My new book, Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure, comes out December 6th.
But now — today, and on through the end of the month — I’m giving you the opportunity to download an e-book version for free.
Completely and totally free.
Here’s the book trailer. Check it out:
So, you want a copy, right? Here’s what you do:
- Go to this link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/81312
- Select the format you want.
- Go to checkout.
- Enter this coupon code: EY63S
- Commence downloading and reading.
If you don’t have a Smashwords account, you’ll have to sign up for one. But don’t let that dissuade you. It, too, is free, and there are a lot of good e-book bargains on that site. It’s a panoply of reading pleasure for the story enthusiast.
Please pass this along to your friends with e-readers. The offer is good until Sept. 30, and I’d love to see as many free copies as possible sent out into the world. After you read the book, if you’re so inclined, please offer up a review at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble or Goodreads or LibraryThing, if you frequent those places. Or tell a friend.
Thanks for reading!
Vacation’s over. Also, how ’bout them Cowboys? Wait … don’t answer that.
Pass it on to your friends. Also worth noting: This is the final week to get an advance print copy of the book (which releases Dec. 6) at the low, low price of $10.50. Details here.
If you’re in Montana, please check out the latest issue of Montana Magazine, which includes a feature story about my books (written by Chèrie Newman of Montana Public Radio) and a wonderful review of Ed Kemmick’s “The Big Sky, By and By,” which I published. The magazine is on newsstands now.
Finally, a travel advisory: Tuesday, I’m headed to Fort Benton, where the next morning I’ll meet with the Friends of the Library to talk about The Summer Son. Just a little more than a year ago, I was there with my first novel, 600 Hours of Edward, and it was a great group of people and a great town (my first trip there).
Yeah, all that stuff is history. Not that I won’t post about music, or my progress on a given project, or a book I like, or anything at all, or the weekly short story. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. (In the case of the short story, absolutely I will. And my apologies for missing last week. A family medical emergency came up.)
The point is, the categories felt too constraining, and I’m in a mood to knock down walls. More accurately, I’m in a mood to knock down walls, drive over them with a steamroller, collect the microscopic pieces and shoot them into orbit on a rocket. Even more accurately: I’m in a mood.
You might have heard that I have a new book coming out, a short-story collection called Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure. Short stories don’t sell. Literary agents don’t want them. Publishers, by and large, don’t want them. (Except, curiously, for Press 53 and Graywolf Press, and both of those publishers do better with short stories than just about anybody.) But what the hell, you know? I just spent a year writing nothing but short stories, and I sure as hell have no intention of putting them in a box. So: Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure. You can get a really good deal on it right now, and if you liked my two novels, you’ll probably like this stuff. If you haven’t read any of my books, this is a good first thing to try. And if you didn’t like my two novels, what are you doing here?
A friend of mine just spent the past weekend live-blogging, via Facebook and Twitter, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association convention, and this post in particular caught my eye:
Author/WWU prof Kathryn Trueblood: “I started out trying to sell my short-story collection, but couldn’t. Every agent said, ‘But I’d love to see your novel.’”
My response, via Facebook:
Oh, boy, do I know how this goes. It’s what set off my Obstinate-o-Meter. No, it’s not a novel in short stories. No, they’re not all linked. No, they’re not all in the same setting. Yes, there’s an assortment of styles. Its title? “Fuck You.”
I was only joking about the title. Again: It’s Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure. Whether you like it or not.
Oh, golly, do I have progress to report.
The new novel project keeps trucking along. I’m at 15,000 words; once I double that, I’ll have enough confidence in it to start sharing some small details. Suffice to say, the writing is going really, really well, and I simply wish there were more time in the day for it.
Any day now — my money is on Thursday — I’ll have concrete details on my next book, a collection of short stories.
Ed Kemmick and I are going to be in Big Timber, Mont., on Friday for the Spirit of Montana Authors’ Gathering at Carnegie Public Library, 314 McLeod Street. That runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and if you’ll excuse me just a second for being a big, sloppy fan boy, I’m really hoping for a Tom McGuane sighting/meeting.
On Saturday, we’ll both be in Ennis for the Madison Valley Arts Festival. That starts at 10 a.m. in Peter T’s Park.
It’s going to be a blast.
Welcome, again, to the land of incremental progress:
The official release date of Ed Kemmick’s book, The Big Sky, By and By, is a week from today, and I now have books in hand to ensure that select bookstores around the state receive copies. I’m happy to say that pre-sales have been very brisk indeed, as I knew they would be. If you’re in Billings and/or receive The Billings Gazette, be sure to check out Sunday’s books page, which will feature a review of Ed’s book by Montana Public Radio’s Chérie Newman. (Also, it’s worth pointing out again: If you have a Kindle or a Nook, Ed’s book is also available in those formats.)
