Saturday, July 5, 2014

Full Jacket Reveal! - The Islands at the End of the World

Cover reveals are all the rage these days, but we at are very excited to reveal the entire jacket for Austin Aslan's debut novel, THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, which will hit shelves exactly one month from today on August 5!

We've seen Austin's stunning cover, designed by Alison Impey at Random House, but here's the world's first look at the entire jacket: the cover, the author bio, blurbs, book summary, excerpt, and even the bar code!

We'll try to let the breathtaking full jacket speak for itself, so don't take our word for it, jump down to the bottom of this post at any time to see what we're so excited about. For those of you who prefer a nice slow tease before getting to the main attraction, here are a few words from Austin himself on how this jacket came to be:

"I've always loved the cover. I'm forever grateful to my editor Wendy Lamb for seeking my advice on how the cover should feel. She didn't have to do that, and she didn't have to listen even after she sought my thoughts. I was thrilled to share my design preferences and dislikes with the team at Random, and even more thrilled to discover how much they honored my ideas in the final product. I'm a writer, though; not a graphic artist. So I tried to give some ideas and then stay out of the way. Alison produced a wonderful cover that went far above and beyond any of the basic ideas I was able to articulate.

We locked onto the excerpt on the back very early on. This passage was one of five or six small excerpts we brainstormed, but the winner was clearly the frontrunner right from the start, a really great way to draw readers into the story, with just enough tension and intrigue and oozing the voice of the main character, sixteen-year-old Leilani.

I had nothing to do with the writing of the summary on the flap, but it's perfect, and I'm so thrilled with it. I have to say, it's such a strange feeling as a debut author to see this kind of evidence that others have read and understood your book so well that they're able to summarize it better than I can myself!

And the blurbs, what can I say? It's a giant honor to know that Graham Salisbury not only liked my book and found it plausible, but that he was enthusiastic enough about it to put his name on the front cover! His name will be a huge plus, especially on the Hawaiian Islands, where his incredible island writings are well known and where his award-winning novel UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN will soon be released as a movie. New York Times Bestseller Aprilynne Pike is a fellow Arizona author who agreed to read and blurb the book after meeting me at a number of local events. I wish I could share her full blurb, which was so enthusiastic and glowing that I walked on air for a full week after seeing it!

Process-wise, one more note of interest: all of these cover elements come together fairly early in the book birthing process. It was after this cover had already gone to press that the first two starred industry reviews came in. Quotes from Kirkus and School Library Journal may be included on later printings of the book, but arrived too late for the initial launch. I'm guessing this is pretty common. Hence subsequent printings of novels often have new design elements added to them. But they're not really missed here, anyway. This jacket has plenty going for it as is, IMHO."

There you have it. More could be said, but why would we waste further words when a picture counts for 10,000? Enjoy checking out the full cover for ISLANDS below. Please leave a comment and tell us what you think.

1 comment:

  1. Sosososososoooooo awesome looking! That is one beautiful book!