January 16th, 2007
The ASif Recommended Reading list went up, and my short story 'The Souls of Dead Soldiers are for Blackbirds, Not Little Boys', from Agog! Ripping Reads is on it, and so is Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth.
Today I was in Infinitas Books (it's where I bought Prismatic) and me and Tim, the owner, talked about 26Lies. Well, I talked about it. He asked me what I was doing of late, and he hadn't heard of the book, so I told him about it. It isn't his fault he doesn't know about it and doesn't have copies: it's just one of those things that happens when you're publishing in the independent press in another country. Anyhow, I sent Tim the details he asked me when I got home, and I figured I'd also tell anyone here whose working in a shop in Australia, and who wants to stock copies of the book, to email me. I'll give you the details you need, and put you in touch with the publisher. If you need anything else from me, just ask. Whatever you need. Same goes for reviewers and anyone involved in the media: use benpeek at livejournal.com and I'll get back in touch with you to help you out.
Of course, if you're none of those people, and you want the book, there's Wheatland Press and Amazon and Amazon again for Agog! Ripping Reads.
My current favourite thing to do on Amazon is to to check what other books people buy when they buy 26Lies. It's great. I'd never heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun or Wole Soyinka's You Must Set Forth at Dawn. In fact, there's a whole bunch of authors I've never heard of, but who sound pretty cool. Sure, Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamity Physics is there, but if people start thinking of me as a pretty, or even handsome author because of it, then all shall be fine. Perhaps I too will command high book advances due to my looks (and perhaps I will cure cancer). Anyhow, it's cool. I didn't know you could have so much fun on Amazon as an author.