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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Wed 03
Aug
2011

Skype with Max

Machine Man Also: win an original manuscript. I wasn’t sure which to go with as the blog title. Which do you think is more alluring? It’s the manuscript, isn’t it? Well, it’s too late for that now. Stop going on about it.

So two new promotions today. PROMOTION #1: WIN A MACHINE MAN MANUSCRIPT! This is a mid-2010 working draft of the novel that I scribbled notes over. It’s 413 pages. I don’t know how I’m supposed to mail that. The postage will ruin me. Anyway, you can win that, and magnets and books, if you enter before August 9 and live in the US or Canada. Yes, this one is a North American promotion. Don’t look at me like that. I don’t control the global publishing industry.

PROMOTION #2: SKYPE WITH MAX! Since I’m not doing a book tour, I decided to Skype myself around. That sounds kind of dirty. But the idea is you get the joy of my virtual presence with none of the body odor. It’s win-win. Basically I’ll call you and you have ten minutes to ask questions or show me your cats or whatever you like. Well. Not whatever. Keep your clothes on. But you get the idea.

To qualify for this, you buy three books. I had to pick a number that was low enough to be reasonable, yet high enough to prevent me spending the rest of my life delivering this promotion. So I chose three.

Skype Tour details here.

For this you can live anywhere in the world. You see, when it’s up to me, I remember my friends in far-off corners of the world, like England. I remember you.

P.S. I haven’t received my magnets yet, but when I do I’ll give some of those away to people outside of North America, too.

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Joanna (#5296)

Location: Seattle, WA
Quote: ""The wise man despises no one. Instead, he watches him closely and tries to discover the roots of what he sees." (Gogol, Dead Souls)"
Posted: 986 days ago

AMAZINGLY COOL. Max, is there a deadline to email you about the skype dates? In the US we can't actually get the books until the 9th because of the delay... well, I guess we could pre-order. Anyway, is there a deadline? :) Thanks!

Simon (#3192)

Location: Melbourne
Quote: "I'd rather be arrogant than wrong"
Posted: 986 days ago

That is SO UNFAIR that it's only for north americans. Surely you have another manuscript lying around for us Aussies? Can't you print one off and scribble on it a bit?

Kristen (#1157)

Location: Jersey
Quote: "Insert quotation here."
Posted: 986 days ago

Sweet, I just preordered my three. My cats have been dying to meet you. :P

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 986 days ago

Skype deadline: I'm assuming this won't be hugely oversubscribed, because I'm not that popular. But I'll have to just see how it goes. Earlier the better, I guess, but I'm sure it won't fill up before the US on-sale date.

Simon: I do have manuscripts for other books, which I never figured out what to do with. Maybe when the Syrup movie comes out I can give away a Syrup ms.?

Anyway, sorry about that; I was going to make it a global comp, but then the US publisher did a deal with Wired.com and territory rights legal restrictions blah blah blah North America only.

Kristen: All right! Don't forget to dress them in little outfits!

Machine Man subscriber fredzfrog (#2368)

Location: Moe
Quote: "Fredzfrog"
Posted: 986 days ago

Can I buy 1 book and get 3 minutes and 20 seconds of skype? And is it limited to physical copys only? *looks at nut image* :p

Machine Man subscriber Marleen (#2741)

Location: Berlin, Germany
Quote: "I want more expensive shoes in one place than I've ever seen in my whole life."
Posted: 986 days ago

Oooooh, very good. I bought, I [duck]ed, I emailed... I could really do with a ten minute chat with someone knowing Melbourne, so this comes at just the right moment!

Machine Man subscriber Marleen (#2741)

Location: Berlin, Germany
Quote: "I want more expensive shoes in one place than I've ever seen in my whole life."
Posted: 986 days ago

Wait a minute, machine man subscribers got a nut avatar? Where's mine? I was totally subscribed. *scratches head*

Machine Man subscriber Ian Manka (#3916)

Location: Los Angeles, California (school) | Akron, Ohio (home)
Quote: "Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance."
Posted: 985 days ago

I bought the digital version (carefully examine my nut), I bought a print copy because I'm acknowledged in the book and narcissistic i.imgur.com/dJvZo.png, and now all I have to do is figure out a way to convert this i.imgur.com/Bi2WD.jpg into a third copy...

Brittany O. (#1688)

Location: Montana
Quote: "My love calls me Boom..."
Posted: 985 days ago

I still just want magnets. AND I want a hard bound book. I have one of each of all you have published. So any word on a hard bound M.M. book?
AND I think a J.G. avitar would be way cooler. After all it was required reading in my college courses.

Chris (#1228)

Location: London, UK
Posted: 985 days ago

Max, it's good of you to remember those of us in England, and allow us to be eligible for the Skype tour. But according to www.maxbarry.com/2011/06/30/news.html, Machine Man isn't being published in the UK. Has that changed?

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 985 days ago

No UK publisher (yet). You need to order from overseas.

I will totally accept the serial as one of the three copies; that's a great idea!

Marleen's Missing Nut: This can happen if you used a PayPal account to buy the serial with a different email addy from your account here while also not logged in here. I can sync it up for you if you email me your feed ID.

Stasey Norstrom (#4989)

Location: The Yanqui Northwest
Quote: ""Alice was tired of being dead." - Wonderland"
Posted: 985 days ago

"To qualify for this, you buy three books."

Any three published books ever?

Or just yours?

While I can't imagine you wanting to promote other writers' writings (as opposed to their driving skills, but you never know), I thought I'd ask in the event you're not too picky about the rules.

Of course I'll but 3 of your books. Why would I want to read other writers' writings?

Cheers

Machine Man subscriber Yannick (#3858)

Location: Heist, Belgium
Quote: "he reads things"
Posted: 985 days ago

I would move to the US this instant if becoming an American citizen wouldn't put me well past the August 9th deadline!

I am also willing to go great lengths for any manuscript you still have lying around and aren't legally bound to withhold from me (or anyone else not living in the US for that matter, but more importantly, me).

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 985 days ago

Marleen's nut has been FIXINATED.

Machine Man subscriber fredzfrog (#2368)

Location: Moe
Quote: "Fredzfrog"
Posted: 984 days ago

ZOMG

Is this true?

My screen name is in a printed book?
An actual printed book that people have actually purchased and will purchased?!

I feel I have reached a new level of cool.

I wonder if it'd be possible to get a copy signed by Pev and cool pillows.. :)

Machine Man subscriber Yannick (#3858)

Location: Heist, Belgium
Quote: "he reads things"
Posted: 984 days ago

We should all send our copies to eachother so everyone can sign them.
It could be a super-annotated version. Like a million bajillion times better than the one I don't even want anyway. Hmpf.


Now if you'll excuse me, I'll finish eating these sour grapes.

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