Hot Flashes

March 25th, 2011

Thanks again to Stephen for holding things down for the past few days.  Some things have been happening with me, so here’s a short roundup.

Soho Contract: Just to make it official, Poke and his family have been given a new home by Soho Press, home of some of my favorite writers.  Soho specializes in crime and thriller fiction and the whole enterprise is run the way publishing companies used to be run — on the basis of personal conviction that the books the editors choose deserve to be published, rather than how they fit into some theoretical marketing spreadsheet.

Bad news — no new Poke novel in 2011.  Good news: THE GROWING YOUNGER MAN will come out in 2012.  So this new relationship makes me very happy, and I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be.

Victor Bevine

Audible Books: HarperCollins was kind enough to return to us the audio rights for all the Bangkok books, and practically the next day we got the Edgar nomination, and immediately we had two audiobook companies bidding for the series.  (Thanks to my agent, Bob Mecoy.)  The series went to Audible, and the books are being recorded as I speak, with a terrific actor named Victor Bevine voicing them.  He was in the Star Trek movies, CSI, and a bunch of other things, and now he’s the voice of Poke Rafferty’s Bangkok.

Bangkok Noir: The collection of dark short stories by Christopher Moore, John Burdett, Colin Cotterill, Pico Iyer, Dean Barrett, Stephen Leather, Alex Kerr, and some other really interesting writers (plus me) was launched in Bangkok last week and has already made a splash.

My story, Hansum Man, is waaayyyyyyy dark and is not recommended for the faint of heart.  But it was the first short story I’d written since eighth grade, and I was just happy to finish it.

For reasons I don’t understand, the book won’t be available on Amazon until July or thereabouts, but I’m pleased that all the writers and the publishers are donating half of their royalties to a charity that benefits the poorest kids in Bangkok.

INCINERATOR, the fourth Simeon Grist book, is the fifth to go up on Amazon.  This is part of a long-term campaign to confuse readers who like to read series in order.

(Actually, I delayed it because I liked THE MAN WITH NO TIME better. But now, having worked through both of them, I’m not so sure.)

Also, the first-published book in the series, THE FOUR LAST THINGS, has been reduced to the head-spinning price of 99 cents.  Less than a buck!  Whaddya waiting for?

And some other things are happening, too, but I can’t talk about them yet.  When I can, though . . .

Oh, and THE GROWING YOUNGER MAN rocks, so far at least.

12 Responses to “Hot Flashes”

  1. Sheri M Says:

    Just purchased The Four Last Things! I’ve been really wanting to try your books since stumbling on your blog a few months ago (and glomming onto every word therein).

    I’ve been very sad to not have my daily dose of Hallinan, so now I can dive into your book instead. I was planning to select the first Poke Rafferty for my book club choice — couldn’t justify a purchase sooner. You should see the height of my TBR pile!

    But at 99 cents, I coudn’t resist, and so I shall start with Simeon instead.

    Can’t wait to read it! If it’s half as good as your blog, I know I won’t be disappointed.

    Thanks again for many delightful coffee breaks. 🙂

  2. Tom Logan Says:

    Tim, I depend on your blog to let me know when your books become available on Amazon. I try to buy only ebooks but will buy tree books if forced to. p.s. YOU are the only author exception to my rule of not spending more than $9.99 for an ebook. Anything more than that I can get at the bookstore with a discount coupon. Best of luck with your new professional relationships.

  3. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hey, Sheri — Welcome, and I hope you like it. I liked it better than I thought I would when I went over it prior to republication. I don’t actually know what I was expecting, but I’ve liked them all better than I expected to. Please let me know.

    Tom, first, thanks for the nice thing you wrote about all the Japan posts. I can’t tell you how I appreciated it. And regarding price, the people at HarperCollins finally dropped QUEEN from $11.99 to $9.99, something I’d been requesting for months. I’m with you, it would take something extraordinary to make me spend more than $9.99 for an e-book.

