So, I’ve been laughing and crying, listening to the Anglo Irish Bank tapes for the past fortnight. How can you satirize this? The line about the bailout figure of €7bn — “I pulled it out of my arse…” — sounds more like one of my lines than most of my actual lines do.
More specifically, they sound like they come from the comic novella I’m publishing next week. Which, oddly enough, stars a senior Irish banker, naming no names (and a very broke Irish taxpayer… and a woman awfully like Angela Merkel… and a man awfully like the head of the European Central Bank).
It’s called “CRASH! How I Lost A Hundred Billion And Found True Love”, and DailyLit are collaborating with Amazon to publish it as a Kindle Single, on July 11th. On the left there you can see all the cover designs we considered. But let's get down to the meat of the matter...
I’ve talked to DailyLit, and to Amazon (who are publishing this together worldwide), and they’ve given me 50 free copies, to give away to my long-suffering followers, here and on Twitter. (At last, a reward for putting up with my blog posts about German elephants eating Christmas trees, and my 3am Twitter rants about African toilet design improvements.)
Give me your email address, and whether you use the UK Amazon store or the US store, and I’ll paste the info into our elegantly named DailyLit Amazon Kindle Gifting Spreadsheet, and, on the day of release (July 11th), you will be sent a free code so you can download a copy.
Your emails will just be used for this, they won’t be shared in any way. You can mail me personally — I’m juliangough (easy enough to remember) at gmail dot com — or mail me through the website; or leave it in a comment down below; or tell me by tweet (or DM, if our relationship is already intimate) on Twitter. Disguise it (yourname at something dot com) if you fear spambots, or give it to me straight. Whatever works for you.
First 50 I see will get a copy. (I may even be able to give away more copies than that, but I don’t want to over-promise.)
OK! I will blog more about this in a few days. And maybe put up an extract. Hey, it’s practically a media strategy!
Well, that all worked out most satisfactorily: CRASH! went to number one in the UK Kindle Single chart in the week of release, and got some very nice reviews. Thanks for your support, massively appreciated...
Odd how much things have changed on this blog (as on others). Traditionally (pre-Twitter), if I asked for feedback, or a favour, all the action used to be in the comments below the post. Now, everybody pops over to Twitter and, if I'm around, we chat in realtime... (The CRASH! giveaway took place mostly through Twitter, maybe a third through the email address I gave in the blog post, and a couple through the Mail Me feature here on the website.)