I just sent this out to folks who pre-ordered UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE, but if you’re one of those people and the email didn’t go through, you’ll want to read this:
Good afternoon, folks.
I’m writing to give you a short update concerning the status of UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE.
An order was placed with the printer on Tuesday, 8/19, following the close of the pre-order window. Yesterday, 8/27, the books were delivered.
Unfortunately, there was a manufacturing problem with this batch of books. As you will see in the attached photos, the jackets were not folded properly, resulting in some severe misalignment. I want these books to be perfect for you, and in their current state, I can’t justify mailing them to you at this point in time.
I’ve contacted the printer and submitted a claim for the issue, and I expect to hear from my sales rep shortly. The books themselves appear to be fine, so I suspect they will be sending me new jackets to fold myself.
This means there will be a slight delay in the mailing of your books. I’d hoped to have them ready to mail by next weekend, on schedule for the mid-September estimate, but with this setback, there’s simply no way I can meet that.
I’m so sorry for this delay. I know many of you are excited to receive this book, and I feel horrible having to do this. I hope you all understand.
I will update you once I’ve received word from the sales rep on how they intend to rectify this error.
I wanted to post this earlier in the week but time got away from me as usual. Last weekend was the pre-order deadline for UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE, and to say that my expectations were exceeded is an understatement. I didn’t want to talk numbers during the pre-order period because, frankly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out. I was pretty nervous about the whole thing until just a couple of weeks ago
I mean, I had every reason to be. Up until this edition, everything that Precipice has put out has been for fair market value. This was our first “premium” item, and I wasn’t sure how well it would go over with readers. Did the first four ULT stories carry enough momentum to propel this print edition to a successful number?
Yes, they did.
My goal for pre-orders was 25; my dream was 50. We hit 25 about a week before the deadline, and by the deadline, we reached 45—which is closer to 50 than I ever expected to get.
Technically there will be 46 copies if you count the galley proof, but I’m not numbering that one. The rest will be signed, numbered, and personalized as advertised. An order was placed with the printer earlier this week, and I expect to have books in hand within another week or two. “The Harbinger” audio book is complete, as is the special website we set up for those who pre-ordered.
As with every project, I’m at that point where I look back to see the road traveled. Just a year ago, I was in a pretty dark place—the ULT stories are a reflection of that—and I was contemplating whether or not I wanted to keep writing. Releasing a short story collection in print seemed like a costly pipe dream. Hitting the bottom of my issues last year put a lot in perspective and forced me to change the way I look at things. The decision to release the ULT stories digitally as separate entries was born from that change, enabling the eventual production of the hardcover which will be in your hands around the middle of next month. And now here we are.
So where to from here?
Two future ULT releases are already in the can, and you’ve possibly already read one of them as it appeared in Robbed of Sleep. Another ULT story will appear in Dead Harvest later this year. I’m also working on a project that I’m calling THE FINAL RECONCILIATION about a prog rock band called The Yellow Kings. I’m not sure what that one wants to be, but it certainly has my attention for now. It may become an ULT entry; it may become something else altogether. I won’t know until it’s finished.
Of course, there’s also the final Monochrome novel. I’m still plotting, still sorting everything out. You know I don’t want to rush this one. I want to do it right, and it will be done when it’s done.
I’ll post an update here once I receive the ULT copies. In the meantime, I hope you all have a great weekend.
P.S. I almost forgot: My back catalog, including the individual ULT stories, are slowly being prepped for launch in other formats, the largest being the Nook. I’ll post here once we get closer to launching those. No time frame as of yet.
My short story “Human Resources” appears in this anthology curated and edited by Terry M. West, author of the upcoming critically-acclaimed novella, HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW (I love that title). Joining me are fellow authors P.D. Cacek, Glenn Rolfe, Robin Dover, DS Ullery, Essel Pratt, Michael Thomas-Knight, John Ledger, Paul D. Mark, Sonja Thomas, Paula Cappa, Stuart Keane, Darryl Dawson, Crystal Leflar, Lori R. Lopez, Michael Seese, Jeff O’Brien, Matt Hayward, Joseph Ramshaw, Michael McGlade, DJ Tyrer, Wesley Thomas, Regina West, Evan Purcell, Robert McGough, Erik Gustafson, Christopher Alan Broadstone and Robert Holt.
