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A peek inside TANDEM + ARC giveaway winner

Posted on March 1st, 2013 by annakjarzab

A little while ago, I gave everyone a little run-down on the Tandem cover, what the thought process was behind it, and showed y’all the full jacket. But I’ll tell you, if you think the cover is cool, just wait till you see the interiors. They’re my favorite part of the book, because they are so thought-out and clever and pretty and, best of all, actually helpful.

Tandem has a bit of a complicated narrative, so the function of the interiors, besides just looking cool (which they do), is to help orient the reader in the story. If I’ve done my job, you won’t need these little flourishes, because you’ll be able to tell pretty easily who is who when you’re reading, but it can’t hurt to be extra thorough.

Tandem contains three POVs: Sasha, Thomas, and Juliana. Sasha’s POV is first person, and all of her chapters are numbered; Thomas’s POV is third-person, and all of his chapters have titles with his name in them and then most of the time his location (i.e. “Thomas in the Tattered City”); Juliana’s POV is in the third-person, in italics, with no numbers or headers of any kind. Instead, they have a fancy abstract design on the top.

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Sasha – Chapter One

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Thomas Through the Tandem (Thomas’s first chapter)

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Juliana’s first chapter

Cool, huh? But it doesn’t end there. Sarah chose a small symbol for each character and put them in the margins of the pages, so that no matter where you are in the book, you can always tell who’s speaking by glancing at the margin.

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Each page of Sasha’s POV has a circle in the margins, symbolizing that she is from Earth

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Juliana’s pages have a star

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Thomas’s pages have a chevron, symbolizing his military background

Clever, yes? BUT THAT IS NOT ALL. There are also a couple of interstitials that tell you when you’re switching universes:

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This is the Earth spread that occurs near the very beginning of the novel. That’s the Chicago skyline, upside down (the Earth parts of the book are set in Hyde Park, a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, where not coincidentally I lived 6-7 years ago). There’s an Aurora spread as well:

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And THEN, when the narrative starts counting down by days until [redacted event], there are more interior pages indicating how many days we have left. It’s a number inside a circle, and the circle widens as the number dwindles.

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Anyway, I’m basically in love with the interiors of Tandem, and feel so, so grateful that my editor and the designer put so much effort into making the book look this gorgeous, inside as well as out. Can’t wait for you all to read it it! With that in mind, it’s time to announce the winner of my Tandem galley giveaway! The winner is:

Heather Perkinson!

Heather, I have emailed you! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Tandem!

More about the TANDEM cover!

Posted on February 20th, 2013 by annakjarzab

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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.

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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.

TANDEM cover and excerpt reveal!!!

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.

Behold, my darling book!

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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