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“Nights of Villjamur” UK Paperback Cover

Here’s the UK paperback cover for Nights of Villjamur. As you can see, it’s quite different from the original, and the yellow font will be gold-embossed on the physical copy. The photo work was by Richard Jones.

This will be published in June 2010, alongside City of Ruin in hardcover.

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

20 replies on ““Nights of Villjamur” UK Paperback Cover”

Can I just add that the colours are really much better than this on our print outs! I’m not sure why it all looks so grey. It’s more ominous teal-looking sky with shadows – not quite so monochrome…

Probably best not to be too similar or lawyers would be calling.
I’m not a huge fan of the “human on the front” fantasy cover but it seems a good one for that approach. At least he isn’t wielding his sword in the generic fashion.
At the end of the day, I already have a copy so you don’t need to convince me to pick the book up at a store.

Good heavens – I’d love to make the modelling suggestion to my editor just to see the reaction on her face.

Thanks, Alex. In all honesty, I couldn’t decide between them. They very different, each pressing different buttons for me and commercially. I’ll settle for the one that sells the most books! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m a stat fan (and scientist) so ideally would like to see dome figures that back this “guy on the cover” claim. They must exist or publishers would be wasting time and effort.

Your point on being similar to other books strikes me as odd. George RR Martin’s “A song of ice and fire” series and Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of time” series, in the uk at least (I’ve seen the god-awful fantasy art covers) all have emblems on the front. These seem to do pretty well and seem like good books to grab a comparison off for your series. They have the benefit of building a reputation already but the sales by cover similarity argument still stands.

I don’t know what the original “Twilight” covers were but the most common ones are the ones with chess pieces etc on them.

I’m not for or against the covers. (although I actually think it makes sense to change from hardback to softccover (you may even get collectors buying both). I’m just pointing out that the article arguments for the “model cover” can also be applied to the “non-model” covers too.

I think an excellent compromise are seen in R.Scott Bakkers “prince of nothing” series which probably keeps everyone happy and still manages to maintain its own identity.

oops. The above post should be in the “on artwork” discussion. Is it ok if i post it again in the correct place?

I got caught up in my rant!

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