Friday, October 19, 2007

Ooohh... Aaahh... (That's what it does to me, at least) The complete German Bookjacket!

Just got this from my editor, Urban Hofstetter at Blanvalet. I know I've posted the front image before, but here's what the whole thing is going to look like. Sweet...

I know it's smallish, but just click on it to see it at full-size!

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14 Comments:

Blogger Tia said...

It is FABULOUS!

4:19 AM  
Blogger Laughton & Patricia Johnston said...

Woww ... is all I can say!

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Sylvain said...

Congrat Anthony!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Lou Anders said...

Hot.

10:29 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi All,

Thanks. I'm very happy with it. Now to see how it'll be received - and how it will sell - over there...

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it. It's interesting how different covers appeal in different countries. I've read quite a few strong fantasy titles, yet when I see the US covers, they seem to be designed for women with almost a romantic fantasy appeal! Is there an assumption that in the US the fantasy readership is mainly female, but elsewhere the demographics are different?
Do you get much choice and guidance in cover selection?
cheers
Nick

11:47 AM  
Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Verra nice. And the sort of cover that sells in Germany.

4:38 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Nick,

I guess that depends on what kind of fantasy you're reading. For example, I think of "epic" fantasy as having significant male readership. "Heroic" fantasy probably has mostly male readership. But there is certainly a large segment of fantasy that has a bit of a romance/historical feel to it. Those might be the covers you mean, and there are plenty of them! Or perhaps there are different national notions of just whom should be attracted to guys with sculpted abs...

But I'm just talking. The whole world of cover design logic escapes me.

I do like what Gabrielle said, though. "The sort of cover that sells in Germany." I'm all for that.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Kahnee said...

I want to go there.... It looks cool!

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There must be an intense discussion at the publishers to agree the demographic and then design the appropriate cover. I am attracted to a book by three things, knowing the author, reviews or the cover. (I found Acacia via reviews by the way and hadn't connected that I had already enjoyed Hannibal). But I have read some fantastic books that if they had featured the US covers I would not have picked up! Strange, there must be a whole science and industry behind this!
Nick

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want an example, look at the US and UK covers for Fiona Mcintosh's 'Bridge of Souls' on Amazon - UK went for a gothic visage and US went a bit romantic......

Nick

8:36 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Nick,

That's a good example of your point. The UK cover is a bit more neutral, almost masculine, really. The US cover definitely seems to have a female readership in mind. I don't know McIntosh's work, so I can't say if that's appropriate. But you bet they are two very different takes on selling the book.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Steve Allan said...

Did Jim write that blurb in German? Wow, that's talent.

9:22 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yep, the guy never ceases to amaze me...

6:23 PM  

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