Diane Duane's 'The Big Meow'

Welcome to the glitzy, murky world of 1946 Hollywood, a smoggy film-noir landscape filled with glamourous starlets, flamboyantly corrupt studio heads, and wicked, pampered cats with hidden agendas; a city of unsolved murders, snoopy screenwriters, scheming PR flacks, and a shadowy, celebrity-ridden cult dabbling in knowledge better left alone -- knowledge which could destroy the world's present and doom its future, if the dreadful promise of the Year of the Black Jaguar is fulfilled...

(Want to read the full "back cover" blurb for The Big Meow? It's now over here.)

And welcome to the weblog for the online Big Meow novel project!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

A word to those of you who've purchased "A Wind...""

First of all, thanks! :)

Thanks also to those of you who let me know how small the page size was. I wasn't entirely clear that the thing was formatted for A4: my apologies.

If you'll go back to your download link in an hour or so (or whenever you please after that, naturally) and download the file down again, you'll find a much more easily readable version of it.

(You may also have received an email from me about this issue by the time you see this note, as I'm about to gang-mail all the earliest buyers.)

Another note too: the book will have its own page over at http://raetiantales.blogspot.com momentarily, as soon as I get some FTP issues sorted out.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Just to say "Thanks!"

First of all -- thanks to everybody. It's kind of rare to get such an outpouring of, well, approbation...and I really appreciate it.

A lot of you have given me terrific and useful suggestions: over the next few days I'll put up some posts here to talk about which ones will work and which ones are kind of problematic in this particular book's situation. Mostly I'll be keeping these discussions off of Out of Ambit: if you're interested in self-publishing and POD issues, this is the blog to keep an eye on. I'll put up a link to an RSS feed in a day or so to make it easier.

Meanwhile -- another aspect of this experiment.

In this big batch of emails, a lot of you have said things like "I'd buy anything of yours..." (Which, by the way, is incredibly flattering.) It occurs to me that there's one book of mine which very few of you will have ever heard of...because, though a publisher paid for it, it was never published. It was written, though...so we can try out on this one some of the techniques I'll later be using on The Big Meow.

A Wind from the South, the first book of a projected trilogy, was originally outlined and written as part of a three-book package sold to Corgi Books / Transworld in the UK. There was some more information about it here, but I've now moved that information over to the book's own page. You can find that info here:


But, briefly...those of you who said you'd buy anything of mine? Here's your chance. :) $5.99 via PayPal and A Wind from the South is yours. (The file is in Adobe .PDF format.)

Just hit the button in the left-hand column under the book's cover image. The email address associated with the PayPal account is Peter's, just in case you were wondering.

Thanks again... and have fun.
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