i’m very excited to finally share the cover
for Fury of the Phoenix, my sequel to Silver Phoenix!
wait cindy, you say, this looks different from your
debut cover. a lot different.


i know. i know!
both the Silver Phoenix paperback
(out on feb. 1, 2011) and Fury of the Phoenix
(out april 2011) have been repackaged. it’s
something that isn’t at all uncommon. it’s a way to
reach a different and (we hope) wider audience.

i feel so blessed to have gotten the original cover
so wonderfully created by chris borgman. it will
always hold a special place in my heart.
alas, despite its gorgeousness, Silver Phoenix was passed
on by borders and carried in only limited quantities
in select barnes and noble stores. she simply wasn’t
being picked up by readers as much as we’d have liked.

the truth is, Silver Phoenix looks like nothing else
that is being offered on the young adult bookshelves.
on top of that, my story is also “different”. it’s fantasy, which
is very popular right now. but asian-inspired and reads
more like a historical than the more familiar urban.
for every reader that told me s/he’s been waiting so long
for a book like mine to come along, i’ve had another tell
me, i never thought i’d like asian-inspired fantasy, but
really loved Silver Phoenix. (this always makes me so happy!)

i can’t help but wonder how many readers took one
look at my cover, made assumptions (it’s too *this*
or obviously not enough *that*) and decided it
wasn’t for them. i won’t lie. it breaks my heart a little.
the reason that i love fantasy so much is because despite
the fact that an author can take me to an entirely
different world or time, weave epic stories of good
against evil, astound me with mythical creatures, etc, the
fantastic is always grounded in the human experience.

Silver Phoenix may be a little different than what’s
offered in young adult right now, but at the heart
of ai ling’s story is friendship, family, discovering
oneself, growing and falling in love. (oh, and food. =)
i don’t think my debut is for every reader.
of course not. but do i think that it has fully reached its
potential reading audience? unfortunately, no.

i’m very well aware of recent discussions
about whitewashing young adult covers as well as
#racefail debates, especially within the speculative
fiction genres. most of you know by now that the
author gets very little say in cover design. i was fortunate
enough to be consulted on many aspects for the original
cover. my debut cover couldn’t have been more fierce
or asian! and i’m so grateful to greenwillow books for spending
the time, money and effort to repackage my books.
with the hopes that it will be carried more widely and
perhaps draw a new audience that my original cover didn’t.

because what matters to me the most has always been
the story. i spent two years writing and revising
Silver Phoenix, went through the gut wrenching heartache of
querying 121 agents so ai ling’s tale could be read. and it’s a
dream come true to be published. i never did it for the money,
fame or glory (i laugh at the thought!). but on a personal level,
i want my stories to be read and on a professional level, read
widely enough that more xia fantasy books in the future is
a possibility. i do have other xia tales in me! =)

i would love to see more diversity in all ways being
published in children’s and young adult genres.
i think progress is happening, even if it may seem painfully slow.
especially when we feel passionate about it. but change doesn’t
happen instantly. i believe success can be achieved through many
small triumphs. and it can start simply with a story…

i wanted to take the time here to express my gratitude
for all the love i got (and continue to receive!)
on the www, from LJ to twitter to blogger, facebook to
wordpress and all my online friends in the groups and forums
i frequent (many of whom are now real life friends!).
your support and enthusiasm for Silver Phoenix means the
world to me. and also to the librarians, teachers and
booksellers who’ve been so encouraging and kind–thank you!!

if you truly love the original Silver Phoenix cover, please
get a hold of a hardcover copy soon! the paperback will feature a
“darker” cover to match Fury of the Phoenix.

as you know, i’ve been working obsessively on my sequel.
i’m very excited by it, and so pleased to see my vision
of this tale improve and unfold as i revise with my
fantabulous editor. it’s really stayed true to my vision,
only better! i can’t wait to send Fury out into the
reading world next april!

88 thoughts on “fury of the phoenix cover revealed!”

