Thursday, April 1, 2010

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS!?


Oh, dear.  I don't believe it. But the cover woes continue.

Now, after I've gotten used to Birdie with dark hair (not to mention rewriting the book to make her a brunette,) the folks at Bantam Dell Marketing have decided that maybe blond would sell better after all.

So they've come up with a new cover they're quite enthusiastic about. They've also insisted on a title change -- seems that Someone Important  felt that the title The Day of Small Things was a real yawn and wouldn't sell.

Arrgh!

I don't know . . . of course the name of the game is selling copies of the book. But this new look isn't exactly what I had in mind. . .

Oh, well . . . I'm only the author. What do I know?

They haven't gotten around to making the change on Amazon yet -- but for those of you who've pre-ordered The Day of Small Things, (for which, many, many thanks!) no need to re-order -- they'll just switch you over to Untamed Love.

 

 Happy April Fool's Day!

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30 comments:

Bernie said...

You have a wonderful sense of humour........:-) Hugs

Martin H. said...

I'd forgotten all about the date and I fell for it totally! Just at the point where I was feeling really annoyed for you, the punchline.

Nice one Vicki. Happy April Fools Day to you too.

joanny said...

Vicki

What a shame I really like the look of the almost new one

Joanny

joanny said...

Vicki

April Fools!

Joanny

Victoria said...

I read the "Goodweather Report" before I read this and fell for it completely. Boy, was I mad for you! I was halfway through a big rant to the Bantam Dell people before it dawned on me, LOL!

Miss_Yves said...

Poisson d'avril !

Pat in east TN said...

I was expecting that ... how you love to get us on April Fool's Day!

Callie said...

Oh boy! I bought tale the of woe and was composing a suitable response full of sympathy for your plight. LOL
The "new" cover does have a certain appeal.
Happy April Fools Day to you too!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

You had me going there for a minute Vicki. Happy April Fools Day.
Sam

Fay said...

Hook, line and sinker! You got me!

caryn said...

Oh! Good one Vicki! I haven't flipped the calendar yet so you got me! I was about having a heart attack thinking they'd done that to your book.
The real cover however is perfect I think.
Caryn

NCmountainwoman said...

Dang, Vicki. You had me all worked up! I couldn't believe you would allow them to use that trashy cover to replace the beautiful one. Silly me. You got me this time.

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, tee hee! I have such fun doing this!

Many thanks for feeling annoyed on my behalf --

April Fish in French, Miss Yves? Do you all have the same custom of pranks?

It gets harder, Pat, with you long time readers...

Yes, that 'new' cover does have a certain perky appeal...

Thanks, Caryn!

Mountainwoman -- the sad truth is that if They wanted to do that to my cover, I'd be helpless to stop it. But They didn't, thank goodness!

Jean Baardsen said...

And I had just warned my husband to be cautious because it's April Fools Day.... You got me too. Well, if you ever write a trashy novel, you have a cover ready!

Kaye Barley said...

Vicki Lane! You do this EVERY year!!
dang, girl.

Merisi said...

*giggles*
*rofl*

You are already the second person who fooled me today! (You wouldn't want to know what that first person did to me!).

I must confess that I was incredulous, even a bit outraged about what "they" had done to your book (especially since I LOVE that title so much), but I TRUSTED you. *chuckles*

Thanks for the laugh!!!!
Happy April's Fool Day!

Helen T in SC said...

You are bad, Vicki. I was taken in like everybody else. Side note: I went to Amazon to look at your book and noticed Sharyn McCrumb has a new one coming out. Her cover looks like a picture out of one of your windows.

willow said...

Hee! You had me going there for a minute. Thanks for the giggles, Vicki!

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

I should have known you'd be up to your old tricks! Wasn't it Pamela Anderson last year? I've been meaning to tell you that I saw the cover on my Amazon the other day and just LOVE IT ! :)

Anonymous said...

OH, my Goodness....I read and reread your post and then the lists of what others were reading and went back to the post kinda unbelieving the difference in covers and titles. Then I saw the very end....what a relief it is not true!

Tammy said...

Yeah, I read the Goodweather Report first too, and fell for it big time. Totally outraged that they were going to change your clever and catchy title! ;-)
Tammy

Peg said...

Hahahaha - what a delightful post to read first thing in the morning (after I got over my incredulity at what editors might do). Great joke!

Vicki Lane said...

It might be fun to write a trashy novel, Jean!

Oh, but it's such fun, Kaye!

What do they call April Fool in Vienna, Merisi? Miss Yves mentioned poisson d'avril.

Helen -- Yes, I'm looking forward to Sharyn's new one!

Can't help myself, Willow!

Pam couldn't make it this year, Carol. I think that's a great aunt of hers on the cover.

Gotcha, Anonymous!

I love the outrage, Tammy!

Thanks, Peg! Of course, editors are capable of almost anything...

tori said...

I totally fell for it! :)

Friko said...

No, I can't. Thought you'd catch us out, did you?

Mind you, the 'new' cover has a lot in its favour, that the 'old' one hasn't.

Vicki Lane said...

Hey, Tori -- I've done a post similar to this for three April Fools Days now -- I always manage to catch a few.

Yes, Friko, that other cover might gain me a whole new readership!

Everyday Goddess said...

Very Cute!

Stop by my place to collect your Goddess Award.

Happy Blogging!
Elise

Derrick said...

Hi Vicki,

Just popping by to congratulate you on the Everday Goddess award. Well deserved! You certainly had me feeling disgruntled for you; I can well imagine such antics by publishers! Hope the book is a huge success, despite having the wrong title and cover! :0)

Tipper said...

I totally bought it-till the end : )

Vicki Lane said...

Many thanks, Everyday Goddess! Alas, I've had to be strong and quit accepting awards because of the time involved in passing them on. I am honored, however, that you chose to include me!

Thank you, Derrick -- I'm hoping that the cover will do what it's supposed to do!

Tipper --Tee hee!