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Packaging process stuff:

Here's the next-to-final cover with titles. We'll likely tweak the fonts a bit and stick a quote on the bottom there, but this is pretty close...




The back cover copy
will resemble the following, but some of it's likely to change:

One of the year's most anticipated fantasy debuts, from a finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards.

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, land of djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, Khalifs and killers, is at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince.  In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms.

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat, just wants a quiet cup of tea.  A fat old man who has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, he's more than ready to retire from his dangerous vocation.  But when an old flame's family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter's path.

Adoulla's young assistant Raseed, a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety, is eager to deliver God's justice. But even as Raseed's sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the power of the Lion-Shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man's title. She lives only to avenge her father's death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father's killer. Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince's brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time - and struggle against their own misgivings - to save the life of a vicious despot.  In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.


Aaaand the very first round of blurbish quotes,
likely to appear on front or back cover:

"THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON is colorful, magical, exciting, and moving.  Saladin Ahmed delivers a beautiful story of a demon hunter in an Arabian Nights setting. An excellent first novel!"
--Kevin J. Anderson


"This promising debut offers a glimpse of a dusty and wonderful fantasy city through the eyes of three engaging, unconventional protagonists."
--Elizabeth Bear

"Readers yearning for the adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser will delight in the arrival of Adoulla and Raseed."
--Walter Jon Williams

"Introduces a promising series in telling of a ghul hunter and a young dervish who becomes his apprentice...the main characters' interaction is enjoyable and bodes well for further pieces."
--Locus (for a short story set in this world)

ETA: Preorder buttons for  Amazon US and Amazon UK
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treize64 From: treize64 Date: June 3rd, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Duuuuuuuuuuude. Mumtaz!
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 3rd, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
:) Thanks.
sajia From: sajia Date: June 3rd, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dibs on playing Zamia in the movie!
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 3rd, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
How do you feel about tearing a man's throat out with your teeth?
sajia From: sajia Date: June 4th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always wanted to do that.
sajia From: sajia Date: June 4th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Of course, by the time this comes to the screen, I'll be too old and I'll have to play the brothel madame from that story where Rasheed meets up with Adoulla instead. As long as I get to bellydance...
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 4th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. Miri. She and Adoulla's decades-long on-again-off-again thing hits a crescendo in Book I...
stina_leicht From: stina_leicht Date: June 3rd, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
so nice. i love that cover. :0)
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 3rd, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for putting up with all my blabbing in various spaces...
stina_leicht From: stina_leicht Date: June 4th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's exciting! i'm thrilled for you. there is no putting up with it. be excited. it's fun to snoopy dance -- in particular, it's fun to snoopy dance with others. besides, i don't think i'd want to know you if you were bored by something like this, anyway. ;-)
tchernabyelo From: tchernabyelo Date: June 3rd, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, I am soooo looking forward to this.
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 4th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear it!
stillnotbored From: stillnotbored Date: June 3rd, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Far from bored. I don't have a pub date yet, but my first book comes out next year. Watching yet another debut come together gives me a little vicarious thrill. Kind of a coming attractions, only starring someone else. *g*

Yes, I am a geek. I can live with that.
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 4th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
You can learn as you watch me fall flat on my face
From: jacedraccus Date: June 3rd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's actually the first time I've seen anything about the story itself... maybe I should have looked. Sorry.

But still, it sounds awesome. If I'd seen it on a shelf without having known about it prior, I'd most likely pick it up anyways. Sounds like the sort of thing I look for.

And no, not bored at all. Still working on my own book, so getting a glimpse of the stages involved at the other end of process is neat.
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 4th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope you enjoy it!
From: jacedraccus Date: June 4th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Through the miracle of modern stalker programs... I mean, social media... I'll try to let you know. :)
kateelliott From: kateelliott Date: June 3rd, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
PLEASE! Does one ever get bored of such things?! You could show every iteration of the cover and it would not get boring. ;)

This sounds great. I love that the hero is an, um, old dude. Altho at my advanced age, I'm not sure how "old" old is in this case. I hate to congratulate you on having an old dude hero if it turns out he's about my age!
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 6th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Adoulla's sixty-something. I think he's got a few years on you :P
kateelliott From: kateelliott Date: June 6th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whew! That's okay, then. He *is* an old dude.
ecmyers From: ecmyers Date: June 3rd, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't get over how beautiful that cover is. And you have great blurbs too! Keep us posted on every little detail. I want to see the ISBN, man!
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 6th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
BOOK MEASUREMENTS, COMIN' ATCHYA!
dsmoen From: dsmoen Date: June 4th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome.
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 6th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad someone else thinks so!
baka_kit From: baka_kit Date: June 4th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That cover is GORGEOUS! I can't wait!
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 6th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am honored by your choice of icon here. :)
ironed_orchid From: ironed_orchid Date: June 5th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Looks great!
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: June 6th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, thank you!
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