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Playing with Cover Art: How to Marry a Werewolf (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Good day Gentle Reader,

here, for your amusement, is me tinkering with cover art, wanna play?

I have no excuses. This is just how my brain works.

Further reading?

The images used for this book are all stock art. I discuss the terrible dangers in using stock art in this blog post. And you can see them on this Pinterest board.

Yours etc,

Miss Gail

OUT MAY 13, 2018!

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger is now awabile (print, audio & other editions will follow). Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Add this book on Goodreads.

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Flower Garden

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Joy of Hate-Reading

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Cover Art Reveal: How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader!

I’ve new cover art for you to see today. I known, I know, it seems like there have been a lot of covers on the blog recently.

But I have a lot of books coming out this year, so there’s a lot to reveal.

As always the Chirrup got to see this first, but here it is for the wide world to consume:

Preorder Now On

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Where is the print?

Where is the audio?

I love this cover. It’s a bit of a change for me, except that as the first in a new series, it’s pink. All the first books in my traditionally published series tend to be pink or have pink elements…

When I talked to Starla about How to Marry a Werewolf I told her I wanted sunset colors, but I also want the cover to hearken to older Georgette Heyer style regency romances.

Since one of my tags for this book is, Georgette Heyer goes to the wolves.

There have been some fun covers playing with the puddle or mirror look. I took that and since this book involves a trek across the Atlantic for our heroine, Faith, I wanted a dirigible porthole.

I do hope you like this new style of cover, and even more so, Channing’s story within! Look at the wallpaper background? Do you see the wolf? Squee!

 

In accordance with my usual OCD nature everything is GOING PINK for the next few months – my Instagram, Retro Rack, & my outfits. You know how it goes… I like to theme my universe to my latest book cover.

Fun times.

Do you want to read the blurb? Find out what Channing is up against?

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

WEREWOLVES

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge.

But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

AMERICANS

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series comes a stand alone romance set in the same universe. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology.

A Note On Chronology

The Claw & Courtship novellas can be read in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having read any of Gail’s other works.

Set in the spring of 1895 this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf and contemporaneous with those of Competence. Channing is first introduced to readers in the second Parasol Protectorate book, Changeless. He also appears briefly in the Supernatural Society novellas.

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LATEST RELEASE

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) White Lilies

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput wearing an octopus

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

13 Ways To Help An Indie Author With Their Book Release

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Different books sizes: USA Hardcover, USA trade paperback, UK b-fromat trade paperback

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Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Competence UK Cover Reveal, Vote Your Favorite, & Why Are There Two Different Covers? (Trade Paperback, Hardcover, B-format)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Competence UK Cover! Are you ready?

The cover for Competence UK and associated territories is now live in the world! The Chirrup got to see it first, but here it is for the rest of you, plus explanations and details…

Here she is!

Cover art by Starla of designedbystarla.com

Amazon.co.uk & other worldwide Amazons coming AFTER May 18, 2018

HERE IS WHERE WE FOUND THE EBOOK LISTED

Kobo UK | Kobo Australia | Kobo New Zealand

Kobo Germany | Kobo Japan – Rakuten ブックス | Kobo France

Trouble finding it on Kobo in your country?
Try searching with ISBN 9781944751128 

Bertand Livreros | bol.com

I put the Parasol Protectorate Facebook group on the hunt and they were wonderful!

Where’s the print?

It’s coming I promise!

Once the print is available what can I do to get it?

Call or visit your favorite local bookstore! Ask them to “Order it from Ingram

Borderlands will have signed editions of the USA Hardcover.
Call 888.893.4008 or email webmail@borderlands-books.com

Why is the cover of Competence different?

Because I am publishing to the UK and other non-North American territories myself.

I know, I’m scared too.

That’s why it’s taking so long to get my ducks in a row.

Please be patient with me as I have never done this before (split a series between traditional publisher and self publisher). I have plenty of practice distributing outside the USA, see all my novellas and San Andreas Shifter stuff. But this exact situation is untested waters. I promise I am doing my absolute best for you. I could not be working harder to make sure it is getting to as many of you as possible on schedule!

