A new approach to ebooks

With the Infected Books release of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION next week, I’m taking a new approach to ebooks. You see, I’m a big fan both of ebooks and traditional print editions. I love the physicality of ‘real’ books, but also appreciate the immediacy and portability of ebooks. What really, really annoys me is the lack of flexibility between the two, and also the inherent belief that when you make a purchase, you can only have one or the other.

There’s a slightly more detailed explanation of the approach I’m taking on this page, but here’s the briefest of summaries:

  1. If you buy a print edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION, on the last page there’s a link you can follow to download a complementary ebook version.
  2. If you buy an ebook then decide you wish you’d bought the print version, click the link at the end of the ebook, enter a few details, and you’ll receive a voucher to the value of the ebook you bought, redeemable against the print version.

There are terms and conditions (there always are, aren’t there?) and they can be found here. I think this is a fairer way of doing things, and it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out in practice. I’d be interested to hear what folks think, so please let me have your thoughts…

isbn9781473201668And on the subject of ebooks, I thought now would be a good time to mention this:

On 10th October, Gollancz will release THE COMPLETE AUTUMN. It’s an ebook collection of all five original AUTUMN novels, available for Kindle, iBook and all other formats.

Priced at £19.99, it effectively means you get one of the novels free. If you’re in the UK and you haven’t yet read the series, this will be a great way of doing so!

AUTUMN – limited editions update

Autumn-Aftermath-9780575091498I wanted to let you know what was happening with a couple of forthcoming releases. Firstly, I’m working with Gollancz on the AUTUMN: AFTERMATH limited edition hardcover which will be published by Infected Books. Gollancz have been kind enough to allow me access to their designs in order that the new edition of the book can match the previous UK AUTUMN hardcover releases. There are a couple of legal and technical issues to get resolved before we go into production but I’m hoping (and don’t hold me to this) that the book will be released in late April/early May this year. You can register interest and keep up to date with developments by joining this mailing list. In the meantime, if you don’t want to wait, you can pick up the UK trade paperback edition here.

I thought this would be a good time to tell you about my plans for the new release of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION, which I hope will also happen around the same time as AFTERMATH.

autumn_human_condition_thumbnailTHE HUMAN CONDITION will be available as an eBook, trade paperback and limited edition hardcover, and it’ll differ significantly from the original Infected Books release from 2005. As well as new artwork from Craig Paton (you can see one of his initial draft cover designs here), it’ll also be a much longer book (of course, most of the content remains available free over at www.lastoftheliving.net). BREAKING POINT and KIERAN COPE will make their first appearances in print alongside BEGINNING TO DISINTEGRATE – a brand new short telling the backstory of the survivors based at the flats in AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION. There will be one other major addition to the collection – a short which plays a hugely important part in the overall series – which I hope to tell you about shortly.

Again, if you want to keep up with news of these releases and register your interest in one/both of the limited editions with no obligations, please join this mailing list.

More news very soon. Have a great weekend!

Important announcement – AUTUMN: AFTERMATH hardcover

I promised you some news about the AUTUMN: AFTERMATH UK hardcover, and here it is. First, a little background information.

As you know, the publishing industry is changing rapidly, almost by the day. What was economically viable last month, may not be today. Also, here in the UK, many public libraries are closing or reducing the service they offer.

So what’s all this got to do with the publication of the final AUTUMN book? Quite simply, the market for hardcover editions has vastly reduced. In light of this and other factors, Gollancz has reviewed its policy towards producing hardcovers, and the decision has been taken not to release them for many new books. Can you see where this is going? The team at Gollancz has, regrettably, decided not to publish the AFTERMATH hardcover.

But wait! The folks at Gollancz are great people, and I run a (very) small publishing company, so between us we’ve come up with a solution, and I think you’ll like it.

In early 2013, the UK hardcover edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH will be published by Infected Books.

I’m really excited about this – it feels very right. The Infected Books edition will (hopefully) match the look and feel of the previous hardcovers, so will complete the set nicely. Pricing and ordering details etc. will be announced shortly. I can’t say much else right now, but I guess the major difference I need to make you aware of is that this will be a limited (signed and numbered) edition.

I want everyone to be able to get hold of the book, so I’m opening up a mailing list solely for announcements about the release. If you’re interested, please visit this page and add your email with absolutely no obligation.

Finally, if you pre-ordered the Gollancz hardcover and have been waiting expectantly – I’m sorry. Please cancel your orders and hold tight. Alternatively, if you can’t wait and you want to read the book now, the trade paperback is available from the following: Amazon / Book Depository / Waterstones, and the eBook is available in all the usual formats: Kindle / iBook / ePub / Kobo.

AUTUMN: AFTERMATH – out now

The final book in the AUTUMN series – AFTERMATH – is out today in the UK from Gollancz.

“A fine study of the human race’s chances in a post-post-apocalyptic world.” —Kirkus

“British horror at its absolute best.” —Starburst

“As demonstrated throughout his previous novels, readers should crown Moody king of the zombie horror novel, and his final book in the Autumn series adds a much-deserved jewel to his crown.” —Booklist

Paperback available from: Amazon.co.uk / Book Depository / Waterstones

Ebook: Kindle / iBook / ePub

(Please note: The previously advertised hardcover edition of the book has not yet been released. More information will follow about this version in due course. In the meantime, please pick up the UK trade paperback edition as linked above. Apologies for any inconvenience.)

New edition of AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION out today

The UK mass-market paperback edition of AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION is released today by Gollancz. For those who missed it first time around, here’s the spiel:

“Forty days have passed since the end of the world began. Billions of people were killed in less than a day and now the entire world is rotting. Everything is disintegrating… Survivors are few and far between in this deadly environment, and those who are still alive are forced to deal with a nightmare situation: the scale of the devastation is unprecedented. The shadowy landscape is swarming with the dead, their decaying bodies deteriorating day by day. Limited by their appalling physical condition, the only emotions they are able to display are anger, rage and hate and yet, remarkably, they are becoming more controlled. They are becoming self-aware, and they will defend themselves at all costs.

