Mon 26

Paper Company

Company Company cover for US paperbackIt’s still a long way off, but preparations are being made for the release of Company in paperback in the US. Here’s what I know: it’ll probably be March 2007, published by Vintage, and sport this nifty cover.

Publishers almost always change book covers from hardcover to paperback; I don’t know why. Maybe they hope that people with bad memories for titles will buy it twice. Jennifer Government was an exception, but only because I managed to convince them not to change it to this.

I think the donut cover was great, but I like this new one, too. It’s got a nice, dehumanizing note to it, and avoids showing anybody’s face (which I really hate). Also—although of course this doesn’t influence my feelings in any way—my name is kick-ass big.

There’s also talk of sending me on book tour in early April, although exactly where won’t be decided for a while yet. (If you are particularly keen to bring me to your city, it is apparently quite effective to visit a local bookstore that hosts author events, and tell them you want me. That is, that you want them to host me. Then the bookstore tells my publisher they’re interested in having me, and my publisher considers flying me in. This works for authors besides me, of course, so if you wanted you could probably arrange for all your favorite writers to be practically shipped to your doorstep. Although it helps a lot if they are not too famous.)

I wish I had news about publication outside the US—in Britain and Australia in particular—but… I don’t. I really hope we can fix that.


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Genevieve SaDiablo (#2035)

Location: USA
Quote: "BAM! Now I have a SPICY ROCK!"
Posted: 6118 days ago

It's a very nifty new cover! The rationale behind it I don't quite get, but h'okay...

I'd like to see you come to my town, but it'such a pissant little place, I don't think your publisher would go for it. Let's hope you come nearby, instead.

Brittany O. (#1688)

Location: Montana
Quote: "people are kind of overrated "
Posted: 6118 days ago

Not that I am not completely happy for you about the book coming out in paper-back, but what is up with the cover... it seems a bit odd to me. I am one of those who when I find an author I love, I'll buy both paper and hard-back. I just don't dig this one though, but I'm sure it will be part of "the collection."

Machine Man subscriber Bushra (#36)

Location: Fremont, California
Quote: ""
Posted: 6118 days ago

I like the cover and its message. Makes a lot of sense. Although, can they still serve donuts at the book signings even though it isn't on the cover? That was cool :)

Jeffrey (#2286)

Location: Right here
Quote: "Mathematics is a powerful language. Just look at how mathematicians destroyed the housing market."
Posted: 6118 days ago

I like this cover a lot more. I feel cheated. Now I have to buy this one and give you more of my money. lol Will this ever end? It's bad enough my copy of Jennifer Government got swiped and had to buy a new one, now a better cover? *sigh*

shabooty (#637)

Location: D.C./V.A/M.D.
Quote: "I will shake your foundation. I will shake the f**cking rafters. Nobody'll be the same -Danny Bonaduce ....& go visit my blog @:"
Posted: 6117 days ago

come to dc :)

Rod McBride (#688)

Location: Gardner, KS
Quote: ""
Posted: 6117 days ago

I'll have to bug the Rainy Day people. We just had Palahniuk, and the lady was bemoaning the fact that Sedaris now requires more seats than Unity Temple has...

Ralf Plattfaut (#2482)

Posted: 6117 days ago

Hi Max,
Your German Publisher gives some Information on his Website:
about 400 pages, paperback, price: 12€. Announced shipping date: November 06
An excerpt of the book is available here:

Well... let me say three things:
1. Your name is bigger, than the title. Congratulations.
2. The title is somehow good. Not as bad as "logoland" at least.
3. The design of the cover is ... pink and green. If you can live with that, I can live with that. But I hated what they did to Jennifer Government, so... deep in me there is something, that lasts for a donut.



towr (#1914)

Location: Netherlands
Posted: 6117 days ago

Good call on not letting them use that different cover for Jennifer Government, I'd have thought several times more about buying a book with that cover.
The new "Company" cover isn't too bad, but I'd still prefer the donut cover. Maybe I just like simple covers with a white background. It's about the content anyway, not the cover.
And who cares where they publish it, it's not like it's impossible to order a book from the US.
Hmm.. nine more months to wait..

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 6117 days ago

Wow that JG cover is awful, thank God you talked them out of it! The pb Company cover is okay, I guess, but not as good as the donut cover that's superb.

