Friday, 3 June 2016

New covers

Good evening!

I'll start with a piece of startling news: I haven't had coffee or tea for over a week, and I'm fine. Caffeine withdrawal, apparently, does not have the hold on me that it did while I was at uni.

Anyway, moving swiftly on to the real news of the week: If you follow me on social media, you'll know by now that Bloomsbury has unveiled a fresh new look for the whole of the Bone Season series. They've already been revealed elsewhere, but I thought I'd also post them here at A Book from the Beginning in higher resolution, so you can see them in all their glory. Without further ado, here's what the Bone Season books will look like from here on out . . .  All credit, as always, goes to the wonderful David Mann at Bloomsbury. 

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Aren't they gorgeous? I'm delighted with them – they're clean, symbolic, and powerful in their simplicity. The aesthetic is actually quite similar to the one Scion uses, with white backgrounds and hints of red and black. The first two covers, as you can see, are roughly based on the original designs: the red flower for The Bone Season, and the moth and the flower for The Mime Order. They also evoke the colours of their previous incarnations. I especially love the exploding glass effect of The Bone Season.

The spines are blue for The Bone Season, red for The Mime Order, and orange for The Song Rising

A Book from the Beginning has always been meant to explore the different phases of the publishing process, and different looks are a reality of publishing: sometimes, the design changes, sometimes midway through a series. Rest assured that publishers always do it with the best interests of the book and the author in mind. I will miss the originals, which have a special place in my heart – after all, they were my very first book covers! – but I like these new ones just as much. I've always had one hard rule when it comes to the covers for my books (in English, at least), and that's ‘no models’ – I prefer the reader to be able to imagine for themselves what the characters look like – and Bloomsbury has always respected this. The hardback spine of The Song Rising has also been designed so it goes well with those of the originals. 

We all like a tidy bookshelf.

The Song Rising's cover, of course, has been a long time coming for all of us. I can't tell you how it feels to finally have a cover for it – it's like seeing the finish line in a year-long marathon. When Bloomsbury showed me the cover for the first time, I couldn't quite believe how right they'd got it, despite how different it looked from the previous two designs. The book follows Paige's reign as Underqueen, so the crown is rightfully the centrepiece, and I love that it resembles the symbol for the queen in a chess game (♕♛). The fire burns around the crown like an aura, powerful and glowing, yet simultaneously threatens to consume it; only a thin circle keeps it at bay, and even then, the flames creep in. This could easily represent Paige's state of mind in the book, as she is forced to prove, while she strives to unite clairvoyants and deal Scion a serious blow, that she is worthy of her crown. 

Thank you so much for all the positive feedback so far. Mid-series cover changes can be nerve-racking for authors, as they're beyond our control, and I know they can be just as nerve-racking for existing readers of a series. I was in a cold sweat for days before the reveal, but I'm so glad, and relieved, that so many people are on board with the new look. It's really grown on me for the few weeks I've known about it. While understated covers are hard to capture fully on a screen, in my experience they tend to look incredibly effective on a finished book, once they've had all the little finishes added. I'm more excited than ever to see a finished hardback of The Song Rising and actually hold the book I've been working on for so long. 


The final wait begins . . .

With nine months to go until the book is released, I'm going to start dropping more hints about The Song Rising. In my last blog post, I gave you the first quote, and some time this month, I'll be revealing the name of Part 1. I'm also planning to drop a new song onto the Song Rising soundtrack on my brand-new Spotify every so often in the lead-up to publication. While they're not exactly teasers for the book, you should get a good idea of its atmosphere and the sort of thing I was listening to as I wrote and edited it. My author playlists for The Bone Season and The Mime Order, as well as all the music mentioned in the book (e.g. the songs on Warden's gramophone and Jaxon's record player), are also on my Spotify. 

I'm going to hurry back to Book 4 now – I just finished Chapter 1 – but I hope you love the covers as much as I do. 

6 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for The Song Rising! The covers are simple and beautiful!! Also, I'm so glad to hear of your caffeine free week, I've tried but failed several times.

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  2. I must say I liked the original covers best... I'm actually a bit disappointed, to be honest, because the originals were so in accordance with the aura of darkness and mystery surrounding the plot. They were so appealing and portrayed the story so well... Of course everyone is different and a cover will not change my love for the series. I wish the covers for The Song Rising and the next books were in the same line as of the previous ones, though.

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  3. I actually quite like the new designs with the symbols! And I love that the spine still matches the old ones. Can't wait to read The Song Rising!

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  4. I liked the original covers as well...this new design makes me want to get the books so they will be able to match with each other. Why do they have to change covers by the third book? ugh....

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  5. I liked the original covers as well they were just so dark and beautiful. Regardless I will still buy the 3rd book but it just makes me sad to see a cover change in the middle of a series.

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  6. Just finished Bone Season (old cover) and realised for the first time that the symbol inside the red flower is actually that of Scion! Hope they stick with the new covers this time - I like the books within a series to match on my bookshelf! ��

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