Bound launch evite and the first 3 chapters free online!

I apologise in advance. My new book, Bound, the first Alex Caine book, comes out in almost exactly one month, on the 1st July. So my apology is because I’m going to be crapping on a lot about this book over the next month or so. I really hope I don’t bore you, and I’ll try to be interesting on other subjects too, but the reality is, I have a fucking book coming out!I’m equal parts excited, nervous and panicking. But yes, if I go on about this a lot, please forgive me. It’s not something that happens often.

So, with that in mind, here’s some more Bound news. As I’ve already blogged, there will be pre-release copies available at Supanova Sydney and a few ARCs up for grabs at Continuum in Melbourne. The book will be available in shops from July 1st or so. But the first official launch of Bound is on July 10th in Sydney and you’re all invited. Margo Lanagan is launching the book. Margo Frickin’ Lanagan who writes with a frickin’ pen! (She does, you know – writes everything longhand first. Mad.) I mean it, all of you are invited. Please come if you can, it would wonderful to see you there. It’s at Kinokuniya Bookshop, as I’ve mentioned before, but now there’s a proper electronic invite with an RSVP email address so Kino can get an idea of numbers. That’s below – click on it for a larger image.

Meanwhile, to whet your appetites (cos I know you all have voracious appetites) I’ve put a PDF of the first three chapters of Bound on the official Bound webpage here. So, go and have a read and I hope you like it. I hope you like it enough to buy the book. Nothing would make me happier. Well, world peace would make me happier. As would a cure for all cancers. And so on. But, in context, you know what I mean.

Here’s the invite – I really look forward to seeing people there.

Bound evite

EDIT: And now there’s a Facebook event for the Kinokinuya launch that can sign up to for updates. Click here!

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Adelaide signing event for Bound, July 19th

I’ve already blogged about the Bound events happening in Sydney at Supanova in June and the official launch at Kinokinuya on July 10th (and some pre-launch stuff at Continuum in Melbourne). All those details here. But Adelaide is getting some love too. I’m coming down to Collins Booksellers Edwardstown, Shop T54, Castle Plaza, 992 South Road, Edwardstown, Adelaide, South Australia on Saturday July 19th at 1pm, where I’ll be signing copies and generally hanging out to have a good time.

There’s a Facebook event you can join here to stay updated.

As the bookstore say, “If you enjoy Jim Butcher and Kevin Herne, then you will love Alan Baxter.” I can’t complain about that kind of comparison.

So if you’re anywhere near Adelaide on July 19th, I’d love to see you there.

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Amazon, Hachette and the swinging of gorilla dicks

I was planning to blog today about the Amazon/Hachette debacle, but good old Jay Kristoff has said pretty much everything I wanted to say, so I’ll just direct you over there (link at the end). But I will add one thing – I’m generally a fan of Amazon and the amazing things they’ve done for writers and readers. The game is constantly changing and big dogs will always come out on top in the fight. But there’s a line where game-changers become game-dictators and then it’s a problem.

This is what Jay is talking about, so I’ll leave that there. But remember also that Amazon are trying to corner ebooks with mobi when everyone else (and I mean EVERYONE) is using ePub. This is something they’ve been doing all along – and you don’t even get to own the mobi. Only a licence to read it. So while you’re considering Jay’s words, consider that too and maybe reconsider your choice of ereader and ebook. You can shop just as easily online for print and ebook with Barnes & Noble, kobo.com and so on. (I think I might do some research and blog about alternative stores at some point.)

Regardless, do as Jay says and exercise your consumer power. If we all do this, Amazon’s strongarm, bully-boy bullshit might just swing that big old gorilla cock right back into their own face. (Blame Jay for this analogy.)

Now, go and read his post here.