  1. Cindy,

    It’s soooooo different than the first! I love it as much as the first, it’s just WAY different! WOW! You must be so excited! This cover is very mysterious!

    xoxo — Hilary

  2. Wow, that is a gorgeous cover! I love the original Silver Phoenix cover and I don’t quite understand why it would keep people from picking up the book (they’re crazy!) but the new design ideas are also stunning. Can’t wait for the sequel!

  3. I rushed right over, and I’m not going to lie. I was shocked! It is so different. I loved all of the Silver Phoenix covers, domestic and international. I thought it was PERFECT for the book. I hope Borders and many, many more chains pick up the new remastered books.

    I’m glad that I have the Silver Phoenix hardcover. Why does everything have to be so dark in the YA world? Teenagers are wearing enough black as it is.

  4. April feels so far away but I shall wait ^_^. I have a hard copy of Silver Phoenix up on my shelf and I’m so glad that I got it before the repackaging, of course I’m also excited to see the new cover too. Congrats on the darkly wonderful cover for Fury!

  5. Great cover, Cindy!!! I can’t wait until the sequel! You are so right about Ai Ling’s story being so similar to the teenage experience. And the food aspect alone….*stomach growls*

    Besides writing a fabulous book, which I devoured in a day and read into the night, I want to thank you for always sharing your journey with fellow writers. And when I mean sharing it, I mean, you are willing to show that it wasn’t overnight and it was tough and stressful and heartbreaking. That was so important to me when I was trying to get agented and hearing it happen so fast for some people.

    Booty Shake!!

  6. Wow! That’s a bit different from the first cover!
    Having said that, I like it. I like the mystery and the darkness.
    It’s beautiful.

  7. I really liked the original cover, but this one for your sequel is good, too–intriguing! 121 agents?!?! And how many publishers? That gives me hope, Cindy. :-D

  8. It’s one of the cases where if I’d never seen the original cover design, I would probably think the new design idea was cool. It is cool. It doesn’t take my breath away the way the original cover did. Even after seeing the cover several times, when I first walked into the bookstore where I bought my copy, I was just blown away by the richness of it.

    So I’m torn. On the one hand I think it’s really sad that the cover designs are being homogenized to look like all the books around it. On the other hand, if that helps more people approach the stories and read them, well, that’s a good thing.

  9. Wow. It’s very different, but I think from a marketing perspective, probably wise. I loved the original cover, but teenagers are all about the emo. This one speaks more to that and keeps some Asian flavor. Congrats!

  10. Congratulations! The new cover is dark and mysterious! I can’t wait to read it.

    My original hardcopy of Silver Phoenix faces outward on my bookshelf because it’s so beautiful.:)

  11. Cyn, I love the old cover for SP and the new cover for FoP. Both are great covers in and of themselves, and both show smart marketing. SP was released closer to the days when Harry Potter was strong in the markets, so the SP cover from that time reflects that marketing to some extent; the FoP cover reflects the current Twilight market. Nothing wrong with good marketing.

    When will the new Silver Phoenix cover come out?

  12. I love the old cover and am glad I got it. The new one is nice too–definitely different! I don’t care what the cover is though; I’ll be reading it no matter what.

  13. Honestly, I love the new cover—this is a book I’d walk over to and pick up at the bookstore. It’s got some mystery going on in the hidden girl’s face, and oooohhh, sparkly dagger–who doesn’t like those? Lol, the only thing I’d say is it doesn’t make me think historical that much (in spite of the dagger, the girl makes me think more modern day), but maybe that’s a good thing from a marketing perspective.

    At any rate, I really, really love it–GO GO GO! :D

  14. For me the cover is not that big of a draw. I actually liked how different the first cover was to everything else on the shelf. That said, this new style of cover will obviously not draw me away from the book because it is different. For me it is all about the story.

  15. I loved the original cover, but can definitely see the appeal of the new cover too. I had Silver Phoenix on my desk most of the year, and the kids who read it loved it, but a lot picked it up and looked at it and didn’t know what to make of it. Was it action? Historical? Fantasy? They would read it on my recommendation, but not really on their own. I do think the redesigned covers will appeal more to that age group. And like Debra says above, you can’t go wrong with sparkly daggers.

