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So, is nearly over, at last. It was an absolute shit-show of a year for numerous reasons. On a personal level, I’ll be remembering it primarily as the year I hit a personal wall, flaming out and delivering a novel six months late for the first time in my career. In reaction to which, I decided to take a six month sabbatical my first break from writing in a decade In comparison with the global political picture, my personal was all butterflies and rainbows.
The UK was, for a third consecutive year, paralyzed by the utter shit-show that is Brexit, with the deadline now looming less than days ahead of us. It was the year in which it became glaringly clear that the US election was rigged by a combination of election fraud and AI-controlled targeting of individual voters by state-level propaganda systems in order to amplify internal hatred and dissent: So, can you help me?
What was the good side ofthe things we should remember this year for happily rather than with a curse? It’s that time of year again, when some authors remind everyone that they’re eligible for various awards for fiction published in You probably haven’t read the novelette because it’s published in an anthology— Knaves over Queens, the first British-set collection in the Wild Cards seriesa sequence of shared-universe stories edited by George R.
Martin and Melinda Snodgrass. My story, “Police on my Back”, is published in Knaves over Queenswhich is currently only available in the UK first US publication isn’t until next year. And that’s the ninth book in the Laundry Files, or maybe the tenth if you count “Equoid” as a really short novel rather than a novella or eleventh if you also factor in the really short short story collection Tor.
Just popping in to note that, in the wake of the failed ERG leadership challenge against Theresa May, Brexit hysteria has escalated so far that mainstream political pundits in major flietype are invoking Cthulhu in print. I really, truly, cannot cope with this shit: So, it has come to my attention that there are a few typos in “The Labyrinth Index”. Can you help me track them down so I can get them fixed in future editions?
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I need to know:. If a paper edition, then which publisher and which page and paragraph the US hardcover is published by Tor, the UK hardcover by Orbit, and the page numbers don’t match because they use different paper and typeface sizes.
If an ebook edition, then the ebook platform you’re using Kindle, Kobo, iBooksthe publisher Tor, Orbitand ideally the Kindle file location or equivalent and a text string containing the typo: US kindle edition, location”Slide 9″contains the string “In excess of 10 9 directed human sacrifices”. If you noticed this, please report including the type and strosw version of your reader.
PART 1: Slow Takeoff
Please don’t re-report mis-spellings already reported on other platforms; if it’s mis-spelled on paper in one country it’ll be misspelled in the other, and in the ebooks too. Brexit means Brexit means, apparently, a choice between a deal negotiated by Theresa May’s government which is broadly as appealing as eating a shit sandwichor leaving the EU with no transitional arrangement in place, the equivalent of stripping naked and rolling around in the contents of an entire sewage farm.
Consequences of May’s deal include: Consequences strpss no deal make May’s deal look like a walk in the park; food and medicine shortages, flights grounded, currency crisis, companies going bust because inputs and outputs are unavailable or suddenly subject to high tariffs, troops fieltype the street, state of civil emergency likely. My money is on—eventually—either a parliamentary coup and a new Conservative PM who unilaterally withdraws May’s Article 50 submission, or a period of chaos leading up to a second referendum at which point the Leave side will be soundly defeated.
Let me give you some ideas. Then you can try your hand at ‘make Brexit Brexit’ in the comments! Sometimes current affairs rally round and serve up the perfect backdrop to a book launch – and so it was earlier this year, when the Cambridge Analytica story broke just as my debut novel Everything About You was published.
As you probably remember, data was taken from around 87 million Facebook profiles and used stdoss target thousands of adverts. Whatever Cambridge Analytica did with the information, it did effectively, contributing to changes in the political landscape that are still hard to credit.
Now that the firm is no more, there is one part of the story that has stuck with me. Ten years ago we would have laughed at this idea and wished them good luck.
But what the Cambridge Analytica scandal brought to light is that a time in which our hopes, dreams and deepest fears are known, ztross and sold is almost upon us, and for the next generation it’s virtually unavoidable. I’d like to introduce you to our new guest blogger, Heather Child. Heather is a Bristol, UK based author who has worked in non-profit marketing for the last twelve years, coming into close strkss with the charkes automation and personalisation technologies that herald the ‘big data’ age.
You can find out more at www. And I’m very pleased to say that she’ll be posting here later this week. The Labyrinth Index storss here in time for Halloween, because just hasn’t been scary enough!
The Palace of Westminster, London, and parts further west a long way west. Alternatively, you can buy the book in all good bookshops. First time I’ve had a simultaneous release in audio.
If they show up any time soon I’ll put links here. And if you want a tsross copy, Transreal Fiction and Blackwell’s Bookshop Edinburgh will be happy to ship signed copies locally or internationally.
