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If you want a glimpse of exactly how much Amazon is presently frelling around with my books (and no doubt many other writers' books), just have a look at the page for the Kindle ebook of Daughter of Hounds. Presently, most of the page is occupied by "reviews" of Laurell K. Hamilton's novel The Harlequin, as well as by entries from her blog, most of which seems to be devoted to her fancy new sports car (with photos). What the hell?! My thanks to [livejournal.com profile] troublebox for filing a complaint with Amazon. I'll complain to my editor on Monday. Also, do note that the Amazon "bargain book" copies of the Threshold remaindered tpbs are said to have been authored by "Caitlin R. and Dame Darcy (artist) Kiernan." Anyway, once again, here are the correct Amazon links for the three novels presently in new mass-market editions (with the correct ISBNs if you wish to preorder from an actual bookshop):

Silk (ISBN 978-0-451-45668-7)

Threshold (978-0-451-46124-7)

Low Red Moon (978-0-451-46164-3)

If you have an interest in seeing me continue to publish novels, these are the editions I ask that you please purchase, as these are the only editions that Penguin is watching. Thanks.

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Yesterday, I did manage to get back to work after the movie. We read through Chapter One of Joey Lafaye. The good news is I still like it, so now it's time to backtrack and have another go at a prologue.

By the way, does it amuse anyone else that Nicole Kidman's character in The Golden Compass, a woman who is a megalomanical tool of a dogmatic political and religious body, happens to bear the surname "Coulter"?

I think that's it for this afternoon. The platypus is looking askance again...
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First, the cover for the new mass-market edition of Murder of Angels, due in bookstores on April 1st, 2008 ($7.99 US). My thanks to my editor at Penguin, Anne Sowards, for getting this too me so early. Anyway, it's behind the cut if you're reading this on LJ:

Murder of Angels 2nd edition )


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I really do not often bitch about the publishing and bookselling end of writing, because, well, usually, I just don't see much point. But as Roc releases my novels in mass-market paperback, a very serious problem has come to my attention, and it's one that effects all novelists, and one that could seriously harm the sales of these editions of my novels. I have been aware of the problem for a couple of months now, but I've been so distracted by one thing or another and so haven't taken the time to talk about it. Then I received this email from Sandi Merrit:

Just a quick question. I preordered Silk from Amazon, and got it today. (Which I was very happy about) I wanted to order another copy for a present. But when I went to Amazon and put it in the search all I could find was the one published in 2002 and the one published in 1998. They don't even have the 2007 reissued edition listed. I checked twice to be sure I had not over looked it. I can order it from Barnes & Noble. But I thought I would just mention it, in cause you were unaware.

Now, here's what's going on. Like many traditional booksellers, Amazon.com is permitted by publishers to buy remaindered copies of books cheap and resell them at a discount over the cover price. You know when you can get a hardback cheap after the paperback is released, if you don't mind a red mark on the side? That's a remaindered book. And generally, I don't grouse about bookstores selling remainders, because it's better than the books getting pulped, and I know how expensive books are. Also, actual bookstores tend to have the newer editions on the shelves where you may find them. Amazon, on the other hand, is doing something rather different, and it is jeopardizing the new editions. Amazon offers their remaindered books as "bargain books" at a substantial discount, and they have begun making it very difficult to locate newer editions (because, it seems, they are more interested in moving their "bargain" copies). Hence Sandi's trouble locating the new edition of Silk. There have been days when I'm making a journal entry and need to link to one of my books, and even though I'm aware what Amazon's up to, I still have trouble finding the new mmps. I should also point out, in the case of the trade paperbacks of Threshold, Low Red Moon, and Murder of Angels, these are copies I should have had the opportunity to buy before Amazon, as guaranteed in my contracts, but was denied (see my entry for August 2nd, 2006 for details on that fiasco).

So...I need to do everything I can to make my readers aware of this problem. I should have taken action months ago, I know. Below are links to the new mmp editions of the novels. I would be very grateful if you would repost these links, or if you have asked someone to give you one of my books, that you take care to see they are directed to these editions. For one thing, they contain my edited, corrected, and preferred texts. They are not merely new and repackaged printings, and this is especially true of Silk and Threshold. These are the editions that need to sell if I am to remain in good standing with my publisher (a matter which, of course, does not concern Amazon), and if I am to continue to be able to sell future novels to Penguin (or anyone else). Amazon's "bargain books" may be significantly increasing my usually low return rates, and that is a Bad Thing (which I will explain in Pt. 2). Anyway, here are the links to the new editions:

Silk

Threshold

Low Red Moon

As yet, Amazon is not taking preorders for the mmp of Murder of Angels, but I do ask that you please wait on the new edition, instead of buying used or remaindered copies from them. And no, I am not generally opposed to used books, when they truly are used books, and when a bookseller is not employing deceitful practices to give the "used" editions an edge over the new ones. Thank you.