    Can’t wait to get the paperback for the kids and Fury of the Phoenix for me!

  16. You know I love it. I really do. In fact, in many ways I think I love it more than the first spectacular cover. But it may be that I love the dark mystery of it. It compells me to pick it up and read it. That’s why it is such a strong cover. The old cover was like a work of art – this cover is an invitation to read the book.

  17. Wow! It’s SO DIFFERENT! I’m freaking!

    It looks much more contemporary, so that will probably be good, I think. And it’s definitely intriguing!

  18. Ooo! Pretty shiny things! *reaches*

    If it makes you feel better, I read your book BECAUSE the cover was so different and eye-catching and fierce. I might have passed it by, otherwise. :)

  19. I’m curious to see what the new Silver Phoenix cover looks like. Hopefully this gets more people reading about Ai Ling. You’re absolutely right: that’s the point.

  20. I LOVED the original cover of Silver Phoenix, but the cover for the sequel isn’t bad either. Regardless of what I think of the packaging, I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel though, because Silver Phoenix was simply AWESOME! Can’t wait! :)

  21. I loved both covers. You’re right, I didn’t think the book looked like your typical fantasy YA, but I didn’t care about that.

    I was just really happy to finally find an asian inspired fantasy book.

    I absolute love the new cover. It doesn’t look very “Asian” though =P Do you know if the model was Asian?

  22. I so loved the first cover, and how it gave a lightness and magic feeling to the book. I didn’t expect to love the second, but I really do.

    I wasn’t aware of the distribution troubles of Silver Phoenix – I’ve been trying to find it here and was baffled by its absence. I must put aside my aversion to mail order and get my hands on… BOTH!!!

  23. Oooo, I love the gorgeous dagger, the ambiguity of the half-face! I confess I miss having the Asian girl, but then, if I didn’t have the Silver Phoenix cover preceding it, I wouldn’t be missing the beautiful Asian girl.

    Am I making sense?

    I need caffeine.

  24. I liked that the Silver Phoenix cover was so different and so clearly an Asian story. I hadn’t realized that Borders didn’t carry it though.

    I hope that the new look does broaden your reading audience and that Borders carries it this time around.

    How did Silver Phoenix do outside the US? Did it sell well in Asia? Is Silver Phoenix coming out in paperback and will there be a new cover for Silver Phoenix as well?

  25. I’m very happy that you’re happy with your covers. The whitewashing seen in book covers and movies lately has had me furious for months, but you’re right, it is still important that the story is being told. (But I will be picking up an original hardcover before they’re out of print!)

  26. HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS BEAUTY UNTIL NOW!!!! omg I need to get a hold of Phoenix Friend so we can squee together!!!

  27. thank you, everyone!
    i appreciate your comments and thoughts.

    gaby, i sold only so far in indonesia. would love to have another foreign sale or two for SP!

  28. Hi, Cindy, I’m one of your converts from Indonesia. ^^

    I must admit that I love the original cover much, much more than the new version, so the next thing I’ll do is definitely ordering it from our local imported bookstores. ;D

    I DO hope that the sequel will have a more obviously ‘Ai Ling’ cover (am I making any sense?), but… yeah, guess there’s nothing else we can do.

    Looking forward to read Fury of the Phoenix!

  29. Already got the original hardcover, good luck on the repackaging! :)

    To be honest, while I agree that the initial cover is beautiful, I can also understand why people wouldn’t pick it. Funnily enough, it being Asian hadn’t occurred to me, and it’s a little sad to think that that could be why. To me, the fact that it was about old China was a bonus point – I love reading about different cultures and historical periods, and that was a big selling point for me!

    But I can understand why it didn’t sell so well, so again – good luck with the repackaging, hope it works out well for you. :)

  30. I’m…so disappointed in the cover. It’s a beautiful cover, don’t get me wrong. But. Yeah. Racefail. It’s a cover that wouldn’t make me look at it twice because it looks very generic to me. It’s slightly dark, with a pretty white girl on it. Holding a dagger that doesn’t even look asian(might just be because I can’t see the details).

