Hi there, WWdN visitors!
I guess I should have expected it, but I totally didn’t. One offhand comment from Wil Wheaton, and suddenly I’ve have more folks dropping by in the last two days than in the last two months combined. Wow.
Anyway, to say thanks, the first ten people to drop their email addresses in the comments below, or to me directly at langlois.mike (at) gmail (dot) com, will receive a free copy of Bad Radio, as either a Kindle gift or an epub file.
Note: you don’t have to be with the WWdN crowd to get a free copy, I’m totally not a jerk like that.
EDIT: Damn you Wil Wheaton (shakes tiny fist)! Your ravenous horde must be fed! I’m upping the giveaway to the following:
10 Kindle versions
10 ePub versions
5 signed paperback editions
Here’s how to win the signed paperback edition (best!): Write a haiku about my favorite piece of zombie art by Jason Chan, which can be found here. The deadline is midnight on Sunday the 16th, and the winners will be picked by my lovely pre-zombie wife.
Update: All of the poems are in, winners will be announced tonight after much reading out loud and re-enacting in the kitchen!
Just fantastic. Amazing.
Walker is scheduled to be released in just over a month, so things are pretty hectic right now. Art, editing, and formatting are all in various stages of completion, so there’s a lot of juggling going on to make sure that everything comes together at the same time.
That said, of all the moving parts, getting the final cover art is a huge milestone, and one that I wanted to share.
A couple of notes about how Vinny works: He asks for detailed information about the book, covering both plot information and detailed descriptions of any relevant scenes, characters, or items. This can amount to a hefty amount of information, including a full synopsis and lots of excerpts from the book. He then asks me for any ideas that I might have for the cover.
Once he has all the information, he then turns around and sends me a sketch for something about a million times cooler than the stuff I suggested. At which point I say, “Why yes, let’s use THAT, shall we?”
It’s one thing to be an accomplished and recognized graphic artist, but it’s another thing entirely to be skilled and experienced specifically in the creation of novel covers, which is very much its own discipline.
So, along with sharing this preview today, I wanted to say thanks.
There’s much rejoicing in the Langlois compound today. Bad Radio is, at long last, available in print.
Behind the scenes, it turned out to be no small feat to wind up with one book in two editions. The paper version was actually available weeks ago, but because of the way the two editions were labeled in the system, they were separate entities, with the paper version being very difficult to find without a pretty explicit search.
It’s all good now, and many thanks to the folks representing electrons and paper at Amazon who helped get this squared away.