The Dim-Post

June 24, 2013

Right. Time for you lot to start pulling your weight redux

Filed under: books,personal — danylmc @ 10:13 am

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My book goes on sale next Friday. You can preorder it directly from the VUP online bookshop. Preorders will be (a) signed and (b) signed by me, because apparently it’s ‘unethical’ to get the intern to copy my signature. Ebook format will be available here. (It takes a while for the ebook format to go live at major providers like Apple and Amazon. I’ll keep you updated.)

The launch party is next Friday at Philosophy House, which is the large, crumbling mansion on Aro Street which – if you live in Wellington – you’ve probably thought about climbing over the high brick wall around it to get a glimpse into the incandescently lit basement of, but never quite had the nerve. Details: 

Friday 5 July, 6pm
Philosophy House
33 Aro St, Aro Valley
Wellington

The launch party will be in the Grand Hall (seriously) and you’re all invited. If you do plan to attend please let me know in the comments so I can give the publicist a rough idea of how many shovels and bags of quicklime much alcohol to provide.

47 Comments »

  1. Free shipping in NZ, apparently.

    Comment by pete — June 24, 2013 @ 10:17 am

  2. Whats the over/under on Redbaiter turning up?

    Comment by Fooman — June 24, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  3. It would be fascinating to meet the regular correspondents in the flesh. The few times its happened for me I was profoundly disappointed that the person wasn’t as smart or rude as their posts. It was a great feeling.

    Comment by nigelsagentinthefield — June 24, 2013 @ 10:28 am

  4. So … this is the reason for you running Dim-Post for so long? To try and drum up some attendees to a book launch, of all things?

    Plus, don’t you have any real world, flesh and blood friends to browbeat into coming to this? With your natural charm and winning personality, I’d have thought you’d be struggling to cull the guest list down from the high four-figures.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 24, 2013 @ 10:30 am

  5. So who do I buy a hard copy for:
    – partner who doesn’t read books but does read the interweb, birthday late July. Likes motor sport and radical left wing politics. Likes books with pictures of old cars in them. I haven’t got him a present yet, so some urgency here.
    – brother who does read books *and* the interweb, 50th birthday in October – so a very special present required. (Was thinking of a DVD of “Brazil”.) Broad range of interests including something called “literature” and anything science fiction or science fact.
    – 13 year old son who has to do a reading project for year 9 English.

    Comment by MeToo — June 24, 2013 @ 10:46 am

  6. I’ll be there – wouldn’t miss it. Maybe with a +1.

    Comment by Alison Coleman — June 24, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  7. @MeToo,

    I suspect the answer Danyl would give is “all of them”. He’d most likely also recommend you purchase another half-dozen as an emergency stock for when the world runs out of words.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 24, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  8. Curious: Does the author get the same margin on the e-book as the paper copy, or is it a percentage of the cover price?

    Comment by Sanctuary — June 24, 2013 @ 11:04 am

  9. So who do I buy a hard copy for

    Probably your dad. Maybe your partner. Definitely not your son.

    Comment by danylmc — June 24, 2013 @ 11:12 am

  10. Don’t suppose pre-orders from mightyape will come signed too?

    Comment by Auto_immune — June 24, 2013 @ 11:50 am

  11. partner who… likes motor sport and radical left wing politics.
    What an odd combination. Motorsport is almost exclusively a playtime for the idle rich. Have you checked to see if you’re not dating physically identical twins with very different hobbies?

    So who do I buy a hard copy for? Probably your dad.
    The phrase “Your Dad would like this” has only ever successfully sold Socks, Ties, and younger second-wives. Does your book fit in that category of purchase?

    Comment by Phil — June 24, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

  12. Yay! I think I will come too. What fun.

    Comment by padgpnz — June 24, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  13. “partner who… likes motor sport and radical left wing politics.
    What an odd combination. Motorsport is almost exclusively a playtime for the idle rich. Have you checked to see if you’re not dating physically identical twins with very different hobbies?”

    Phil, we met through online dating. I was looking for someone who didn’t have the stereotypical profile of supporting the All Blacks, walking on the beach at sunset after a glass of red wine, and looking for that special lady who likes to take care of herself*

    *presumably unlike that previous bitch who let herself go and didn’t worship the ground her man walked on…

    A class-based analysis of what is wrong with motorsport and its corrupt elite is the only thing I find remotely interesting about it.

    Comment by MeToo — June 24, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  14. Don’t suppose pre-orders from mightyape will come signed too?

    Sorry, no. I checked and the copies to Mighty Ape go straight to the distributor. If you like in Wellington come along to the launch and I will sign (almost) any object placed in front of me.

    Comment by danylmc — June 24, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

  15. This begs a question, what will happen in the future when all books are electronic, how will authors sign copies?

    I guess a texta scrawl on the back of a Kindle wouldn’t cut the mustard.

    Comment by billbennettnz — June 24, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

  16. “Probably your dad.”

    Recommended for dead people then. That widens your target market significantly🙂

    Comment by MeToo — June 24, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

  17. “This begs a question, what will happen in the future when all books are electronic, how will authors sign copies?”

    One solution out there is this: http://www.authorgraph.com/ mostly though this is used by indie authors…

    Comment by Michael J. Parry — June 24, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

  18. “you’ve probably thought about climbing over the high brick wall around it to get a glimpse into the incandescently lit basement of, but never quite had the nerve”

    We did that. We saw through the windows neither Wheatley-style black masses to Baphomet, nor Lovecraftian whirling frenzies in honour of Yog-Sothoth; but rather, some rooms with no people in them whatsoever. The unspeakable secrets of that Aro Valley pile remain to be discovered by some future set of foolish investigators.