    It doesn’t stand out, it blends in.

    It’s like they’re trying to hide the asian part of the book, and make it look like every other fantasy book out there. It makes me sad.

    I did buy the hardback copy awhile ago. I bought it because I knew it was an asian themed fantasy. I didn’t buy it because of the cover. If I knew nothing about the book, well, the cover would have drawn me in because it’s obviously asian themed based.

    I don’t think the original is the best cover for the book. A lot of the covers that catch my eyes these days have more subtle colors, and I don’t always enjoy the more realistic trend the publishing industry is going with. So I think something like the sequel cover in terms of colors and subtlety, but with an obvious asian theme would be very eye catching. Considering how popular anime is, as well as martial arts movies, I think there is a market out there for asian themed books, and yes, a right cover would go a long way to bringing people in. And it’s not this one.

  31. ephi, mahda books is the publisher in indonesia. =)

    yileen, thanks for chiming in. but you can see from the posts opinions vary so widely. i think it’s what makes covers so challenging.

  32. Yeah, I do see the wide opinions on the new covers. I just wish they would make an engaging cover that does not whitewash. I actually find it very hurtful. I probably masked it pretty well in my first comment, but it’s the truth. I’m pretty crushed by the changes.

    And I will NOT be protesting by not buying the book. Instead I’m protesting by buying as many copies of Silver Phoenix’s hardback with the original cover(7) as I can and giving them away to whoever can’t afford them. :)

    And writing an email to your publisher on how I don’t like the new covers. I know they can be challenging. Just like I said, they can change it without whitewashing.

  33. Er, sorry for commenting again. But I read somewhere that it won’t help you if I buy the hardcovers at this point because they’ve been remaindered. I still hope by giving them away it’ll help you out with the sequel though. I’ll try to do the same with the sequel when it comes out, and hopefully in time to make a difference. :)

  34. yileen, i’m sorry you are so upset!!
    i’ll be honest (as i tend to be) and say i totally back my publisher, who’s trying to get my story out there. and who chose to publish a novel that is different. cover discussions aside, ai ling’s story is out there. this, i think, is the most important thing.

    i really do appreciate your passion and support for my books. thank you!

  35. yeah, it’s unfortunate that this is the way society and the industry is, but covers with POC sell less than generic covers with pretty white girls on it. honestly, it’s a shame, a huge shame, and very hurtful to someone like me (because it’s like the industry keeps telling me that people like me just don’t matter as much as a white person does). But if it helps sell more books, I guess there’s nothing else to be done.

    Anyway putting the proper cover on the front isn’t as important as creatinng and distributing a story with a POC with POC inspired elements in the world. The more people get used to those kinds of stories, the more they’ll get used to POC leading stories in general, and hopefully the more willing they’ll be to see POC on the cover.

  36. I have to say I’m a little disappointed in the re-packaging. The cover of Silver Phoenix was what led me to buy it on impulse. I was looking for fantasy within an Asian world and the cover was just so beautiful I had to have it. The new covers probably wouldn’t have led me to buy them as they look like all the other YA books out there. This of course doesn’t mean I won’t be buying them now I know how awesome your writing is. I guess I’m more sad that in our society people don’t look outside of their box for things new and different!

  37. This breaks my heart a lot, too; I’m really sorry. Rest assured, I’ll be buying the next one, just as I bought the first. And recommending it.

  38. sarah, thank you so much. you took the words right out of my mouth. small steps. we’re just at the beginning.

    kez, i love my original cover too. it’s stunning and fantastic! thank you for supporting my books.

    jonquil, thank you for stopping by. you’ve always been so encouraging! you know, i’m optimistic. have been from the start (i mean i had to be to query 121 agents, ha!) and still am. *hugs* =)

  39. It’s a gorgeous cover, Cindy, but does it reflect the book the way S.P.’s cover did? I guess that would be my biggest concern as a writer or a reader. I remember when Justine Labalastier went through something similar, which I expect is what you mentioned above. Hmmm. I feel a blog question coming on. It disturbs me that publishers seem to think misleading readers will lead to better sales. They might try marketing tactics instead….