    Every time I think no industry screw up worse than the music industry did when confronted with the brave new digital world, one does. Motion pictures are clueless, but the worst performance yet has been the one by traditional publishers, who were confronted a year ago with two alternatives: embrace all this and sell hundreds of thousands more books, or dig in and eat the big one. They chose the latter, and I’m not certain some of the companies will be able to dig their way out. For that matter, some of them don’t deserve to.

  4. EverettK Says:

    All good news, Tim! You will, I assume (yeah, I know, I know), let us know when Bangkok Noir becomes available on Amazon. I’ve read Hansum Man, but I’d like to have an official “support the artists” copy. And, who knows, maybe I’ll like some of the other writers, too. 🙂 But you’re right, it’s the darkest story of yours that I’ve read. Dark, dark. But good. Good, good. But dark.

  5. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    Hi Tim, and good luck with with your new books. I just downloaded “Incinerator,” and, of course, Everett had posted a great and informative review. I’m excited because I have TWO Simeons to read, and I’m also seeing some chatter on the blogs about “The Two Elvises.” You will let us know, right? I agree with your discussion of publishers. Not everyone reads, or even wants to
    read James Patterson. To me, I am seeing ebooks as the game of the future, both for authors, and for readers. I’ve been able to download books that aren’t even available in paper, ahem. When the price makes sense. Are you too reasonable? (Now I really sound like a groupie, and not my business) Have fun!

  6. Suzanna Says:

    Thanks for sharing all the good news, Tim. Very happy you’ve landed in the audio books world and can’t wait to hear how your work sounds read aloud by Mr. Bevine.

    I’ll keep my eye out for Hansum Man (love the title). I haven’t shied away from any of your previous work and I’m not about to now but thanks for the warning about how dark the story is.

    And it is really wonderful to hear that you’re enjoying Growing Younger Man. (another great title)

  7. Sylvia Says:

    Wow, what great news on all fronts. This is lovely!

  8. Gary Says:

    Delighted to read all the good news. Congrats for everything.

  9. RJ Baliza Says:

    glad to hear of the good news! looking forward to hearing Poke come alive through audio book. i’d get ‘The Four Last Things’ in a minute, but my Kindle is broken and won’t get a new one until the 16th of next month.

  10. Laren Bright Says:

    Great news about SOHO. Sounds like a super company in this age of cookie cutter rules for everything.

  11. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Wow, has it been this long since I logged in or did you guys show up fast?

    Everett, I’d forgotten you read “Hansum Man.” I just read it again in the book, and it’s better than I remember it. I hope it makes some money for these poor kids.

    Lil, I truly hope you like the Simeons. I really went back and forth about putting them up without some rewrite, but so far I’ve made exactly four changes to the book — cleared up a misplaced modifier, straightened out a pronoun, put one different turn in a chase that had them going in circles, and deleted a line in INCINERATOR that the woman at PW hated even more than she hated the rest of the book. Ouf, what a review.

    Hey, Suzanna — I e-mailed Christopher Moore, the Bangkok thriller genius who’s behind this project to tell him about the blog and I’m hoping he’ll do something to move up the Amazon release. I can’t actually think of a reason in the world why it shouldn’t be available. Maybe Chris will read this and let us all know.

    Thanks, Sylvia — there’s more good stuff, too, but I figured that piece was long enough. Maybe next week.

    Hi, RJ — I don’t know what I’d do without my Kindle. I do about half my reading on it now. I even convert books that are sent to me for blurbing into the Kindle format and read them on it. FOUR LAST will stay at .99 until about June 1, when I think I’ll mark down a different one.

    Thanks, Laren. Yes, it’s a really interesting company, and I actually have a lot of friends — Leighton Gage, Jeffrey Siger, and Cara Black, for example — whom they publish. And until his most recent book, they had Colin Cotterill, someone else I really like.

  12. anne polkingharn Says:

    Enjoyed seeing Michael’s cartoons in your blog. We have the pleasure of his company, wit, quips, and cartoons at our morning coffee in Laguna. Congratulations on your writing and publishing. The blog is interesting and we love the story of the torii and the beginning of Japan. We agree any art takes skill and lots of thought and hard work topped by inspiration and curiosity about people and the world. Do you know Billy Collins poetry? I think you would like his poem “Advice to Writers”. Anne

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