The cover design was done by Kathleen Oudit, who I adore. I’ve stopped calling this the Magic School book because it turned left almost immediately. I don’t usually have to start the CAST novels multiple times; I sit down, I start. Maybe I’ll start a second time if the first attempt doesn’t hit the right tone, but the CAST novels have a tone.
This book had to be started many times, and the eventual beginning of the book was not the one I’d envisioned on any of the prior attempts.
It’s not necessary to have read the CAST novels — in theory. My editor hadn’t. (This makes perfect sense. It does not upset me. There are seventeen and a half CAST novels, plus the one I’m working on now, and editors are always hideously overworked. Asking someone to read all of the previous canon before she edits is… it’s a huge ask). Part of working with the new editor (Leah Mol) was figuring out what won’t work for new readers because it relies too much on the knowledge gained from previous books.)
If you missed the previous Indigo promotion, you are not – where my book is concerned – out of luck. Indigo has started a “Most anticipated Science Fiction & Fantasy” preorder promotion (as of yesterday, but I’m a tiny bit behind). It runs until the 12th, so I’m sorry to be a day late in mentioning it.
Shards of Glass is here, if you don’t want to scroll down :)