The time has come. D-Day, or Zero-Day, or M-Day, or whatever you want to call it. (DLE Day?) Both the Infoquake mass market paperback from Solaris and the MultiReal trade paperback from Pyr are in the stores. Amazon is a-shippin’. Reviews and interviews are appearin’. And, almost as important if somewhat off-topic, I’ve finally seen Pixar’s WALL-E and it does indeed rule.
How to Buy.
How does the author want you to buy his books? Really, whichever way is easiest for you. You’ve probably noticed the Amazon links in the right column of this newsletter, because I’ve been shoving them in your face for several months now. If you’d rather support some other online business, visit the Buy Now page for Infoquake and the Buy Now page for MultiReal for links to more venues.
That said, if you do want to go out of your way to help, I suggest you go to a major chain bookstore (such as Barnes & Noble, Borders, or Books-a-Million) and make a purchase there. If you really want to go out of your way to help, ask a clerk if they’re carrying the books, and special order if they’re not.
Help Me Promote My Books.
I try not to make such blatant pleas for promotional assistance in my newsletter, but this once I’ll make an exception. Here are some ways you can help spread the word, if you’re so inclined:
- Email your friends about the books. It might help to include links to the text excerpts (for Infoquake) (for MultiReal) and the audio excerpts (for Infoquake) (for MultiReal).
- Post reviews of the books on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Obviously, positive reviews are appreciated; but thoughtful critical reviews are much more valuable than bland, uninformative five-star reviews.
- Blog about the books, if you have a blog.
- Write about the books on social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, LibraryThing, GoodReads, Shelfari, etc.
- Forward this newsletter around, and encourage friends to subscribe.
- Suggest Infoquake and MultiReal for your book group.
The Jump 225 Jumbo Mega-Bonanza Summer Giveaway.
All of this promotional activity has driven me craaaaazy mad, and now I’m holding a big giveaway contest on my blog. Every week for the next four weeks, I’m giving away a copy of the complete David Louis Edelman ouevre, which includes Infoquake, MultiReal, The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Volume 2 (containing my story “Mathralon”), and Mervyn Peake’s Titus Alone (for which I wrote the introduction). Last week I asked for the best imaginary unpublishable blurb for my novels; this week I’m looking for — well, this is a family newsletter, so you should probably go see for yourself.
Reviews, Reviews, Reviews.
This is a big month for MultiReal reviews. A number of them have hit the web to coincide with the release of the book, and I’m pleased to announce: they’re good, yo. A quick rundown of the highlights:
- Locus: “A brilliant imagining of a near-future… Others have imagined a future in which nano-machines have colonized the human body… but few have done so as convincingly as Edelman does in these books.”
- Fantasy Book Critic: “The Matrix meets Boston Legal… A true page-turner that I could not put down, and when the final page came I was sad since I really wanted more.”
- Grasping for the Wind: “This is one of those rare cases (like The Empire Strikes Back vs. A New Hope) where the second movie far surpasses the first in quality and level of enjoyment.”
- Harriet Klausner, Amazon’s #1 Customer Reviewer: “(5 Stars) MultiReal continues the fascinating look at the future possibilities of nanotechnological human bio/logics.”
Interviews, Interviews, Interviews.
As part of my promotional madness, I’ve been grabbing people at random street corners, trying to convince them to interview me for their blogs. As a result, I had a piece on John Scalzi’s Whatever blog discussing Adolf Hitler with a Macintosh and other things that inspired the creation of Infoquake and MultiReal. And author Jackie Kessler set loose a former succubus to interview my character Jara. More interviews on the way soon…
- July 16 — MultiReal Launch Party in Washington, DC. (If you’re in the DC area and haven’t received an invite — or know of someone else who might want to come — email me.)
- July 17-20 — ReaderCon, Burlington, MA
- August 2 — Hour of the Wolf, 5-7 AM WBAI-FM, New York, NY
- August 6-10 — WorldCon/Denvention, Denver, CO
- September 17 — Reading at Barnes & Noble, Reston, VA (tentative)
So that’s about it for this edition of the David Louis Edelman Writing News. Enjoy the summer while it’s here, and drop me a line to let me know how you liked MultiReal!
David Louis Edelman
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