I am amazed that you can't get published in Australia yet: Australian author, fantastic reviews, multiple reprints already; why the heck not? I remember the first I ever heard of you was in Borders in Sydney - there were racks of JG tpb on display (right up the front of the shop too). Did no one buy them? Admittedly I didn't for about six months after that, but I'm a bit slow sometimes...

John Doe (#797)

Location: Live from Omicron Persei 8
Quote: "You're just jealous because the little voices only talk to me."
Posted: 6117 days ago

Yuck. What's up with that yellowish pixelated title? It really sucks. The rest of the cover might work, but the title's font and background color really need some experimenting with.

Sorry to be so negative, but it's no match for the doughnut-y one.

Machine Man subscriber Ian Chafee (#2437)

Location: Chicago, IL
Posted: 6117 days ago

You. Must. Come. To. Chicago.

Al (#2419)

Location: Toronto
Quote: "If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you."
Posted: 6117 days ago

I don't suppose you sell enough in Canada to warrant a visit to Toronto. Will you post a tour schedule when one is available? BTW, I finally got around to reading JG and loved it! Looking forward to Company.

Shawna (#2485)

Location: San Francisco, CA
Quote: ""She is a child of ferocious will. She would question the universe if it could answer." - Anon"
Posted: 6117 days ago

You should come to San Francisco. I guess I'll have to bug some bookstores.

I'll admit to buying Jennifer Government (in hardcover!) solely because the cover was cool. And was I disappointed? No, not at all. Should add - maybe I'm the only one who likes the alternate cover linked above. It's okay, anyway. Not hideous. But it doesn't hold a candle to the original. I'm picking up Company when it comes out in paperback. I like the colorscheme of the cover, even if the title looks weird in that pixelated font.

Chris (#1228)

Location: London, UK
Posted: 6117 days ago

What's with the "a novel" that keeps popping up? Do people mistake your books for management how-tos or self-help books?

Hobbie (#1359)

Location: Cornwall, England
Quote: "There was a little man in his hair!"
Posted: 6117 days ago

It's an American publisher, so not only does it have that "a novel" on it, I imagine it has some kind of safety sticker along the lines of "books are easily flammable" or "caution: papercut hazard" on it somewhere too.

Bjarney (#2272)

Location: Iceland
Quote: ""Try to never do anything phenominally stupid""
Posted: 6117 days ago

I wish you could come over here. But unfortunately, I had enough trouble getting them to buy Syrup.
Did you know Jennifer Government was taught in English classes in Iceland last year? The bookstore person told me so...

Kalle (#1278)

Quote: "Sex is herital. If your parents never had it, chanses are you'll never have it either."
Posted: 6117 days ago

You can't really see the text on the yellow background. That might go together with your theory, though, Max.

David Leslie (#1380)

Location: Ohio
Posted: 6116 days ago

The JG cover looked like a bad mashup with a Misfits cd cover

Sharon Herrera (#2487)

Location: Alabama
Quote: "books have knowledge, knowledge is power, power corrupts, corruption is a crime, and crime doesn't if you keep reading, you'll go broke"
Posted: 6116 days ago

Have you heard/read about Wisconsin selling the naming rights to public schools? Jennifer Government approacheth.

austin (#2462)

Location: rhode island
Quote: "hmmm...bleh..."
Posted: 6116 days ago

Is it just me or does the guy on the cover of Company's head look too small for his body?

Jennifer Government cover scared me at first...and still does.

CameoAppearance (#2439)

Location: Vancouver, BC
Quote: "Please tell me I'm not related to these people."
Posted: 6115 days ago

Yeah, that guy's head DOES look too small for his body, now that you mention it. It's a decent cover, but it seems to have a totally different... FEEL than the donut did.

My GOD, that Jennifer Government cover is ugly. Where do I even start with something like that? It looks like it was spray-painted on, her face looks very scary indeed, the barcode instead of her eye instead of under it is just pointless, it has that useless-but-prevalent 'a novel'...

Maureen Ryan (#2265)

Location: East Cleveland, OH
Quote: "Truth is just an excuse for a lack of imagination"
Posted: 6115 days ago

I believe publishers really should warn us Americans not to eat the book, use it while napping in a bath with a plugged-in toaster, or relying on it as a floatation device during a water landing.

