Black Prism Book Cover

Know what I hate? I hate it when my book covers don’t match. Turns out I hate it even more when MY book covers don’t match.

I thought maybe some of you hate that too, so the following has been in the works a while.

What am I talking about?


Orbit came out with this cover for The Black Prism: rugged dude, dangerous, looks good. But the continuation to this, replicating that feel for the next few books, didn’t work so well… so when it came time to release the trade paperback edition, Orbit went to this. Now THIS is great. Light, magic, and a hooded man. (A hooded man? Well, looks like I’m destined for hooded men. C’est la vie.)

So check this out… if you match up all the paperbacks, they look like this.

Trade Paperback
But… what if you’re one of those amazing fans I like so much who buys in hardcover? Granted, you get the book a year earlier, but… that one not-quite-matching cover…

Some people can just let something like that go. I, sadly, am not one of those people.

So I started talking with Orbit. Orbit is amazing. They really bend over backward to make cool stuff happen for fans and authors. They were totally willing to redesign and resize things from the trade paperback to look awesome on a hardcover. (Thanks, Orbit!) They are also, however, owned by a much larger conglomerate. A conglomerate that has rules.

So here’s what I can’t do: get a design, print out a bunch of covers at a professional printer, and send them to you at cost. I can’t sell them AT ALL… unless I buy the rights to the design, which would run me $12,000. Printing costs, over another $1,000; shipping, over another $1,000. (It’s $6.80/cover just to cover the cost of  printing, shipping, and packaging the cover so it doesn’t get destroyed in the mail–without counting labor of redesign for the larger size or my assistant to pack them, track them, and go to the post office to send them.)

I love y’all, but I am so done with eating Ramen. And trying to just cover my costs at that rate would look like a huge cash grab because I simply don’t have the economies of scale that a publisher has. I want those of you who bought in hardcover early to get something nice, but it has to work for all of us, whether a lot of you are interested in getting that cover, or only a few.

But… Clever Brent is clever.

Since I’d never intended to make money on getting these to you, how about… we call it a promotional deal? We could do contests and stuff? And give them away free?

So. Orbit worked up the design—thanks Lauren and Alex and team! And I got some professionally printed on my own. Now, giveaways!


1) Book Tours. If you come to a signing I do, I’ll have a small number of these with me. Ask me if you want one. Covers are challenging to bring without denting, but I’ll do my best.

2) Skill Giveaways. Like a Limerick Contest, coming tomorrow! (What? Writing limericks is totally a skill!) Or our upcoming Halloween Photobomb Contest.

3) Other Giveaways, including random drawings for FB and Goodreads followers. (To be announced soon.) Pretty much, any time I do a giveaway, I’ll have the cover be an option until I run out.

4) Last, I’m opening a small Web Store soon. If you buy a hardcover of The Black Prism, I can sign it, and I’ll throw in the new cover for free. (More details to come!)

These, however, are the only ways you can get this cover for now.

So I probably should have given this up, but just look at this line up:

Lightbringer Covers

Ah, doesn’t it make you feel better inside?


Black Prism HC



18 Responses to “Black Prism Book Cover”

  1. Carole-Ann

    Very pretty new cover – which I love, and will stalk FB and GoodReads….but, in all honesty, I’m not (too) much into covers – it’s what’s inside that matters to me 🙂

    And yes, I have all 3 hardback first editions 🙂


  2. Matthew

    Awesome! Can’t wait to have my covers be matchy matchy matchy! Just one question will you be selling any hardcover prints of the night angel trilogy in your small web store I loved those books and really would like to have them in hardcover!


      Hey Matthew,
      We can’t currently sell covers in the web store — but we can make them available through our giveaways/contests listed above. (Right now we’ve got a Limerick contest and a Photobomb contest!)
      Keep an eye on Brent’s social media for further details on the web store!
      (Edited to reflect that we can’t sell the covers right now!)

  3. Greg

    Amazing! Mismatched book covers drive me crazy. Love the new one. Thanks!

  4. M.spafford

    I really want that new cover. I hope it hits the webstore soon!

  5. Robin

    The Black Prism cover has been bugging me since The Broken Eye came out, one oddball and two siblings.. I hope I can get my hands on one of these! xD

  6. Ron Forbes

    I want matchy matchy… have wanted for so long… need matchy matchy.

  7. Phillip Berry

    Yes! Matchy matchy covers are the best. However, I still love my original HB cover. Hmm, so what to do, what to do? Perhaps buy another HB from the web store when it opens and have both (with a spare cover).

    Yes, yes, both. Both is the correct way!

  8. John Ross

    Lucky b*sterds. Is this available for international buyers? I’m crying out load right now. Been itching every time I see the three hardcovers lined up on my shelf. Differences in covers kill me, to tell you honestly.


      Hey John,
      We can’t sell the covers — as Brent mentioned, it would cost an enormous amount of money to buy the rights to the covers, which would make it very expensive to sell to Brent’s readers (and we’d be unlikely to recoup our costs).
      So for now, we’ve come up with our limerick and Halloween contests and some other options — which are definitely open for international contestants!

  9. Gary Gilbert

    Wow! That moulding looks awesome, good choice on wall colour too!

    The cover looks great. I will buy the real books once our trip is over but sadly I have to buy everything as ebooks to save on space.

    Speaking of books and buying… I’m waiting rather impatiently to continue the series…

    Cheers and thanks for writing!


  10. S. J. Pow

    I am like-minded in that I too MUST have all my covers matching. It drives me nuts otherwise, almost like an inch under my skin that I can’t ignore or reach. Thank you for fixing it and delivering such amazing prose!

  11. Angel

    In Spain the first book from the light bringer series has a different size from the second and the
    third books. If the make another version with the size for the second and the third books I will buy it because I love your books but they don’t make! Can you help us? I am sure a lot of people will buy this first book again with the same size as the others.
    Thank you very much for all the amazing time I have passed reading your books.

  12. Bernhard

    Wait so, are you saying when your store opens, these new covers will be possible to buy? Or do I have to win a contest now?


      We won’t be selling the covers in the web store — but you can get a cover through one of our giveaways or contests (limerick and Halloween Photobomb contests are open now).
      We’ll be announcing more about the web store next week that may help answer your question, too. Keep an eye on the web page!

  13. Brendan

    I didn’t realize how much it bothered me until you pointed it out! I’ll need to replace my cover now!

    The 3 matchy covers flow real nicely.

  14. Relde

    Well eh artwork now matches but not the way the words are arranged.

  15. Jessica

    If I buy a hardcover edition of the black prism can I still get the cover? I’m a little late on the post but it the fact they don’t match really bugs me.


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