These days it’s all 20 Years Later all the time as we ramp up to the ebook release in May followed by the hardback in July. As anyone who follows 20YL author Emma Newman’s blog knows, she just had her collection of short stories From Dark Places released by eMergent Publishing and has been doing regular appearances and signings throughout England. So, while Emma is busy riding trains and meeting her legion of fans, we’ve got a couple of 20YL ARC giveaways going on through LibraryThing and Goodreads.
Archive for the 20 Years Later Category
As I’ve noted before, there is a long production chain for a book to get published: manuscript acquisition, (copy)editing, layout and design, printing, and marketing. However, even if you do all of those things right—right meaning highest quality for the best cost—you can still wind up with thousands of books sitting in your garage for the next ten years if you don’t have one, last key element in place: a book distributor.
There’s an interesting piece, “Fresh Hell” by Laura Miller, in the current New Yorker that examines the increasing appeal of dystopian novels and stories to the young adult (YA) demographic. As she sees it, there are a couple of fundamental differences between adult vs. YA dystopian novels: the former posit futures that might come to pass (1984) while the latter are metaphors for the world in which teenagers find themselves today (The Hunger Games); for adults the ending is inevitably pessimistic (and are usually stand-alone titles) while for younger readers it is either openly upbeat—or as much as a dystopian story can be “upbeat”—or decidedly ambiguous to drive its readers to the next book in the series.
It took longer than I would have liked—due to being bogged down on my end and no fault at all on the part of the book cover designers—but the cover design for Emma Newman’s forthcoming 20 Years Later has been completed and finalized. (Click on the thumbnail at the left to see a larger version.) The interior pages are with the book designer and so—once again, more slowly than I would have liked—the whole book should be put together by the end of June. Then, those files can be walked over to my local printer to get a proof copy ginned up. After that, there are some last odds and ends of details—assigning an ISBN, generating a Bookland EAN barcode, dropping in the P-CIP data block, adding some glowing blurbs on the back—and we’re good to go.
But first, a few words about the cover design itself.