My favorite was on a tube of art paint containing Cadmium. "Cadmium has been known to cause cancer in the state of Califonia." I'm like, phew, good thing I live in Ohio, I must be able to eat this stuff.


Ryoko (#2494)

Location: Cincinnati
Quote: "Ice ice baby"
Posted: 6112 days ago

Praise the lord you didn't let them use that shitty Jennifer Government paperback cover. Someone should fire whoever designed it.

Anyway, in my opinion, of all the cover designs for your books, I liked Company's donut one the best. I thought it was nifty and eyecatching. No offense, but the paperback cover is so... boring. It looks like every other cover out there on bookshelves.

I hate to say this, but I am one of those who judge a book by it's cover :)

Machine Man subscriber Adam (#24)

Location: Morristown, Indiana
Quote: "Why do I blog? Simple, because Max Barry blogs."
Posted: 6112 days ago

Sun, 2 July, 2006


I haven't blogged on Max's site in a while, mostly out of apathy. Speaking of which, I just ordered that book and I am eargerly awaiting for it to come in the mail. It better be good!


I liked the old cover of Company, but man, the paperback cover looks amazing. I mean, if I were to judge this book by it's cover, and I would, I would definitely pull a copy off the shelf an buy it immediately(mainly because the cover has Max Barry written in large print on it, and I like max barry's novels).


Before I forget, please come to the Midwest, preferably Indianapolis or cinncinatti. However, if you only go to Chicago, I may be able to make it.

Hobbie (#1359)

Location: Cornwall, England
Quote: "There was a little man in his hair!"
Posted: 6111 days ago

How about "Reading might stimulate imagination." That'd be a good safety warning.

Keely (#1602)

Location: of course!
Quote: "I always wanted to see the lights of Broadway... but then you get there and they're really kind of annoying."
Posted: 6110 days ago

Aww, gee, now I feel like there's probably something wrong with me: I like the GERMAN cover of the paperback, and I can't stand the proposed US cover (I far, far prefer the doughnut); I liked the title "Logoland", as well as its cover, and I also really like the cover they would have given the paper J.Gov.

I think it's odd that even books by Australian writers get to the U.S. far before they get to Australia; I was talking to these Australian twins today and basically everything--movies, TV shows, etcetera--is behind the U.S. ...

Katy (#2345)

Location: Los Angeles
Posted: 6110 days ago

COME TO L.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Bonnie (#2436)

Location: Australia
Posted: 6101 days ago

Hi Max!

Just got my copy of "Company" via my sister who is on holiday in the big apple... I can't believe I couldn't get a copy here in your homeland...

BTW do you have a myspace? If not you should definitely get one to spread the word and we can be friends maybe... just a thought

Leaving you now to read...

John Reynolds (#2534)

Location: New York, USA
Posted: 6094 days ago

hey max.
I actually really like the other jennifer government cover, i just read the book, which i was reluctant to buy (i went to the store to check out company, but they didn't have it), and I have to say I would've bought it faster with the other cover. However, I did greatly enjoy the book and I'm going to get company before I got on vacation so i have something to read.

Adrienne (#2545)

Location: Chicago
Quote: "Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy marshmallows, and that's pretty much the same thing."
Posted: 6088 days ago

Come to Sacramento.

Do it.

Or Chicago.

That'd be cool, too.

Gavin (#2585)

Location: Outside DC
Quote: "Evolution and Revolution"
Posted: 6074 days ago

I just finished Jennifer Government in two days, only because my friends convinced me that I had to sleep and no one would steal my book, and I really loved it. Anyways, could you maybe make a stop outside DC? There's a pretty big Barnes & Noble near me that's hosted a lot of big name authors before and has a nice seating area for the author and audience.

Dan (#2673)

Location: USA
Quote: "Trust your stuff."
Posted: 6044 days ago

Hey you should come to the DC area! I came to Melbourne so the least you could do is visit my neck of the woods. I do not exactly live in DC, more like 2 hours away in the sticks, but I would make the trip. And apparently a couple other commenters are from DC too. Looking forward to the Company paperback. Also working on a book of my own about a man with superhuman navigation abilities and I would be lying if I said your style did not influence my own. Thanks!

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