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The cover for Cast in Fury, which is due in October of 2008. Which, by normal calendar, is generally called September of 2008.

This is the cover flat that is used in sales kits, rather than the cover that will be bound; it's also called a cover proof. The front is what I've posted, and the back -- which I should have had scanned, and will if anyone wants to see it -- has the marketing tips and information that are in theory more relevant to selling the book to bookstores.

One of the points listed in my Luna publishing history is that Cast in Secret had a 6 week Sales Velocity of 57%. I still haven't remembered to ask a rep what "Sales Velocity" means, but I am assuming that a Six Week Sales Velocity of 57% means that the book in question (the previous volume in the series) sold 57% of the total number to date at that time in the first six on-sale weeks.

ETA: Because I never upload images, I didn't realize that this one would be smaller than the actual .jpeg; if you want to see a larger version (with slightly more legible text, it's here.

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msagara
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
57% Sales Velocity sounds good! ? !

I honestly don't know. You'll note that the information is absent anything like actual numbers *wry g*.
technomom
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Squee! I didn't know you were writing more in that series.
msagara
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Squee! I didn't know you were writing more in that series.

Cast in Fury is done, for a value of done which includes the line & copy-edits (I'm almost finished) and the page proofs. Cast in Silence is not yet written, but is due at the end of the year.
mela_lyn
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
A 5th? Sweet!
msagara
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
A 5th? Sweet!

It's the book that addresses the missing six months in Kaylin's life (although it's not a prequel, and it's not set in the past).
mela_lyn
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Ooo... intriguing as the rest, I'm sure!! :)
estara
Apr. 26th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
If the others sell well enough, are there any thoughts by you and your publishers to maybe extend the series? I think it would hold up well and there are lots of aspects of that world and its races that you haven't addressed yet.
msagara
Apr. 26th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
If the others sell well enough, are there any thoughts by you and your publishers to maybe extend the series? I think it would hold up well and there are lots of aspects of that world and its races that you haven't addressed yet.

I think that's the plan. Well, okay, that's my plan. Cast in Silence, as I mentioned, addresses the missing six months, and how Kaylin first met the Hawklord, among other things. But... I want to do an Aerian book, and I want to do a Dragon book, and I want to do a book set at the heart of the fiefs, although that might only make more sense after Cast in Fury.
estara
Apr. 26th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
*^o^*

WELL, if *MY* money can make a difference, you can definitely plan on all of them *nods to the list of interesting bits yet to be explored in full detail*

I would buy a "Kaylin as Eve Dallas for her fantasy world" series, too - considering that NR is up to 23 books now and it's still enjoyable.
longlegs21
Apr. 26th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
That makes my heart flutter! Do you plan on focusing on Severn's sketchy past in any future books, or will that continue to be revealed bit by bit? And speaking of, will Nightshade continue to make cameo appearances, or will he be a major player in future books? (If answering this would be too spoilerish for your tastes, then nevermind!)
technomom
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Even better! I do believe the "Cast" books may be my favorite of your various series.
mela_lyn
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
October? So far away... I'm really addicted to this series. Read the first three in 4 days. Of course, being on medical leave helped... Can't wait for the next installment! Lovely cover though I think my favorite is still Cast in Courtlight. :)
msagara
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Lovely cover though I think my favorite is still Cast in Courtlight. :)

I really liked that cover, but one or two people sent email about it; they thought it looked too much like a girl cover.
mela_lyn
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
I did think it was elegant, but I love languages so getting to see her tattoos up close was nice. Not that I could make anything out of them. It was just interesting.
damedini
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
OOH! *wiggles in anticipation*
moontear
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
:0 D;FLKJAS;DLFJAS;LDFJAS;LDKFJDK

October?! YES. YESSSSS. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

:0 Also, is it me or the picture or does this model have darker skin than the other three? X_x?
msagara
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
:0 D;FLKJAS;DLFJAS;LDFJAS;LDKFJDK

LOL!!

:0 Also, is it me or the picture or does this model have darker skin than the other three? X_x?

I think it's just the scan; it's a darker overall cover, but the scan seems to have sucked out some of the brighter red tones.

moontear
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Ah, I am seriously so excited now. :0 I didn't want to ask on the next book release date, because I didn't want to bug you about it.

