      I hope you enjoy the book when it comes out in Spanish. Hopefully I can come to Barcelona to promote it at some point.

      I didn't actually publish a book when I was 15 – I started writing one, but it never got published (it wasn't very good). I wrote 'The Bone Season' / 'La Era de Huesos' when I was 19 and it was published by Bloomsbury when I was 21. Your writing record's great! I don't think I'd written anywhere near 86,000 words by the time I was 14.

      Samantha

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  19. Sorry, I've forgotten a little thing, not very important. I'm Adrià again, and I must say you that I'd like to assist to books' presentation, but I can't... you know, I live far away! well, thanks for reading, I hope you wiriting me soon!

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  20. scuse me, but, when you say that Oxford was a prision, you mean that, really, you feel like a prisioner when you're near it?

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    1. In 'The Bone Season' it literally is a prison.

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  21. I just finished the first book and it's just amazing. It's one of the best books I've ever read and I can't wait to read the second book.

    The cover is very beautiful and I hope the German cover will be the same!

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  22. Is there a meaning to the symbol in the flower on the cover of the first book? If so, will we find out about it later in the series?

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