12/09/2013

Book 3 Update

I'm chuckling today because everyone assumes that the Warm Bodies sequel is going to revolve around R and Julie having relationship problems. Like this story is about dating. Like there isn't a vast and utterly insane world around them waiting to be explored, survived, and saved. I'm so excited to burst your bubble.

Current progress: 170 pages.

Approximately 1/3 finished.

Yes, when I said this one's going to be "bigger" I wasn't just referring to its scope. Warm Bodies was petite. The New Hunger had an eating disorder. This one's gonna be curvy. But despite it being the length of a fantasy novel, I promise that less than 10% of it will be spent describing food and clothing and the carpet in every room.


You guys I'm so excited about this book. I will now run out of this coffee shop and high-five a stranger in the face.

9/18/2013

FAQ Update


Despite the existence of my FAQ I am constantly being asked these three questions, so I think it's time to do some clarification and reiteration of these Greatest Hits questions.



Q: When does the WARM BODIES prequel come out?

A: You mean The New Hunger? It came out months ago, fool! But there's a catch: it's only in ebook form, and only available from Zolabooks.com  That's right, it's NOT ON AMAZON. Or iTunes, or anywhere else. Just Zolabooks.com for reasons having to do with anarchy and raging against the machine and supporting intriguing new platforms with great potential for innovation, and so on. This exclusive arrangement will change at some point, because I myself am a paper purist and eventually there will be a physical edition which will probably spread into digital editions on other platforms, but for now: Zolabooks.com

YES, you can still read it on your Kindle, iPad, even your desktop if you don't own a tablet. You just have to download the epub from Zolabooks.com

Q: When will THE NEW HUNGER come out in paperback?

It's of utmost importance to me that physical copies exist, because I know many of you don't read ebooks, and I actually don't either. I want the book on my shelf, sandwiched between Warm Bodies and Untitled Isaac Marion Zombie Novel. ("Book 3" for short.) But the fate of The New Hunger is intertwined with the fate of Book 3, so I won't know exactly when a paperback of TNH will be published until I know exactly how and when Book 3 will be published. I can promise TNH will be published before Book 3, because it will be essential to understanding Book 3, but that's about all I can promise. So if you're in any hurry, I'd suggest learning to love ebooks and heading on over to Zola

HOWEVER: If you're lucky enough to live somewhere in the British Isles, you can get your hands on a paperback from Vintage UK on October 29th, 2013. I know, it makes no sense, I can't...I can't even try to explain it, so just accept this reality, fill your saloon with petrol, check the air in the tyres, drive to the supermarket and buy the book, throw it in the boot, go home to your flat, get a bag of crisps, and read it in the loo while taking a shite.

Q: When will the WARM BODIES sequel come out?

A: It's really hard to project a completion date for a book like this. If I were writing one of those books with the phrase "A [Character's Name] Novel" on the cover, some kind of episodic franchise thriller with a clearly predetermined path, or even a traditional sequel designed to simply repeat the patterns of the original while expanding them slightly, maybe I could meet a specific deadline. But this is a weird book, expanding on the foundation of Warm Bodies in a lot of brain-straining ways and presenting me with a lot of intellectual, philosophical, and ethical challenges that I've never encountered before. It's a sequel to Warm Bodies in the way that Lord of the Rings was a sequel to The Hobbit, and with that kind of expanding scope, there are a lot of potential pitfalls, so it's hard to fathom a timeline.

But, with that said, my possibly naive hope is to finish it mid to late 2014.



That is all. Enjoy the remainder of your life.

-Isaac







9/12/2013

Life Isn't Worth It

All America's crimes in the name of security stem from the belief that our lives are very, very important and must be protected at all costs. This is a narcissistic delusion. Our lives are important, but sometimes bad things are going to happen and some of us are going to die, and this is not a shocking affront to the natural order, it's an inevitability that mature human beings learn to accept.

When you go camping, you accept the possibility that you could fall off a cliff or be eaten by a bear. You don't kill all the bears and blast down all the cliffs in order to guarantee your safety. You take reasonable precautions and then you go out and hope for the best, because although you enjoy your life, you know it's not that important. It's not worth flattening the world.

But America is obsessed with safety. We insist that no one must ever die, and we trample over our principals in an absurd attempt to ensure it. If we could relax our grip on this planet and accept that being here is a privilege that can be revoked at any time, if we could let go of the notion that preserving life, no matter how sorry the state of it becomes, is the great mission of society that trumps all other concerns, then maybe the madness of doing bad things to prevent bad things could finally end.



