INFECTED hardcover just came in

[img_assist|nid=1045|title=Click on picture to see larger version|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=75|height=100][img_assist|nid=1044|title=Click on picture to see larger version|desc=|link=popup|align=right|width=75|height=100]Junkies! Check out the goods – the final INFECTED hardcover just came in. The orange INFECTED is all raised and glossy, totally fly. Yes, I said "fly," understand my 80s upbringing and love me for me. This cover was designed by Kyle "The Krusher" Kolker over at Crown Publishing, with guidance by my kick-ass editor Julian "The Shiv" Pavia.

Does this make it more "real," as one Junkie said? A little, but not that much — all of my attention is focused on April 1. I’m doing everything possible (and adding some impossible) to make this be-yotch soar on that day. As Conan once said, what is most important in life is: "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women."

The "enemy" is big publishing (Crown excluded, of course!) Their "woman" is the Gray Lady, the New York Times Bestseller list.

Bring it on, April 1, bring it on …

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  1. tsolo888

    Out-Freakin-Standing!

    And the snowball builds.

     

    Tsolo888 <AKA Cpt. Travis Ellis> – Out "Don’t be surprised one day if the person you pissed off on the net shows up on your front door step"

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  2. tsolo888

    Hmm, I’m not having any problems

    Thanks for trying, you may need to clear your cache or log out and back into digg? It might also be Hutchinss…

     

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  3. SynapticJam

    Digg won’t let me update…

    It keeps on saying, problem reload and try again…  I’ll keep at it. 

     

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  4. tsolo888

    Digg update

    We are at 12 diggs so far. Now I know there are more people on this site than that. This is free advertising for our great master! Step up people. Digg is one of theose things that if we get enough diggs on the article it will hit criticle mass and then people that don’t know about it will start to see it and share it. I’m not sure what the magic number is but lets find out!

     

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    Digg Infected!

     

     

  5. SynapticJam

    Exellent stategery…..

    The publishing industry has misunderestimated you!  In this way you are able to create a steady stream on interest with a gradual increase in exposure all the way up to the release date.  All without drastically increasing the amount of advertising you do…  Like ultra cool time release capsules of marketing mojo.  My hats off to you…  Now I ‘know’ I have to make it down to Houston… 

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  6. Scott

    The real trick is the delay factor …

    The real problem is people stock up podcast episodes and listen in batches. I, for example, listen to EscapePod every two months. I just max out on it till I’m caught up. Same with Pseudopod. Even This Week in Science, I tend to listen to a month’s worth in five one-hour sessions. So trying to time this to get the message out 3-4 weeks early, allowing for the message to hit at the right time regardless of consumption delays, has been a bit of a balancing act.

  7. tsolo888

    “My life for you, bumpity, bumpity”

    A quote from a lesser author but appropriate. Smile "I’m not a psycho, at least thats what my psyche eval said when I left the Army." 

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  8. SynapticJam

    I think you’ve timed it just right…

    The podosphere is very anal retentive in some ways, but given the nature of serialized fiction has a good handle on the "waiting game"…   We’ll support you through to the very bitter bitter end…  Be assured of that… 

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  9. Scott

    Hopefully I hit max exposure BEFORE annoyance kicks in

    Always a fine balancing act – how to promote the crap out of something, peak interest around sale date, before I become so annoying that the backlash sets in. Hopefully we have this timed right, we shall see, Zor, we shall see …

  10. SynapticJam

    I’ve been hearing it all over…

    Podiobooks… dark age…. you’ve got the podosphere behind you my friend… good luck. 

     

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  11. SynapticJam

    I’m all for the slapping!

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  12. SynapticJam

    ooo ooo ooo ooo

    Me wanna see da surprise!!!!  I bet it’s a characiture of Hutchinnnsss.. swinging from a yard arm… 

     

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  13. Scott

    Read it out loud …

    Once the plane is in the air, I suggest you strip down to a dashiki, get into the Sumo stance, start reading out loud at the top of your voice, holding the book with one hand while slapping yourself in the face with the other.

    That’s how we used to do storytime back home … 

  14. Scott

    Thanks!

    Let me know when you actually pick up a copy, there is a surprise on the back cover that I haven’t shown yet …

  15. treed

    um………

    i thought i heard you and mumo00 mumbling something about "kidnaping" "duct tape" "after the pub crawl" and i am not sure but i thought i heard the name scott mentioned

  16. wallerdad

    Duct-Tape huh?

