Friday, February 10, 2012

Cover Proofs of Otherkin!

Just got these gorgeous things in from my publisher...

I'm such a newbie that I had no idea what they are. They're folded, actually, with the complete back and front cover text. Inside the back cover is my bio, and inside the back front cover is info.

I asked fellow KTeen author Brigid Kemmerer about them, and yes, it turns out they have a name: cover proofs.

It's weird how much cooler the cover is in the actual paper (Is it paper technically? Not quite cardboard, but thicker than paper - gah! Newbie-ness strikes!) than as just a jpeg. The lower part, where the black "grass" is in the image is shiny, and the grass as it pokes up is shiny. And the images of Dez, tiger, and moon, are all more matte.  So awesome! Every step of this process makes it seem more and more real.

Oh, and the back features a quote from the lovely Brigid Kemmerer as well. She was kind enough to read it and give me a blurb


Angelica R. Jackson said...

Congrats! Those look gorgeous!

Brigid Kemmerer said...

I love them so much! Have you folded one and wrapped it around a book, just to see what it'll look like?

(I totally carried one around with me and kept pulling it out to show my husband: "Look. This is what my book will look like. LOOK. LOOK AT IT.")

Hayley said...

Awesome! K-Teen puts these around the ARCs when they send them out. :)I don't really know what they are either but still very neat.

Can't wait to finally read Otherkin!!!!

Nina Berry said...

Thanks for the insight, Hayley! I didn't know that about the ARCs. I can't get over how shiny the "grass" on them is. So cool!

Fall Into Books said...

I've gotten a few of these with Kensington ARCs, but had no idea what they were called. I couldn't figure out why I got one when I got an ARC with a cover as well. Now I understand a little better, haha. Knowing the name tells me what they're supposed to do. Thanks for the post! Glad I'm not the only one who's confused by the cover proofs. The one for OTHERKIN was gorgeous, as is the one for SPARK! Also, I loved OTHERKIN (my review will be posted closer to the release date). It's one of my favorite books of the year so far! Great work!

Nina Berry said...

Oh wow, thanks for the kind words on Otherkin! I'm so happy you liked it!

It's interesting to hear that other publishers don't send out these cover proof things the way Kensington does. You're more experienced with them than I am. As you well know, the cover for the ARC isn't as textured and "nice" as the final, so I guess they want you to get an idea of how the final book will look. Which is cool, as long as it doesn't create confusion.

And yeah, isn't the SPARK cover awesome? I'm a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer, and not just because she's also at KTeen. She's just one of the nicest, most talented folks I know!