Sunday, May 25, 2014

Covorting with some Covers (IV): USA vs. UK/IRE

It's been a while but after recent wanderings around the blogosphere and amazon, I decided to do another comparison on book covers!

Let me know what your preferences are: US or UK/IE?

First up is Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series. Although I'm not a big fan of half nakedness (when the character isn't really like that in the book), the US cover is much more unique than the UK cover. The UK cover could be the cover for any Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series whereas the US cover is no doubt a Mercy Thompson book. I absolutely love the detail and drawing in this cover (and in further US covers, where it closely reflects the content of the novel). The artist for the US covers for both Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series is Daniel Dos Santos (and has done some fabulous pics of Firefly - FANGIRL SQUEAL)

US versus UK cover for latest Mercy Thompson book - Night Broken.

Alpha and Omega: Cry wolf - I think the UK version is much better than previous Mercy Thompson UK covers but it doesn't exactly relate to the book's content. Again, I'm blown away by how beautiful the US cover's artwork.

I think it goes without saying that the US (Daniel Dos Santos illustrated) book covers are absolutely super, especially compared to the bland (and dare I say sort of whitewashed) UK covers.

Do you agree? Which are your favourites?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Killing your darlings. . .

“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” - William Faulkner

As writers we all have those "perfect lines" that we absolutely adore - however as we start editing and rewriting - often these well-loved darlings can distract and disrupt the flow of your story.

Being able to Kill your darlings is often an essential part of being a writer.

Recently, I've come across this myself as I've been rewriting/editing my WIP Darkshines and (after a good deal of sighing) had to cut some of my most-loved darlings!

But even after cutting these lines from my text, I couldn't let them go - so I now have a "darling" file where I copy and paste these loved lines to a new home, that is, rather than killing them - I'm sending them to "a farm".

I wonder if you, lovely readers, have come across this too? Were you able to kill your darlings? Or did you, like me, send them to "the farm"?

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