7/11/2013

OOPS 2: Oops Harder

Hey friends. Seems I screwed up my postal life again. Seems I forgot to pay for my PO box, and seems the box got closed, and seems all your letters and packages were sent back to you.

Oops oops oops oops.

Sorry.

When it comes back to you, please keep a firm grip on your package until I get the box open and receptive again. Then, if you're still feeling any love for me after I wasted all your shipping money...please try again?

Sorry. My life has so many loose threads, it's pretty much a ball of raw hemp fiber.

I'll notify you here when everything is sorted out.

Absentmindedly yours,

Isaac


6/28/2013

Mind-Writing (and the Warm Bodies sequel)

When I write a novel, I write it twice. The first time, it's in my head. I call it mind-writing. I walk around, run around, sit around, I listen to music and look at pretty things and just think my brains out. I solidify what the story is and how I'm going tell it, and then I write it down in quick, loose sketches. When I'm finished, I have an outline of every scene in the book. Not an outline like the utterly useless kind they taught you in school.


I. Useless
   A. Fucking
   B. Bullshit
        1. Seriously

It's more like a storyboard. You know, those comic-book sketches that eventually become movies? I describe everything that happens and explore the mood and atmosphere and ideas of every scene without stopping to actually "perform" the scenes with prose. What I end up with is essentially the book itself, as written by an idiot.

The second time I write the book is when I take these storyboards and convert them into actual prose. Writing prose is hard. It takes a lot of care to craft a good sentence, even more to connect that sentence to another one, even more to transition from one paragraph to the next, and a whole hell of a lot more to tune the flow of dramatic tension so that each chapter builds into the next all the way to the end. You've probably heard of "pacing." It's hard. So is rhythm, emotion, and thematic coherency. All this stuff is hard even when you know exactly what happens in each scene, so imagine doing all these things WHILE making up the story. Even though I always know the basic elements of a story long before I start working on it--especially in the case of a sequel--there is still a lot of detail to fill in, connecting point A to point B, and doing that and writing the prose at the same time is like walking off a cliff and then trying to build a bridge under you. Aka, suicide.

Mind-writing the story before type-writing it frees me up to focus on the prose and makes the whole mountainous undertaking slightly more approachable.

Anyway, this is my long-winded, faux-academic way of telling you that I started writing the sequel to Warm Bodies today. For the last 8 months, since the day I decided I was going to do a sequel, I have been fiercely mind-writing it. (Well, that and finishing up the prequel novella, The New Hunger--which by the way, you are required to read if you want to understand the sequel.) In many ways, mind-writing is the hardest part. It requires the most sheer creative muscle, ripping ideas and images and emotions out of thin air, and it's by far the most perilous, because you can FAIL. You can't truly fail at writing itself; you can just keep editing and revising forever until it's as good as it can possibly be. But you CAN fail to come up with a good story. You can drive your ideas into an inescapable dead-end and give up in despair. That's a very real danger, so the fact that I made it all the way to the end is actually the biggest news I'll have for you until I announce a publication date.

I finished mind-writing last week, every scene from epigraph to epilogue, and after taking a few days to wipe the tears out of my eyes and regather my courage, I'm now diving into the main event.  I wrote the opening scene this morning. It's pretty good. So, please smash a champagne bottle against my hull and toss your hats in the air. This ship is launched.

6/04/2013

FROM PEN TO PC: HOW DO WRITING TOOLS AFFECT WRITING?

I'm curious how new writing technology--from pens to typewriters to computers--has affected literature over the years. The typewriter allowed us to write faster and with less physical strain. The computer allowed us to edit and revise with a level of ease and fluidity earlier writers could never have dreamed of. Even the laptop changed things, allowing us to break free from the office and desk and write wherever we felt most inspired.

All of these also came with their own drawbacks. The typewriter introduced new distractions to the peaceful repose of handwriting--the noise of the keys, the loading of the paper, and the constant wrangling of the carriage for each and every line. The computer eliminated mechanical distractions while introducing a whole buffet of digital ones. And the laptop put us in writing environments with the potential to distract us even more--noisy coffee shops and the too-hot, too-cold, too-bug-infested outdoors.

