The Girl Who Never Was is discussed in the entry immediately below this. But I’m knocking that off the top of the post order because, well, this is more exciting. Slightly later than hoped for, but still miles better than last time, I am proud to announce the third book volume of TARDIS Eruditorum is now in print and ready for your purchasing pleasure.
US Print Edition ($14.99)
US Kindle Edition ($4.99)
UK Print Edition (£11.99 VAT excluded)
UK Kindle Edition (£3.49 VAT excluded)
Smashwords Edition ($4.99, for eReaders other than Kindle)
As ever the pricing is based on the model “Five bucks seems about right for the ebook, and I’ll make the print edition so that it gets me the same royalty.”
Over the next few weeks the book will appear on other major ebook sites like Barnes & Noble and iBooks, but for right now if you have a non-Kindle reader you’ll need to get it from Smashwords and upload it manually. (And this is frankly the best way to do it anyway – if you buy from Barnes & Noble or Apple you’re only buying the Smashwords edition but diluting my cut by giving it to Apple or B&N)
If you have a Doctor Who or sci-fi website, blog, or whatever and would like a review copy, drop me an e-mail and I’ll see to it.
Furthermore, if you’ve not picked up previous volumes, the Patrick Troughton (US, UK, Smashwords) and William Hartnell (US, UK, Smashwords) versions remain on sale. Though to be open, the Hartnell version is going to get replaced with a shiny new second edition that doesn’t have horrible typos later this year (more news on that in the next week or two), and so you may want to hold off on that. Equally, however, you can buy the first edition and then have a cool out of print book to show off. I’m certainly not going to tell you not to give me money twice.
Here’s what this one includes:
- Revised and expanded editions of every essay on the Jon Pertwee era.
- Three book-exclusive Time Can Be Rewritten entries on the Barry Letts-penned audio The Paradise of Death, the Paul Magrs Companion Chronicle Find and Replace, in which Jo Grant, played by Katy Manning, meets Iris Wildthyme, played by Katy Manning, and Virgin’s acclaimed Who Killed Kennedy?
- Various book-exclusive short essays, including an attempt to reconcile the Pertwee era with Torchwood, an explanation of how the TARDIS works, and a guest essay by Anna Wiggins that attempts to explain the Blakean extravaganza that is my Three Doctors essay.
- A phenomenally cool cover by James Taylor (no, not that James Taylor), who discusses his process here, in a very cool post that you should totally go read.
- Excellent copyediting by Millie Hadziomerovic.
- A small but significant amount of money that goes in my pocket.
This last point is a big one. I spend what can charitably be called a lot of time on this blog and on these books. That’s fine. I enjoy it, I love the community I have here, and I’d do it either way, though possibly not at quite the brutal pace I do. But equally, this is basically my job. My family relies on the money I get from these books. It’s not a ton of money, but it’s often the difference between fixing the unsettling rattling noise in my car or seeing if it can go another month. I’m not destitute or anything. I’ve got a good lifestyle, I’m not going to lose my home or go hungry anytime soon. But the book income is enough to make a real difference.
As I’ve said before, I really like to live in a world where I can post something I have fun writing for free and get a sizable audience that will support the project. Nobody has to. If you want to just read the blog for free, by all means, do so. I’m thrilled to have you as a reader. Really. Just seeing you in the daily pageview count makes me smile. But if you enjoy the blog and can scrounge a few dollars to toss my way, I appreciate it, and I’ve got a pretty cool book you can have for your trouble.
Even if you can’t afford a copy, though, please spread the word. I don’t have a marketing budget here. I depend on my readers and the larger fan community to get word out. So please, link this post far and wide, tell your friends to buy the book, mention it on forums. If you buy a copy, please review it on Amazon. Even if you hate it. Reviews help. I’m not one of those corrupt jerks who pays for my Amazon reviews. They’re all from real readers, and I know for a fact that they help sell books.
Finally, the inevitable question. After sizing up word count and the maximum number of pages I’m allowed I’ve reluctantly come to the conclusion that Tom Baker is going to need two volumes. I hope to get the first one out by the end of the year. This, however, raises a slight issue. The time that Millie and I can turn a book around seems to be about six months. Millie is a phenomenal copyeditor and I am not looking to replace her. But she doesn’t scale, and limits me to about two books a year. I’m thus tentatively interested in adding a second copyeditor to my retinue.
The job would be paid, though at miles below market rate. It involves reading the manuscript, fixing all the stupid mistakes I make throughout it, and occasionally thwacking me upside the head and telling me I’m being really dumb and need to rewrite a portion. I you’re interested, please e-mail me.
Note that I am not just looking for someone to volunteer to glance over the manuscript and give it a quick proofread. This is a request for thorough editing. You should be comfortable reworking sentences to improve flow, flagging weak bits of argument, and obsessing mildly over the proper usage of em-dashes. Experience editing, writing things that have been professionally edited, or, at the very least, being the best English major in your graduating class is pretty necessary. Please do not offer to work for free. If your work wouldn’t be good enough to pay for, it’s not what I need in an editor.
But most importantly: thank you again for reading. It means the world to me. I don’t think I’ve ever been as proud of something as I am of this blog and its community. Thank you.