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Feb 25, 2009

Two Things I Love About This Cover


Oh my.


I'm jealous of this cover on so many levels.


The artist in me dreams of painting such loveliness; the writer in me longs for a book cover like this to grace my own stories. This is the kind of cover where I know I MUST buy the book, no matter WHAT the story is.  *Moonstruck sigh.*


I haven't read it yet, only drooled over it, but it looks as though Freda Warrington is fully capable of delivering a story to match the cover.


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When I started writing Dindi, oh, ages past, fae / fey / faeries were rather rare in epic fantasy. Now they are everywhere. Did faeries jump the shark while I dithered in revisions? How depressing....


Here's the thing. My faeries aren't really European faeries at all. They're closer to kachinas or orishas. I made the decision not to call them kachinas, for a variety of reasons, but now I'm questioning my own decision.


If I, as a reader, have noticed a lot of fae, chances are agents and publishers have seen ten times the number. I asked an agent this directly at a conference, "Have fae been overdone?" She said no, not compared to, say, vampires and werewolves, and even for those, a market remains if your idea is fresh.


I still worry about it though, because...well, I guess because I am an writer. That's how I torture myself.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, you do torture yourself. I adopt the concept that unlike selling soap, which responds to market dynamics, writer's cannot respond fast enough or with sufficient quality to chase after every market whim. It seems much better to focus on what interests you, and in this day and age, there will probably be enough people who share your interest to satisfy the demands of a market. Will you write an NYTimes bestseller? Probably not. But will you write something that tickles your soul? Absolutely.

Tara Maya said...

I guess what bugs me is I fear it will look like I *was* chasing trends, even though I wasn't. ERGrh!

sraasch said...

I think fae are still fresh because there hasn't been that "break out" faery book, like Harry Potter was for wizards/witches and Twilight was vamps/werewolves. So maybe Dindi will put faeries on the map in the book world?

Tara Maya said...

What a sweet thought. LOL

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Carrie Harris said...

I know what you're saying. But I keep telling myself that if those things are popular, it means that people are interested in reading about them. So as long as I find a unique way to look at it, there's room for me.

Yeesh. I hope that's true.

I would love to read a book about kachinas, though, no matter what you called it.

Suzette Saxton said...

Tara, have you thought about submitting your art to Mindflights Magazine? We did an interview of their editor, Angie Lofthouse, on the QT Blog. Mindflights has the most amazing cover art - it sounds like yours would be a perfect fit.

Tara Maya said...

Thanks for the tip, I'll look into it.

Natalie said...

This is always a worry, I think. Fae are definitely hot right now. It will be interesting to see how it goes with "Wings" by Aprilynne Pike coming out this year. She's Meyer's friend and all that jazz, so she's got a leg up.

I constantly worry about like someone beating my ninjas to the punch and such. But every story is so different. So I try to focus on that.