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Fantastic concept art for a Nine Kings card — of Andross Guile!!
See his other work HERE.
We’re happy to announce our BIENNIAL Halloween Photobomb Contest! (No, we didn’t forget last year, we just like to keep things fresh. Fresh like pickled ginger.)
Signed Hardcopies of The Black Prism (with NEW cover! & old cover so you don’t miss out on smolderingly handsome Gavin), The Blinding Knife, and The Broken Eye — and the first 6 chapters of The Blood Mirror!
Signed Trade Paperback Copies of The Black Prism, The Blinding Knife, and The Broken Eye, or the new slipcover for The Black Prism.
A signed copy of The Broken Eye in Trade Paperback, or the new slipcover for The Black Prism.
- Take a picture of any one of Brent’s books (must be identifiable, and for the sake of this contest, no e-readers) in any exciting, interesting, exotic, or funny locale or with an exciting, interesting, exotic, or funny celebrity or person in an amazing costume*. The picture does not have to be an actual photobomb…. but, uh, that would be nice, since it is in the title of the contest and all.
- To enter, email your photo with subject line “Halloween 2015 Contest” to email@example.com by Friday, November 6th at 5PM Pacific Standard Time.
- You can enter as many submissions as you like — but you can only win one prize.
Although I appreciate a good Photoshop job as well as anyone, heavily Photoshopped pictures will not be eligible for prizes. Obviously, touching up a real photo is fine. Even PhotoShopping in laser beams is fine–though that’s not the point of this contest, and we’ll do a Photoshop anything goes contest later. Photoshopping in Chris Pratt holding my book when he isn’t actually holding my book is not fine. (Because you would totally win if you actually could get a pic of him holding my book.)
*Don’t Photobomb inappropriately or illegally, yo.
International submissions are encouraged!
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.
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!
HOW DO I GET ME MY SHINY NEW COVER, WKS!!!!?
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:
Ah, doesn’t it make you feel better inside?
How well do you know The Lightbringer Series? Take THIS QUIZ to find out!
Part 1 of The Broken Eye publishes today in German. Go HERE to buy your copy. (Part 2 publishes 16 November 2015.)
Go HERE to see Brent’s advice about outlining — and to learn more about his own method of planning his novels (what he likes to call the “Mountain Peak” approach).