A significant book birthday to mark… my first novel, STRAIGHT TO YOU, was published 25 years ago yesterday. That’s literally half my life ago! It’s crazy to look back at how pretty much everything has changed since that first release. Back then, in the analogue world of 1996, the book’s publication came after months of queries, submissions, and rejections, followed by many more months of long-winded edits and approvals, all done by post. All that work could be carried out in a fraction of the time now, without moving from my desk.
And I’m equally unrecognisable from the inexperienced dweeb who wrote that first book. I’ve written before about how I changed, and how that eventually resulted in me completely re-writing the novel in 2014. And I can’t stress this enough – if you’re going to read STRAIGHT TO YOU, please stick to the newer version!
But the one thing that has remained constant throughout – and forgive me here for being a little corny and pretentious – is the absolute buzz of writing. A quarter of a century further down the line, and it remains an incredibly rewarding job/hobby/thrill/passion. Thank you for reading my grim nonsense all these years!
I made a dumb mistake, and the next five people who order a signed book from www.infectedbooks.co.uk will benefit from it. I wanted to order in some copies of STRAIGHT TO YOU, but I clicked the wrong ISBN. So, instead of the beautiful 2014 edition shown below, I ended up with a number of copies of this abomination (click to reveal – I couldn’t bring myself to show the image here). This version of STRAIGHT TO YOU represents me at my most naive. I’d just started publishing independently, and I made just about every mistake imaginable with this book. I’ve written much about my disdain for the original version of my debut novel – this paperback represents the worst edition of the worst version of the book.
I don’t want these copies cluttering up my shelves, and I’m not going to just throw them away, so the next five people to place an order for a signed book from www.infectedbooks.co.uk, will also get a free lump of turd copy of the 2006 paperback edition of STRAIGHT TO YOU.
There’s some good stuff available from Infected Books right now – see the list below.
AUTUMN: DAWN limited edition hardcover (FINAL COPY!)
Over the years, many people have found their way to my books via the AUTUMN and HATER novels or through the collaborations I’ve worked on with other authors such as THE BLEED and THE FRONT. As a result, it sometimes feels like my standalone novels fall through the cracks. For that reason, I’ve put together a reasonably priced eBook box-set of three already reasonably priced books – STRAIGHT TO YOU, TRUST and STRANGERS.
I’m incredibly excited to announce that CRAIG PATON has agreed to design the covers for the new AUTUMN trilogy I’m currently writing. I couldn’t be happier. Craig has produced some iconic covers for me over the years – TRUST, AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION, STRAIGHT TO YOU and STRANGERS. Recently, he’s had a huge amount of success with KILLTOPIA – a cyberpunk graphic novel he created alongside writer DAVE COOK.
And I still have a few codes for free audiobooks – TRUST, STRAIGHT TO YOU, THE COST OF LIVING and STRANGERS. Fill in this form if you want one. There aren’t too many left, so be quick. I’ll remove the form from this post when they’re all gone.
Hello everyone. Hope you’re all doing as well as you can be in the circumstances. I wanted to let you know that, at long last, the audiobook version of TRUST is available. Click here for more details. If you want to get hold of a free copy, read on.
TRUST is one of my personal favourites, and I know it’s a book that’s affected a lot of folks over the years. I’ve always loved that CRAIG PATON, the designer of the beautifully otherworldly cover art, described it as an ‘anti-science-fiction novel’. To me, that description has always felt spot on. My other favourite quote came from a reader who said the final chapters of the book were ‘like dozens of pages of falling down the stairs.’ This adaptation has turned out brilliantly. Narrator STEVE WAWMAN has done a magnificent job.
We’re all going through a pretty shitty time at the moment. There’s not a lot I can do to help, but I’m keen to offer a distraction from the pandemic (with a heart-warming tale of alien invasions… or not). I have 50 copies of the TRUST audiobook to giveaway, as well as copies of the audio editions of STRAIGHT TO YOU, STRANGERS and THE COST OF LIVING (probably best to give that one a miss for now!). Fill out the form below and I’ll get copies sent out. It’s first come, first serve, and I’m afraid the codes are only redeemable in the UK and US.
As you may know, I’ve been working hard over the last few months with some very talented narrators to make my Infected Books back catalogue available as audiobooks. I have a load of free download codes available which I’d like to give away. Want one? Fill in the form below.
All I ask in return is that you listen to the books and help me spread the word, ideally by sharing on social media or writing a review. There are three titles available – STRANGERS, THE COST OF LIVINGand STRAIGHT TO YOU. Enjoy!
UPDATE – 7 JUNE 06:00 – DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND I’VE HAD TO SUSPEND THIS OFFER. ALL CODES HAVE BEEN TAKEN. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!
Last year two of the German language publishers I’d been working with for some years closed down unexpectedly. It was a real disappointment, not least because I’ve always enjoyed a lot of success in Germany. But every cloud has a silver lining, and the experience forced me to think differently about how I want foreign language editions of Infected Books titles to be published in future. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I always try to have a foot in both publishing camps – traditional and independent. The wide exposure of mass market publishing is vital, but I also love the level of control that independent publishing offers. As demonstrated by what happened in Germany, having other publishers involved can have risks.
So I’ve decided to take a new approach. Foreign language editions of Infected Books titles will now, wherever possible, by published directly through Infected Books. Rather than pay translators a fixed fee, I’m instead tipping the usual relationship on its head and paying them a royalty.
For me this is a logical progression in independent publishing and I’m excited by the prospects. Are there any of my novels you’d like to see available in your language? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
My mission to get audiobook versions of all my novels published is a little closer to completion as STRAIGHT TO YOU has just been released. It’s superbly narrated by Matthew Jackson, and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. You can listen to a sample here, or grab a copy from Audible, Amazon or iTunes.
The sun is dying. The temperature around the world is rising by the hour with no sign of any respite. At this rate the planet will soon become uninhabitable; all life extinguished. It might be weeks away, it might be days…we may only have hours remaining. Society is crumbling. The burning world is descending into chaos.
Steven Johnson’s wife is hundreds of miles away and all that matters is reaching her before the end. He has to act now, no time to stop and think. Every second is precious. Tomorrow is too late.
“Straight To You deserves to be ranked alongside such classics as The Stand and Swan Song.” –Ginger Nuts of Horror
“A truly breath-taking and awe-inspiring read from an undeniable master of this sub-genre.” –DLS Reviews
This week is READ AN EBOOK WEEK – a long-standing initiative that I’ve been pleased to support for a number of years. The debate over the merits of print books versus ebooks versus audiobooks will never be settled – I believe each format has its plusses and minuses, and what suits one reader (or listener) might not suit the next. I just try and make my books available in as many formats as I can, and I also try not to exploit my readers by asking them to buy the same book many times over. Never forget – if you buy a signed copy of a title published by Infected Books from www.infectedbooks.co.uk, you’ll immediately be able to download a complementary ebook version. Similarly, buy a print Infected Books title from Amazon, and you can claim a Kindle copy through the Kindle Matchbook programme.
My career was built on a foundation of ebooks. If I hadn’t been able to give so many copies of AUTUMN away (somewhere in the region of half a million by the time the free download disappeared in 2008), then I doubt anyone would have ever heard of me. So please, download and read an ebook this week. And when you’re done, please review and share. Recommendations are invaluable for authors and are always appreciated.