New UK Covers
Few people know better than I how incredibly jumpy people get about covers, so before I say anything else let me reassure the public that mass-market paperbacks of the First Law and its standalone sequels in the original parchmenty style (B-Format, or slightly larger mass market paperbacks about 7.75 inches high) will continue to be printed and sold across the UK and beyond, most recently together in a rather fetching boxed set, in fact. However, as there is an additional A-Format edition (that’s a slightly smaller mass market format, about 7 inches high) of the First Law trilogy with art by Chris McGrath that look like this, there will now be additional A-Format edition of Best Served Cold and The Heroes using the recent US Artwork by Gene Mollica but a lettering style that matches the UK approach and looking like this:
They’re already turning up in Waterstones, in fact. The purpose of this diversification? Well, the B-Format will certainly continue to be the main edition, but issuing an A-Format with a different look hopefully might snag a few readers unstimulated by parchmenty stylings, as well as encouraging a bit of new interest from jaded booksellers and so forth. That’s the theory.
I also note in passing that Locus have put Red Country on their recommended reading list for 2012. You never know, those in search of quality reading material to fill the gap until my next release might find a couple of recommendations on their worth pursuing…