Despite the costs, it's hard to argue with the benefits. Today's writers have a vastly more direct, more efficient and more flexible path from brain to page than the writers of antiquity did. But what are the effects? Because there have to be effects. It's impossible that such a radical shift in writing method could fail to alter the nature, style, and perhaps even quality of the writing itself.

As a modern writer raised with computers, the idea of writing a novel by hand--a massive pile of paper covered in wrist-breaking, barely legible scrawl--is unfathomable. Even the thought of typing one makes me collapse in despair. If I knew that deleting this sentence would require a laborious process of markups and notations, and that I wouldn't be able to hear how the paragraph sounds without it until I'd retyped the whole manuscript, would I still delete it? Or would I sigh, "Good enough," and leave it in?

Or--would I be more careful with my words? Would I plan further ahead? Would I approach the chapter with a stern clarity of intent that's foreign to my modern "let it flow" mindset? The completely paralyzed Jean-Dominic Bauby wrote The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking one eye when a nurse spoke the letter of the alphabet he wanted--his only method of communicating. He had no way to edit once he had delivered his words, so he was forced to "write" and "edit" entire chapters in his head before the nurse came to take dictation. It's hard to imagine a less efficient, less fluid writing method than this, and yet The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a gorgeous book, showing no evidence of the difficulty with which it was written.

When I read a book, I like to imagine the writer writing it. Did he scratch it out with a feather quill in a lamp-lit study with six screaming babies in the bedroom? Did she tap it into an iPad in a busy coffee shop with Maroon 5 in the background? I want to be more aware of the machinery my thoughts pass through on their way to the page. I want to understand my tools and the hands that wield them and someday master both.

5/02/2013

Warm Bodies 2: The Soundtrack

Music is a big part of my writing. Sometimes it provides the emotional groundwork for dreaming up the story, sometimes it fuels the writing, and sometimes it finds its way into the story itself, but it's always involved somewhere.

As I've mentioned quite a few times already, I'm writing a sequel and conclusion to the Warm Bodies story, and since it's a much bigger, more complex tale than Warm Bodies, it requires a lot of planning and in-brain sketching before I can actually put fingers to keyboard and start writing chapter one. Most of this process happens during long drives, long train rides, long walks, and long runs, with a steady flow of music being pumped into my brain to keep feelings in and distractions out.

Since the completion of this book is in the distant future (Wild guess: maybe mid to late 2014?) I thought I might offer you a little window into the world I'm building via the music that's inspiring it. A little taste of the mood and atmosphere bubbling in my head at the moment.  So this is the playlist I listen to during those drives, rides, walks, and runs, imaginatively titled "Writing Mix":


1. "Window" - The Album Leaf
2. "Dayvan Cowboy (Odd Nosdam mix)" - Boards of Canada
3. "That Home" - The Cinematic Orchestra
4. "The Snow" - The Eastern Sea
5. "The Commander Thinks Aloud" - The Long Winters
6. "Terrible Love" - The National
7. "Music for a Nurse" - Oceansize
8. "Deadbeat Water" - Thee More Shallows
9. "Zoetrope" - Boards of Canada
10. "The Mighty Rio Grande" - This Will Destroy You
11. "Down There" - Jenni Potts
12. "Phone Call" - Jon Brion
13. "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" - Liars
14. "Takk" - Sigur Ros
15. "Big Red Machine" - Bon Iver
16. "Counting in C" - Jad Abumrad
17. "Start a War" - The National
18. "Tell" - Son Lux
19. "Odi Et Amo" - Johann Johannson
20. "Green Arrow" - Yo La Tango
21. "The Optimist" - Zoe Keating
22. "An Ending (Ascent)" - Brian Eno
23. "Frysta" - Olafur Arnalds
24. "Atoms for Peace (Four Tet remix)" - Thom Yorke
25. "Near Light" - Olafur Arnalds
26. "To Build a Home" - The Cinematic Orchestra

This is a pretty good representation of the feels that will be involved in this book, although it should be noted that there will also be thrills, jokes, and scary shit. Those emotions are not well-represented in this playlist because I don't need assistance writing them. Primal responses like fear and laughter are relatively easy to provoke. Beauty, heartbreak, and elevation are much more fragile and harder to capture, but they are the prey I'm hunting. Wish me luck!

-Isaac


P.S The sequel is not going to be called Warm Bodies 2, for God's sake, or Warm Bodies: Even Warmer, for the love of the aforementioned God. Get a grip, you guys.

