It’s time for another Infected Books sale. Lots of stuff on offer this time around. Click here or on the image below for full details.
I’ve been bowled over with the response to the new version of STRAIGHT TO YOU. Sales have been strong, and folks have been really positive with their words. To celebrate, until March 21 you can pick up signed copies of STRAIGHT TO YOU, TRUST and AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION at a 10% discount from www.infectedbooks.co.uk. And don’t forget, complementary ebook versions are included with all those titles.
Alternatively, you could try and win a copy of the new book. There’s a giveaway running over at SCREAM MAGAZINE!
I don’t know if you’re aware, but it’s Read an Ebook Week this week. This is something I’ve talked about in previous years… an annual campaign to get more folks reading ebooks. The ebook market has exploded since the event first appeared (I remember posting about back in 2007 or 2008, I think), but I’m always happy to lend some support. I don’t favour ebooks over print or vice versa, I just want people to keep reading, so the more ways there are for folks to get hold of books, the better!
If you’ve never read an ebook before, might I offer up TRUST and STRAIGHT TO YOU, the ebook editions of which are available for half-price through this week via Smashwords (use discount code REW50 at checkout). There are also literally hundreds of other novels available at a special discount from Smashwords this week – click here for the catalogue. Or, if you’ve yet to try the AUTUMN books, why not pick up the AUTUMN COLLECTION from Gollancz (which they’ve brilliantly taken to calling the ZOMNIBUS!). Five AUTUMN novels for just £12.99. Bargain!
My last What Works For Me article went down really well so, whether you want it or not, here are a few more words of dubious wisdom. This time: the generation, gestation and harvesting of IDEAS.
When you write, there are a number of things you inevitably get asked over and over. One of the favourites is where do you get your ideas? For me, that’s a really interesting question. The easiest answer is something glib like dreams, or they just appear out of the ether, but that’s no help when you’re sitting in front of a classroom full of kids or when you’re on a panel at an event in front of an audience that’s expecting you to say something enlightening/witty. There’s more to it than that.
My last piece talked about the process I follow to turn an idea into a book, so I thought it would be interesting to go back a stage and look at how those ideas appear in the first place and what I do to nurture and develop them. As always, this is what works for me. If it doesn’t work for you or you have alternative suggestions, let me know and I’ll put together a follow-up post.
Firstly, what do I mean by ‘idea’? It’s a pretty bland and unscientific word. I guess it would be more appropriate to talk about ‘inspiration’. I’m talking about something that stimulates you… something that makes you want to know more, that makes you ask what if…? What’s important is recognising when this inspiration strikes, and doing something about it.
A few folk have asked the question recently, so it’s good to be able to confirm that signed copies of TRUST – my anti-science-fiction novel – are now back in stock. This is the book that relaunched Infected Books back in 2012 – the book that Starburst Magazine rated as 10/10 and said “Trust is a slow-burner and all the richer for it. The layers of characters and details of the story play out perfectly when matched with an ending you’re not likely to forget. It’s also an outstanding novel, delivers in more ways than one, and is worthy of a place on the discerning fan’s bookshelf.”
You can get signed copies direct from Infected Books, or from Amazon.co.uk or ebay. Find out more about TRUST by visiting www.trustdavidmoody.com.
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays. I’ve a huge amount planned for 2014, lots to get through, so I thought I’d dive in with the first in a series of posts about the re-release of STRAIGHT TO YOU in February. Today I wanted to explain why I’ve re-written the book.
Incredibly, it’s twenty years ago yesterday since I started work on the first draft of the novel. If you’ve read any of the interviews I’ve done over the years, you’ll inevitably have heard me say I’m a frustrated film-maker at heart. When I left school I wanted to make movies, but with no relevant experience or qualifications, and no immediately obvious way of getting any, I ended up working for a high street bank (something which, though I enjoyed aspects of it at the time, I’m less than proud to admit now). I saved up and bought a video camera, but the quality was poor and editing footage was next to impossible, so plans to break into the film business were put on hold. But I was left with a number of stories rattling around inside my head, and I knew I had to do something with them. I tried my hand at writing screenplays before deciding I was better suited to writing more conventional prose. After a number of false starts, I sat down on 1st January 1994 and set myself a few ground-rules for writing. I told myself it was my last chance.
- I decided I’d plan the full outline of the story first;
- I’d write at least a page a day;
- I wouldn’t go back and re-read or edit anything until I’d finished each full draft.
Six months later and I’d written my first novel, STRAIGHT TO YOU. I reluctantly began showing it to people, assuming they’d hate it, and I was relieved (and shocked and surprised, if I’m honest) when they didn’t. In fact, they seemed to actually enjoy it. Then someone got really angry with me because the ending of the book made them cry, and someone else told me you can’t finish a story like that, and another friend said they couldn’t stop thinking about it… and I realised I might actually be onto something.
After a relatively brief search, the book found a home with a very small British publisher, and STRAIGHT TO YOU was released in September 1996. You probably know the rest of the story from here… I sat back and naïvely waited for the cheques to come rolling in, but they didn’t. I waited to hear from readers and other publishers, but heard nothing. I checked the shelves of all the bookshops in Birmingham, and found it stocked in only one… The initial print run of just 500 copies failed to sell (and I still have a box left in my garage…). Looking back, it would have been easy to throw in the towel, but I took another option instead. I finished writing AUTUMN and made that book available for free online, and that was probably the single most important decision I’ve taken in my writing career so far.
But STRAIGHT TO YOU wouldn’t go away. People seemed to really respond to the story which, in essence, is very simple: the sun is dying, the end of the world is fast approaching, and our hero is separated from his lover by hundreds of miles – will he reach her before all life on Earth is annihilated?