I’m continuing to plug away on a new project. It’s still far too early to say anything of substance about it, but I’m very happy that the day-in, day-out writing experiences have been brisk. For whatever it’s worth, I’m seeing the road pretty clearly as I move through the first draft.
I’ll be in Joliet, Montana, on Saturday for the Joliet Jamboree, a fundraiser for the public library. I’m looking forward to that, and to sharing a panel with fellow Billings authors Russell Rowland and Nancy Brook, among others. Details here.
Just saw the sad news about the demise of Borders. Here in my town, that means the loss of what has been a very good bookstore, and that diminishes the entire community in a cultural way. Jacob Tuka, the books manager in Billings, has been terrifically supportive of local authors and was always cheerful about lining up signings for me. We had a bit of bad timing with The Summer Son, which was released in late January, just as a book-buying moratorium kicked in at Borders. The Billings store has been a reliable seller of 600 Hours of Edward, however, and so I’ll be sorry to see it shuttered.
Confession time: I have nothing to report.
The short-story collection that has taken up the bulk of my time for the past year is finished and delivered to my editor.
Ed Kemmick’s book is mostly out the door.
Next week begins my summer festival season:
July 9: Sunrise Festival of the Arts in Sidney, Montana.
July 23: Joliet Jamboree in Joliet, Montana.
August 6: Madison Valley Arts Festival in Ennis, Montana.
August 20: Manhattan Potato Festival in Manhattan, Montana.
Until tomorrow …
It’s been a light week. And, dammit, I deserved it.
A few things:
- Finally, the Ed Kemmick book, The Big Sky, By and By, is for sale in advance of its official July 26 release date. If you’d like a signed copy, please jet over to Ed’s site and make a totally safe PayPal transaction. If you love Montana and Montanans, this book will not disappoint you. I’m damned proud to have it as the second release from my little literary house, after Carol Buchanan’s Gold Under Ice.
- I’m hitting the road this week, heading up to Ronan, Montana, to talk to the Friends of the Library group there. Ronan was a great host last year when I was thumping 600 Hours of Edward, and I’m really, really looking forward to talking to my friends about my new novel, The Summer Son. This, I suppose, is the unofficial kickoff to my summer book season. Check out my calendar for the other stuff I have on tap.
- My collection of short stories, tentatively titled Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure, is in the hands of a trusted editor before I move it along to my publisher. Really, really excited about these. Really, really hoping the publisher will be, too.
And now, a personal note:
Today is the 72nd birthday of my dad, Ron Lancaster (shown above with my dogs Bodie and Zula). (By the way, them’s my legs behind him.) I’ve written some about his difficult life, and my occasionally difficult dealings with him. I’ve never shied away from the fact that The Summer Son is, on some level, both a vehicle for working out my frustrations with him and a love letter to him.
But I’ll be telling him today — as he will never see it here — that I love him very much and am blessed to have him in my life.
Happy birthday, Pops.
Things are moving on, if incrementally, on several fronts …
THE BIG SKY, BY AND BY
Awaiting a proof copy of Ed Kemmick’s collection before doing the initial run. In the meantime, I’ve been pulling together the fact sheet (take a look) that will go out to booksellers and reviewers. By the end of the month, we’ll begin taking pre-orders of this fine book.
THE NEW NOVEL PROJECT
I added a couple of thousand words in the past week and am starting to see the field clearly, at least in terms of the first third of the book. Much like last week, though, it’s far too early to say whether this one has the legs to reach the finish line, so details on subject matter, characters and other substantive stuff will have to wait.
It does have a working title, though: Somebody Has to Lose.
BEYOND THE WORD
Remember The Word, my weekly writing exercise that’s based on the inspiration of a single word? Thanks to flash-fiction genius Meg Pokrass, I snared an invitation to Fictionaut and have begun cross-posting those short pieces there, in some cases using the feedback to hone the writing a little more. (For an example of this, see how Insatiable posted here at the blog and what it’s become at Fictionaut.)
(For more on the truly astounding Megz, see this piece she wrote for David Abrams’ blog.)
I can’t tell you how much fun it has been to experiment with the very-short form, especially while I’m trying to wrestle a bigger novel idea to the ground. I’m learning a lot about how to put a full story in just a few hundred words, and I’m confident those lessons will make me a better writer across all forms.
In the week ahead, I’m hoping to put down a lot of tracks on the novel, as it will be my last chance for some significant work before I disappear for a week in New York. Fingers crossed …