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This morning, Spooky and I dragged ourselves to the theatre at nose-bleed o'clock for a matinee of Chris Weitz' adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass. I think it was the 11:50 ayem screening. At any rate, we found it genuinely magnificent, a beautiful, enthralling, and deeply moving sf/fantasy. A story of forces of dogma and repression seeking to end free thought and scientific discovery by any means necessary. Now, I'll admit, I have not yet read Pullman's novels, but I am aware of the changes that were made to the story for the screenplay. And no doubt this aided in my enjoyment of the film. But, I think this is a very good example of how a film can help a book's sales (the trilogy's sales have jumped upon the film's release), and that means that kids will be exposed to the purer and less diluted anti-Church message of the novels. And from my perspective, that's a Very Good Thing. Anyway, back to the film itself, yes, wonderful. I was delighted by so much that it's hard to single out any one element or performance. I will say it gets a big thumb's up for dragging a good new song out of Kate Bush, when I have not liked anything she's done since The Sensual World (1989). The cast is uniformly superb, and I found the SFX and art direction truly breathtaking (and that's a word I know I probably use too often, but I mean it). I greatly enjoyed The Golden Compass and have added the books to my "to be read" list as a result.

And please, don't get snarky about the film until after you've seen it.

Oh, and here's this clip via IGN that features (most of) the Kate Bush song, "Lyra":

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Turns out, after driving to Birmingham, I had to forgo the dental appointment. We were home by noon yesterday. I'm no closer to knowing what the pain in my face is all about, and we're making an appointment with a local dentist. Screw this driving to Alabama nonsense. As for my doctor, she wants to put me on medication that will interfere with my ability to write, which makes sense, as she suspects I'm writing too much and the writing-related exhaustion is a major factor in my present health problems. I did point out that if I miss deadlines, I cannot pay medical bills. Hell, if I make deadlines, I still can't pay medical bills. Anyway, after we got home, we spent the better part of yesterday extracting shards of Budweiser bottles and knobby sweet potatoes from my buttocks. Which is to say, in an ideal universe, Robert Frost might have come across as a less-naive poet. Which is to say, this bit from "The Death of a Hired Man":

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in."

"I should have called it
Something you somehow haven't to deserve."


...well, it's bollocks. I mean, yeah, I wish, and I still love Robert Frost, if only for the sound of his words, but bollocks.

Yesterday, I received the cover flaps for the new mass-market edition of Murder of Angels, which goes on sale April 1st, 2008. Overall, I'm very happy with the cover. Penguin used the same model for Niki that they used for the mmp Silk cover. Anyway, much more to say on both these books (and the mass-market paperbacks, in general) tomorrow. Today, I find myself not in the mood to write about writing.

So, here are some links, instead:

From the Natural Resources Defense Council, a much-needed petition asking the US government to extend protection to polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.

Also, Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno has declared creationism to be a form of paganism. Well, duh. Still, this is a weird one for me, as I cheer all jabs at creationism and "intelligent design," but cannot help but be annoyed at Consolmagno's comment that what's so troublesome about creationism is "it's turning God into a nature god." For my part, the only gods worth a damn are nature gods, but since my concept of gods views them as metaphorical, or as focal points for consciousness, I suppose I can shrug this off and just be glad that even the Catholics still want nothing to do with creationists (the Vatican has a long history of denouncing "scientific" creationism). I also love Consolmagno's description of the concept of Papal infallibility as a "PR disaster," and this statement regarding the Pope: "It's not like he has a magic power, that God whispers the truth in his ear."

And lest I leave you with the thought that I have a soft spot for the Church, here's this bit about the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights (cough), denouncing the film adaptation as a platform for atheism aimed at children. Meanwhile, of course, the British Secular Society is pissed that the anti-Church aspects of the novels were watered down for the film. Me, I just want to see the bears...

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