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Monday, July 14, 2014

THE PAPER MAGICIAN Cover Reveal... Take 2?

I'm sure most of you saw my cover reveal for The Paper Magician. And a big THANK YOU to everyone's kind words and to those who helped me share the prettiness! I loved that cover. I loved it on the recommendation emails from Amazon, I loved it on my business cards, and I loved it on my bookmarks.

Fake Reader: But wait, Charlie! "Loved"? Why are you saying it all in past tense?

Well, here's the thing. About a week and a half ago I got an email from my editor telling me they wanted to, uh, change the cover. (Stop looking at the side bar and spoiling it. Stop it!)

Fake Reader: GASP!

I know, I know. I was super surprised. And, honestly, a little heartbroken (which I admit fits into the story of  The Paper Magician, so it suited the situation). I really loved my cover. I loved the paper heart and the little paper girl who really was a spitting silhouette image of my protagonist. And I loved my bookmarks!

Why is the cover changing? I can't technically say just yet. The vaguest answer I can offer is for promotional reasons. But my editor scrambled to get two new covers drafted for me to choose from. I picked one, we made some adjustments, and I'm happy to say the new cover has really grown on me. I really love it. :)

So, want to see it? Of course you do!

The NEW cover for The Paper Magician...

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Ta da! What do you think?

And here's the blurb again just for kicks and giggles:

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.



9 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! It think it looks really cool. It makes me curious. I am just beyond excited for this book to come out.

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  2. I love the new cover--I would totally pick this up in a store :) Can't wait to read it!!

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  3. It is attractive and appears solid as a thumbnail size.

    Also, pre-ordered a copy of the audiobook version. Was making an order and needed to spend a little more for the free deliver, and I figured why not, since I'd order a copy eventually :)

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  4. As a graphic designer... I approve this cover, like a lot, a lot, a lot! I love it!

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  5. Honestly, I like both covers. That's nice isn't it? That they did pretty good twice? I wonder how often this happens? Guess I'm in a questioning mood today. :)

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  6. I agree w/S.P.- both were really great in their own right. What I love most on this one is her spreading skirt, very cool!

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  7. I don't like change or giving up control, so my heart goes out to you. If your MC (or the person this image depicts) is an adult, though, this will better prepare the reader for what they'll find inside. Terry makes a good point about the thumbnail (important), and I second Leandra's comment on the spreading skirt. Chin up. It's an attractive cover. :)

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  8. I like this one too. It's not as cutesy as the other one, but it does look more marketable/on-trend to my eyes. It must be hard to fall in love with something and then give it up.

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