newsletter issue #8; cover and giveaway
:willy wonka voice: this year was really weird
There are probably other things I should talk about but, like, you’re subscribed to a shallow Narcissus type here, and pretty things consume my focus entirely. So, of course, the cover.
THIS IS, AND I STILL GET SO GIDDY TYPING THIS, THE ACTUAL REAL COVER OF MY BOOK. THIS IS THE COVER THAT WILL BE ON SHELVES AT BOOKSTORES. WHO TF LOOKS AT THIS COVER AND ISN’T AT LEAST 99.5% NOT IMMEDIATELY INTRIGUED.
Look at the details. The ears, the grooves on the horns, the water droplets reflecting the patterned design. I'm goneeeee.
Anyway. I actually was extremely, dramatically nervous about having a cover from the very start of this whole process. Every time my agent mentioned that she can’t get wait to see what kind of cover this book will get, I’d be like RIGHT? But internally I was like ohmygodhelp.
This is also my first solo book, I would not and did not expect much input. So when my editor asked if I had ideas/images/elements/favorite covers etc, I was kind of caught off guard? The design team was very considerate, too. It turned out I had no special requests because my brain: empty.
I did send over a pinterest boards of some covers. Most of them had a sidekick animal feature and the standard Girl In Badass Pose, but I genuinely couldn’t think beyond that except for Susan Dennard’s UK paperback covers:
AS IT TURNS OUT, the artist who was hired to do my cover, Sasha Vinogradova, was the one who did these! Who is also the person, if you haven't yet heard me yell about it from rooftops, is the artist who did the Game of Thrones house sigils. HOW FUCKING COOL IS THAT!!!!!!!!
I got two drafts to look over. They were similar with design differences. And I loved both of them so much. I told my editor that, and at the end, the final cover that I got actually combined the best of both elements.
It genuinely amazes me every day that this beautiful cover is mine. The creature on the cover is a maristag, the aforementioned sea monster that draws the chariot in the tournament. Its body is a velociraptor, but bigger, with a head of a stag. I made some changes in the description after getting the cover–to the eyes, in particular. I love how intertwined the art of this creature and the text in my head are.
ANYWAY. Monsters Born and Made is now available to preorder at Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound (if you can, please consider ordering from Oblong Books in Rhinebeck or Loyalty Bookstores in the DC area because they’re run by booksellers truly dedicated to writers and readers alike).
If you’re outside the US, for now you can order via Book Depository!
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NOW, thanks for reading so far, here’s a little gift: I’m giving away ONE book or preorder to a random subscriber. To enter this giveaway, just hit reply and tell me what book, released or upcoming, you’d like to win!
Baba Yaga Is A Lesbian: This is a great look on the queerness of the old folkloric witch known as Baba Yaga. For someone like me, with a complicated relationship with today’s queer literature, this was a very comforting read. I find stories and characters who are non-conforming to be more relatable. It gives space for those of us still grappling with multiple identities with a broader thinking space.
Los Desaparecidos: A grim read from Mexico about families looking for their “disappeared,” a term that you’d find variations of in every conflicted space. It’s interesting to me how this terminology is dismissed in ~democratic places when most of us have heard of stories like this coming from everywhere.
Baba Yaga became central to me—a private expression of my own wants and needs, this scapegoat for me to project my fears through. There seemed no safe word for what I was. It was simpler to see her, to want her, to feel her as close to me as a mother unashamed of my awfulness.
My agent-sib Alicia Jasinska’s second YA book, Midnight Girls, is out now. It’s a sapphic enemies-to-lovers witches story!
Don’t Look Up: Just watch this movie if you haven’t goddamn
Happy new year, everyone. I really, sincerely wish you a happier and healthier year ahead.
Love and light. Take care <3
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