3/24/2013

Marion VS the US Postal Service

Disaster.

Tragedy.

The US Postal Service may in fact deserve its apparently imminent destruction.

As described in this blog I am in the habit of signing people's books and returning them, provided that they include a pre-postaged mailer. I have signed and returned dozens of books by now, and I just learned a shocking fact. It seems that book-sized packages can not be mailed via my home mailbox. They must be presented to the almighty Post Office Clerk his-or-herself. But since the mailperson is a mindless mail-delivering automaton, he or she gladly picks up all my packages from my home mailbox and takes them away, despite them being undeliverable.

I have mailed dozens of books this way. And since I am a lazy man, I did not write a return address on any of them. Which means that they have all been sent to the Dead Letter Office: a vast, goblin-staffed warehouse located 5 miles beneath a nondescript corn field in Ohio. There, in the bowels of the Dead Letter Office, all your signed copies of Warm Bodies are being creased, dog-eared, and peed upon by goblins for all eternity.

I'm so sorry.

It's a pretty horrible situation, especially since I specifically promised so many of you, "Yes, I really will sign these and send them back to you!" but there's absolutely nothing I can do about it at this point, other than offer my sincere apologies for your loss and promise to do it right from now on. Keep in mind this only applies to books I received more than a month ago, as I have a big box of newer ones I haven't mailed yet, so if you haven't received your book yet, don't panic--it may simply be due to my own slow reply speed rather than any goblin-related treachery.

That is all. Good day.

P.S I still haven't received any cupcakes, n00ds, or powdered diseases. Very disappointed in you people.


2/19/2013

FAQ YOU

I've been getting a lot of questions lately in various forms of communication. Emails. Snail mails. Facebook messages. Twitter mentions. Instagram comments. Notes in bottles. Air-dropped leaflets. Encoded cat meows. And many--most--of them are asking the same exact questions. I love talking to readers, but I'm a person who craves novelty and newness, and repeating myself--verbally or artistically--is a painful bending of my nature. Every time I hear myself saying the same words I've said before to answer the same question I've answered before, a few thousand neurons die and return as hideous slimy zombie neurons that shamble around in my brain making me irritable and misanthropic.

So, in order to streamline this process for everyone and prevent me from becoming a frowny old crank in my early thirties, I've decided what you need is a good, vigorous FAQ. So, out of the many questions my existence seems to generate, here are the most common, with accompanying answers fine tuned for MAXIMUM HELPFULNESS.

Q: When does the WARM BODIES prequel come out?

A: You mean The New Hunger? It came out months ago, fool! But there's a catch: it's only in ebook form, and only available from Zolabooks.com  That's right, it's NOT ON AMAZON. Or iTunes, or anywhere else. Just Zolabooks.com for reasons having to do with anarchy and raging against the machine and supporting intriguing new platforms with great potential for innovation, and so on. This exclusive arrangement will change at some point, because I myself am a paper purist and eventually there will be a physical edition which will probably spread into digital editions on other platforms, but for now: Zolabooks.com

YES, you can still read it on your Kindle, iPad, even your desktop if you don't own a tablet. You just have to download the epub from Zolabooks.com

Q: When will THE NEW HUNGER come out in paperback?

It's of utmost importance to me that physical copies exist, because I know many of you don't read ebooks, and I actually don't either. I want the book on my shelf, sandwiched between Warm Bodies and Untitled Isaac Marion Zombie Novel. ("Book 3" for short.) But the fate of The New Hunger is intertwined with the fate of Book 3, so I won't know exactly when a paperback of TNH will be published until I know exactly how and when Book 3 will be published. I can promise TNH will be published before Book 3, because it will be essential to understanding Book 3, but that's about all I can promise. So if you're in any hurry, I'd suggest learning to love ebooks and heading on over to Zola

HOWEVER: If you're lucky enough to live somewhere in the British Isles, you can get your hands on a paperback from Vintage UK on October 29th, 2013. I know, it makes no sense, I can't...I can't even try to explain it, so just accept this reality, fill your saloon with petrol, check the air in the tyres, drive to the supermarket and buy the book, throw it in the boot, go home to your flat, get a bag of crisps, and read it in the loo while taking a shite.

Q: When will the WARM BODIES sequel come out?