How will it work?

Did you get the print edition of Prudence and Imprudence in hardcover?

This is the hard cover size!

If you got the first 2 in hardcover, then you have been getting the USA edition of this book. You will continue to do so. NO CHANGE FOR YOU.

Your cover will look like this:

Do you live outside the USA and get the B-format trade size book at release date?

These books are the SAME SIZE as my novellas! Is that what you have been getting?

Then you’ll be getting the UK cover in the same format and size and it will look like this:

Everything should hopefully match up as much as possible to the two you already own. Yes, including the spine design and everything. (That is one of the things taking us extra time to get right.) Do not doubt the magic that is Starla (my cover art designer).

You should notice almost no differences in size or anything else. Do not worry about it matching to the other books in the series. It will match.

I don’t leave the house without my hat, purse, gloves, and shoes matching. Like I would less diligent about my books!

Are you outside the USA/Canada and able to get the novellas?

Then you’ll be able to get this book.

Once more with feeling!

Here’s the bit in the Live from February where I explain the different book sizes:

I explain a lot on the different cover sizes. I go into a bit of a show and tell using Imprudence as a model (backwards because I’m using my phone’s flip camera) but you get the idea. At Time Stamp 39:00.

But Miss Gail, I like them both & want to own both!

You’re a darling and I love you!

Generally speaking (aside from second party sellers and illicit means) USA readers shouldn’t be able to get the UK edition, and visa versa. (Gail cocks an eyebrow at you thoughtfully.)

But you know, interesting things happen to the Chirrup members… just saying.

How about beneath the cover?

The text of the book itself is NO DIFFERENT between the two editions.

With one exception, as has always been the case:

The USA books use the word “ladybug” and the UK book suse the word “ladybird.” See this blog post on the subject of anglicization.

Now it’s your turn!

Which Competence cover do you prefer?

Who care about covers, where’s the audiobook?

This split in distribution should not affect the audiobook.

In the USA it should release as normal.

In the UK it’ll probably be within a month, that’s usually how it works.

Other audiobook issues? Here’s your blog post. Many of the same reasons apply.

I’ll let the Chirrup know if anything changes from normal.

Hugs!

Miss Gail

As always, you don’t have to take my word for it…

Well, actually you do, but here is a related article anyway:

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Coop de Book for March is Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina. (Discussion here.)

LATEST RELEASE

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910c Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Garden Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Goodreads Can Tell You When Ebooks Go on Sale

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Customers Won’t Pay as Much for Digital Goods

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

What is Paper?
A substance made by Europeans of linen rages: by the Chinese of silk. The discoverer is unknown; but it was introduced into Europe towards the close of the tenth century.
How is paper made?
The rags are first sorted, then carried to the mill, and put into an engine placed in a large trough filled with water: this engine has long spikes of iron fixed in it; and, by moving round with great swiftness, soon tears the rags every way, and reduces them to a pulp; moulds are then used, the size of a sheet of paper, which are dipped into his pulp, and shaken till the paper becomes of hte thickness and consistence the makers wish it to be.
Several of these sheets when taken from the moulds are laid one upon another, with a piece of felt placed between each; and after being twice pressed are hung up to dry.
When dry, the paper is taken off the lines, and rubbed smooth with the hand; it is then sized.
The size is made of clean parchment and vellum shavings: the size is trained through fin cloth, which is strewed with powdered white vitriol and alum; the paper is dipped in this, and, after being pressed a third time, it is separated sheet by sheet to dry, and then made up into quires and reams.

~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

You know that scene in Mansfield Park where Fanny’s poor mother says, “Fanny, all that paper!” Now we see why, it was a laborious process and an expensive product!

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Japanese Covers of the Parasol Protectorate Books ~ So Cute! (Special Extras)

Dearest Gentle Reader,

Here’s  special extra peek at the covers for the Japanese translation (not the manga) of the Parasol Protectorate series. They are so cute and little and charming. Some may even still be available (signed to buy) over in Tinker’s Pack.

Speaking of the Japanese covers…

It’s always fun to see an artist’s take on a scene from one of my books.

