Pssst! Wanna know a secret? In the next few weeks, I’ll be re-releasing my novel Cuckoo (out of print for the last eight years) in a revised edition for the Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, and more. A few weeks after, there will be a dead tree edition in paperback.
Don’t tell anyone. It’s just between you and me, right now. It won’t look like the above. I’ve a fantastic cover designer for the project, who’s giving the look of the book a whole new edge (I’ll show you, when the final proof is ready).
To help make sure that interested parties know about it, I recently tweeted a couple of calls for help. It’s tricky, being a one man band with this sort of thing, and I’m grateful to the handful of people who have already responded. I hope you’ll do so too.
Book reviewers: Cuckoo never received a bad review, and it got a lot of great ones in its time. That was then, though. If you have a book review site, or freelance for a publication, drop me a line, and I’ll make sure you get an electronic copy formatted per your preference (.mobi, .epub, .pdf, etc).
Bloggers: I’ll be blog touring in September, to let people know the book’s out there. I’d love to swing by your gaffe. I can hijack it for the day, we can Q&A, or if you have something more adventurous you want to try, just let me know. It’ll be fun, and I’m happy to return the favour anytime you like.
Readers: I’ll give a free electronic copy to anybody who comments on this post in the next 24 hours (the original post on my website, not the Facebook or Goodreads version). The trade off is you have to post a reader review somewhere like Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, your blog, or somewhere else it’ll be read. I don’t mind whether you love or loathe it, and it doesn’t have to be the War and Peace of literary criticism. Just your opinion, in a few lines. Anyone up for it?
It’s been a lot of work, bringing this book back (and we’re not there yet), but it’s been bloody satisfying reacquainting myself with it. Like catching up with an old friend, I suppose. More on the whys and wherefores as we near launch day (exact date to be confirmed, but I like the last Friday of the month for it right now…). It all started though, with this post a few months back…
In other news, without trying to be flippant about anybody’s death or injuries, it strikes me as rather disproportionate to kill a polar bear for attacking a few people (with horrific results for those involved), when at the same time we’re choosing to do this sort of thing to each other. Polar bears attacking things, I can basically get my head around. They’re massive, aggressive predators. It’s what they do. The London riots? Well, maybe that is what we’re built for. It’s not a nice thought. Hard to imagine a small group of polar bears getting it into their heads to go mental, hurt and injure as many other polar bears as they can, and generally destroy as much of their own habitat as they’re able to.
I hope you’re all right, normal people of London, and that you can pull the place back together in the aftermath.