You can pre-order the Kindle book now for just $3.99. Check it out!
. . . you missed quite a lot. Here’s 3+ hours of me and my friends talking about just about everything while promoting our books and getting really drunk:
To celebrate the looming deadline and impending release, I’m hosting an Ugly Little Release Party on YouTube this Friday night. Joining me is a wonderful group of writers: Anthony J. Rapino (who wrote the foreword for the collection), Mercedes M. Yardley, Eryk Pruitt, Nikki Nelson-Hicks, and Glenn Rolfe. They’ll also be giving away books to folks who participate! How do you participate? Similar to past broadcasts, you just need to RSVP on the Event page and tune into the broadcast Friday night. We’ll have instructions for you during the broadcast on how you can win one of the books being given away that evening.
I do hope you’ll join us. It’s going to be a great time.
Oh, and just as a reminder: The deadline to pre-order UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE is fast approaching. Saturday, August 16th is the last day to place a pre-order for this limited edition collection. This edition will NOT be available anywhere else, folks, so if you want a one-of-a-kind item, now’s the time to act.
For the first time in a great while, I’m going to write about the Monochrome Trilogy for a few minutes. Some of you probably think I’ve forgotten about it, foregoing its story in favor of the shorter, bloody bite-sized chunks that the ULT series has to offer. If you’ve thought that, you’d be half-right. I have been focused on ULT lately—but I haven’t forgotten about the Monochrome.
I wish I could forget about the Monochrome. That won’t happen, though, because these days it’s haunting me. It hangs over my head like a cloud, and any time I get an idea for something else—like the next ULT story, for example—that cloud bears down a little bit, and I feel guilty for thinking about working on something other than the Monochrome.
TLM’s two-year anniversary is coming up. Two years! Can you believe it? It’s been two years since I left Donovan Candle standing at the top of the WBS network building, and in that time, my vision of what would follow has changed dramatically. For better or worse, I can’t say. All I know is that it’s changed, and while I have a much clearer picture of what NONENTITY will be, there are still so many pieces that remain hidden from me.
I find myself going back and reading through old entries and emails and notes just to see where I was in the months leading up to the beginning of TLM. Although I began TLM in January ’09, I spent most of that year meandering through the first third of the story. I had no idea where it was going, and it wasn’t until I re-thought everything at the end of that year that it all came into focus. Truth be told, TLM’s first draft may have taken 19 months to complete, but the bulk of it was written in seven. I needed the other twelve months to figure it all out.
I’m in a better place this time around—I’m a better writer, for starters. I have a better grasp on the story and its characters.
And yet I keep hitting a wall whenever I work on it. I have a very small portion of it written—those of you who’ve pre-ordered ULT: Volume One will have the pleasure of reading it soon—and I also have a great deal of notes written as well. I have chapter titles, I have themes, I have the makings of a playlist, and I have a chronological history starting with Dullington’s orgins and leading all the way up to the events of ALT. All the pieces are in place. So why am I hitting a wall?
I honestly don’t know. Right now that wall is my biggest obstacle. Maybe it’s pressure? Maybe it’s fear? Who knows.
I just keep thinking about those early days of TLM and how difficult they were, trying to figure out what it was that led to that moment when everything fell into place and the book took off.
Maybe I’m just over-thinking this too much?
Probably. In any case, thanks for listening. I just needed to vent.
Before I go: There are 17 days left to pre-order UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE. If you’re planning on doing so, but you’re waiting for whatever reason, please let me know so I can plan accordingly.
As you can see, he’s pretty good at it. You can buy yourself a set of these Trick ‘r Treat-themed magnets right here. They’re $12 for a single magnet, or you can snag both for $20. Supplies are limited, so act fast!