The problem of fraud on the internet needs no introduction, but sometimes it takes on manifestly surreal forms. Publishing House Phishing Warning:. Penguin Random House North America has issued an alert to staff following a spate of global phishing scams attempting to access agencies’ and publishers’ manuscripts and other sensitive information. The UK arm has been similarly targeted, with fraudsters posing as literary agents and foreign-rights staff from seemingly legitimate email addresses.
Macmillan has confirmed that it has also been targeted by scammers trying to access manuscripts and has reportedly issued an internal briefing to staff. I will confess I was somewhat boggled when I stumbled across this one. Everybody knows that the best way to make a small fortune in publishing is to start with a large one. And while there are some reasonable targets for fraudsters targeting a large publishing house the accounts department springs to mindauthor’s manuscripts are not among them!
Targeting manuscripts for profit is a bit like burgling a farm in order to ffiletype all the crops growing in the field, three months before they’re ready for harvest.
But still, it caught stroes attention. Scammers posing as literary agents and foreign rights staff have apparently targeted Macmillan and Random Penguin?
My author-brain immediately started generating screwball heist caper comedy plot lines in which hapless scam artists discover how publishing really works.
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Strods, it has been drawn to my attention that The Labyrinth Index is nearly in print and yet I have failed to issue my usual crib sheet for The Delirium Brief.
So without further ado That story arc strsos, loosely speaking, the story of the Lovecraftian singularity: I’m in Toronto right now, and back in Edinburgh next week. Which leads neatly into me announcing the two launches I’m doing for The Labyrinth Index.
Facebook event here ; bookstore website here. There will be hardcover copies for sale! It’s a one-off preview event. Signed copies will probably be available for order from Bakka Phoenix books, but in limited supply; once I’m back in Edinburgh I will, as usual, be signing stock for Blackwells and also for Transreal Fictionwho are both happy to supply copies by mail. The folks at Tor.
So, anent nothing in particular, I was contemplating another of James Nicoll’s filegype on Tor. Like all fiction genres, SF is prone to filetypw trends. For example, since the late s, psi powers as a trope have gone into steep decline I’d attribute this to the death and subsequent waning influence of editor Filetye W. Campbell, who in addition to being a bigoted right-winger was into chales number of bizarre fringe beliefs. Oddly enough, tales of what the world will be like in the tantalizingly close future year AD are also thin on the ground these days.
Some other technological marvels predicted in earlier SF fi,etype dropped out of fiction except as background scenery, for they’re now the stuff of corporate press releases and funding rounds.
Elon Musk really, really wants to be the Man who Sold the Moon. Nobody would bother writing a novel like “The Fountains of Paradise” these days, they’re too plonkingly obvious. No, that’s just too whacky: Add sarcasm tags to taste. We are living through the golden age of grimdark dystopian futures, especially in Young Adult literature and lest we forget, there’s much truth to the old saying that “the golden age of SF is 12”, even for those of us who write and read more adult themes.
There’s also a burgeoning wave of CliFi, fiction set in the aftermath of global climate change.
We’re now seeing Afrofuturism and other ztross taken into the mainstream of commercial SF, rather than being marginalized and systematically excluded: Which leads me to my question: The topics that nobody is writing about but that folks should be writing about? Keep reading below the cut before you think about replying! By now, if you’re one of Charlie’s readers, you’ve charlrs absorbed the notion that security is a process. It’s not easy to go from that to what it means in operant terms, but I lack filettpe so I’m going to try.
If you want to make money, you need to publish rapidly and you need to have a consistent brand in terms of what the writing is like, what kind of reading effort is involved, and where it gets the reader in the feels. All of these things create the engaged fan base that results in sales volume, and you absolutely need sales volume if you’re trying to make money. My publicist skills are plausibly negative. I write slowly; the books are different; readers report feels variously, and after five books, total sales via all channels is under two thousand copies.
If I’ve got commercial objectives, they’re failing miserably; not quite “died in a pit of desultory rat-gnawing”, but certainly somewhere around “succumbed to exposure after the seventh hour of hard cold rain”. My suspicion is that just as being able to make lots of money off of recorded music was a temporary aberration brought on by a particular tech level, so was being able to filetpye money off of stroes novels.
That period hasn’t quite expired, but it’s gone from “skill and persistence and some luck” as the career criteria–this is the activity as keeps you fed and housed, career–to “skill and persistence are necessary, but not sufficient”.
You can’t plan on a career doing it, even if it’s something at which you are skilled. Story was mostly a performance, for most of history. Written story was something a professional writer–meaning scribe –did in their spare time. I don’t want to say hobby but it wasn’t what kept you fed or housed.
Novel-scale story is going charpes to being a kind of performance with the increasing market strosa of audio books; a distinct market, for which the written text version of the novel is not strkss as substitutable. Rather like how any camera that isn’t a phone camera is niche, the written novel is an increasingly niche form of story.