It’s a book it’s a book it’s a book it’s a book wheeeee! I’ve been waiting to share this one with you all for so long now.
The trouble with podcasting with Galactic Suburbia once a fortnight is that I tend to wipe my brain clear after every episode, which might explain (somewhat) why I totally failed to congratulate Olof Erla Einarsdottir here on the blog for winning the David Gemmell Ravenheart Award for the cover of Power and Majesty. Hooray! It’s very exciting to have a book only available in Australia and New Zealand take out an international fan-voted award, and lovely that so many people agree with me that it’s a rather gorgeous cover.
I only met David Gemmell once, at PhanCon where it was announced that my first novel Splashdance Silver had won the George Turner Prize. He was a marvellous, funny and warm public speaker, and had the privilege of sitting close enough at dinner to hear he and Terry Pratchett arguing amiably with each other over whether there was any reason to divide a book into chapters, and whether chocolate or fruit based desserts were preferable.
I’ve been really pleased with Olof Erla’s work on all three covers for The Creature Court trilogy – can’t wait to share the third with you all. Anyone want to guess who is featured on the cover of ‘Reign of Beasts’ and what colour frock they might be wearing?
UPDATE: Voyager have posted some pics of Olof Erla at the ceremony! Wheee!
DOUBLE UPDATE: Sean the Blogonaut pointed me to Olof Erla’s website.
Look what I just found on the internet! (the link is to the ebook of The Shattered City which will apparently be released on April 1.)
EDIT: And for those who asked, the paper version will also be out in April! Not sure of a date, but any time that month is a good time to be haranguing your bookstores.
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
For once I’m just putting up one answer! Though as usual, struggling not to put up one of my own!
Am editing like a maniac, but a successful and productive maniac thanks to shipping one of my children off to play in a creek with her Glammer for the weekend.
When I’m not powering through my chapters, I have been reading:
Annalee Newitz over at io9 on how working women could change the future – a great piece of political & science fictional theory.
Jeff VanderMeer on anthologies from a reader’s POV
JJ of Uncreated Conscience talks about the re-jacketing of Cindy Pon’s historical Asian fantasy – which in paperback now looks like just another teen supernatural thriller without obvious cultural markers. JJ has written a balanced piece which looks at why such a compromise may be the best thing for the author, despite it being so very objectionable from an ethical standpoint.
Ari from Reading in Colour picks up on the same story, with alarm at how much power the few people who buy books for Barnes & Noble and Borders have over the entire publishing industry, and why this is bad news for diversity in fiction.
An in-depth discussion over at Shakesville looks at the bullying and harassment experienced by redheads, especially in British and Australian culture – the discussion is particularly readable for the way that the many (mostly American) participants who were previously unaware of this issue are so open to being educated about it, and it also looks at the way redheads are treated as exotic or comical figures in pop culture. A lot of anecdotal experience here which is quite powerful to read – though could be triggering to those who have experienced bullying or harassment.
Vonda MacIntyre on writing one of the first Star Trek tie in novels.
Oh, and it’s Big Finish Day! Until the end of Saturday, British time, the first 50 Doctor Who Big Finish audio plays are available for only 5 pounds each (including postage about AUS $11). If you’ve been meaning to check some of these out, now is the time! I can particularly recommend Storm Warning (the first 8th Doctor and Charley Pollard adventure) and Eye of the Scorpion (Peri and the 5th Doctor hook up with new companion the near-Pharoah Erimem).
I wasn’t even going to check my post office box today, because what could be in there? Nothing exciting, that’s for sure.
Or, you know, this little old thing:
My very own, hot off the presses, genuine BOOK. Isn’t she pretty?
Ripping Ozzie Reads, the ROR writing blog, has moved to WordPress. I’m pretty happy about this, as WordPress is way more fun to play with than Blogger 😀 If you use an RSS feed, please update it!
I posted over there today with some thoughts about my shiny new cover art for Power and Majesty. Which is as good a time as any to show you the cover again… and again… and again…
April has been a mixed month for me, writingwise. The Easter holidays and a whole lot of personal stuff smashed into me, to the point where I stopped, reassessed, and changed my plan. Instead of getting stressed of my week of no writing, I counted out how many weekdays I had left of April, and bumped up my daily goal to 1200 words. Sorted!
As predicted, though (and not properly prepared for) I’ve been finding it hard to get back into the swing of my book. What I really need is a spare fortnight or so to read through the thing and think my way into it slowly, but, you know, I took a month off. I have so little available writing time (and less each week, the baby is tapering off on naps, damn it!) that I have to have precise, small, achievable goals and keep them up regularly or the whole thing will fall apart.
That said, today is the first day this week that I didn’t make my word count. I spent the morning at Pilates (which I am loving in a freaky sell-the-concept-to-your-friends kind of way), came back to deal with the baby, and when I finally sat down to write, I struggled to get any words down. I gave up just short of 400, utterly bored with my book and myself. And you know, that was it, my one chance for the day. School pick up and parenting took over.
But you know, no excuses 😀 I need to prepare more for Thursdays, obviously. Need to do more of that ‘pre-scening’ our Richard talks about, so that when I get my single hour at the computer I can actually produce the goods.
I’m starting to suspect that this book will in fact be looooonger than the other two, and that’s going to affect my scheduling too.
It’s all kicking off again – many of you will remember the controversy over the cover of Justine Larbalestier’s US (Bloomsbury) Liar cover some months back, where the image of a white girl was chosen as the cover image for a book about a black girl. Justine herself spoke up about it, and the internet & media response was so (rightfully) fierce that the offending cover was replaced.
This time the book is written by a newbie author without Justine’s clout and support circle, and unlike Justine, she hasn’t said a word about it. The book is Magic under Glass, and once again the protagonist is dark-skinned, and the publisher – Bloomsbury, again – has chosen a cover depicting her as white.
This isn’t good enough. It really isn’t. Book covers are a form of advertising, yes, but that does not mean that moral choices should go out the window – especially when we are talking about products marketed at teenagers. There’s enough crap out there to make teenagers feel bad about themselves, without disguising the books for teens which do promote diversity in their text.
Deceitful book covers are never a good idea – whether it’s presenting a book as a fluffy chick lit when it’s actually a miserable ball of misery (thank you, Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing), misleading the prospective reader about genre (nothing worse than a publisher who is embarrassed about publishing science fiction), publishing the first book of a trilogy that deliberately withholds that kind of vital information on the cover, or publishing a book where the protagonist is pictured as a skinny white model when the whole point of the story is that she is not skinny, or white.