Broadening my fantasy horizons

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I’m mindful that I’ve done a lot of talking about my book just lately, so I thought I should maybe talk about something else. It gets a bit tiresome saying, “Hello, buy my book,” and “Did you know my book is available here,” and “Hey, my book got a review,” and “Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear your pig passed away, did you buy my book yet or—?”

So, instead of all that, I thought I might do a post suggesting you buy books other than mine. Continue reading

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You want buy book, yes?

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So. You can buy my book, now. Y’know, if you want to. You might not want to, and that’s okay. I mean, the print version is very pretty and would just about arrive before Christmas if you wanted to buy it for someone. You might not want to, of course. I’m just saying, it would be the best gift anyone received from you this year. Much better than the pasta strainer you were thinking of. (I mean, really? What were you THINKING?)

Anyway, it’s available from a number of places, your best candidate perhaps being Amazon, who will deliver you the print version in time for Christmas or the ebook. Continue reading

Oh, shit! Proofs have arrived

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Imagine if I’d decided to forgo the exclamation mark in this post’s title. That would have been stupid wouldn’t it? Heh heh. That would have said—heh heh—that would have made it look like—heh—like the proofs were— okay, yes that’s precisely what I did, but the point is that I caught it and I fixed it. Now, let’s forget about this whole mess and move on. Continue reading

Ey up, it’s me book, duck

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“What’s happening with the book, Matt?” no one asked.

Well, I’ll tell you, no one. It’s shittingly close to being ready now. So shittingly close, in fact, that I’m just waiting for the paperback proofs to arrive so I can give them what I hope will be one final review before I make them available to people’s bookshelves, kindles, iPads, phones, Nooks, crannies (that isn’t one), and whatever else people use to read stuff on these days. Continue reading

Monsters of Elsewhere – wassat all abaht, den?

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Seeing as I recently sent the latest-edited draft of Monsters of Elsewhere off to be proofread, I thought I might actually put up some information on what the bloody book is about. To that end, I’ve had a go at writing one of those things. You know… the things. The things publishers put on the back of books. The not-quite-synopses that some people call blurbs but for which I’m not convinced that is the right word. I always thought a blurb was what authors write about other authors’ books when they like them… or when they’re mates with said authors, just met them at a conference and were bought a beer, or share a publisher.

Book covers often have EXCITING CAPITALISED WORDS from author blurbs spaffed all over them, making it impossible to actually see the cover beyond—

“DELICIOUS” – Terry Hambone

“GAMECHANGING” – Stephanie Pensquiggle

“OOOOOH IT’S PROPER SATISFACTIONISING AND WORDIONEERING” – Russell Brand Continue reading