man bites dog, Not Quite the Man for the Job, the writing process

Now with extra e!

No need to worry about facing out on THIS bookshelf!
No need to worry about facing out on THIS bookshelf!

Long time coming, but I finally finished making the ebook versions of my novel, Man Bites Dog, and my second poetry collection, Not Quite the Man for the Job.

They are now available to purchase and download in either .epub or .mobi format from the folks over at bcklb. Just head straight over to and they can be yours for the measly price of $US5 each.

Copious thanks to all of the kind people who donated to the crowdfunding project on pozible that let me raise the readies to license the original cover images these books were published with when they were released by Allen & Unwin.

Thanks also to the bkclb crew for their invaluable support with the whole ebook-making thing. They steered me right when I was heading the wrong way, so cheers to them.

It was a really interesting process going back over these two books in as much detail as I had to in order to make sure all of the formatting &c was where it should be. There were times when I cringed a little at what I’d written way back in the late nineties/early naughties, and I can’t deny that I was tempted to take the odd poem out or to rewrite a scene here and there. I resisted though, and what you’ll see on your reader screens is practically indistinguishable from the old-school print versions when they were released.

Yeah, okay. I did make one or two changes, but they’re of the minor-yet-immensely-satisfying kind, taking care of a few glaring errors and one thing that’s bugged me since I read it in published print for the first time.

In Not Quite the Man for the Job, the poem “Veclocipe” went to print claiming indirectly that the units of acceleration are metres per second and not metres per second per second. You can see how a proofreader might have innocently deleted the second “per second” there, but when I showed it to the editor on the book she screamed out in embarrassment, confessing that her boyfriend was a physicist and she knew the units of acceleration. An easy mistake to make, and I totally forgave her right then and there. Now and here too, especially since the lawful restitution of that second “per second”.

The other error was a bit more egregious, which is to say that when Professor Albert Einstein was referred to in the subject index of Not Quite the Man for the Job he was referred to as “Alfred Einstein”. I have endured the shame of that malapropism for almost 14 years, but now it too has been rectified. Einstein, Albert. End of.

Finally I gave a minor tweak to a scene right at the end of Man Bites Dog that, no matter how I read it, was completely ambiguous about whether Steven (our hero) was doing something or just imagining that he was doing it, so when it came time to proofread that part of the novel I snuck a quick look over my shoulder, added a clarifying phrase and released a nine-year-pent-up sigh of relief. No, I’m not going to tell you what happens in that scene. Spoilers, yeah?

So yeah. ebooks. I made some.

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