Thursday, June 30, 2011
My blogbuddy Larry Correia is having a bumper year.
Four of his books are due to be published in 2011 (well, three by him alone, and one written with a co-author). The next one out will be the third in the "Monster Hunter" series: Monster Hunter Alpha.
Baen Books has made available online the first nine chapters of his new book. You can read them at the link if you want a taste of what's in store. (The first 7 chapters of Monster Hunter International, the first book in the series, and the first 6 chapters of Monster Hunter Vendetta, the second book, are also available at those links, if you haven't yet read them.) Click on the 'Next' link on each page to be taken to the chapter listing.
Monster Hunter Alpha will be published on August 1st this year. If you want an autographed copy, Larry will be offering them through Uncle Hugo's bookstore in Minneapolis, MN. Click on that link to pre-order one. Apart from that, of course, they'll be available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers and local bookstores.
One thing I particularly like about Larry and his publishers is that they haven't fallen into the trap of some successful authors, and started publishing his books initially in a hardcover edition or supersized paperback, at inflated prices. Sure, they've offered such an edition for those who want it (I got his previous book, The Grimnoir Chronicles Vol. 1: Hard Magic, in hardcover), but that's an optional extra. Larry's 'normal' books remain in mass-market paperback size at affordable prices - very important in an economic climate like ours. If I can get my manuscripts to a publishable standard (they're in beta readership right now), I plan on following that example.
Monster Hunter Vendetta made it to #27 on the New York Times bestseller list when it came out. That's a phenomenal performance for a dark fantasy novel, particularly when you consider it was competing against every single fiction mass-market paperback in the country! Here's hoping Larry can do even better with this one.
Congratulations once again, Larry. Success couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.