Posted on February 20th, 2013 by annakjarzab
I’ve been so pleased with everybody’s reactions to the Tandem cover (first revealed here on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog, along with a small excerpt!)–clearly, y’all love it as much as I do. Seriously, you guys, I’m obsessed. I have the cover taped to the wall above my writing desk (along with book 2’s cover, which I already have, and which is also GORGEOUS) and I stare at it any time I need inspiration. I’ve gotten a few questions about the cover, so I thought I’d do a little post about how we got to this look and What It All Means. But first, I feel like I should show you the full Tandem jacket! Click to enlarge.
Okay, so! The journey to this cover began with my editor kindly asking (as she always does, bless her) how I imagined the cover looking. Usually, my answer to this is something like “Russian dolls!” (All Unquiet Things) or “I don’t know, but please don’t put a cross on it!” (The Opposite of Hallelujah) i.e. near-useless and not at all inspirational. This time, though, I had a vision. I didn’t know what I wanted the cover to look like, but I knew what I wanted it to say, if that makes any sense. We talk about this all the time at my job–what does this cover say to a reader? And what I wanted the cover to say was this: This book is not contemporary; it is romantic and mysterious and slightly sci-fi.
I wanted it to be clean and simple and pretty, with a cool title treatment, and I thought it should have both an identifiable symbol and a person on it. I suggested (although I’m sure the designer and my editor were already thinking along these lines) including the birds in some way, and/or the ten-star equilateral triangle called a tetractys, which you can see is ghosted on the back of the jacket. I also suggested that each cover be a color that the aurora borealis can be (blue, green, red, or purple). I seriously wrote a whole email along these lines, far from my usual, “Whatever you think works!” (And, let’s be fair, I’ve really lucked out on covers with this strategy.)
So, if you’ve been keeping track, the cover that was sent to me (this is the only version I saw) ticks literally every single one of those boxes. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Clean and simple? Check. Pretty? UH, CHECK. Cool title treatment? Check! Symbol + person? Check check check! It’s even green/blue/purple, very aurora borealis (cover two is also a blend of aurora borealis colors, just different ones, and so will cover three be). I got my bird, and my tetractys, too! Sarah, the designer, is awesome and obviously very talented, and I so appreciate my editor’s willingness to go with me on this one.
Re: the bird, that’s a starling. It’d be far too in-depth and spoiler-y to say why here, but suffice it to say that you will find out about 50% of the way through Tandem. About that point, you can probably figure out what bird/character will be on book 2’s cover, and as for book 3, well…as Gossip Girl says, I’ll never tell. XOXO
You want to know something super creepy? The day before I saw this cover for the first time (so, the cover was done already), I sent my editor this image. My editor put on her best poker face and was like, “Yeah, neat!” And then the next day I got the Tandem cover in my inbox, looking EXTREMELY SIMILAR. Great minds, you guys. Or fate. Hard to tell.
Don’t forget, you can still enter to win a galley of Tandem, and if you think the book sounds good, I would be grateful if you’d mark it “to-read” on Goodreads. As I mentioned, there is an excerpt from Tandem on USA Today’s cover reveal post, and I’ve posted an additional excerpt on my Tumblr, with this image of Thomas I made because I have, like, too much time on my hands. It’s really worth checking out the #tandem tag on my Tumblr anyway, because as I was doing my first pass pages I posted some blurry pictures (sorry! blame the iPhone) of the very cool interiors. I also posted a little bit about why I wrote Tandem and the Many-Worlds Trilogy in the first place here.
Posted on February 8th, 2013 by annakjarzab
At long last, I can finally show you the cover for TANDEM, which I’ve been talking a lot about but could not prove actually existed. Don’t lie, I know you had your doubts. 🙂 But now I (or, rather, USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog) can show you the cover AND give you a little excerpt to tide you over until you can read the whole thing on October 8, 2013.
AND, that’s not all–in celebration of this truly awesome Friday, I’m going to give away a signed galley of TANDEM from my personal stock to one lucky winner! All you HAVE to do is follow me on Twitter (@ajarzab), but you can get extra points for liking my Facebook page as well. Details in the Rafflecopter widget below (this is my first time using Rafflecopter, so I hope I didn’t mess it up). Go forth and enter!
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Posted on December 21st, 2009 by annakjarzab
I meant to post about this a while ago, but I forgot, because I forget everything these days, because I’ve left my already pretty terrible memory somewhere in the great wilds of NYC and have yet to locate it. Ugh. Whatever, so you know that All Unquiet Things is going to be an audio book with the same release as the physical book (January 12), because I told you that a while ago. BUT, what I discovered is that the audio cover is just a little bit different than the physical book cover, in the coolest way ever (besides saying that it has an interview with the author, which it does, by the by)–it has the full picture of Carly on the front.
The full picture, as you can probably imagine, is even more arresting than the half picture. I never actually got to see any of the photo proofs for the AUT cover, so when it popped up in my Google alerts the other day (on Amazon UK of all things, is this book being published in the UK?) it was quite a surprise to me, too. Behold:
Some people ask me if I’ve met the people who read the audio book, and the answer is no, but I’m assuming that Mike Chamberlain and Allyson Ryan are really cool cats. Everyone involved in the Listening Library production of All Unquiet Things has been wonderful.
There’s also an audio sample that you can listen to on Random House’s website. I don’t know how big of an excerpt they’ve put up because I’m a baby and can’t listen to it for more than a few seconds without cringing and asking myself, “Why again did you publish these silly scribblings of yours?” But that’s just a reflection of my own weirdness, the recording is quite fabulous and worth listening to. I feel like most of my blog posts for the next month or so are going to end with me thanking various people for their hard work, which I understand might be a trifle boring, but they do work hard and I am thankful, so I’m doing it anyway. Thank you Rebecca and Dan and Mike and Allyson and everyone else at Listening Library that made this happen. You are awesome, obvs.