Monday, January 28, 2013

THE NEW HUNGER: EAT THIS BOOK

Listen up because this is the last time I'm going to say this.*

I wrote a prequel to WARM BODIES and it's called THE NEW HUNGER and it's available now.

I foretold the coming of this book in my previous post and explained at length what it is (a novella) and what it's about. (horrible things happening to sweet children and sweet children happening to horrible things.) Now it has come, and I want you to read it.

This is not quite the final cover design...the kids look weird...but it's close enough.




BUT WAIT!

Before you go, I need to explain some things to you.

1.
I'M SORRY BUT THIS IS AN EBOOK.
Due to time constraints involved with trying to make this book line up with the release of the WARM BODIES movie, THE NEW HUNGER is just an eBook for the moment. BUT! Paper books are very important to me, as are all the readers who hate reading on computer screens, so a print edition will follow in the near future. I love paper. I love real books. But it happens that eBooks are much, much faster to put out, and this is why you're getting this sudden, last minute announcement for this book rather than a big media parade leading up to the release.

2.
YOU DO NOT NEED A TABLET DEVICE TO READ IT! You can read the eBook on your Mac or PC. There will be instructions on how to do this somewhere on the Zola page.

3.
WHAT THE HELL IS ZOLA? WHY CAN'T I GET IT ON AMAZON, IBOOKS, ETC?

This is the biggest point of confusion, so allow me to explain.

Zola Books is a new eBook retailer, but it's a lot more than that. It's a hub for the entire literary universe. When it's fully up and running (which will be a while; it's still very much in beta) it will be a place where lovers of books can congregate, interact with each other, discover and purchase new books, and have a direct line to the authors they already love. It will be a community that brings readers together and connects readers with authors in a way that's never been done before. There are other sites that do some of things Zola will do, but there is no site that does all of it in one place, and there are things Zola will do that no one else does anywhere. It's like an insane and beautiful hybrid of Facebook, Goodreads, Blogger, Amazon, and Netflix, centered around nothing but BOOKS. No movies, no video games, no paper towels or office furniture, no pictures of cats or sandwiches or lists of your friends' favorite bowel movements--just books! Fucking BOOKS, man!

These things.


Zola is a new concept built in defiance of the massive conglomerates (Amazon, mainly) that currently dominate the book marketplace. Zola is a young upstart trying to change the landscape. It's author-centric, putting most of the control (and profits) in the author's hands and going to unprecedented lengths to connect writers and readers in meaningful ways. It's about giving books a cultural spotlight that currently only exists for music and movies. It's about drawing readers out of their bedrooms and connecting them to each other and to the literary culture stream, and making the experience of loving books a little less lonely.

4.
ZOLA IS IN BETA!
Having said all those great things about Zola, I need you to keep in mind that it's far, far from finished. They're still putting all these systems together, so a lot of the stuff I've described isn't functional yet, and some of the stuff that is functional is extremely buggy. Please give them some grace when trying to buy THE NEW HUNGER, because we are launching this book before Zola is really open for business, kicking down their locked doors and assaulting the cleaning crew. So if you have problems getting the book into your tablet or onto your desktop, please contact Zola and they'll work it out.


5. OTHER NOTES!
Zola is primarily a US store, but they are currently working on ways to take orders from abroad. If it doesn't work for your country, contact Zola and they will work something out.
Unfortunately, Zola can't sell to the UK, Australia, or New Zealand, because Vintage Books is already publishing in those countries, so you will have to wait for Vintage to release it--most likely on Amazon, iBooks, etc.


THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY TO YOU. NOW PLEASE ENJOY THIS STORY I WROTE.


Again, this cover isn't quite finished...the kids look stupid.





*I'm totally going to say this a lot more times.





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