     There will be no duct tape at the Houston stop.

    I promise 

     

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  17. wallerdad

    LMAO

    I hope the cat was de-clawed 

     

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  18. Gmork

    One of my fav movies!

    wallerdad– this is one of my favorite movies of all time!  As a teenager (many moons ago) my dad and I used to sit around on the weekend’s and watch it.

     

    cool reference!

  19. Scott

    Did someone say duct tape?

    I had a duct tape incident in high school. I won’t go into it now. Suffice to say that BEFORE that incident, I didn’t want to destroy the Earth, and after, I did.

  20. tsolo888

    Oh man you did it now!

    You mentioned Duct-Tape, our dark lord hates that stuff, I think it may be his only weakness, but keep that under your hat.

     

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  21. SynapticJam

    We’ve got to make a list!

    better yet, write em all down and podcast them out to the world…  Names would be changed to Oprah just for fun… 

     

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  22. treed

    remind me to tell you guys about a student, lunch and a dog

    thank gawd i cannot remember the kids name

    but talk about a sick puppy (and i am NOT talking about the dog) 

  23. SynapticJam

    I would like to launch a preemptive apology for that last post.

    I’m very sorry… very very sorry… that was one of the darkest memories of my past and should never have been mentioned….

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  24. SynapticJam

    LMAO!!!!

    Knew a guy who tried to make it with a cat…   2 weeks before graduation, there was alcohol involved (big surprise), and duct tape…  he didn’t graduate with the class…..   Lost touch with him a long time ago… wonder why? 

     

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  25. wallerdad

    SynapticJam

    You are a madman. When you stole that cow, and your friend tried to make it with the cow. I want to party with you, cowboy.

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  26. SynapticJam

    Sounds like a plan….

    And I’ll tell you the Ferret story…  Has to do with Rocky Horror, Girl scout cookies, Lots and LOTS of alcohol, and a pesky ferret… 

     

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  27. SynapticJam

    The ass has a long and storied tradition!

    And this ass will be picking up a couple copies of Infected come the "Day"….. 

     

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  28. Scott

    The Future Dark Overlord™ is crying in a corner …

    Come on, people, I eat like 20 baby bunnies for breakfast, crosses have no effect on me, and I think I might be bulletproof but just not sure how to set up the control group for that experiment. Being teased about a vase-bong is not going to damage the World’s Largest Ego.

  29. SynapticJam

    Hey, we understand…

    You’re just you… that’s who you are, and the way you’re going to be… it’s not your fault really…… It’s just your nature… so we accept you…. for who you are…. really…..Cause you’re good enough….. You’re smart enought…… And gosh darnnit, people like you……..(daily affirmations with Treed)

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  30. treed

    i was not going to say anything

    until sigler (DAMN HIM) stated several times it was a vase and people would not let it go, so i put my two cents worth in (several times) and was gonna leave it be. in the past, i have been the object of teasing and jokes even when it was clear it went on too long & no longer funny and that is how it felt to me. i am a bit thin skinned in that area and overly sensitive for others, sorry if i over stepped my bounds. but hey, it’s me.  

  31. SynapticJam

    In deference to fluffy,

    We’ll forgo that part…  Kind of like Eric the Viking, it’s not my thing anyway, but the burning part, fire is good… 

     

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  32. cgallo

    It looks so good

    I will be picking this book up on April 1st. What is gonna be fun is I’ll hold off on reading it till the following week when I am on vacation. I can’t wait to see the kind of looks I get on the plane ride well I proudly read Infected.

  33. mkimberlin

    Vase Troll

    Wow, I couldn’t be more proud for having such a simple troll turn out so well. :) I should have known that the junkies wouldn’t disappoint me. "treed": you even seemed a bit upset by the suggestion that our dark overlord might like to tear open a swisher every now and then. *gasp* That being said, yeah…it’s obviously a freakin’ vase.

    Sigs, I love it…great book, great looking cover. Congrats on the PW review. I’ll keep pimping you whenever I get the chance. (Oh…and I didn’t mean it about your grandma, I swear!)

     

  34. fluffyMcFlufferson

    don’t rape

    I would start with burning empty buildings.