In 2005 I re-released the novel through Infected Books, though with a number of reasonably successful novels under my belt by that time, I was growing to dislike my debut. Not the story, just the way it was written. Looking back at the original version now I cringe. Twenty years ago I was a single man with no kids and hardly any responsibilities. I also had bugger all writing experience, bugger all life experience, and it showed. The characters were flat and two-dimensional, the dialogue was awful, you couldn’t move for clichés… Perhaps I’m being overly harsh and critical, but I don’t think so. And as time progressed, so my hatred (and that’s not too strong a word) for the original novel continued to grow. But still the story wouldn’t go away…
Fast-forward to 2011, and when I delivered the last AUTUMN and HATER novels to my publishers, I decided to go back and revisit my other Infected Books releases, to try and bring them up to the standards of my subsequent books and give the stories the treatment I thought they deserved. TRUST, as you probably know, was released in July 2012, and AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION came out last year. That just left STRAIGHT TO YOU, which I rewrote from scratch last summer.
I’m over the moon with the way the book has turned out, and initial feedback has been very positive. I’ll talk in the coming weeks about the inspirations behind the novel, the differences between the original and new versions of the book, and remind me also to tell you about being shafted by Hollywood (because, at one stage, the book was on the verge of being optioned by some very famous folks… and no, I won’t be telling you who, because I can’t afford to sue them and, more to the point, I can’t afford to be sued).
All I’ll say for now is that despite being very, very different, the 2014 version of STRAIGHT TO YOU still retains the same atmosphere of that little book I started writing twenty years ago yesterday. In some ways it feels like an impossible sequel. I guess if I had made it in the movie business, I’d be calling it a reboot or a reimagining. Whatever it is, I can’t wait for people to read it.
Want to spoil a friend or loved one’s Christmas with a little end of the world misery? Looking for something apocalyptic to usher in the new year? Or maybe you’re not a festive person yourself… are you happier in the company of Haters, aliens and the living dead than snowmen, reindeers and Santa Claus? If so, www.infectedbooks.co.uk is the place for you.
All the AUTUMN and HATER books are available, as well as the limited editions of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION and TRUST at specially reduced prices. Signed books are also available from ebay and AMAZON.CO.UK.
Finally, a quick word about the long delayed AUTUMN: AFTERMATH hardcover. It IS happening, but I’m still waiting on contract finalities. As soon as everything’s signed and sealed, pre-orders will open. Thanks for your patience, apologies for the long wait. (Information can be found here if this is news to you…)
I finished writing the new version of STRAIGHT TO YOU yesterday. Just edits, beta-reads and (I hope) a little subsequent re-work to be done now, and then my project to get all my older books re-released will be almost complete. I’ll tell you more about the updated version of the book and my plans for it in the coming months.
All this looking back got me thinking about TRUST again. I’m very proud of the book, but I don’t think I’ve shown it enough love in the year and a half since it was re-released, so here’s a little blatant self-promotion to boost its profile.
Starburst magazine rated it 10/10 and said “TRUST is a slow-burner and all the richer for it. The layers of characters and details of the story play out perfectly when matched with an ending you’re not likely to forget. It’s also an outstanding novel, delivers in more ways than one, and is worthy of a place on the discerning fan’s bookshelf.”
Booklist Online said “The writing is not as visceral as Moody’s popular post-apocalyptic novels, but that isn’t a bad thing: this story, with its slowly building sense of unease and multiple thematic undercurrents, needs a more delicate touch. Moody’s many fans will absolutely want to read this one.”
You can read two-thirds of the novel online at www.trustdavidmoody.com, and I’ve decided to leave the entire book available at Wattpad (where it’s had an amazing reception so far). If you haven’t read it, please do check it out as I think you’ll enjoy it.
TRUST is available as a low price ebook, and as a paperback and limited edition hardcover from all the usual outlets. Signed copies are available exclusively from the Infected Bookstore.
The Infected Bookstore has been given a long-overdue lick of paint. It was about time – there will be more books coming soon, as well as the additional merchandise I’ve been teasing since the beginning of the year. Head on over now to www.infectedbooks.co.uk, and don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any problems with the new site.
To celebrate the relaunch, the limited edition Infected Books hardcovers of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION and TRUST have had their prices slashed to £15.00 for the next two weeks only. Click here to visit the site and take advantage of this offer. There are lots of other Gollancz and Thomas Dunne books available at very low prices too…
A little advance warning: the free online versions of TRUST will shortly disappear. At the moment you can read the entire novel at www.trustdavidmoody.com and Wattpad, but I’ll be removing the last third or so of the book from these sites at the beginning of August. Why? A couple of reasons, actually.
First, as I’ve already revealed, I’ll be serialising the brand new version of STRAIGHT TO YOU from late summer onwards. The reality of life as a writer at the moment is that I can’t afford to give away as much of my work as I’d like. My kids are a demanding lot. They’re always after something… food, clothes, a roof over their heads, those kinds of things! Over the years I think I must have given away upwards of a million free books, and there are plenty more to come, so I can’t be accused of being stingy.
Second, I’m planning to try a few new things with TRUST, which I’ll tell you more about in due course. I won’t be able to judge the success of these initiatives if the free versions remain available.
But there are positives! The price of the ebook will be reduced next month (at $2.99/£1.99 it’s hardly expensive as it is), and if you already own the ebook, the paperback or the limited edition hardcover edition of the novel, you can benefit from the Infected Books initiative I mentioned recently. If you own the ebook, click here to claim a discount on the signed print editions, and if you have the print editions, click here to download a complementary ebook.
Right. Have a great weekend. Stay safe in the sun and come back here next week for (at long last) more details about the limited edition Infected Books/Gollancz edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH.