"Ariadne" wrote:As they say, things happen in threes. Christy English's first novel about Eleanor and Alais of France (The Queen's Pawn) is scheduled for spring 2010 as well. The English and Holland have the same publisher, too (well, Berkley/New American Library).
Not only that but Sharon Kay Penman's Devil's Brood will be out in paperback around then too surely?
Another title with 'Queen' in it too. I think that added to headless bodice covers, readers are soon going to become very confused. Imagine the scenario.
Reader entering a bookshop. 'Hi, there's a historical novel I want. It's got Queen in the title and a headless costume cover.'
Assistant takes customer over to the shelf and there are at least 100 titles answering to that description..... I can see the dilemma. Headless bodices sell big-time. The word 'Queen' is an empowering one that suggests glamour and that the novel will be about a woman, but when everyone uses it, then you end up on first glance with a forest of identical trees.