    ….I love fluffy bunnies

    Amy

  35. SynapticJam

    Preemptive?

    Some preemptive burning pillaging and raping?!?  Sounds like a great idea
    !!!!!!

     

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  36. SynapticJam

    And if it isn’t?

    Do we start the burning, pillaging, and raping right away?  Or do we give them a chance to pull their heads out and provide it for the masses? 

     

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  37. Asher

    International Shipping

    Do any of you know of a cheaper option for International orders other than Amazon or B&N?  Spending $13 on postage for a book that costs $18.50 on B&N seems a bit extreme.

  38. Scott

    Of course there is lace in Hell

    Dude, come on. Hell is full of the stuff you hate. Know what’s NOT in Hell? Keggerators.

  39. amaster

    MUST HAVE INFECTED!!!

    I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get that kick-ass book on April 1, but I will get it as soon as I can.  When I do it, I’ll get multiple copies to give to friends and library.  Can’t Wait!

  40. ogreoregon

    Yeah, you’re right!!! But what about the Pink Boa?

    We all saw the pics with the Pink Feather Boa, so what’s a little lace between Junkies. It is the nature of the SUPRISE ATTACK!! No one expects it!But it is funny that some people are focusing on the cover art background. And the Freudian commentary.People see what they are familiar with. I see a large Gin and tonic with shaved celery and mint leaves added for my fiber needs, thank you.

    Tongue out

    *** I am Renfield to Sigler’s Dracula ***

  41. Scott

    Yes, the world will have it in stock

    Borders and Barnes & Noble will both have it on April 1. It wouldn’t hurt to stop by ask them before hand, but I’m told it will be everywhere.

  42. Shadygirl

    I can’t wait!

    I’ve got mine on preorder, but there is no way I can wait for it to show up in the mail.  I will be off to the bookstore as soon as they open!  I will need some extra copies anyway.  I know a few people that need to become junkies.  This will do it!

     

    Keep your powder dry

  43. tsolo888

    The only Drug we need is Sigler Stories.

    There is no room for other drugs if you are a true disciple! Now can somebody help with with this brown stuff on my nose, I’m not sure how it got there and how to get it off? Hmm wait a minute, where did I put those chicken scissors?

     

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  44. RandyNose

    I’ve got mine on order!

    Oh. That’s it. I’ve got mine on order. !!!Whoopie!

    R_

    Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. – Ford Prefect

  45. RandyNose

    Damn Bonger Vase

    Did she use Chicken Sissors to cut the steam? – BTW: I think that people see what they want to see, so.. in that one dudes house, er, mind, it might just be a bong, and not a flower vace. I won’t tell him if you won’t.Just don’t leave any powedered sugar or ajax laying around. It will be a repeat of the likes of that Cheech and Chong record, er Album, er, CD, Skit. Oh, and has anybody seen my USB 8 track player? I seem to have missplaced it..

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  46. Qeldroma

    Honest Question

    When I go down to Borders or Barnes and Noble on April 1st. Will it be there Sigler? Will they have it in stock?I guess I may have to call them and double check.

  47. Gmork

    Leave it to us hopped up Junkies….

    …to focus on the flower vase rather than the sexy book cover. Bunch of ADD bastards, we are! (Next thing you know, you’ll be getting shit for the lace table cloth….how can an Evil Overlord own lace?! Is there lace in hell?! Will our enemies really be "driven before you" if they know you own lace?!)

    Tongue out

  48. hotchman

    OOOOOOHHHH YEAH!

    Oh hell yeah!!!! I will be at my local Boarders to pick that bad boy up! Looking good oh great Dark Overlord!

     

    Your Friendly Neighborhood Hotchman

  49. Scott

    Blue vase = blue vase

    It’s true. There were flowers in it. The wife likes ‘em. As for autographed, we’ll get something set up for that after the book is out. It will be posted on the site here.

  50. Wolf

    So………………..

    Just how do we minions of Scott get an autographed copy??

    "Just shut the fuck up and do yer job, asshole!"

  51. SynapticJam

    Nah… Grandma Sigler is a sweet old lady

    She has to be….  someone has to say:

    "Oh he was such a nice boy when he was younger, wouldn’t hurt a fly… I don’t know what happened?!?!" 

