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TRANSCENDENCE has a cover!

Earlier today, the book designer (Melissa J. Lytton) finished the last touch-ups to the cover, the editor (ericreynolds) finished the last copyedits to the text, and I wrote the front matter. Tonight, Eric sent the files off to the printer.

Eeeeee!

And look how beautiful. Here's the front cover and spine; the art wraps all the way around, and will wrap around the inside flaps on the hardcover:



The piece of art is "Neptune Skies," by Greg Martin. If you look closely, you can even see the crescent moon, Triton, above the title (an important setting in the book). I can imagine one of the characters flying above these very clouds, imagining the events unfolding on the surface of that little world, so far from the Sun and Earth and the rest of thronging humankind.

The back cover is really cool, too, and we'll be posting that soon. I'm so very happy with how it looks; how many writers can say that about their first book?

If all goes well, we'll get the advance reading copies in just a couple of weeks. Three months later, the harcover hits the shelves of fine bookstores everywhere. It's published by Hadley Rille Books, a fine small press in Kansas City. I got involved with the publisher by having several of my short stories in Hadley Rille anthologies. Eric is a good man, and I'm so pleased to be a part of his efforts. My experiences with him show why we should all support small press.

Did I mention how pleased and excited I am? Eeeeee!

Chris

Comments

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saffronhare
Jul. 1st, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
That is so very splendid...congratulations!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Thanks!
frabjousdave
Jul. 1st, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Beautiful cover. Congratulations! I'll put in a pre-order next time I'm in the local indy.
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Thank you, I appreciate it!
sartorias
Jul. 1st, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
WOW!!!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
I know! It looks gorgeous, methinks.
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mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 06:43 am (UTC)
Thank you! That's wonderful to hear.

I'm going to print out the full cover to show the Workshoppers, so you'll see the awesome back, too.
tessagratton
Jul. 1st, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely! So can't wait.
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Same here.
normalcyispasse
Jul. 1st, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Hopefully I'll be able to find a copy.
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You could always pre-order at your local independent bookstore... ;-)
beth_bernobich
Jul. 1st, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
That is GORGEOUS!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm squeeing, too, lemme tell you.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 1st, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Judging a book by it's cover
It looks beautiful!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Judging a book by it's cover
Thanks!
orin2
Jul. 1st, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
I really like it. It makes me want to check it out. I have high hopes for you my friend.
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks - that's a good sign! I appreciate the hopes.
justaqt
Jul. 1st, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
Judging a book by it's cover
It looks beautiful!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Judging a book by it's cover
Thanks! I think so, too.
orrin
Jul. 1st, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
That is a very nice cover.
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
amysisson
Jul. 1st, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
clevermanka
Jul. 1st, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
It looks gorgeous. I'm so happy for you!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
I think so. Thanks!
pamelonian
Jul. 1st, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Wow! That came out beautifully. And your name looks good on it!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And nice to hear that my name works on it - it's LONG.
j_cheney
Jul. 1st, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
I love the cover!!!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
kimberlywade
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Great cover! Congratulations!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Eric's great to work with, as was Melissa.
curieuse
Jul. 1st, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Chris! How wonderful. All aces.
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think it's pretty wonderful, too.
stina_leicht
Jul. 1st, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
congrats! this is a *very* lovely cover. i'm so happy for you.
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Isn't it, though? Thanks!
indigodreamer
Jul. 1st, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Pretty!!!
mckitterick
Jul. 1st, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love it.
indigodreamer
Jul. 2nd, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
It is very striking and classy and great.
mckitterick
Jul. 2nd, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
*SMILE*
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