Kate Orman’s quite excellent The Left-Handed Hummingbird can be found an entry below this, but I have some, from my perspective at least, rather more exciting news. At long (far too long) last, I am happy to announce that the second volume of the book version of TARDIS Eruditorum is available. Here are the sales links:
It’s also available in several other nationalities’ Amazon stores, including .de and .fr – I trust you to find it if you want it from there. All prices are based on the American Kindle price so as to make my royalties come out roughly the same no matter where you buy the book. The Smashwords link is the one that can provide you with alternate versions such as an EPUB version suitable for iBooks or the Nook. The book will be making its way to Barnes and Noble, Apple, and other ebook retailers over the next few weeks, but that’s a somewhat slow process, and you can get a version that you can put on your ereader of choice manually now.
Here’s what you get:
- Revised and expanded versions of every entry on Patrick Troughton from the blog.
- Three brand-new full-length Time Can Be Rewritten entries on Christopher Bulis’s Twilight of the Gods, Big Finish’s adaptation of the unmade Prison in Space, and Stephen Baxter’s brand-spanking-new The Wheel of Ice.
- Assorted new short essays, including a look at all the stuff I skipped with The Invasion to do a weird psychogeographic tour of London, yet another definitive take on UNIT dating, and an overall retrospective on Troughton’s Doctor.
- The opportunity to support your friendly neighborhood blogger, more about which in a moment.
If you have a Doctor Who or sci-fi website of any sort and would like a review copy, just shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get you one.
Furthermore, f you haven’t tried the first volume, I’ve also put it on a one-week sale for $2.99 on Amazon and £1.99 on Amazon.co.uk, with the print editions discounted appropriately as well. If you’re in the UK and want the print edition, that’s also now available in the UK directly instead of via tedious shipping from the US. That’s for sale here. The prices on the Hartnell books will return to their default levels on October 5th.
You may also notice the very, very fantastic cover art at the top of the post. That’s courtesy of James Taylor (not that one), who I intend to make sure I keep ahold of. I highly recommend the print edition, as the overall jacket design is a real piece of work. He’s got a blog post about his design process here.
As for the inevitable question about Pertwee, I’m expecting to begin working on that full-time in mid-October, and I have at this point streamlined the copyediting process down to a few months due to the wonders of paying people, so I don’t think this one is going to take another ten months.
Which leaves the begging. The spiel here is straightforward, and what I’ve said before: I graduated with a PhD in English into the worst job market that field has ever seen. And A PhD in English is not what you’d call “highly useful” in a lot of fields other than academia. So that’s a bit vertigo inducing, and causes some problems, especially when you look at the massive pile of student loan debt that doesn’t give a rat’s ass if I’m employed or not. I don’t want to overstate my case – I have a comfortable life, I have no worries about putting food on the table now or in the foreseeable future. I’m not some model of abject poverty.
But equally, I’ve put a lot of time into this blog, and I’d like to think that providing a product that thousands of people enjoy every day is something that one can make money off of. Don’t get me wrong, this blog is a hobby. I’ll keep posting the blog for free until there’s not a single televised episode of Doctor Who left that I haven’t covered. You owe me nothing, and I’m grateful to you just for reading. But as I said, I’d like to find out that I live in a world where a weirdo with a PhD in English can make something resembling a living by writing something people enjoy. And this is where you can help with that. So if you do enjoy the blog, please consider the book.
Finally, I don’t have a marketing budget for this. My marketing budget is word of mouth. So whether you can scrounge up the money to buy a copy or not, please, at the very least, link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or whatever. E-mail your other Doctor Who loving friends, go to forums with Doctor Who fans and tell them to buy the book, do what you can to spread the word that this book exists and that you think it’s pretty cool and think other people might like it too. And if you do buy a copy, once you’ve read it, please go review it on Amazon. Even if you think it’s crap. Reviews help. I’m not one of those authors who pays for good reviews or who reviews his own books.
But most of all, and I know I’ve said this before, but thank you. All of you. Everyone who reads this blog and makes the comments a lively community that I’m proud to be a part of. Writing this blog has already been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Thank you.