Since I left home for my book tour today, I thought this would be a good day to answer questions about the book and the tour. Some of these are actual reader questions, while others are questions I anticipate I might get or information I think you could use in Q&A format. If you have another I didn’t include, please ask it in the comments below and I’ll get to it tonight in the hotel.
Is this book wholly composed of stories which already appear on the blog? If so, why should I buy it?
All of the stories except the last, “Nephil”, already appear on the blog (if you’re wondering what the title means, here’s a hint). There are a number of reasons why you might want to buy it besides that story, though. If you’re anything like me, you just like paper books and enjoy the experience of holding one in your hands, turning the pages, being able to lend it to a friend, etc. You might give it as a gift to someone who would enjoy my stories, but isn’t much of a blog reader. You might just like having all the stories in one place, bound together and topped off with fabulous Chester Brown cover art of yours truly. Or you might just want to support my work, in which case you could think of the book itself as the gift you get for donating to a Kickstarter or public TV pledge drive. Even the Kindle edition fulfills all of these but the first; I selected the setting that allows you to share your copy.
My favorite story isn’t in the book! What’s up with that?
I wanted to keep this one as close to the whore theme as possible, though I did make a few exceptions, including the aforementioned “Nephil”. Most of the stories that weren’t included, or that have been published since last November, will be in the next collection (currently scheduled for January 2016 and entitled The Forms of Things Unknown) along with a couple of older stories I haven’t shared with you and at least two or three new unpublished ones.
When will you release a book of your essays?
I’m going to start compiling Whore’s Eye View after I get back from my tour; it will include some of my favorite essays in their original forms, others in revised and/or expanded forms, still others in combined and rewritten forms and others which I originally published elsewhere, assuming I can get permission to reprint them. I’m going to try to get it out by the end of January.
Will you be visiting my city on your tour?
Here’s my tour schedule; if your city isn’t on the list, but it’s within about four hours’ drive of another city which is on the list, just send an email asking me to visit. Your request will have even more impact if you can suggest a specific place I could do a book reading or give a talk, and it’s virtually assured if you can actually make the arrangements yourself (in other words if it’s your store, club or whatever). Notice that the calendar is still in flux; check back when I’m getting close to you for details of local appearances.
What if you aren’t coming anywhere near my city?
Unfortunately, I had to plan this to be doable with the time and money allotted, which meant leaving out large sections of the country (especially the North and Northwest). However, as I explained I’ll be doing another book quite soon, and since I’ll be better at this tour thing by then I will probably be able to do a better job next time. Seattle will definitely be on next year’s tour, and if you’d like me to come by your city as well, read the question above for suggestions on how to make that happen. If you represent an organization well-funded enough to pay for my travel and accommodations, you needn’t even wait for next year; just email me with the details. But it’ll have to be by train or rental car; I fear and despise air travel.
Why aren’t you visiting anyplace outside of the US?
Beside the problem with air travel mentioned above, there are currently issues too complex, boring and ridiculous to explain (nutshell version: bureaucratic incompetence) that prohibit my getting a passport until I can afford the lawyer to clean it up. Maybe one day, but not in the next few years.
Are you dedicated to self-publication, or do you plan to use a traditional publisher later?
I don’t take rejection well, and I’m not really good at asking people to do things for me, so I couldn’t handle finding either a publisher or an agent. The whole “proposal” and “sample chapter” thing is also anathema to the way I think and write; I can’t do something halfway. In other words, if I’m going to write a book I just write it, and once this one was written I had no desire to waste months or years shopping it around. Now it’s out, and if a publisher sees it and wants to do a new edition or suggest a deal for my next book (or books), I’m certainly interested in hearing the offer. But I’m much more comfortable with someone approaching me and asking, “Would you do x for me if I pay you?” than with having to approach someone and ask, “Will you pay me to do x?” The former sits much better with my harlot’s soul.
Will you ever publish your memoirs?
Almost certainly, but not until at least five years down the road; I want to do the other books I’ve mentioned first, plus one tentatively entitled Dear Maggie and an analytical history of the “sex trafficking” hysteria once it starts to die off (that one will probably appear in 2018 if my predictions hold true). I think it would be premature to do my memoirs before I know how well all the other stuff will sell, and how well-known I’ll be after publishing those. Gossip fans take note: I have absolutely no intention of naming any names in my memoirs.