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Sneak Peek: The Demon’s Lexicon

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STATUS: I just walked over to my early voting location to hand deliver my ballot and drop it into a secure ballot box. Now all we can do is wait until Tuesday.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? IN THE DARK by Billy Squier

Okay, I’ve been dying to show this cover to the world and guess what? You blog readers get to see it first.

Mark your calendars! THE DEMON’S LEXICON releases on June 2, 2009 and S&S has already announced a 100,000 initial print run (and since they “announced” it, I can share this info with you!).


21 Responses

  1. Kerry said:

    great cover!

    I’ve been doing some “cover-likability” studies for some boring professor research, and this looks like a cover that would score highly for its target audience. Yay for Sarah’s cover!

  2. Michelle Zink said:

    I am soooo eagerly awaiting this book. I was lucky enough to read the teensiest excerpt and almost cried when I reached the end of it.

    Move over, Edward Cullen.

    Michelle Zink

  3. Miri said:

    Ohmigosh. I’m going to have to go ahead and set aside $20 for this. I’ve been excited about it since the very, very first time you mentioned it.

    Awesome cover, too. I tend to not like photo-manips (I think I’m squarely in the target audience, too), but this one’s nice.

  4. Catherine Haines said:

    When the top of that cover – the bit with his hair and eyes – scrolled into view on my Google feedreader my first thought was “… What’s Anakin Skywalker doing there?” Now that I see the whole thing it’s definitely not him and I’m wondering how I could have thought that.

    Rambling aside, that is a very nice cover!

  5. Anonymous said:

    I know Kristin doesn’t answer questions from comments, but can someone enlighten me on how print runs are decided?

    I almost choked when I read the 100,000 print run for this. I always thought 25,000 was considered good — for a “genre” book that was being pushed by a publisher. What am I not understanding about this?

  6. Kim Stagliano said:

    Wow, um, his lips are nicer than mine…. And I happen to have nice lips, thank you very much. Congrats! I love seeing entire FACES again on book covers!

    Good luck with sales.

    Happy Halloween!

  7. Maprilynne said:

    Go Sarah! Seriously, this is the most amazing book! You will absolutely not regret buying it in hardcover. Particularly, fans of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black will just die for this series!!

    (LOL! My word verification is realmem, which I, of course, original read as “real men.” Hahaha!)

  8. Kimber An said:

    Not a good cover for the impulse buyer, unless she’s obsessed with the movie (not necessarily the book), TWILIGHT. As cool as it is, it’s stuck in a temporal causality loop which will make it difficult for a busy teen to pick it out of the Endless Parade of Sameness. The author should try to snag as many bloggers and reviewers and MySpace friends as she can to help her get across the point that this story is different and special. At least, a teen can tell by looking at it that it is a Paranormal. (It is Paranormal, isn’t it?) Some authors aren’t that lucky.

  9. Anonymous said:

    Anon 7:45,

    I think the 100K print run indicates the publisher is planning this to be a big, break-out book. On Publishers Marketplace, the sale was listed as a “major” deal at auction — publishers don’t do a 25K print run when they’ve paid that much for the book. With a large sale, you usually see a big print run, lead title marketing, etc. so they can recoup that investment.

  10. Barnfather said:

    @Timber An: A temporal causality loop, or predestination paradox, is a theoretical phenomenon, which is said to occur when a chain of cause-effect events is circular. For instance, if event A causes event B, and event B causes event C, and event C causes event A, then these events are said to be in a causality loop.

    Considering that, your comment makes no sense. This cover in no way resembles Twilight movie advertising except it likewise has a boy on it. If that’s too similar, then we’re going to have to start evolving some new creatures to put on book covers to make them different.

    It’s okay to say “I don’t like it.” Really.

  11. Anonymous said:

    I wasn’t sure at first if that was a man or a woman. The lips are off-putting, for a guy.

  12. Anonymous said:

    Published print runs are always wildly exaggerated. Usually the actual print run is one third of the hyped print run

  13. Maggie Stiefvater said:

    I’m not surprised to hear of a huge print run considering her deal status and having read her blog (not her fan-fic, just her blog) I still can’t wait for this to come out. Congrats, Sarah, if you’re reading these, you must be over the moon!