     

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  52. mkimberlin

    Grandma Sigler?!?

    So Grandma Sigler is not only a damn dirty junky, but SHE’S the bong owner?!? Sigler, not your own grandma! Say it ain’t so! ;)

  53. wallerdad

    I dont know

     Sure looks like a bong to me

     

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  54. DougS

    The cover looks SWEET!

    I was going to pre-order on Amazon, but after seeing a picture of it, I think I will swing by my local bookstore just so I can see it in person!

    On a side note, after looking at the flower vase and table cloth in the background, I realized that you must’ve taken this pic at your grandmothers house. It sure is nice of you to bring her your first copy.

  55. SynapticJam

    The only way that will happen,

    Is if you declare alcohol to no be a drug….  otherwise, it’ll be much much tougher… 

     

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  56. Scott

    It’s a damn flower vase!

    Listen all you THC-addled Junkies, it’s a flower vase. When I crush the world under my heel and kill millions, it will be a drug-free takeover.

  57. Wolf

    Bong?

    Surely our esteemed Dark Overlord wouldn’t be doing anything illegal. I know he has way too much respect for the laws of our government for that.

    Forget Amsterdam! Party at my pad!!!

  58. SynapticJam

    That is a beautiful thing….

     I’m itchin’ just to get my hands on it….  And don’t worry…. I’ll get a copy or two on the 1st… in addition to the one I already pre-ordered….  It’ll happen… us OJ’s are "strong like bull"

     

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  59. mkimberlin

    Paraphanalia behind your book?!

    What do you have sitting on the table behind the book, eh? Now we all know where your "inspiration" comes from: your happy, blue, blown glass bong! Forget the pub crawls, see if Crown will send you to Amsterdam. ;)

     

    Congrats on the book, it looks great!

  60. SlackerQueen

    Preeeeeeeeetty

    Makes me anxious to get my hands on it.

    • "We may have days, we may have hours. But sooner or later, we all push up flowers…" -Grim Fandango
    • *Insert smart-ass comment here*
  61. Gmork

    Looking good

    From earlier descriptions I thought it might not have a dust jacket but rather have the printing right on the cover…this is beautiful! 

     

    Top notch design and execution –no pun intended on the ‘execution’ part >:)

  62. tsolo888

    Freakin Sweet Cover!

    I like your Conan reference, that was my platoons motto in basic traing.

     

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  63. treed

    cool ass cover, my man

    Totally cool

    can hardly wait to get it. it’ll freak wife out, too bad 

    (Conan, my original hero, from the Howard stories, not necessarily what hollywood did with him for the movies, he was the end of magic and sorcery, the begining of reason and logic of his world)

  64. wallerdad

    Can’t wait

     I can’t wait to get my hands on that sucker

     

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  65. flashman

    I getting all giddy now but

    I getting all giddy now but the Amazon UK deliver date is 30 Apr – 01 May grrr…

  66. OJ_Mathis_Wrenn

    wow

     In the eternal words of Andy Crosthwaite, FUCK A DUCK!!!!!Its coming true… the end is nigh, and, so, there for, so is the beginning…. 

    Signature begins here: Matthais, the Engaged Qyuth Warrior is currently feeling: Happy.

  67. breakall

    WOW

    Holy JUNK that looks sweet!

    Having worked in a library for a long time, and seeing the books come and go, I’ve never agreed with the old adage that "You can’t judge a book by its cover", and this book proves me right again: AWESOME COVER = AWESOME BOOK! That cover is definitely going to snag huge attention on the shelves!

  68. iGaucho

    Gorgeous!

    I can’t wait to get my copy! Scott, do you think you could also put up a pic of the back cover and the inside?

  69. ogreoregon

    With that cover, NO ONE will be able to resist….

    Really, how could anyone pass that book and not pick it up!!! it is staring right at you!!!

    What a great graphic,  I think it does the story justice.

    *** I am Renfield to Sigler’s Dracula ***

  70. Katsushiro

    Sexy!

    I already made my reservation at Amazon.. but damn, I’m gonna have to stop by my local Borders and pick up a couple extra copies, give them away to friends. That’s a damned handsome looking book!

  71. martyndarkly

    Woah!

    I think the term that leaps to mind is – bitchin’!We’d better get used to that sight, cause it’s gonna be everywhere very soon!The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say….