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Item one: the difference in spelling between the front cover and spine.

Item two: "Female SF writers are a rarity; good ones even scarcer!"

If anyone wants to play guess-the-publisher before clicking through to the photos, feel free. That said, I'm still looking forward to reading it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item one: which one do they mean? Or is it a cunning pun, and they really do mean both?

Item two: Well, as discussed with regards to the BSFA Awards, they do have a point.
which one do they mean?

The internal cover has Principles, so I'm assuming that. But who can say?

Well, as discussed with regards to the BSFA Awards, they do have a point.

Some might argue that there's a difference between there not being many good female sf writers published in Britain and there not being many good female sf writers ...
Sadly, I saw this post immediately below the flickr photos on my friends page, so guessing was a moot point. But yes, that's, um, isn't it?
We just got galleys of the latest book by "Laura Anne Gillman". Wasn't Gillman a Marvel superhero about fifty years ago?
"Female SF writers are a rarity; good ones even scarcer!"

Wow! I would be so pleased if my publisher put that on my book!

Regarding other bits of the copy: is she really well known? I think we previously had the discussion that she's had a couple of short stories in minor publication and no one has really heard of her.
I think if you surveyed Eastercon-goers you would find that she was fairly recognised. I think if you surveyed Interzone-readers they'd say "who?"
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Here's an interesting thing: one of the other proofs that came in the same package is The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell. The book is apparently "Neil Gaiman meets The Bourne Identity in one of 2008's most feted Gollancz debuts", and Bell is "a frighteningly young, talented debut author ... Massively promotable, Alex is sure to gain extensive publicity coverage". Nowhere does it mention that Alex Bell is a woman. Now, is this because (1) Bell didn't want to be so identified, (2) they think men aren't going to buy The Bourne Identity by a woman, (3) female fantasy authors just aren't as comment-worthy as female sf authors, or (4) something else?
Well, Jaine is good -- but that tag line is shameful and what I've come to expect from said publisher. I feel a revolution coming on.
May I link to this?
Yes, of course.
I guessed Baen. My bad.
This honestly isn't meant remotely cattily...

...but exactly how old does an author have to be before publishers stop describing them as 'young'? I mean, I've known Jaine for well over 20 years.
No offence taken m'dear. I've been reading my own PR with increasing incredulity, but the comment about being 'young' did make me fall off my chair.

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