EDIT: After a Facebook discussion triggered by this post, I feel the need to add something that wasn’t made clear in my original post. That’s my fault for not mentioning it. However, I’m not automatically defending Hachette here. It’s not guaranteed that they’re playing fair in negotiations. After all, the big five were found to be colluding against Amazon before – corporate negotiations are rarely fair and equitable. What I have a problem with, whether Hachette are playing fair or not, are the tactics Amazon are employing in the negotiations. Amazon are targeting readers and authors with their actions and we can say “Fuck you!” to that by shopping elsewhere. Regardless of the reasons and who’s doing what and why, that is the simple truth of Amazon’s actions.

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My Continuum X schedule

Continuum X is just around the corner. Have you voted in the Ditmars? If not, stop reading this and read this. Then go and vote! Then come back and read the rest of this. I’ll wait. *starts filing nails*

*makes a cuppa*

*squeezes in a quick game of Hearthstone*

You’ve voted? Good. You’re making the world of Australian SFF a better place.

So, other than the Ditmar Awards, loads of other stuff is happening at Continuum X and here’s my schedule:

SigningsSaturday 13:00-13:30 in The Midway (Foyer)
I’m pretty sure there won’t be any copies of Bound available yet, but I’m happy to sign anything else. Really, I’ll sign anything. Surprise me.

ReadingsSaturday 14:00-15:00 in Sideshow Alley
with: to be confirmed.
While there won’t be copies of Bound available, I will be reading an excerpt from the book, so if you want a sneak preview, come along to this.

Judging a Book By Its Cover panelSaturday 15:00-16:00 in The Hall of Mirrors
with: Alan Baxter, Nalini Haynes, Kate Cuthbert, Laura Wilkinson, Dirk Strasser
This should be an interesting panel!

Demystifying Social Media panelSaturday 18:00-19:00 in The Haunted House
with: Nalini Haynes, Alan Baxter, Jim C. Hines, Satima Flavell, Helen Stubbs

This is always too big a subject for a single panel, but we’ll do our best, I’m sure.

The Aliens Are Too Human! panelSunday 10:00-11:00 in The Hall of Mirrors
with: Alan Baxter, Steve Cameron, Darren Sanderson, Bismuth Hoban, Stacey Larner

I’m looking forward to this. No Star Trek galactic DNA seeding bollocks here, please.

At the Crossroads: Music and Genre Fiction panelSunday 15:00-16:00 in The Haunted House
with: Julia Svaganovic, Jason Franks, Narrelle Harris, Alan Baxter

RAWK!

How To Make a Podcast panelSunday 16:00-17:00 in The Big Top
with Sean Wright, Alan Baxter, Kirstyn McDermott, Terry Frost, Alex Pierce

I’m sure my co-panelists will be far more knowledgable than me on this one, even though I’ve co-hosted over 100 episodes of Authorcast, but there you go!

So that’s me actually fairly busy at the con this year, but that’s cool. Plenty of bar time in between. And I’m sure I’ll be checking out a lot of the other interesting panels and things going on. Come and find me, say hello, let’s have a beer or something.

See you there!

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Albedo1 reviews SQ Mag 14 very positively and is very kind to my story

Roderick McDonald over at Albedo1.com has reviewed issue 14 of SQ Mag. It’s a fine review and says very nice things about my novelette.

“The Darkness in Clara” by Alan Baxter punched you in the face right from the start. On discovering her long-time partner Clara hanging by the neck as a result of suicide, Michelle feels she has to dig up the past to try to fathom the depths of the departed’s soul. Maybe not a wise decision, nevertheless she goes back to the town where Clara grew up only to find severe hostility. Of the many characters there was nobody to beat Wendy. What great descriptions you get in the story! Anyway, it turns out that Wendy and her pals detested Clara and had no sympathy for her suicide. Something in the past was the source of irritation and it was possibly to do with black magic!

An uncomfortable story to read because of the subject matter, it nevertheless became gripping especially with very believable characters that don’t miss and hit the wall. A really good story!

Can’t get much better praise than that.

You can read the full review here.

And you can read SQ Mag and my story here.

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