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Subject:The Sharing Knife, Vol. 3: Passage -- catalog copy
Time:11:47 am
Lois Bujold just posted this to the email list:
So...

I thought you all might like a peek at the catalog copy I mentioned the
other day. This has to fit in about a four inch square on _Passage_'s
page in the booklet that HarperCollins (or William Morrow, proximately)
prints up to present their offerings to booksellers, wholesalers, etc.
-- their immediate customers, in other words. These are the folks that
select what books, and how many of them, will appear in due course on
your bookstore shelves, and the lead time is about what you see -- all
the books that will be out next summer have to be fit into the catalog,
which will go out mid-winter, right now. So books not-infrequently go
into the catalog before cover art is complete, or other compromises. One
*really* wants the title nailed down at this point, however. Also on the
page will go author info and maybe a photo, marketing plans (such as
book tours or where ads for the book are planned to appear), isbns,
blurbs, and cross-references to related books, if any.

I'm still getting used to the book's new and final title. In my head
it's still _The Wide Green World, Vol. 1_. But _Passage_ will slot in
from use pretty quickly, I expect, as _Beguilement_ and _Legacy_ did.

So the ad copy will go:

"Fawn, a young farmer girl, and Dag, a seasoned Lakewalker
soldier-sorcerer, survived magical dangers and found love and loyalty.
But their strength and passion cannot overcome the bigotry of their own
kin. Leaving all they have known behind, they set off to find fresh
solutions to the perilous split between their peoples.

But they will not journey alone. Along the way they inadvertently
acquire comrades: Fawn’s irrepressible brother; a pair of novice
Lakewalker patrollers; a farmer boy Dag accidentally magically beguiles;
and a young riverboat captain searching for her father and fiancé who
mysteriously vanished on the river nearly a year ago.

As the motley band travels downstream on a flatboat to the sea, Fawn and
Dag encounter a new world of hazards both human and uncanny... and a new
understanding of the bonds between themselves and their kinfolk."

Ta, L.
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platypus
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Time:2007-08-16 04:54 pm (UTC)
I love Lois's writing, and I'm sure I'll enjoy the book, but... the 'motley band' thing makes me wince a little.
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selenite
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Time:2007-08-16 05:00 pm (UTC)
Isn't that step 3 on the Hero's Journey? Damned near mandatory. :)
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archangelbeth
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Time:2007-08-16 06:05 pm (UTC)
It's ad-copy, and... fairly accurate as cliche-descriptions go, from the description! *chuckle*

Useful ad copy, perhaps. I gotta smack some summaries into shape, and it looks like ad copy is a related black art. *beth studies it intently*
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jeriendhal
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Time:2007-08-16 05:41 pm (UTC)
I have the terrible feeling that the brother showing up will be the really annoying one (blanking on the name). Which will likely make me hope he drowns in the river. Or gets sucked up by a Blight Bogle. Or something equally painful.

I can dream.
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selenite
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Time:2007-08-16 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yep, gotta be Half-Whit.
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jeriendhal
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Time:2007-08-16 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's the one. *soul dies a little*
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celticdragonfly
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Time:2007-08-17 01:20 am (UTC)
Eh, I thought the first book showed that Whit had some potential to grow up into a human being, if he got smacked upside the head now and then and got to go experience the world.

The twins, now, I thought they were far likelier to be unredeemable.
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2008-02-26 01:36 pm (UTC)
I finished the ARC recently, and Whit definitely does some improving (I don't recall if he literally gets smacked upside the head, but he does get his perspective broadened).

I think Lois may have thought the same thing about the twins: they got shuffled out of the story fairly quickly. :)

I liked this one a lot better than the previous two, though apparently, I mentally shuffle off the age difference in my head, because when his actual age cropped up, it surprised me.
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rivendweller
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Time:2007-08-16 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yummy! Sounds delicious.
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maureenans
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Time:2008-03-15 03:40 pm (UTC)
I liked Half-Whit, of all her family he showed the most promise for change and growth and he has nothing to keep him from trying it now that he has an opportunity. Fletch is getting married, the twins are going west AND are all but written off as impossible and where does that leave Whit? I hope to see Aunt Nattie again too, she was sweet.

any time I see the word "motely" I think of motely crue and well, it devolves from there. oy. that is never a good sign. but at least it is more Dag goodness, I like Dag. I had thought Dag was about 40, was surprised to find him 55, but it seems to work okay for them so great!

I can't wait!
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