Those readers who know a little of my life beyond this blog are quite aware that, aside from writing and ranting about political theory, I have also wasted many an hour writing unpublished and unread novels. So at the behest of my partner and some other comrades, I finally decided that, rather than continue to waste time with generic form rejection letters that usually tell me that my submitted manuscripts have not been read, I have decided to offer one of my shorter novels (more of a novella, really, because it's just barely over 130 pages) for free on this blog. The point is to ask my readers what they think of my novel, whether or not it's worth publishing, and get at least someone (I'm aiming for maybe three people - yes my standards are that low!) to read my fiction.
This novel, A Continent of History, is a noirish mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror (with obvious political under/overtones) and was initially written for a 3-Day Novel contest that I failed to win––and also failed, at the very least, to receive any feedback aside from notification that I did not win. Therefore it was written at a manic pace under rather interesting constraints and in some ways is not typical of what I write. At the same time, however, I felt it was a perfect candidate for transforming into an ebook because: a) I am not as invested in it as other novels I've written (hence potentially allowing me, after brutal criticism, to save my dignity by clinging to the belief that I still have "better" novels); b) it was short enough to edit and lay-out without too much headache; c) it is also short enough for people who do not know me as an author to read.
Since part of registering for an ISBN number (and the book is now registered and physical copies are en route to the Library of Congress to protect me from some dodgy capitalist alienating me from my labour through private property style plagiarism) is to make myself into an independent press, I had to think up a name, and then a cool logo, of my experimental and barely legitimate "press."
Behold 100 Flowers Press!!! Is this not the most appropriate name for a Maoist to give hir press? At the very least it's less boring sounding than "100 Schools of Thought."
On a side note, if any of you are planning on printing your own ebooks on your sites, feel free to paste this logo on the back and make the "press" more legitimate. Now that it's registered, I can even get you ISBN numbers followed by the requisite barcodes.
In any case, I'm launching an advanced copy of the ebook tonight. I am still tinkering with the cover (but thanks to Jude for a last minute suggestion - the map is perfect, but I don't know if I've integrated it properly...), and the description on the back cover is just a quote from the middle of the first or second chapter, and I want some advanced feedback before I launch a final copy with a potentially better cover. Then I think I'll have it as a link on the pages bar above, and keep annoying my readers (risking a dangerous decrease in readership), to visit that link and download my novel.
So without further ado, click on the link beside the cover picture below to download my eNovel:
DOWNLOAD "A CONTINENT OF HISTORY" PDF NOW!
And if anyone actually enjoys this book, and wants to review it on their own blogs, I would be eternally grateful. Otherwise, enjoy (or despise) a free and original novel.