    Comment by morgue — June 24, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

  19. So these e-books. Are they DRMed? (Not that I want to distribute them, just that as a linux user I have had bad experiences buying DRMed ebooks in the past and not actually been able to read them. Actually it was one experience, but still it was one I would prefer not to repeat.)

    Comment by Luke — June 24, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

  20. “Curious: Does the author get the same margin on the e-book as the paper copy”
    Broadly, royalties on books are in the range of 8-15% of cover price; e-book deals usually 20-25%. Of course individual deals can vary.

    Comment by Rob — June 24, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

  21. So coming.

    Comment by Chris Gilbert — June 24, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

  22. “This raises a question, what will happen in the future when all books are electronic, how will authors sign copies?”

    Digital copies with come with a @ mention tweet embedded in between the cover and the title page.

    Comment by Pascal's bookie — June 24, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

  23. Yeah I’ll pop in. Probably with a friend. He doesn’t drink, but I drink too much so provide for two.

    Comment by Steve — June 24, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

  24. Will Dan Brown will be there? Or is that just a rumour?

    Comment by Grant — June 24, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

  25. Is this going to be like one of those gatherings at the comic book shop in Big Bang Theory?

    Comment by Tinakori — June 24, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  26. Does this count towards your PBRF outputs?

    Comment by Jake — June 24, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

  27. He’s my +1

    Comment by Steve — June 24, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

  28. Will Dan Brown will be there? Or is that just a rumour?

    Famous novelist Dan Brown, author of famous books such as the Da Vinci Code and Digital Fortress, a fortress being a type of fortification developed by Rome, a famous empire, will not be there, I replied wryly, the tapping of my keystrokes flashing like insects in a storm.

    Comment by danylmc — June 25, 2013 @ 9:27 am

  29. liked Dan Brown take-off! But will Thomas Pynchon be there? Sorry – cant make it, but then signed copies don’t add much value investment-wise – good luck!

    Comment by Leopold — June 25, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  30. More to the point, will Keri Hulme be there to hand out the prize for the best Shelley-Bridgman-column-in-guise-of-NZ-literature comment that you promised us all those many years ago?

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 25, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  31. There with bells on. Do we have to dress in theme – if so what theme?

    Comment by Matt Nolan — June 25, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

  32. Ordered, thanks. No plans for a hardback?

    Comment by Jordan — June 25, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

  33. There with bells on. Do we have to dress in theme – if so what theme?

    Luckily, the theme is ‘Bells.’

    Comment by Gregor W — June 25, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

  34. Would love to be there but it’s a long way from the South Island so best wishes for the launch.

    Comment by teararoawalkers — June 25, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

  35. Just +1

    Comment by dimpost — June 25, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

  36. Apparently, a good reader at Kiwiblog won’t buy the book because “Danyl McLauchlan is a vocal supporter of the far-Left, anti-Kiwi hate party Labour, with their political aspiration to impose a Stalinist police state upon New Zealand. By extension, that makes him a Stalinist.”

    Why are you writing books that promote Stalinism? Is it because you hate Kiwis?

    Comment by alex — June 25, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

  37. Keen +1.

    Comment by James — June 25, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

  38. Kia ora, Danyl,

    Yup, I’ll be making every effort to attend. (As long as the next storm doesn’t finish off the highway into town; the airport; or the Ferry Terminal.)

    Probably with a couple of friends.

    Comment by Frank Macskasy — June 25, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

  39. I’ll come and drink Psycho Milt’s share.
    I hope there will be Garage Project beer.

    Comment by herr doktor bimler — June 27, 2013 @ 12:59 am

  40. I’m coming.

    Comment by Tim C — June 28, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  41. Don’t know if you’re still monitoring this post but… +2

    Comment by Auto_immune — July 1, 2013 @ 9:37 am

  42. Yes… +1

    Comment by Joseph — July 1, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

  43. Never been in there, but it’s worth a peek.

    Comment by deepred — July 2, 2013 @ 12:08 am

  44. I’d quite like to attend. +1 of course.

    Comment by Stuart — July 3, 2013 @ 8:13 am

  45. So this is LITERALLY only a few houses down from where I live, and I’ve always been interested in going inside there.
    Also, I’ve read there may be free alcohol. Is it ok to bring two of my flatmates?

    Also, this:
    “More to the point, will Keri Hulme be there to hand out the prize for the best Shelley-Bridgman-column-in-guise-of-NZ-literature comment that you promised us all those many years ago?”
    I have no idea who Keri Hulme is, but I LOVE Shelley Bridgman.
    Please make this a thing.

    Comment by hsmarshall — July 4, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

  46. I’m late for the party as I’ve been overseas but I picked up your book today and wasn’t impressed by the etymology provided for the word ‘aro’ at the front. Everyone knows that in the context of Aro Valley and more pertinently Te Aro, ‘aro’ is used as a noun, ‘facing’, meaning ‘facing Mt Taranaki’ – which Te Aro does – as that is where Te Ati Awa, the mana whenua of Wellington, came from. In fact I was quite cheesed off. Sort it.

    Comment by Joe — August 21, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

  47. I’m late for the party as I’ve been overseas but I picked up your book today and wasn’t impressed by the etymology provided for the word ‘aro’ at the front. Everyone knows that in the context of Aro Valley and more pertinently Te Aro, ‘aro’ is used as a noun, ‘facing’, meaning ‘facing Mt Taranaki’ – which Te Aro does – as that is where Te Ati Awa, the mana whenua of Wellington, came from. In fact I was quite cheesed off. Sort it.

    You’re right, but the translation given in the book is funnier.

    Comment by danylmc — August 22, 2013 @ 9:47 am


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