Tor.com have a good post on Whelan's process of making the Cover for 'A Memory of Light'. From a brief look at the comments everyone seems to be saying "OMG that's so awesome!!!". Me, meh. It's about as tacky as most of the Sweet Covers if you ask me. I'd also say it's about as inaccurate as the rest. I'm pretty sure Rand has never held his sword using that grip. I guess all that's a positive though as it fits in with all the over covers. I would have liked one of the other options better(see below).
Janny Wurts has a guest post over at Only The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy on her 'Wars of Light and Shadow' series.
Bryce, your take on the style as 'immersive' is bang on. I aimed to deliver an experience, as though the reader had been present, living the events with edges and full sensory impact. This requires full focus and no skimming, and not much room for inattention or the fluffy fuzz of ambiguity. I am not writing pablum, or aiming for middle ground, or striking to engage everyone. Sorry: No Elves. No Orcs. No Darklords. For those fond of 'simple' or 'short,' I suggest picking something else from another phase of my career.
Always been meaning to try that series.
Mark Lawrence on what readers are made of.
The Plotster, unsurprisingly, is all about plot. Unless the plot is explained to them on page 1 (some will allow you to dawdle until page 2) they are not happy bunnies. Unless the events transpiring are moving us steadily through the expounded plot toward the stated goal ... the Plotster believes nothing is happening. The world could be on fire, the main character having a profound and life-changing epiphany ... but to the Plotster’s mind nothing is happening. The plot must be served. Books are plot machines. Period.
That is all.