A nice surprise that came clear out of the blue today: I’ve seen the new covers for the mass market paperback edition of Bitter Seeds and the hardcover/ebook edition of The Coldest War.
It’s too early to unveil them yet. But I will say this: Wowsers!
I just can’t wait to have framed prints hanging in my house. Can’t. Wait. They’re gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. And, when seen together, they’re clearly part of the same series– that elusive “package” has finally materialized! And it is good. It is very good.
The new covers are being done by Chris McGrath. I’m thrilled beyond words that Tor hired yet another top-flight artist to create artwork for my books. I feel like I’ve just hit the lottery twice in a row. I’m the luckiest boy in puppettown.
I think they’re beautiful, stirring, dynamic, and exciting covers. I hope readers do, too, when they’re finally out in public. They capture the tones and feelings of both books very well. (Here’s hoping that such appeals to readers…)
I know that more established authors with longer publication lists don’t necessarily get so hyped up about new cover art. Maybe, over time, I’ll become more jaded. But in the meantime, I’ve been waiting almost a year for this new marketing package to appear; the tumultuous publication history of the Milkweed books is tied, in part, to the struggle to find a new package. So as you might imagine this was a very special surprise for me today. Especially now that I’ve seen how gorgeous the new artwork looks!
Now I have to hope the stories on the inside live up to the amazing artwork on the outside of the books.