Soulless

Changeless

Blameless

Heartless

Timeless

Some Fun Related Links

LATEST RELEASE

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Here, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The 7 Differences Between Professionals and Amateurs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

On Parentheses:

“Never use hard words unnecessarily; nor particular words or phrases too often; use as few parentheses as possible; it is a clumsy way of disposing of a sentence, and often embarrasses the reader.”

~ The Lady’s Guide to Perfect Gentility by Emily Thornwell, 1856

Book News:

self getting all meta and cosplaying her own book cover

Quote of the Day:

“A good cook is not made, he is born; so if you are lucky enough to find one, do anything to keep him – short of letting him know that you are anxious to do so.”

~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Competence Cover Art & Blurb

Posted by Gail Carriger

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:

Preorder Competence in the USA in digital or hardcover from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Your favorite local independent bookstore!

Yes, Borderlands will have signed editions.
Call 888.893.4008 or email webmail@borderlands-books.com

RELEASE DATE JULY 17, 2018!

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.

Why?

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

Join the Chirrup to stay abreast of the situation!

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.

But MISS GAIL!
(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

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb 2018 is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

LATEST RELEASE

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The purest form of gastronomy is Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Biffy Robin Lyall (from Romancing the Werewolf) by ace-artemis-fanartist on Tumblr

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Japanese Covers of the Finishing School Books ~ Do You Think They’re As Cute As I Do? (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I thought it might be fun, Gentle Reader, for you to see the adorable covers of the Japanese translations of the Finishing School series.

Etiquette & Espionage

Curtsies & Conspiracies

Waistcoats & Weaponry

Manners & Mutiny

I just think they are so very cute. It’s such a pleasure to see an artist interpret a scene written in the book.

Bibliobubli YA says:

All in all, Etiquette and Espionage is a grand continuation of Carriger’s theme, a joyful romp in the world she’s created, and yet new enough to keep me guessing about what was about to happen.”

Afterglow Book Reviews says:

“I quickly fell in like with the main character of Etiquette & Espionage, Sophronia (love the name!) Temminnick, because of her intelligent fascination with how things work and her innate indifference to fashion and manners.”

Powder & Page says:

“This book was such fun- this might sound crazy, but it was like a steampunk version of Dexter’s Laboratory & the Powerpuff Girls smooshed together, stirred up, and baked into a delightful tart.”

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for January is Angels Blood (Guild Hunter Book 1) by Nalini Singh.

OUT IN PRINT & DIGITAL & AUDIO!

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via tumblr les-modes- Arlette Dorgère in a dress by Levilion and corset by Weeks & Cie, Les Modes April 1906. Photo by Reutlinger

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The 36 Best Blogs on the Business of Writing

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

6 Things to Consider Before Writing a Series

Book News:

Woman Devours Books says of Soulless:

“Carriger manages to pull off such a wry humor throughout the narration that just makes me laugh (I’ll be honest, it’s more like a snort-giggle. A sniggle?). As she describes the settings and the characters, she’ll often use prose that is unexpected, catching me off guard with her quirky humor.”

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Behind the Magic ~ The Range of Cover Art – Gail Carriger’s Soulless

Posted by Gail Carriger

Good morning, Gentle Reader.

Today I thought it might be fun for you to see the range of cover art that my first book, Soulless, got over the course of time and space and 8 years in publication.

You ready for this?

 

First off is the original mass market paperback as produced in 2009. Next to it I have the updated trade paperback size version from 2015. The mass market size is now discontinued and you can only buy Soulless new in trade paperback.

 

Here on left is the Japanese translation version, this is the smallest of my books. It’s about the size of a 3X5 card. Next to it is the Manga adaptation of Soulless.

 

Here’s the Soulless hardcover limited edition of the book, out of print but I still have some stock and give them away on the Chirrup occasionally. And the SFBC’s hardcover omnibus version which combines all three of the first Parasol Protectorate books.

 

Here are the two German versions. The first was a limited run collectible hardcover, the second is the original paperback translation. Oddly, you can also get the German editions for kindle in the USA.

