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October 12th, 2006


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cerulean_breeze
02:24 am - A question for GS...
May I ask a question geoffreyofcairo?

What happened to Evert Ploeg? In my humble opinion, those were the best CJ covers. I miss them.

Also, why did they start printing them so they are taller than the early editions? It makes my collection look very odd on my bookshelf.
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From:ex_geoffrey
Date:October 12th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)

Time marches on...

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Mr Evert Ploeg is now an incredibly successful artist and we still keep in touch. A few years ago he was named as the winner in the People's Choice award in the prestigious Archibald Prize for his dashing portrait of the actor Deb Mailman. He exhibits many paintings and still does the occasional book covers, I believe. I loved Evert's covers...he actually used to read the entire book, each and every one. And of all the artists I've had he was the only one I didn't have to make suggestions about what should be included on the covers. He had a natural flair for picking out the right elements.

Oh, your second question is one I ask myself every now and then. The short and stupid answer is because of sales and marketing. In Australia, the sales and marketing department at my publishing house decided they wanted a new look for a new readership. They changed everything and then didn't do very much at all to publicise the new look, which resulted in many booksellers and readers getting bamboozled and not sure what book was what (the fact that sales and marketing changed the ISBNs also didn't help!). Believe me, E, it's one of the reasons I'm now so OVER Australian publishing!

G
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From:cerulean_breeze
Date:October 12th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Time marches on...

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G, next time you speak to Mr Evert Ploeg, would you please express my great love of his covers to him? Also, just because he is now an incredibly successful artist does not mean that your books should have to be stuck with what looks like computerized graphics. ;)

To be completely honest with you, - and you should never judge a book by it's cover, this I know - if I had never read CJ before and saw them sitting on the shelf I probably wouldn't pick them up. Sad I know, but true. The whole reason I picked up "Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City" was initially because I loved the cover artwork. I was rewarded with one of the best books I'd read in a looong time. CJ deserves that.

This is getting quite long but there is one more thing that my fingers want to type before I finish.

The one thing that I love most about the CJ covers is that Jim and Jocelyn don't show their faces. I think this is very important because it allows the reader to use their imagination. When I read "Harry Potter", the movie in my head stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. When I read CJ, Jim and Jocelyn look like you have described, but my interpretation. I'm sure that you, Moriarty and I have slightly different images of them in our minds.

Ok, I'm done :)

E
From:ex_geoffrey
Date:October 13th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)

Re: Time marches on...

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Ah, E, you are right in line with all of this; in fact, the reason that CJ and Joss's faces are never shown in the Australian versions is because I have always had my agent include a clause in all contracts for the books that their faces should never be revealed. I've always wanted my readers to make the characters their own, and it's also for this reason that I never really describe their faces. OK, we know that Joss's hair is tangly auburn and I think I wrote in one of the books that Jim has blue eyes (because I do myself, I think that was why I wrote that), but that's the extent of the facial descriptions I've written. Always, when a reader can use imagination to flesh out a story or character or setting or whatever, the experience between author and reader gets a special bond, and the story has a greater chance of achieving a longer, and better, resonance with the reader. That's just my two piastres worth.

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From:cerulean_breeze
Date:October 13th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)

Re: Time marches on...

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the reason that CJ and Joss's faces are never shown in the Australian versions is because I have always had my agent include a clause in all contracts for the books that their faces should never be revealed. I've always wanted my readers to make the characters their own, and it's also for this reason that I never really describe their faces.

I really appreciate that :D

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