Friday, March 13, 2009

Wake in my hands!

... and, OMG, is it ever gorgeous.

The FedEx guy just delivered a copy of the finished American edition of Wake, my eighteenth novel, courtesy of my editor Ginjer Buchanan at Ace Science Fiction.

This is, I think, the best-looking book I've ever had (and I've had lots of good-looking books). It's just stunningly beautiful. The cover and spine has selective use of matte and glossy finishes that is really classy. The jacket design is by Rita Frangie.

The back cover has advance praise for the book from Robert Charles Wilson, John Scalzi, Allen Steele, and Jack McDevitt.

Official on-sale date for this edition is April 7, 2009.


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At March 13, 2009 11:32 AM , Blogger Marti McKenna said...


At March 13, 2009 11:47 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Thanks, Marti! (So are you! *wink*)

At March 13, 2009 1:38 PM , Blogger John F said...

I agree, it's a beautiful object, as well as a great story.

Rob, I assume you'll be selling signed copies off the website. Are you waiting until the "street date" to do this?

At March 13, 2009 1:45 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

I actually probably won't be selling signed copies until the beginning of May. I'm travelling almost all of April on book tour (April 9-30), and don't expect to have a supply of copies before I leave, sad to say.

At March 13, 2009 3:15 PM , OpenID Chris said...

It looks fantastic!

At March 15, 2009 7:31 AM , Blogger Roxanne said...

It looks really great. I can't wait to read it!

But you bring up another issue. I've mostly stopped buying hardcovers - because they don't fit on my shelves. I read the library copy, then buy the paperback, once it hits mass market size. Publishers seem to be forgetting that books need to fit on the shelves!

At March 15, 2009 8:36 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Actually, Roxanne, publishers are enormously constrained in the sizes of books they produce by Barnes & Noble and Borders: the books have to comfortably fit the shelf space in those stores. Not only that, but the thickness of books is mandated by the bookstore chains, too.

I said that smaller type saves printing costs, and it does, but B&N also mandated a few years ago that in a face-out of paperbacks on a shelf six copies had to fit instead of five (or five instead of four, I forget which), and that required books to be thinner. B&N has corporate sales targets for every linear inch of shelf space in the store -- books that take up too much room relative to their price simply aren't stocked.


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