Aside from Germany (and the pocket edition in France) and Japan, every other foreign publisher chose to do a take on the original cover image for their translations. This is pretty unusual and rather flattering.

The first three audiobooks were produced by Recorded Books (not Hachette Audio) so they got different covers too.

There it is. What do you think of the different covers? Anything surprise you? Any one you really love?

Praise for The Parasol Protectorate

Books and Pieces gives a lovely review of the series starting at 3:03:

“It’s really just spiffingly good, I promise you.”

The Unbookreport says of the series:

“Adventure, drama, and intrigue are rarely so much fun, and much of that is due to Alexia’s practical yet mannered outlook on events. Ms Carriger went straight onto my “favorite author” list with that first book, and every book since has just confirmed that place in my heart.”

Andie Welsh says:

“There is even a bit in the end where I sincerely believed Miss Carriger was going to deny us a happy ending after all because as an author she writes raw human emotion so vibrantly that you live it yourself.”

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{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for October is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

walzerjahrhundert-tumblr Tourists at the Frauenkirche, Nürnberg, Germany, 1904

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A village of gloomy octopuses called Octlantis has been discovered at Jervis Bay, NSW

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Hyphens, Em Dashes, En Dashes—Everything You Need to Know

Book News:

ace-artemis-fanartist Biffy Lyall Dance

Quote of the Day:

“I yield to no man in my appreciation of the Drones Club… its sparkling conversation, its camaraderie, its atmosphere redolent of all that is best and brightest in the metropolis… but there would, I knew, be a goodish bit of bread thrown hither and thither at its luncheon table, and I was in no vein to cope with flying bread.”

~ P. G. Wodehouse

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Romancing the Werewolf Cover Art Is Here & It’s Adorable! (Gail Carriger New Book)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling gentle reader I am delighted to announce the cover art for Romancing the Werewolf!

Cover photo © Jim Vetter Photography, assembled by the amazing Starla Huchton.

Man I didn’t make it easy on Starla this time! Although I gave her the most adorable boys to work with, (Aren’t they the cutest? Thank you Jim!) the rest of her dossier on this cover was rough. (Yes, there is a reason Lyall’s hair is long.)

I wanted this cover to say “cozy” and “holidays” as well as all the usual Gail stuff. I wanted red (which can cause some issues, as red & black are hard on the eyes) and it needed to tie to the other book in this series: Romancing the Inventor.

Didn’t she do the most wonderful job?

I just adore this cover. Looking at it makes me smile like a mad woman. I’m really hoping that reading it has the same effect.

For those who have asked, Lyall is wearing a Dark Garden corset waistcoat called the Beau Brummell.

Coming November 5, 2017!

Here’s the official blurb:

Werewolf in trouble…

Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him, his werewolves object to his curtain choices, and someone keeps leaving babies on his doorstep.

Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after twenty years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his Alpha in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights. Perhaps, in the process, he may even determine how to mend his own heart.

 

Yours in mad smiles,

Miss Gail

Meanwhile you still have a few days to enter the Goodreads Giveaway for the first of the Supernatural Society Novellas, Romancing the Inventor.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger

Romancing the Inventor

by Gail Carriger

Giveaway ends September 24, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for September is The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. The pack’s started a business called Heavy Lifting. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

COMING NOV 5th!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger will be available in digital form on Nov 5th (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Etiquette of the Victorian Handshake: Advice on Opposite Sex Greetings

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Tempest in a Bestseller List

Book News:


noel 2011 reduita (Biffy & Lyall shifted, fan art)

Quote of the Day:

“Michel could have been a fairy, if not for the martinis sometimes required to keep the sorrow from his eyes.”

~ R. Cooper (The Firebird and Other Stories)

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Behind the Magic ~ The Range of Cover Art – Gail Carriger’s Blameless

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Good morning, Gentle Reader!

Today I thought it might be fun for you to see the range of cover art that my book Blameless got over the course of time and space and 7 years in publication.

Here we go…

 

First off is the original mass market paperback as produced September 19, 2010. Next to it I have the Brazilian version so you can see how a foreign publisher might tweak the cover for their market.