A: It's really hard to project a completion date for a book like this. If I were writing one of those books with the phrase "A [Character's Name] Novel" on the cover, some kind of episodic franchise thriller with a clearly predetermined path, or even a traditional sequel designed to simply repeat the patterns of the original while expanding them slightly, maybe I could meet a specific deadline. But this is a weird book, expanding on the foundation of Warm Bodies in a lot of brain-straining ways and presenting me with a lot of intellectual, philosophical, and ethical challenges that I've never encountered before. It's a sequel to Warm Bodies in the way that Lord of the Rings was a sequel to The Hobbit, and with that kind of expanding scope, there are a lot of potential pitfalls, so it's hard to fathom a timeline.

But, with that said, my possibly naive hope is to finish it mid to late 2014.

On to the boring stuff...


Q: Why is your blog called Burning Building?

A: This blog has been around for centuries* and has gone through many repurposings. I originally created it to promote an art show I was doing which was called Burning Building, and the name just stuck. The closest I have to an explanation is this odd little outburst from the art show page.



Q: How did you come up with the idea for Warm Bodies / what was your inspiration?

A: When information and experiences love each other very much, they touch each other in a special way and then your brain gets pregnant and an idea pops out. And that's where ideas come from. To put it another way, the idea began as a simple thought: what would happen if I jumped inside the POV of a zombie and just started writing? What would a zombie think about when it's just wandering around, waiting? What would life look like through the eyes of a dead person? So I wrote the 7-page short story, "I Am a Zombie Filled With Love." Later, I realized this concept was richer than I initially thought so I decided to expanded it into a novel, and in doing so, I began to notice many surprising parallels to my own life at that time. I was a depressed and apathetic cynic looking for purpose and identity after spending my whole life immersed in a conservative religious culture that discouraged having any purpose or identity outside of itself. The desire to understand what it means to be a human being rather than a mindless pawn of God, and to meaningfully engage with a world I'd spent my life dismissing became the story of a zombie trying to rediscover life. So, oddly enough, the book is autobiographical.


Q: How much involvement did you have with the movie?

A: I was consulted throughout the process. While writing the script, the director Jonathan Levine would call me whenever he had a question about the story or wanted advice on translating a particular element to the screen. I read two drafts of the script and gave editorial feedback. It wasn't exactly a collaboration, but Summit and Jonathan seemed genuinely interested in what I thought, and many of my suggestions seem to have impacted the film. In the end, it's their movie; it's my story filtered through their vision (and the various demands of the cinematic medium, the film industry, marketing plans, budget, etc) but I feel they were respectful toward me and the story, when they really didn't have to be, since the book wasn't at all well-known at that time.


Q: What do you think of the movie?

A: I like the movie a lot. It's not perfect, of course, and as with all adaptations, there are omissions and departures from the book, but that's the nature of transplanting a story from its native medium to a drastically different one. The tone is lighter and more comedic--R's voiceover in particular is different, more "awkward teenager" than "zombie philosopher"--but it's not at all the crass spoof it could have been. I think it has genuine heart and personality and even retains a few of the themes and ideas I was going for in the book. I look at adaptations like cover songs. It's one artist taking another's material and reinterpreting it in a different style for a different audience. The original is not altered by the cover version. My book remains its own entity with its own separate personality and continuity, and I'm incredibly happy that the movie has resonated with people enough to draw them into the book's world.


Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

A: Not much, I'm afraid. My road to publication was very atypical and not reproducible, so I don't have any "secrets" to share. I can only advise in broad platitudes and generalities. Prioritize your writing. You can't have everything at once. If you really want to be a writer, be willing to sacrifice some other things in your life--including your financial comfort, social life, and even other creative interests. (I quit painting and sidelined music in order to give writing the necessary focus, and never even considered pursuing a "legitimate career.") Writing a novel should be an all-consuming passion, not an idle hobby you do in your spare time. It seems like every other person I talk to "is writing a novel" but I have literally not met one single person outside of industry events who "has written a novel." I think most people think of writing as a romantic dalliance that is fun to think about and impressive to talk about, but not a tangible reality that can actually be accomplished. Stop talking about it and do it. Don't waste that coal of desire on idle chatter, passing it around the room for everyone to admire. It will go out. Keep it hidden inside where it can burn and drive you and don't stop blowing on it until you've finished something. You'll have plenty of time to talk about "being a writer" when you actually are one.




Q: Who are your influences?

