Competence Cover Art & Blurb

Those who get the Chirrup have already gotten to see this, but for those who have not joined (silly Gentle Reader, why wouldn’t you?) here is the cover art that was recently announced:

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The Blurb

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:

  • Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
  • Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
  • And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

Are you a British or Aussie reader?

Do you get the first editions of the Custard Protocol books in paperback?

Well the UK (AUS & associated territories) will be getting a different cover.

It will be awesome and special and just as fab as this one, only different. You’ll see it first if you are a Chirrup member, but you’ll have to be patient while I get those pesky ducks in a row. (Or do I mean pigeons, or is it wicker chickens now?)

Then you can argue about which one is prettier. Politely, of course, and with enthusiastically waved biscuits.


For… reasons. The sames reasons that mean you can’t preorder this book in the UK… yet.

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About The Cover

It’s very GREEN isn’t it? Did you notice that the parasol is primrose colored? Yes, I did get to help choose the model. It took me a bit to get the color profile but now I really like it. I find it striking and unusual.

(UK Makes Collective Pouty Face)

Calm down.

Hilariously, after the cover announcement went live, someone freaked out on Twitter with the following:

But we’re getting a different cover for the UK, and that scares me, because THIS ONE matches with the first two – I don’t want two books with one cover style, and two with something totally different! 😱

To which my response was:
Are you *gasp* DOUBTING me and my aesthetic choices? 
Not to say my care and attention to things matching!
I assure you I’ve never even left the house without my shoes matching my purse. I’m not a heretic!

Those who get the Chirrup have already gotten to see this, but for those who have not joined (silly Gentle Reader, why wouldn’t you?) here is the cover art that was recently announced:

Silly Twitter.

The only real danger is that now you might want to buy both print versions. Because both covers are so good.

Which, I assure you, was not my evil plan. Although it’s a good one.

Heh, heh.

Yours in snark forever,

Miss Gail

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3 Responses

  1. Lisa said:

    OK, I am willing to trust you in making the UK version match 🙂 but I have two questions now.

    Which one could Australian readers buy, to be more supportive of YOU, as an author? Like, will you get more money from the UK/AU edition or something?

    And secondly, are there differences in the actual text? Like do they take creamer in their coffee or some other American stuff in the American editions that will annoy Australian/UK readers?

    1. Gail Carriger Post author said:

      Hum. Well honestly, whatever you can get? It’s usually pretty difficult to get books down there no matter what. Honestly the old rule applies which is here: https://gailcarriger.com/2017/07/03/5-most-common-questions-this-author-gets-from-readers-about-being-an-author-occasional-faq/ see #4.

      Frankly, Australia is even more complicated than what I go into there. What with shipping and everything else that goes into getting a book to you, it probably works out about the same for either print edition. So… whichever one you like more? The thing I make the most money on, generally, is digital self pub. So the UK edition in digital format will put the highest % in my pocket, but then I also charge a greta deal less for them. On print editions, my cut is very small indeed, whether self published or not. Because I can’t get the distribution and wholesale deals my trad gets, but they take a higher %, while in order to compete at all in print as a self publisher, I have to sink most of the costs myself, so I still make very little per book. (I kinda consider a print a favor to the fans: see here https://gailcarriger.com/2017/09/08/wheres-the-print-edition-the-mess-behind-self-pub-some-sad-hybrid-truths/ )
      I knwo that’s a lot of an answer, but in the end? Pink whatever makes you happiest. That’s my end goal.

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