 

Here on left is the Japanese translation version, this is the smallest of my books. It’s about the size of a 3X5 card. Next to it is the manga adaptation of Blameless, called Soulless Vol. 3.

 

Here are the two German versions. The first was a limited run collectible hardcover, the second is the original paperback translation.

Aside from Germany (and the pocket edition in France) and Japan, every other foreign publisher chose to do a take on the original cover image for their translations. This is pretty unusual and rather flattering.

The first three audiobooks were produced by Recorded Books (not Hachette Audio) so they got different covers too.

There it is. What do you think of the different covers? Anything surprise you? Any one you really love?

 Praise for Blameless

  • Cassandra Giovanni says: “Carriger once again has woven a story with non-stop action, her signature dry humor and a touch of romance, all perfectly balanced.”
  • Once Upon a Chapter says: “I really enjoyed the change in scenery since Alexia’s adventures took her all over the place this time and it added in new characters.”
  • My Thoughts… Literally says: “Another fantastic book in the Parasol Protectorate series. They are so fun and the perfect combination of action, adventure, mystery, and silliness.”
  • Delighted Readers says: “I went into this one wrongly assuming there would be a vast degree of angst when to my pleasure, the focus remained on intrigue, adventures, colorful characters, witty dialogue and fascinating steampunk gadgetry not in the usual way.”
 {Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for September is The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip.}
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GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1901 President McKinley’s first stop on the Mexican border – at Del Rio, Texas., 1901 Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library (Source- notinthehistorybooks)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Painting by Helleu, reminded me of Alexia

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Things You Should Know Podcast: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

PRO’s and CON’s of Fighting Book Piracy

Book News:

Rally the Readers says of Romancing the Inventor:

“I can’t emphasize enough that you can pick up this novella and enjoy it whether you’re completely new to the world or have read any number of other works set in it. If you loved the original Parasol Protectorate series like I did and always wondered what happened to Madame Lefoux, then definitely read Romancing the Inventor to find out; you won’t be disappointed!”

Quote of the Day:

 “I was born with a reading list I will never finish.”

~ Maud Casey

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This is Why a New York Times Bestselling Author Changed Her Pen Name to G. L. Carriger: On Pseudonyms, Cover Art & Reader Betrayal (Important for Writers)

You may or may not have noticed, Gentle Reader, that my San Andreas Shifter books are written under the name…

G. L. Carriger

The Sumage Solution, is a big departure for me in content, style, and setting. OK, perhaps not that big. It’s still me, full of silliness and fun.

  • It’s urban fantasy, but it’s set in contemporary times, in America.
  • It has more sex than my other writing has in the past.
  • It’s certainly got worse language.


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I dithered for a while about what to do about this. You see, I worry about reader betrayal… a lot.

Reader Betrayal

Reader betrayal can take many forms. At its root, it is that sensation one gets if the book you’re reading does something totally unexpected in a bad way. Like if a book you picked up thinking it was romance suddenly doesn’t have a happy ending.

Why does reader betrayal happen?

Well, it can be a flaw in story: you’re reading one thing when the author suddenly takes a dive and turns it into something else. That is the author’s fault. (This is what I call the “scream and hurl” scenario.) Or it can be a flaw in expectation, you thought it was one kind of book, despite the cover and blurb trying to tell you otherwise, and you read it anyway.

This book is a hilarious COMEDY fantasy gay romance. Bet-ya didn’t know that from the cover.

Far more common these days is visual marker caused betrayal. This means that you picked up the book expecting one thing because of the cover and then got something completely different from the words within.

Controlling these expectations is a serious business. It’s done many ways: visually through cover art (image & text), but also via author name, and cover copy/blurb and description. (There are also things that can’t really be controlled like algorithms offering “similar books you might like.”)

For example, if I showed you this cover:

You’d probably expect a dark gritty urban fantasy. Possibly noir tropes in use. If that’s the kind of thing you like, you might then take a look at the book description and decide to buy it.

But if I gave you this one:

You’d expect something else: upbeat, cheerful, youthful, pulp-ish.

