Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Cover for Silver Phoenix

Isn't it gorgeous? This is the cover of Cindy Pon's novel, Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia, a YA fantasy novel to be published by Greenwillow/ HarperCollins in summer 2009. The jacket copy reads:

No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed, free, and not some stranger’s subservient bride banished to the inner quarters.

But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as the pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Spring in search of her beloved father—missing these many months—is so much more than that. Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help.

It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own Chen Yong offers that help...and perhaps more.

Cindy is thrilled with the cover--as well she should be!--and says she was kept abreast of the design process every step of the way. Her editor showed her mock-ups of the cover before they reached a final version. Photographers took 500 photos of the model in five different Chinese costumes! The amount of input Cindy had is unusual for a debut author and shows the confidence HarperCollins has in Cindy and her book.

Cindy said she'd be glad to answer any questions you might have about the cover itself or the process. Ask away! She did reveal on another forum that hair is very important in the story and she was happy the designers featured the model's long braid so prominently.

(In the context of our earlier discussions on cover art, I'm just glad the model got to keep her head!)

Congratulations, Cindy, on your amazing journey. I, for one, can't wait to read Silver Phoenix and share it with my daughter and friends.

Visit Cindy, learn more about her book, and view her own beautiful Chinese brush painting at cindypon.com

7 comments:

cindy said...

thank you so much, julianne! i'm overwhelmed by the positive response. and it is time to nano now for me. good luck to you, too!!! find some time if you can!

Michelle Moran said...

As I said on the forum, gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!!!!

Good luck with Nano!

Catherine Delors said...

Beautiful, striking cover! And I love the blog's new look too...

Julianne Douglas said...

Thanks, Catherine. I figured it was time for some color!

cindy said...

i agree, i love the green! lovely redesign, julianne! and thank you michelle and catherine!

Julianne Douglas said...

Thanks, Cindy. I don't know if it's particularly French Renaissance, but I like the color and it matches the banner photo so well.

Plus, getting it to work was a great way to procrastinate. :)

Catherine Delors said...

Plus, Julianne, green is the color of money and hope!
Periodwise, this particular green reminds me of Marie-Antoinette's Salon des Nobles at Versailles, but my vision tends to be skewed towards the 18th century...