  40. victoria, thanks for commenting! as i said in a more recent post, there will be chinese details on the jacket and my own chinese brush art for chapter decorations within the novel. with the blurb of the actual story–i think the chinese influenced fantasy will be clear.

    i know the situation doesn’t seem ideal, but don’t doubt that my ultimate goal IS the same as yours–to see more diverse fantasy in their awesome covers on the shelves in the future.

  41. I’ll really miss the original cover…that’s the cover that made me say “WOW, what is that one about??” when I picked it up at the library. Makes me wish now that I had bought it when I had the chance and cash. But don’t worry, Cindy, I’ll definitely buy the paperback like I originally planned. It’s a story I want on my shelf, regardless of my feelings toward the cover!!

    The cover for Fury of the Phoenix is great, but honestly, it’s got nothing on the SP original (although the knife is pretty wicked). I’m glad that you’ll at have your Chinese brush painting in the book, though! Details like that rock :)

  42. Your attitude is exemplary. I think if this were me, I’d resemble an overused teapot right now. I mentioned the situation to my husband as he’s an artist and his take is, as soon as someone breaks the Asian fantasy market open like Rowlings did with HP, we’ll see gorgeous and inventive covers first. Then we’ll see all the ripoffs. LOL. Here’s hoping “Fury” cracks the market wide open!

  43. No matter what sales or people say, I think the cover for Silver Phoenix is simply amazing. It’s one of my favorite covers ever and I could easily imagine Ai Ling as the girl on the cover – beautiful and strong willed (at least that’s how she appears to me). It’s exotic and drew my eye at once.

    The cover for Fury of the Phoenix is darker and, IMO a little closer to the ones already out there, so I’m a little sad that we don’t get to see another cover like the first one. Apart from that, the new cover is really well done, too, although I’ll have to read the book to know how well it represents it. It’ll be interesting to see the new cover for Silver Phoenix, too!

    Can’t wait for April!! :D

  44. I loved, loved, loved the cover of Silver Phoenix! The colors, the actress, her stance…everything about was so visually appealing. And although the cover Fury of the Phoenix is very different, I still love it! It’s mysterious and even a little sexy. I hope all the changes bring new readers to your wonderful stories.

  45. Extremely upset. It’s… not as Asian. That isn’t as bad when the story is a fantasy land BORROWING from Chinese culture… but… this is an AUTHENTIC Chinese culture book… never mind. I’ll still buy it when it reaches my local bookstore!

  46. After reading & reviewing Silver Phoenix for TeensReadToo, I knew sooner or later I’d be adding a brand new copy to my keeper shelf. (Honestly? I was waiting for the less expensive, paperback version due to a fixed income). After seeing the repackaged cover though, I’m making a beeline to Amazon & ordering the hardcover a.s.a.p.

    While I am glad this wonderful novel has another chance to grab audiences (and given half a chance, I know it will), I can’t begin to express how disappointed I am in the publishing machine for bowing to the whitewash mentality. Every teen, of every nationality/racial background deserves to see themselves reflected on the shelves of their local stores – whether it’s in books, movies, or paper products. I can only hope bringing attention to these offensive practices will pave the way for future changes.

  47. catie, thank you for taking the time to comment. you wrote such a thoughtful and fantastic review of Silver Phoenix and i was so happy you enjoyed it. i hope you’ll like Fury as well. i’m working hard on it and love it a lot!

  48. thank you thenia and katie!

    jia, i’m sorry you’re upset. i don’t think Silver Phoenix is in most bookstores now. but definitely still online. i’m hoping the original cover will be available until year’s end. if you do read it, i hope you enjoy it! and as clarification, Silver Phoenix is inspired by ancient china. but it isn’t actually china. or my heroine would have her feet bound!