SEVERN. ♥ ~~~ *blissful sigh*

Aaaand... That would make sense, most definitely. Seriously, though, other than that, it's a pretty intriguing cover. :)
burger_eater
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
That cover looks great!
estara
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
YAY cover!
Also, yay book! Darn, I want to read this now!
Oh well, I preordered it and broke down and ordered Hidden City in hardcover... this will really mess with my bookshelf devoted to your works, as I have all the other DAW releases in paperback only (at the time I didn't have a full time job yet, so I patiently waited for paperbacks). Oh well, all in a good cause: you and Sherwood Smith and C.J. Cherryh and Lois McMaster Bujold get the hardcover treatment these days ^^.
gerriwritinglog
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
WOOT! Always good to see another one of your books coming out. :D
starlady38
Apr. 26th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
I think this might be my favorite cover yet. I'm excited for October now.
twiegand
Apr. 26th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
Let me reference your blog on writing times versus reading times. I would love to have it now but will wait more or less patiently until October. For May our reading group is reading CAST IN SHADOW. I feel confident in saying that you will get better than one star from us.
agrimony
Apr. 26th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Lovely cover. :) You and mizkit are lucky in your Luna covers. :)
arouraleona
Apr. 26th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
They totally are! They truly get the best covers... though Laura Anne Gilman's Freefall coming out this year is also a great cover. Luna just really has good cover people.
lnhammer
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Nice cover, and seeing it so soon after reading Cast in Secret, almost a tease.

---L.
arouraleona
Apr. 26th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the big version so I could read the back cover.

Oh no! Marcus!!!!

Yes, well, that's just mean. Now I have to wait a super long time to know what the heck happened to Marcus. Ah well. It's nice seeing Kaylin in the bracer, but why is she doing magic with it on?

I love cover people. This one will look very pretty on my shelf next to the others. They're colorful!
lyssabits
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
It's nice seeing Kaylin in the bracer, but why is she doing magic with it on?

That was also my first thought after, "Squeeeeeeeeee!" but yanno, the artists sometimes take license. I've heard other authors complain about some major descriptive items being totally changed when translated to a cover.

Also is that meant to be her elemental dress? (I'm assuming from the water and the gold belt there.) I always thought it was a strapless? ;) Although I did spend a long time trying to figure how a dress could be sleeveless AND backless, so small straps would work.
msagara
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Also is that meant to be her elemental dress? (I'm assuming from the water and the gold belt there.) I always thought it was a strapless? ;) Although I did spend a long time trying to figure how a dress could be sleeveless AND backless, so small straps would work

I was thinking of a low scoop with no sleeves, so, not spaghetti straps, but, no sleeves.

Tank tops are sleeveless, right? But you wouldn't say they had straps? (This is sort of a genuine question).
lyssabits
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
It's tricky, with dresses. I suppose because prevailing fashion has most dresses with no true sleeves, just varying widths of straps, when I hear "sleeveless" I tend to associate that with "strapless" but that's not necessarily *your* problem as much as it is mine for making assumptions, since prevailing fashion here is not the prevailing fashion in Elantra. ;) I think generally I wouldn't describe a dress with straps as sleeveless, I'd just describe the way the straps looked and leave the reader to assume no sleeves. But this is a topic better left for my seamstress sister, who actually knows all the names of the parts of clothing. I know you've mentioned before not paying that much attention to physical details and frankly, neither do I when I'm reading so the time I spent pondering this question was really more a result of me being sort of unhealthily obsessed with these books for a few weeks and less a problem of confusion descriptions.
msagara
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
I know you've mentioned before not paying that much attention to physical details and frankly, neither do I when I'm reading so the time I spent pondering this question was really more a result of me being sort of unhealthily obsessed with these books for a few weeks and less a problem of confusion descriptions.

Because I know I am not very good with clothing (I have a sister who is fabulous with both that and shoes, although shopping with her is not for the faint of heart), I try very hard to find something similar to what I think people are wearing so that I can describe it.

So I'm only asking because I'm aware that I could actually be very wrong about this o.O.

My understanding of sleeveless has always been something like a sun dress, in which the dress falls from the shoulders the way a normal dress would fall -- but doesn't have the arm fabric.

I thought strapless meant nothing at all on the arms or shoulders.

So when I describe sleeveless, it means no sleeves, but implies fabric over the shoulders, and if this is wrong, then I have been doing this wrong for, oh, mumble mumble books now, and I need to know ;_;.

Edited at 2008-04-27 02:38 am (UTC)
msagara
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Ummm, and this is not meant to be argumentative or at all critical -- I have a minor paralyzing fear of certain types of detail, and am feeling that lovely sense of mild panic that occurs when I'm in no way certain that I haven't been doing things wrong because everyone was too polite to mention it =/.
lyssabits
Apr. 27th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
Never even crossed my mind that you were being either argumentative or critical. I sorta feel bad, since I'm not that good with reading physical description either I'm not sure I should be critiquing anyone's writing of them. It's not always a bad thing, not being too descriptive. ;) My biggest complain with RJ's books was they spent a lot of time describing what everyone was wearing that the characters didn't have time to do much in each book.
lyssabits
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
As to your question about tank tops.. the problem with them as an example is the term "tank top" already conjures the image of a shirt with no sleeves and but with straps. Same thing if you'd used a camisole or a chemise as an example, those words refer to pretty specific clothing silhouettes so there's no assumptions that need to be made when using them. Dresses are.. harder.
arouraleona
Apr. 28th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not sure if you're a Luna reader, but CE Murphey's House of Cards series... her lead character is BLACK, the girl on the cover is white... quite the artistic license... Still, you have to admit, Luna authors DO get pretty covers.