A: I jump around a lot and rarely read more than one or two books by the same author. There are just too many new voices out there to discover. So I prefer to cite individual books rather than whole authors. A few that were significant in the development of my writing are: "The Road," "Slaughterhouse Five," "Something Happened," "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," "Everything Matters," "The Children's Hospital," "On the Road," "The Catcher in the Rye," "Life After God," "Never Let Me Go," "The Dark Tower (series)" "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Crime and Punishment," "House of Leaves," and all the movies written by Charlie Kaufman.

But having just listed my influences, I have to say I hate listing my influences. I feel like I can never come up with a list that accurately encapsulates who I am or what I try to do with my writing. I think people spend too much time analyzing influences instead of just analyzing the work itself. I don't care who my favorite authors were inspired by or who this band "stole" this chord progression from or what classic movies this movie paid homage to/ripped off. I have a different view of what art is--not a power struggle between old masters and impudent upstarts but a coequal collaborative effort extending through history--so I'm not much concerned with the copyright court of ideas.



Q: When will you come to my city for a signing?

A: When a book store or event or publisher from your city reaches out to me and extends an official invitation. I don't know how to set up appearances for myself and don't want to go force myself upon your population unless they really want me there. If there's enough demand, someone will invite me. (And hopefully pay for my hotel.)


Q: Why do you talk about your cat so much?

A: Because I am a loyal citizen of the Internet. And because he's adorable okay? Shut up. Go away.



Q: How would you describe your relationship with pizza?

A: Intimate.


Q: Are you saying you've had sex with pizza?

A: I have allowed pizza to enter my body. It was a special moment shared between a man and a pizza, and it was beautiful.


Q: Are we still doing this FAQ or are you drifting off into madness now?

A: That. Probably that. Asdfghjk.













2/02/2013

A comment on Zola and THE NEW HUNGER

I want to share this comment from a reader because it says a lot of things I'd like to say but from a perspective more credible than the guy selling something:


I know lots of people are really not fans of ebooks, but Zola are fantastic. Someone there was very patiently answering my emails at 5:55 New York time (on a Friday!) to make sure I got the book (I was having difficulties because I'm in the UK). To anyone worrying about it, don't - they really do seem to care about their customers, authors and books.

Anyway, The New Hunger kept me up most of the night - first reading it straight through and then my head was buzzing thinking about it. It was a joy to get some more insight into these characters. Some things about them really surprised me. It confirmed Nora Greene as my favourite character - she's just incredible. And that moment where the new character gives *that* speech - my hair stood on end (sorry to be vague, I just don't want to spoil it for anyone).


While I was really happy to hear there was a sequel to Warm Bodies on the way - just because spending time with these characters is always going to make me happy - I didn't think it was *needed*. But The New Hunger opens the world up so much, I've completely changed my mind.

1/28/2013

THE NEW HUNGER: EAT THIS BOOK

Listen up because this is the last time I'm going to say this.*

I wrote a prequel to WARM BODIES and it's called THE NEW HUNGER and it's available now.

I foretold the coming of this book in my previous post and explained at length what it is (a novella) and what it's about. (horrible things happening to sweet children and sweet children happening to horrible things.) Now it has come, and I want you to read it.

This is not quite the final cover design...the kids look weird...but it's close enough.




BUT WAIT!

Before you go, I need to explain some things to you.

1.
I'M SORRY BUT THIS IS AN EBOOK.
Due to time constraints involved with trying to make this book line up with the release of the WARM BODIES movie, THE NEW HUNGER is just an eBook for the moment. BUT! Paper books are very important to me, as are all the readers who hate reading on computer screens, so a print edition will follow in the near future. I love paper. I love real books. But it happens that eBooks are much, much faster to put out, and this is why you're getting this sudden, last minute announcement for this book rather than a big media parade leading up to the release.

2.
YOU DO NOT NEED A TABLET DEVICE TO READ IT! You can read the eBook on your Mac or PC. There will be instructions on how to do this somewhere on the Zola page.

3.
WHAT THE HELL IS ZOLA? WHY CAN'T I GET IT ON AMAZON, IBOOKS, ETC?

This is the biggest point of confusion, so allow me to explain.

