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Simon Strantzas (Nomis)
Username: Nomis

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 99.244.133.208
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 04:33 am:   

Forgive the crass self-promotion all, but I hope some of you will be interested to hear my third collection, NIGHTINGALE SONGS, is now available from Dark Regions Press. I'm hopeful you'll find it worth investigating.

You can read more about it at Dark Regions (where, of course, you can also preorder it)

http://www.darkregions.com/nightingale-songs-by-simon-strantzas/

But if you'd like a little more info, you can read this wonderful review at The Speculative Fiction Junkie:

http://www.speculativefictionjunkie.com/2011/11/review-nightingale-songs.html

Lastly, for those curious, my own website has been updated in honour of the new work:

http://www.strantzas.com

I'm really proud of this one and so far the behind-the-scenes response has been great. I hope anyone who tries it agrees.

My best,
Simon Strantzas
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 121.90.137.200
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 07:01 am:   

It isn't crass. It is letting us know about it. Wishing you well with it, Simon!
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.176.250.213
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 09:18 am:   

Looks excellent, Simon - good luck with it. I shall be ordering my copy!
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Paul_finch (Paul_finch)
Username: Paul_finch

Registered: 11-2009
Posted From: 92.5.34.157
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 04:19 pm:   

If you don't beat your own drum, Simon, no-one else will. Looks great.
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Simon Strantzas (Nomis)
Username: Nomis

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 68.179.31.1
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 06:30 pm:   

Thanks, all!
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.59.115.60
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 07:11 pm:   

I've put my money where my mouth is (always a strange experience, not to mention taste) and (pre-)ordered - looking forward to it, Simon.

Mick
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Pete_a (Pete_a)
Username: Pete_a

Registered: 07-2011
Posted From: 75.85.10.161
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 07:52 pm:   

Congratulations, Simon! Very nice-looking cover, too.
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Simon Strantzas (Nomis)
Username: Nomis

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 99.244.133.208
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 01:10 am:   

Thanks, Pete!
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.21
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:04 am:   

Congrats, Simon. I'm sure it'll be sterling stuff. Best wishes.
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Huw (Huw)
Username: Huw

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 61.216.45.131
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 11:40 am:   

Congratulations, Simon! I hope it's as successful as your earlier books.
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Simon Strantzas (Nomis)
Username: Nomis

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 99.244.133.208
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 12:10 pm:   

Whereas I'm hoping it's more.
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Simon Strantzas (Nomis)
Username: Nomis

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 68.179.31.1
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 07:58 pm:   

If you still haven't ordered, don't forget the PREORDER SPECIAL: order the book while still in preorder phase and receive $5 off the retail price ($40 instead of $45)!

I also did a short interview in the Dark Regions newsletter about the book (in case someone here doesn't subscribe).
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.27.143.83
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 09:15 pm:   

Looks good, Simon. Will there be a trade hardcover or paperback?
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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
Username: Stevebacon

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 90.209.220.6
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 10:24 pm:   

Congrats, Simon. I loved your first two collections (although I only have the Humdrumming version of BtS) so I'll be getting this.
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Simon Strantzas (Nomis)
Username: Nomis

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 68.179.31.1
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 10:53 pm:   

Thanks, guys. I really appreciate it.

Joel: There is a trade hardcover available to order now (that's the $40 preorder deal). I imagine, in a few months, once the current hardcovers go, a trade paperback will be announced as well.

Steve: The Dark Regions edition of Beneath the Surface has additional stories, including a 6K afterword! I tried to make it worthwhile for anyone who bought it again. (Frankly, I think it's the better edition.)
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.10.125
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 09:14 am:   

Sorry Simon, I was missing the point as the hardcover is a signed limited edition I assumed there would be a separate trade hardcover, but if there isn't it doesn't matter, what matters is that there should be a trade edition to reach lots of new readers.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.156.210.82
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 09:23 am:   

"Lots of new readers"...hahahaha.

Sorry, Joel. I'm Feeling ultra-cynical today.

Simon, I'll be ordering this soon. It looks beautiful.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.166.73
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 09:42 am:   

Congrats, Simon. I'll be buying this one. When two people share the coolest first name on earth, it's gotta be done.
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Stu (Stu)
Username: Stu

Registered: 04-2008
Posted From: 81.100.121.78
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 09:56 am:   

Congrats, Simon.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 82.26.160.167
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:02 am:   

A new book from Strantzas? Cool!


>>>what matters is that there should be a trade edition to reach lots of new readers

But are trade editions that cost such a lot of money ever likely to reach lots of new readers?
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.156.210.82
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:58 am:   

But are trade editions that cost such a lot of money ever likely to reach lots of new readers?

Not unless they're published by a massive publisher who has a huge advertising budget. Small press books sell to the same people, over and over again, because nobody else knows about them.
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Simon Strantzas (Nomis)
Username: Nomis

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 68.179.31.1
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 08:40 pm:   

I should make the editions clear here, just so there aren't any further misunderstandings.

There are two editions currently available for order:
1) a super-limited leatherbound, slipcased hardcover for $99
2) a less-limited "trade" hardcover for $40 (it will go up to $45 when the book starts to ship)

In time, no doubt once the above numbers dwindle, likely we'll see:
3) a trade paperback at a price around $18 I suspect.

Essentially, there's a collector's hardcover, a "I just like hardcovers" hardcover, and an eventually "I can't afford a hardcover" paperback that one can buy.

The hope, of course, is that the paperback will be the tool to spread the gospel of the book, and the hardcovers are there merely for those that like them, or like my fiction enough to want to read it early.

Clear as mud?
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Simon Strantzas (Nomis)
Username: Nomis

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 68.179.31.1
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 08:40 pm:   

Oh, and of course, more thanks to y'all for the congrats.

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