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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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)
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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.
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