Zola Books is a new eBook retailer, but it's a lot more than that. It's a hub for the entire literary universe. When it's fully up and running (which will be a while; it's still very much in beta) it will be a place where lovers of books can congregate, interact with each other, discover and purchase new books, and have a direct line to the authors they already love. It will be a community that brings readers together and connects readers with authors in a way that's never been done before. There are other sites that do some of things Zola will do, but there is no site that does all of it in one place, and there are things Zola will do that no one else does anywhere. It's like an insane and beautiful hybrid of Facebook, Goodreads, Blogger, Amazon, and Netflix, centered around nothing but BOOKS. No movies, no video games, no paper towels or office furniture, no pictures of cats or sandwiches or lists of your friends' favorite bowel movements--just books! Fucking BOOKS, man!

These things.


Zola is a new concept built in defiance of the massive conglomerates (Amazon, mainly) that currently dominate the book marketplace. Zola is a young upstart trying to change the landscape. It's author-centric, putting most of the control (and profits) in the author's hands and going to unprecedented lengths to connect writers and readers in meaningful ways. It's about giving books a cultural spotlight that currently only exists for music and movies. It's about drawing readers out of their bedrooms and connecting them to each other and to the literary culture stream, and making the experience of loving books a little less lonely.

4.
ZOLA IS IN BETA!
Having said all those great things about Zola, I need you to keep in mind that it's far, far from finished. They're still putting all these systems together, so a lot of the stuff I've described isn't functional yet, and some of the stuff that is functional is extremely buggy. Please give them some grace when trying to buy THE NEW HUNGER, because we are launching this book before Zola is really open for business, kicking down their locked doors and assaulting the cleaning crew. So if you have problems getting the book into your tablet or onto your desktop, please contact Zola and they'll work it out.


5. OTHER NOTES!
Zola is primarily a US store, but they are currently working on ways to take orders from abroad. If it doesn't work for your country, contact Zola and they will work something out.
Unfortunately, Zola can't sell to the UK, Australia, or New Zealand, because Vintage Books is already publishing in those countries, so you will have to wait for Vintage to release it--most likely on Amazon, iBooks, etc.


THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY TO YOU. NOW PLEASE ENJOY THIS STORY I WROTE.


Again, this cover isn't quite finished...the kids look stupid.





*I'm totally going to say this a lot more times.





1/24/2013

THE NEW HUNGER

I have an announcement to make.

This may seem a little sudden. I have dropped vague hints into some of my postings and occasionally revealed the truth to random people on the internet in moments of drunken indiscretion. Passersby on the street have certainly heard me mumbling about it while scratching furiously at my neck with one hand and petting invisible cats with the other. But I've been waiting to officially announce it until I could give you some real information, since the mutterings of madmen count for little in this fast-paced, fact-driven new media web 2.0 world.

So here it is: I've written a prequel to WARM BODIES.

It's called THE NEW HUNGER.

It's coming out on January 28th. Yes, this January 28th. Like...next Monday.

Now I'll provide a little more detail to satisfy the media's insatiable demand for context, nuance, and accuracy.

THE NEW HUNGER is a novella, which is like a novel only cuter. It's 140 pages. It takes place 7 years before WARM BODIES. It involves a formative early encounter between R, Julie, Nora, and M.



12-year-old Julie drives with her parents across the wastelands of mid-apocalyptic America--a nightmarish family road trip in search of a new home.

16-year-old Nora finds herself her brother's reluctant, terrified guardian after her parents abandon them in the ruins of Seattle.

A man in a red tie awakens in a forest with a mind as blank as a baby's. With no idea who or what he is, he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence--right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the mad creature shouting in his belly.

Unaware that their paths are set to collide, these three warped families move inexorably closer, toward an encounter that will change the course of their lives--and their deaths--forever.




I can hear some of you asking, "Why a prequel? Why should I care what happened 7 fictional years ago? Quit stalling and get on with the sequel!"


Book 2 is about the future, but it gets there via the past. People are forgetful, dead people even more so, and confronting these buried realities will be crucial to understanding the world they're now living in--and how they might attempt to change it. THE NEW HUNGER is a necessary bridge between WARM BODIES and Book 2. It sheds a wider light on the landscape of this world. It introduces people, groups, and cosmic mysteries that will become very important. It shows how R, Julie, Nora, and M ended up where they are now, and points to where they might go next. And in my humble opinion, it's just a fucking good story.

So that is my announcement. I will have more news on release day, such as what this book looks like and where you can acquire it. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday!

With much throbbing love,

Isaac