  • Both covers are based off photos.
  • Both are single person images.
  • Both have saturated color use.
  • Both use san serif fonts

But the kind of image chosen, from dress to facial expression, and the tweaks then made to it, from color choice to the overlay of type, all tell you, the reader, something about what is inside.

You may not know exactly what you’re being told, or how to control your own response, but trust me, you’re reacting. The thing that worries a savvy author the most is NOT “does this cover depict what’s inside my book” but “does this cover accurately portray the spirit of my book?”

If you picked up Fairy Debt and did not get a fun little light hearted read about a fairy in silly times, you would be angry with me as the author. You would feel betrayed.

Print edition proofs arrive in office.

Why talk about covers when I should be discussing pen names?

Because most of the time, covers come first. Covers are the single most important thing when selling a book or establishing a brand as an author.

Initially.

After that, of course, it’s up to the author to pull the reader in and make them want more.

Which brings us to author name recognition.

After a certain point, if lucky, an author starts to accrue loyal readers.

  • These are the readers who write to say they love you. Who regularly leave book reviews.
  • Who vow to buy “anything you write.”
  • These readers follow an author’s newsletter (if really lucky) and get excited when a new book comes along.

These readers are you, eyeballs reading this blog post right now. I LOVE YOU.

You, Gentle Reader, know what to expect from me as an author because I have tried to give you something quite consistent over the last few years. Yes, it jumped around from YA to adult to novella, from espionage to romance to adventure, but the spirit of the Parasolverse has been unchanged.

Cover art plays into this too, keeping a theme going is pretty darn important. Here is how my traditional publishers did it across three series:

Here’s how I played with my own themes for my self-published stuff?

Romancing the Inventor

I kept the san serif font and the slashes from the first series. I kept a central figure (or figures).

  • Do you see the similarities, and to which books?
  • Can you understand why I might want to make some of the changes I did between my novels and my novellas? (Perhaps that is a whole other discussion if you’re interested.)

One of the things I’d encourage you to notice is that I made my name bigger than the title for the first time when I produced my own stuff.

Why I Made My Name BIGGER

When self-pubbing I’m banking on name recognition. Because it’s more common in romance to do this for well known authors, and my novellas touch on romance more heavily. (And, because I have noticed over the years that male F/SF authors get this kind of name glorification treatment while the rest of us, erm, do not. That gets my goat because it smacks pretty darn strongly of sexism.)

So, why go through all this trouble to establish name recognition, only to change my name… slightly?

G. L. Carriger

Because we are back to the first part of this post: reader betrayal.

My new non-parasolverse m/m urban fantasy is just different enough for me to worry. Even knowing that I could give you a very different cover (which I have done) I worried that my name was now strong enough to sucker readers into expecting things: gentleness, steampunk, sweet romance, Victorian food & clothing.

I worried that if it says “by Gail Carriger” readers would expect exactly the kind of thing they had gotten from me before. The Sumage Solution is just different enough for readers to get mad at me. Not because I don’t write urban fantasy or paranormal romance well (this book is oodles of fun, it makes me so happy) but because it’s not what readers expected from Gail Carriger going in. Which isn’t really my fault.

Except that it is. It is certainly my responsibility.

I have established Gail Carriger expectations with 17 or so books now. So it’s up to me to shift those expectations.

Thus I’m publishing The Sumage Solution under G. L. Carriger. Still me. Just tweaked. This way, going in, readers pick up the book and perhaps go:

“Huh, I wonder if this is still Gail? I wonder why Gail is doing this? Perhaps it’s not quite the same thing as before.”

It wasn’t an easy decision, I’ll tell you that much.

And, I hope you like her.

Still and always yours,

Miss G

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{Gail’s monthly read along for May 2017 is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Longchamp, France. 1900 via Edwardian Time Machine tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger Sketched by Howard Tayler

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“The only thing you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

~ Albert Einstein

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait 2 years to know whether or not it was funny.”

~ Alain de Botton

Book News:

The Reading Chick says of Prudence:

“The style of the characters meld completely with the storyline, that it all seems completely believable, in a rather fantastic way.”

Quote of the Day:

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

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