I think that's her elemental dress too... which is odd. I looked at it and thought, "This should be the cover for the LAST book. The dress, the rising water... all that happened in book 3!
lolafalola
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Another book?
Hello - I just finished reading your first book on this series and decided to do a google search to see how many there are. Good to know I'll have a few to read before this one comes out in October. Why did I read it? Well, there's a very small group of us on this very small forum called cipher-wotr.com and we decided to do an online book of the month group. "Cast in Shadow" was picked as the first book. I don't know how you'll react to an online book club, but if you're interested here is the direct link to that thread. http://www.cipher-wotr.com/forum/showthread.php?p=27482#post27482

Interesting read. I look forward to reading more. -- L
msagara
Apr. 27th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: Another book?
I don't know how you'll react to an online book club, but if you're interested here is the direct link to that thread

I love book clubs :). I admit that I clicked the link -- but I'm never sure that people will actually be comfortable discussing a book if the author is reading what they say; I think we all have a natural tendency to just say the good things to be polite, so I'm not sure you want me to be reading an ongoing discussion. Although I could answer questions if you wanted :).

Edited at 2008-04-27 03:02 am (UTC)
lolafalola
Apr. 27th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Another book?
I realized the same thing about 5 minutes before I went to sleep last night.

I did have one question myself and one request. My question is: Have you ever seen or know of any online drawings or pictures of readers interpretation of the various races like the Leontine? I'd be interested in any artistic renderings.

Also, I wanted to request something. There are a few people on the site, mostly young women (not me), who are trying to become professional fiction writers. Would you be interested in maybe setting up a chat date/time there? I was thinking in a month or so. I know they'd have questions about your books in addition to any insight you might have concerning the profession of writing and getting published.

At any rate, it's something to think about if you are able. I am not one of the moderators nor site owner, but I could get them to contact you if you are interested.

Thanks
-- L

P.S. I love your avatar. It reminds me of the Beatles Yellow Submarine movie.
msagara
Apr. 27th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Another book?
I did have one question myself and one request. My question is: Have you ever seen or know of any online drawings or pictures of readers interpretation of the various races like the Leontine? I'd be interested in any artistic renderings.

Not that I know of. My own visual artistic ability is somewhere between none and should-never-inflict-on-innocent-people, so it's not something I've attempted.

Also, I wanted to request something. There are a few people on the site, mostly young women (not me), who are trying to become professional fiction writers. Would you be interested in maybe setting up a chat date/time there? I was thinking in a month or so. I know they'd have questions about your books in addition to any insight you might have concerning the profession of writing and getting published.

Sure :). I'm not sure what the various time zones are, but I'm sure we could work out a time :).

P.S. I love your avatar. It reminds me of the Beatles Yellow Submarine movie.

A friend did it ages ago; it's actually a crop from a larger, Moebius-style picture which was meant to (gently) mock me. This would be a theme, among my friends. She has a great deal of artistic talent, and illustrates children's books for a living.
nicbemused
Apr. 28th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Re: Another book?
*waves at Lola* I'm on that board as well (the book was my pick :p but I was not brave enough to ask for a drop-in)

The timezones are um... widespread.
elrhiarhodan
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
A Fourth and a Fifth "Cast" Book - How Wonderful
Michelle:

Thank you so much for sharing the cover of Cast in Fury. I was delighted to see that this series is being continued. I loved Cast in Secret, and thought that the series was ended with that book, so I am thrilled to see that a new one is forthcoming.

I am in the middle of The Hidden City - which is my first foray into your Michelle West works, and I am loving that work as well. In fact, despite it being an extremely heavy hardcover, I've been carrying it in my shoulderbag, and reading it whenever I get a break (much to the detriment of my neck and shoulder).

This leads me to a question - would you be willing to give your publisher permission to reissue your Sun Sword and Hunter books in Amazon Kindle format? I recently purchased a Kindle (with the goal of literally lightening my daily load), and would love to be able to purchase your older works in ebook format.
msagara
Apr. 29th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Re: A Fourth and a Fifth "Cast" Book - How Wonderful
This leads me to a question - would you be willing to give your publisher permission to reissue your Sun Sword and Hunter books in Amazon Kindle format? I recently purchased a Kindle (with the goal of literally lightening my daily load), and would love to be able to purchase your older works in ebook format.

This is embarrassing, but I admit up front that I don't know who has those rights. I will dig out the contracts and look tomorrow; I'm just finishing up my taxes here (in Canada, 30th of April is what we affectionately refer to as Doomsday in this house), so the files are a tiny bit of a mess.
ext_97795
Apr. 29th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the cover, and thanks for being so open to your readers, and for sharing so much. It's inspiring.
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