A group of eleven men and woman have managed to survive against the odds, protected by the geography of the land and sheltering in a derelict block of flats. They have been surrounded for weeks, but they have always been in control. Until now. For the bodies are advancing. The situation is changing.”

I’ll talk more about the book in my ongoing AUTUMN retrospective very soon. In the meantime, I have a guest post today over at the brilliant Book Chick City where I talk about zombie preparedness, and how wondering how I’d cope with the living dead inspired me to write DISINTEGRATION. You’ll also find a great giveaway there – answer a (very) simple question for a chance to win one of three signed sets of the the first four AUTUMN novels courtesy of Gollancz.

I’ve got a few more guest posts lined up over the coming weeks, so please keep an eye out for them. Here’s one I twittered and facebooked about but didn’t mention here – an interview with My Bookish Ways from last weekend.

A look back at AUTUMN: THE CITY

A brief disclaimer: as I’ve said previously, it feels pretentious to be writing a retrospective of my own books. I think I’m doing this for my own benefit more than anything else, so please bear with me. It’s some weird kind of personal therapy, I think…

For me, the writing process usually begins when I come up with an ending, then work my way back to the beginning of a story. Not so with the second AUTUMN novel. This time, just to be different, I began with the middle.

I’d been wondering what had happened to Michael and Emma after escaping the farm house at the end of the first book (it wasn’t until recently that I actually went back and filled in that part of their story – see BREAKING POINT over at www.lastoftheliving.net). I had visions of them quickly coming to the conclusion it would be too dangerous to stay in one place, and so electing to base themselves in a mobile home and move whenever the immediate danger became too great. But I knew that in order to move the overall AUTUMN story forward – and it was starting to feel like a much bigger story by that point – they’d need to interact with characters we hadn’t yet met. This meeting – whenever and with whomever – would have to happen almost a month after the initial infection, and yet I wanted these new characters to feel like people we already knew. The best option, I thought – though not necessarily the most obvious – was to rewind time and start from the beginning again.

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THEM OR US – new UK paperback out today

Can it be almost a year since THEM OR US was released? Incredibly it is, and today Gollancz are releasing a mass market paperback edition of the book.

I always knew the final HATER novel would be a divisive book. After the maelstrom and fury of DOG BLOOD, the violence couldn’t just keep increasing exponentially, and so I took the decision to follow Danny McCoyne’s story in the radioactive, rubble-strewn aftermath of the war between the Haters and Unchanged. It’s a grim and uncompromising conclusion, I think, and to my mind it’s the only way Danny’s story could have ended.

I’m insanely proud of the trilogy as a whole, and will be putting together a brief retrospective in the coming months. If you haven’t yet read them, please do grab hold of HATER, DOG BLOOD and THEM OR US and enjoy (though I’m still not sure if enjoy is really the right word to use…). And don’t forget EVERYTHING AND NOTHING – the free short which takes place between the first two books – available here.

THEM OR US is available now from Gollancz in the UK and Thomas Dunne Books in the US. Find out more at www.thehatertrilogy.com.

And before you ask (because lots of people do every week), I don’t have any more news on the HATER movie just yet. But I will go digging for updates now…

Autumn: Aftermath UK edition

The UK edition of AFTERMATH is still a few months away (unfortunately). I’m working on arranging a number of signings around the country to mark the release in November. Until then, here’s a look at the cover art courtesy of Gollancz.

There are a few more AUTUMN-related releases planned… As well as the German edition of AFTERMATH, the mass-market UK paperback version of DISINTEGRATION will be out in October. I’m also tentatively planning to release a free ebook version of THE HUMAN CONDITION later this year (i.e. an easier way for people to access all the free stories from www.lastoftheliving.net). Finally – and you’ll hear more about this next week – don’t forget that www.thisishorror.co.uk will be releasing the JOE AND ME chapbook on Monday, and as I’ve already said, there’s a very definite connection between that story and AUTUMN…

AUTUMN: THE CITY – UK mass market paperback out today

2012 is certainly shaping up to be a busy year. Less than two weeks in and here’s another new book! Continuing their publication of the AUTUMN series in the UK, Gollancz are today releasing the mass market paperback edition of AUTUMN: THE CITY. It’s available from Amazon, Waterstones, The Book Depository, and all the other usual places.

By the way, apologies to those of you in the UK who’ve had trouble getting hold of AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION since its release at the end of last month. I can’t help feeling a little smug about this – the book sold out! A new printing is underway, and I’ll post here again when it becomes available again. Sincere thanks to everyone who picked it up.

As always, you can find out more about the AUTUMN series over at www.lastoftheliving.net. There’ll be some new free fiction appearing there next week.

THEM OR US – out in the UK today

The UK edition of THEM OR US – the final book in the HATER trilogy – is out now from Gollancz. Thanks to everyone who has already picked it up. I’m thrilled with the reception you’ve given it so far.

Just a few quick reminders:

Next Thursday evening I’ll be in Lowestoft (the town where the book is set), signing at Waterstone’s then moving on to talk about the HATER series and my work in general at Lowestoft library (which also gets a mention in THEM OR US). A few tickets are still available, click here for information.

And in case you missed my last post, I have some copies of the UK edition of the book available for sale through www.infectedbooks.co.uk. All copies will be signed, but please get in fast if you want one – my stocks are rapidly depleting!

Finally, I’ve just extended the deadline for the THEM OR US competition. You’ve now got until midday tomorrow to enter. Click here for the details.