The Dim-Post

December 14, 2012

Right. Time for you lot to start pulling your weight

Filed under: books — danylmc @ 9:02 am

I’ve written a novel and it’s being published by VUP next July.


Now, I’m not threatening you guys, exactly, but no one wants this to become one of those writers’ blogs with endless updates about sales (‘Number 65 on the New Zealand bestseller list!’) or links to interviews (‘Here I am in the Jetstar in-flight magazine!’) and the easiest way to avoid this will be for Dim-Post readers to just pony-up and buy this book on pre-order when it goes on sale next year.


  1. You had me at “voluptuous healer.”


    Comment by Jordan — December 14, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  2. Will there be a Kindle edition?

    Comment by Matt Nolan — December 14, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  3. Did someone say “Pre-order now!”

    Comment by DT — December 14, 2012 @ 9:08 am

  4. I don’t know – I’ll wait to see what is said about it in the New York Times Book Review section and London Review of Books. If they are positive, I might see if there is a second hand copy on Amazon.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — December 14, 2012 @ 9:14 am

  5. Well done.

    Although if I start seeing ads on the menu or other signs of full-scale Wisharfitication setting in, you’re on your own…

    Comment by Sam F — December 14, 2012 @ 9:17 am

  6. Writing a novel and expecting people to buy it. This is your best satirical post yet.

    Comment by Gareth — December 14, 2012 @ 9:20 am

  7. Congratulations!

    Comment by Deborah — December 14, 2012 @ 9:21 am

  8. Based on the quality of your blog writing I’ll be a starter…Congrats

    Comment by Leopold — December 14, 2012 @ 9:25 am

  9. I’ll read yours if you read mine. Only fair.

    Comment by Gareth — December 14, 2012 @ 9:36 am

  10. Thanks all.

    Will there be a Kindle edition?

    There will be an e-book edition. Hopefully it’ll be on Amazon.

    I might see if there is a second hand copy on Amazon.

    One of my workmates asked, ‘Do you get a free copy? Can I borrow it?’ He wasn’t joking.

    Comment by danylmc — December 14, 2012 @ 9:36 am

  11. It’s very spooky with only three fingers in the picture on the cover.

    Comment by izogi — December 14, 2012 @ 9:41 am

  12. “One of my workmates asked, ‘Do you get a free copy? Can I borrow it?’ He wasn’t joking.”

    What think you now of libraries, oh published author eager for royalties? Bet you feel bad for all that mooching you’ve done over the years with your library card … .

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — December 14, 2012 @ 10:11 am

  13. I’ll wait for the 95hr film adaptation thanks…

    Comment by garethw — December 14, 2012 @ 10:27 am

  14. I’m sure that our new novelist will think that libraries are great. Henceforward he will be in receipt of a Public Lending Right payout. In a crude concession to market forces, the amount will depend on the numbers of copies of his novel held in NZ libraries. It will not make him rich, but it might buy a Christmas turkey (or two) in time…

    Comment by Gareth — December 14, 2012 @ 10:30 am

  15. Cool!

    The Otago Law Library will require 12 copies. I’ll let them know.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — December 14, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  16. Sure.
    What’s your credit card number?

    Comment by MeToo — December 14, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  17. Is this book just a collection of lines harvested from Dim-Post comments?

    Well done, anyway. Will definitely read it, although actually buying it may depend on the GFC.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — December 14, 2012 @ 11:34 am

  18. @Andrew well, I’ll order one for the Hocken. Not so sure about Law, though…

    Comment by Pete — December 14, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

  19. How on earth do you find the time?

    Comment by helenalex — December 14, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

  20. Aha! THIS is why blog updates have been on trickle-feed of late!

    Comment by Neil — December 14, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  21. In this hedonistic instant gratification times you make us wait until next July?

    Comment by eszett — December 14, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  22. Looks better than mine, which is still in the making. How many words is it?

    Comment by Dan — December 14, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  23. Slow blogging is mostly because of work and family. I keep telling them you guys are more important, but . . .

    The book is about 130,000 words.

    Comment by danylmc — December 14, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  24. The book is about 130,000 words.

    So really, its a 3 part novella.

    Comment by Gregor W — December 14, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  25. 130,000 words? Your jest is hardly infinite.

    Comment by bradluen — December 14, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

  26. Clearly cribbed from Shelley Bridgemans column.

    God she is HOT

    Comment by Tim — December 14, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  27. I was thinking that this would have been a great Christmas present for a relative of mine, but July? Dang – have to think of something else now :(.

    Great work, though. Blogging, day job, family, and 400-page book authoring probably just meant you didn’t sleep for the past year or so.

    Comment by MarkS — December 15, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

  28. That’d depend on whether it’s a 400 page book of amateur baby pictures.

    Comment by izogi — December 15, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

  29. Congrats on the novel. I have always wanted to read a novel.

    Some questions

    On the scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the Jeffery Archer best and 1 being the Harper Lee worse where does Aro valley fit in? Is autographed copy available? Are the royalties being paid to an offshore company in a nil tax jurisdiction?

    Comment by Simon — December 16, 2012 @ 9:21 am

  30. Awesome. I lived just around the corner as a kid, but seldom went up there: the way was guarded by the dead at Lychgate (that’s how my 7 year-old brain worked).

    Comment by Clunking Fist — December 16, 2012 @ 9:43 am

  31. I plan to buy it and strip the DRM and push it across many file sharing sites.

    That way, the loss of your meagre royalties will be offset by the loss of obscene markups publishers earn on the electronic versions.

    Don’t worry, Danyl. Most of the students are doing it to everyone else anyway. You’ll just be closer to teaching faculty.

    Comment by Dizzy — December 21, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

  32. Is there a sex scene in it? You know like in ‘The Godfather’ where you could drop the book and it would fall open at page 18.

    I’m not buying it if there’s no sex in it.

    I’m sorry, but I have to draw the line somewhere, and for me that is where it is.

    Comment by Lee C — December 22, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

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