If you didn’t win the previous Goodreads contest to win an advance reader copy of This Shattered World, never fear—there’s another one live now! But this one will most likely be the last contest on Goodreads for TSW, so be sure to enter. (And yes, it’s open internationally, so go forth and win stuff!)
Found this on ebay.
I’ll just leave it here…
I think if you got one of those extra large ziplocks made for freezing like giant piles of food and blew into it to fill it up with air, you could pull this off.. esp. if had plastic food gloves sticking out of the bottom like… and maybe saran wrap? idk. IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE IT WOULD BE HARD TO DIY THIS OK.
—E.C. Myers from Confessions of a Male YA Author (and author of the smart sci-fi Fair Coin)
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THE “WE LOVE BOOKS. WE LOVE BLOGS.” PROMO.
I say we like there’s more than one of me, but there’s not. It’s just me. And I love books. And I love blogs.
So here’s the thing - if you are a book blog with a focus on YA, reblog this post, and I’ll be rounding you all up in a giant masterpost of promos that I will then share with all of our followers. Because I like you, and without you, this blog couldn’t exist.
I only ask that you reblog instead of like because some of you run your blogs as sideblogs and so I will then know which blog to use, or run multiple blogs, and it just makes things easier.
I will stop cataloging blogs in two weeks (August 26) and will have the promo up on September 1st. Please reblog by then or you will not be included.
Thank you and keep spreading the YA love!
This…is an interesting question.
My publisher was very aware of Jessamin being a POC character. The model they used is Polynesian (and probably the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, but that’s neither here nor there), and they were very careful with the coloring because we didn’t want her washed out. But the lighting is really intense around the teacup, so I can see how her skin tone could be confused.
So, I don’t really have an answer for you, other than that my publisher definitely made no attempt to whitewash Jessamin or her story. The visual emphasis is supposed to be the teacup, thus the bright lighting focusing on that portion of the cover.
This is SUCH an interesting question, and it illustrates something I’ve been thinking about for awhile: the idea (that arises in many discussions of book covers, particularly) that representations of people of color must appear a certain way in order to be read as people of color. The fact, is not all people of color are read as people of color in the real world — sometimes people of color pass as white*, but that doesn’t mean they are white. Basically, being a “person of color” doesn’t necessarily mean your skin is noticeably darker than “white” (and what is “white” anyway?), and it’s important to remember that.
Racial and ethnic identity is more than skin deep. It’s about culture, lived experience, history. It’s complicated, and often impossible to express in a flat, two-dimensional image.
* Edited to add: Sometimes a person passes as white only to certain other people. Whether you recognize someone as [insert ethnic identity] often depends on your own lived experience and ethnic identity. E.g., Chinese people often notice that I am not 100% Chinese (I’m 1/4 white), but I’ve never had a white person notice that (or, at least, tell me they noticed).
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