  49. I was really excited to see the new cover, Cindy! And also intrigued by what the cover will reveal about the book.

    However, I am a little disappointed by having a generic white girl on the cover when the book is obviously about a different world. I wish the publisher would take that into account and while not going the route of the “Asian themed” cover, have something simple (like with just the elaborately detailed knife) without bringing race into the discussion.

    I picked up Silver Phoenix because of the cover and because of what it is about. I find it very sad that YA covers are becoming so generic and “dark”. But of course I will still pick up a copy of the new book and support you :) I’m also really interested in the chinese brush painting that will be featured in the book.

  50. I found this to be a very interesting read Cindy. I didn’t know that Silver Phoenix wasn’t picked up by the main book stores. (that might explain why I couldn’t find it in Canadian bookstores.)
    I couldn’t help but think of my own book coming out, which is also different, and wondered if I’ll have the same experience. In any event, I like the new cover!
    Though, I must say – I can see why the original cover of Silver Phoenix will always stay in your heart. What a thing of beauty.

  51. I absolutely love the new cover Cindy!!!!!!!!! It may be way different from the first book, but I think it’s mysterious,and it will want to make people read the book!!!!! Truthfully, I think the debut cover was perfect, I picked up the book as soon as I saw it! You don’t know how ready I am for Fury of the Phoenix, to come out. I have read Silver Phoenix at least a good eight times ( literally =)…
    Great cover Cindy,
    Aleah <3<3

  52. aw thank you, aleah. and reading silver phoenix *eight* times? i think you’ve read it as many times as i have! =) i’m very excited for Fury of the Phoenix!

  53. Cindy, what a fabulous post.

    Many readers and writers don’t realise how much book stores can make or break an author. They want books that look like the ones that sell lots of copies. If they aren’t interested in a book, they won’t stock it, no matter how good it is.

    How frustrating to have major retailers block your path.

    I’ve just ordered a copy from bookdepository, the old cover, because I love it so much.

    Hang in there.

  54. I picked up Silver Phoenix on a whim last year at my local bookstore- and I’ll admit it, I picked it up because of the cover, though the words were what really hooked me. And all I could think back then was, what a shame this book is stuck with all the other crap in the YA section (won’t name names here), it’s never going to get the respect it deserves for just being an amazing book.

    I think the problem is that Silver Phoenix just can’t be slotted into any little boxes of “YA” or “teen fic”- if anything it is and feels most like a historical fantasy in the vein of Temeraire (also an awesome series), with a different setting. And the fact that the setting is ancient China just throws people off even more…

    I’m truly sorry that the demands of the “market”, so to speak, have led to the whitewashing of the cover for Fury of the Phoenix – but at least those who are already fans will know that even if the cover looks like a generic vamps-and-spooks YA novel, the story inside couldn’t be farther from them if it tried.

  55. hi dru, i’m so glad you enjoyed Silver Phoenix. i originally wrote it thinking it was straight adult fantasy, but am actually thrilled it came out as young adult. i do think it has cross over potential. but whether it’s in the fantasy section or the YA section, it’d be different on any of those shelves. haha! the market thing certainly is tricky–but i concentrate on writing my stories.

  56. ^Oh that’s absolutely true, Silver Phoenix would be different no matter what genre it was marketed as, I was speaking more from the POV of the fact that “fantasy” authors (Pratchett, Pullman, Gaiman et al)are often better-appreciated than “YA” authors and there’s also more scope for variation within the fantasy genre.
    Though at this stage I’m happier about the fact that you’re writing another book than I am about just what the publishers classify it as- of course the story is the most important thing :)

  57. ^I don’t mean to run down YA novels, though- it’s just that I do feel that classifying Silver Phoenix as YA meant that older readers (like me!) might be less likely to pick up what they saw as a “teen” book, than if it was marketed as fantasy. And then I realise that their being marketed as a children’s series didn’t stop adults from buying and loving Harry Potter…

  58. PS: Of course, I do believe that authors like you and Alexandra Bracken could lead a sea change in the way YA writing is perceived…so I’m sorry for bombarding you with comments but it’s really something to be happy about :)

  59. hi dru! no worries for the comments, i appreciate them! i think that the lines between young adult and adult are the most blurred when it comes to the fantasy genre. many established authors in fantasy are beginning to write for the young adult market–OR their previous series are now being marketed as young adult.

    it makes sense, i, like so many others, went straight from middle grade reading to the fantasy, horror, mystery shelves in my early teens.

    fantasy lovers that aren’t reading within the young adult genre are truly missing out!

