Sales in the UK are still great, even though To Honor You Call Us has slipped from #1, 1, and 2 in its various categories to #3, 3, and 3. Apparently, lots of people are taking the plunge enticed by the new lower price. I’m getting very encouraging fan mail from that part of the world as well, indicating that the book is appealing to readers across the pond. There is only one fly in the ointment–the book just got a one star review on Amazon’s UK site. Sometimes, I wonder what possesses people to write stuff like this. It’s so vile, I’m goiing to let you read it in its entirety:
I have just discovered (through my own Googling) that the audiobook version of my first novel, To Honor You Call Us” can be purchased through iTunes. Here’s the link, which I will add to my “Buy the Man of War Books” page. https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/to-honor-you-call-us-man-war/id797869079
Here at Honsinger Headquarters we occasionally give ourselves over to whimsy, and were recently thinking about what a film version of the “Man of War” books would look like. Here, presented in a totally off the top of our heads fashion, is the proposed opening credits for “To Honor You Call Us.” There are lots of important roles open, Chief LeBlanc, for example, and others where the choice of actor is not very firm. But, here’s our thinking. What are your thoughts on this? Any suggestions?
Jerry Bruckheimer Presents
A Paul Verhoeven Production of
A Christopher Columbus Film
H. Paul Honsinger’s To Honor You Call Us,
Episode I of the “Man of War” Trilogy
Armie Hammer as Lt. Commander Max Robichaux
and Gael Bernal as Dr. Ibrahim Sahin,
William Levy as Lt. Roger Garcia
Martin Freeman as Chief Engineer Lt. “Wehrner” Vaughn Brown
Kai Weisinger as Chief Petty Officer Heinz Wendt
Tommy Lee Jones as Vice Admiral Louis G. “Hit ‘Em Hard” Hornmeyer [R. Lee Ermey would be a great choice for this part, as well.]
And a special appearance by
Alexander Siddig as Ellington Wortham-Biggs
Music by James Horner
Special Effects by Industrial Light and Magic
All of the people who supposedly know about such things say that, at this point in my career as a writer, I am supposed to be busily and industriously engaged in promoting my books, mainly through “fan outreach.” As my publisher is not interested in flying me around the country to place me at book signings and conventions, an immediate schedule of wide-ranging public appearances is not in the cards.
I am, however, interested in hearing from readers about what kind of outreach they would like to see and in which they would participate, from among those avenues available to me. Some of the things I am thinking about are: (1) making a series of Youtube videos in which I answer questions from fans, (2) appearing at a few conventions that are easy to reach from my home in Arizona, (3) engaging in live online chats with readers, (4) other modes that you folks suggest. This is all in the exploratory stages right now, and I am intensely interested in input from my readers. Let me hear from you, either in the comments to this post or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Apparently, Amazon is doing a good job of placing my upcoming book with other booksellers, because here is the order page for To Honor You Call Us on the web site of Amazon’s biggest competitor, Barnes & Noble. Those of you who don’t like to do business with Amazon can get the paperback and/or the audiobook here.
I’ve been in communication with my “Author Team” at 47North and am told that I need to remove the self-published editions of the first two “Man of War” books seven days before publication of the 47North editions of each volume. Accordingly, the self-published edition of To Honor You Call Us, in all versions, will be removed from availability on February 11, 2014–I can’t tell you what time of day the change will go through the computers at Amazon and Createspace and Barnes & Noble, so if you want to be sure to get your copies, you will want to buy them by February 10. Similarly, availability of the self-published edition of For Honor We Stand will end on March 4, 2014.
These editions will never be available again. If self-published versions of these novels are ever made available in the future, it is likely that the new editions will be based on the 47North versions, which I regard to be superior. It is certainly possible that, if the 47North versions become best-sellers, the self-published paperbacks will be rare collector’s items of considerable value.
But you never know . . . .
In any event, if you want them, now is the time to get them because, as the obnoxious TV commercials say, “when they’re gone, they’re gone!”
Here’s the links to the purchase pages on Amazon:
[Book I self published version withdrawn from sale. Link deleted.]
The 25 “Author Copies” of “To Honor You Call Us” arrived unexpectedly via UPS tonight. It’s very exciting to be able to hold the published book in one’s hand. I’m blown away by the experience.