The cover artist did a great job, right? He kicked ass. His name is Steve Morris and I’ve known him since second grade. When we were 15 I said if I ever wrote a book, he’d be the first person I’d call to do the cover. Twelve centuries later, I stuck to that, and he said yes. I should mention that he’s actually a professional cover artist now. He does covers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics.
Which is funny, because my book features vampires. And teens. A combination that has sort of caught on, the past 20 years. And now here’s my addition to the mythology, post Joss Whedon and Stephanie Meyer. (This is my official announcement post — no more just jamming it into a comment section.)
I want to thank you monsters, sincerely, for helping. “What’s that??” you cry, “We didn’t do crap! We’re jerks!” Well, except you’ve been super cool for years. That’s been a boon to my sanity, but additionally, posting here every day has made me a better writer. I would not have predicted this result when I first started commenting at videogum, but it’s true. I used to “surf” into some rando site, then get bollixed up in a thread under some snarky post, sweating out what internet persona to invent for myself. Should I be the Cynical Guy, the Cool Guy, the Guy With Relevant Factoids — how would Hunter Thompson handle it, orrr should I be more of a Henry Adams?? And so on. (Henry Adams?) Bollixed! But gradually at videogum, I noticed I was among friends. It was okay if I just wrote what I was thinking. And so I started to do that. I relaxed. And that made me a better writer.
Really, I guess, that’s a fancy way of saying I don’t even try anymore, and I blame you guys.
But the book is official now! You can preorder the ebook of volume 1 and get it Monday. (I priced volume 1 at 99 cents, but it is easily worth $1.15.) Or you can buy the print version of volume 1 and they’ll ship it right away. You can also preorder the ebook of volume 2 and get it in May.
Okay, that’ll do. I find any sort of “Look at me!” moment to be uncomfortable, and I hate being salesy, so let’s wrap this up. I hope you guys aren’t like, “Oof, hotspur’s gone ShamWow.” It’s just that, the way the Amazon works is, the more people buy a thing, the more the site’s algorithm promotes it. So if you throw 99 cents in for vol 1, that ends up helping it to reach even more readers beyond our merry band. And I thank you heartily.