  60. “Silver Phoenix was passed
    on by borders and carried in only limited quantities
    in select barnes and noble stores. she simply wasn’t
    being picked up by readers as much as we’d have liked.”

    Having worked in the publishing industry as an editor, and now opening my own independent bookstore, I understand the pressure publishers and editors feel to have their books picked up widely.

    The statement quoted above, though, is backward. The book wasn’t picked up by enough readers *because* it wasn’t widely available. At the publishing house where I had worked, if B&N told our sales team that they didn’t like the cover we’d slaved over, we had to change it. One buyer’s opinion—and I literally mean 1 opinion—sealed the fate of that book. If that buyer at Borders and Barnes & Noble decided not to carry your book because of the cover, your book was doomed to small sales before it even hit the printing press.

    Sadly, if you surveyed the race and age of the book buyers at these large chains—the people who have incredible amounts of power when it comes to book design and sales—you’ll notice that most of them are white and older.

    I, as an independent bookstore owner, have no voice when it comes to book sales, but as someone who spends my time selling these books to real teens, I have a much better idea of what they want than a corporate executive (which is basically what B&N and Borders buyers are, as they deal exclusively with publishers and never with real readers).

    People tend to go after publishers for these decisions and, though they are partially responsible, the real authority behind some of these big decisions are ignored because people don’t realize how the system works. I’d love to see it change, but until readers stop spending all of their book-buying dollars at the Big Bs, nothing will.

    Sorry for the long explanation, but the way you’d phrased that paragraph really struck me. I doubt many people realize how much power those big booksellers have in the world of publishing.

  61. kimberly, sorry i missed your comment. thank you–so happy you enjoyed my debut!

    michelle, thank you very much for the insight. i know my local indie bookstores have been so supportive of Silver Phoenix for which i’m so grateful. good luck on your own indie and spreading book and reading love!

  62. Well, hey, at least with a drastic cover change, her story will bubble up and create more buzz. We’re buying the sequel no matter what the cover looks like. We simply loved the story.

  63. Thanks for talking openly about this. I read something on Color Online about your new cover being whitewashed and I wanted to hear what you had to say about it. Kevjumba talks a lot about this. His vid on dragonball z sticks in my mind. Writing is about the story and doing what makes you feel right. Anyways, I think the difference in the two covers has nothing to do with race and more to do with intrigue. The Silver Phoenix cover is too revealing, too story telling in itself. The new one has mystery. I think if you replace the two girls, you’d come to the same conclusion. The latter would be more intriguing either way.


  64. I just read this post even though its a on the previous page or something like that.

    Awe! It stinks that you have to change your cover to make it more appealing to Young Adults. I actually love the original cover more. It shows the story better.

    I can’t wait for your sequel, but I’m sorry to say that I can’t enjoy the second cover as much as the first. None the less, I will read it the second it comes out! I’m happy that your first book represented Asianess though! We need some mix on covers :)

  65. Hi Cindy, I LOVE your book and the new title is AMAZING. I am an adolescent and I still love your book because I do not judge a book by its cover. I look for the content inside and that is what really matters. The ending of S.P. broke my heart but I was really happy when I heard there was a sequel coming. I am totally gonna read Fury of the Phoenix!!!!!

  66. The reason I decided to learn more about Silver Phoenix was because of the gorgeous (original) cover art, not in spite of it. It illustrates the soul of the book, and it does justice to the writing.
    I understand the reasons for re-packaging it, and I do hope your books will reach wider audiences and will become bestsellers. The least that can come out of book buyers’ bigotry. It’s no wonder they’re becoming obsolete.

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