My first printing of Summerworld has arrived! And it looks great!
Most of these will probably vanish when I sell them at A-KON, but I'll keep people posted on how many I have left when I get back. If you wanted to buy a signed copy directly from me, you'll have to wait until I return and see how many are left.
Also, because of the pecularities of how this sort of thing works, the prices for a signed copy are probably going to be significantly higher than buying direct from the POD vendors. I have to buy it from them, which incurs shipping and sales tax, and then I have to re-ship it to the third party; I wind up losing money unless I buy in big, BIG lots.
I suspect the picture will be markedly different after I get an ISBN version of the book set up, which won't happen until later this year and a number of people have chimed in with possible further corrections and errata. (I'm stalling as much as I can on doing that because once I spend the cash to have the ISBN assigned, the book cannot be changed.)
If you're going to be there, look for some color flyers pinned up around the convention that advertise the "Summerworld Book Release Party". That'll tell you where to go.
Now to finish the rest of this work and pack and figure out how to wake up at 5AM without feeling like a zombie warmed over.
If ya want a copy now and don't want to wait, go on and buy one!
The first printing of Summerworld has been released to the public!
This first printing, which is only being made available through Lulu.com, does not yet have an ISBN or other retail-ready sales features; it's a direct-sales edition only. However, later in the year, I will be offering a barcoded / retail-ready version of the book available through companies like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. I'm just anxious to get this out into people's hands as soon as possible, so this first edition will be for the "early adopters" who want to read it and spread the word.
You can also read the first four chapters absolutely free. (That link will take you to a PDF, so if you don't want to open that in your browser, be sure to right-click on it and hit Save As.)
I've updated the FAQ with all of this information as well, but I imagine most people are getting their information directly from the site's front page.
If you want to get signed copies directly from me, I'm working out a way to do that, but for the time being it's just easier to buy directly from Lulu. (If you end up seeing me at A-KON [look for the "Summerworld Release Party" poster!], you can get copies right from me.)
Once again, a big thank you to everyone who helped ... and an even bigger thank you to everyone who's about to discover the book for the first time!
The second proof copy of Summerworld arrived. Everything's perfect!
The book goes out to the printers tomorrow night come hell of high water.
Look forward to seeing some kind of official availability announcement here befoe the end of the month.
Last time I posted here, the book was finished, and anticipation was running very high. Here's what's happened since.
The proof copies of the book have come back from the printers, but there are serious issues with the internal formatting. I strongly suspect this was due to a subtle production error on my side that went undetected in their preflight checking. I'm in touch with the printer's tech support people to find out exactly where things broke down.
That said, I'm still confident I will have the first press run of books available for the debut at A-KON 2007, and at conventions throughout the rest of the year. I'll post more news as I get it.
[The rest of this is crossposted from my main site, with some editing]
Even though I felt Children of Men was only okay as drama, it was incredible as cinema — so much so that it wound up influencing a dream I had the night after I watched it, one directly related to the book.
I was sitting at my computer, which I'd loaded up with a video-editing suite of some kind (it reminded me of Avid or maybe Final Cut Pro — something with a lot of slick-looking options). I was editing an HD proxy version of an animated film version of Summerworld. I can't deny the fact that a lot of what went into the book was anime-influenced, but actually seeing it turned back into animation was startling.
The animation itself looked like the kind of top-tier stuff you'd expect from a studio like Production I.G — very polished, very classy. But what really knocked me out was that the shots in the film were designed and executed a lot like the way Children of Men worked. They were long takes done in a POV, handheld-camera style, but as animation. I've seen this sort of thing attempted as animation in real life — but only for a moment at a time, never in these long, continuous shots that move through their environments. (If someone tried to pull off for real what I was seeing in that dream, it would probably cost hundreds of millions of dollars, easy.)
I only remember being really stunned by the whole thing after I woke up. While I was dreaming it, the one thing I remember feeling most was frustration that the scene I was cutting together (i.e., blending several short "takes" seamlessly into a single one) wasn't matching the music cue I had. The music cue itself, too, was wonderful stuff; it was like a take-off on the "temp score" I'd created for writing the book, which I assembled from various movie soundtracks.
If I take anything away from this, it's the notion that I need to step back and look at what I've done with an encompassing eye. I get too caught up in the details, and it robs me of the joy of what it's all really about.
Tags: Production I.G
As of today, Summerworld is complete! The draft has been edited all the way through twice by yours truly. I am happy to say that it is everything that I hoped it would be, and then some.
So what's next? Well, a few things:
I'll have more news for you shortly! Stick around — the excitement has barely started!