A portrait of the author as a young dog…

Dog and Dragon is my book for the day, seeing as it officially came out on the 4th of April. I still have a bet on (a bottle of Tasmanian Whiskey) with Tony Daniel at Baen that I won’t see my author copies until the book is is off the shelf (May 18) — typically a book is on the shelf for 6 weeks, the author OUGHT to receive their copies before a book comes out so the publisher can get most bang for their bucks, with the author giving a copy or three to their nearest and dearest, and using the rest to generate publicity, reviews and competitions, before the book hits the shelf with a resounding thump. In practice, over the last 30 or so books in H/C and soft , this has happened once, so don’t expect it. If it happens in 6 weeks, not only will I be down a bottle of Scotch… well, Tas (matured in Eucalyptus cask?;-)) but I have promised to do a very silly video for U-tube. I promised to do โ€˜you can keep your hat on’ in the snow, buck naked, for SLOW TRAIN TO ARCTURUS,

(I’d put a link to the paperback, but it is out of print, it appears, it came out in 2008, was reprinted in 2010, now not available) if it actually got there before launch date Marla was so inspired by this thought it got to me about 4 months late, in midsummer. So: don’t hold your breath, but I’ll post the DOG & DRAGON muttonbird flambe if it happens.

DOG AND DRAGON is about a dog called โ€˜loyalty’. A black dragon who could moonlight as Loki. And a young woman with power… and the treachery, ambitions and twisted history of those who think they’ll use her . They’ve got another thing coming, besides a dragon and dog who will follow her to the end of the world… and way past that.

It is a sequel to DRAGON’S RING, but it is pretty much stand-alone.

If you want a summary – Arthur Jordin’s has an excellent one on up on Amazon. From my point of view I was writing about love, loyalty, trust, and honor and power really mean and are really worth. And of course trickery and a good, entertaining story.

If I fail in the last part, let me know.


  1. Unless your recipients are at least in Tasmania, shipping a physical product to you to then ship it somewhere else is a bad idea. Flinder’s island has many sterling properties, but being a major logistics hub isn’t one of them.

    May I suggest an optimization? for reviewers and competition winners, have Baen ship the physical book (and an e-copy) directly. To make it a signed copy, sign a sticker which you’ll then send to whoever is supposed to get a signed copy.

    I have it on my Nook, btw, and I’m looking forward to reading it. The first few pages are great, but then I decided a sleepless night would be a bad idea.

    1. One of the small joys of Australia is Australia post. The island is served by a post plane every day. I find nothing in Oz really takes more than 4 days, and mostly an in by 9, delivered by 11 the next day. After South Africa… a joy. So we’re actually not that isolated. If Baen were to do it… a) they’d have to show willing. b)I’d be relying on the same system that can’t get me my copies timeously. I am thinking of simply make any future contracts 10 for me 10 to my agent, or 20 to my agent (and my advance will be that much extra to cover the postage) which would be a win-win.

      1. Thank you – I didn’t know that. How long does it take a normal package to get from the US to Australia? Or back? That pacific round trip is also part of the problem.

        1. You’re right that seems to be the delay. US to here/here to US. I’ve still had it take less than a week (7 days). UK post seems even slower, for the record.

  2. Dave, it is a wonderful book! The only thing you fail in–and that is said very tongue in cheek–is in not getting a new book in my hands every week. I wants me some more Dave books, I does ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Don’t have the book yet, but based on the snippets in your Bar forum, it succeeds nicely on all fronts. And backs. And sides.

  4. The cover looks great and the premise does, too! Hope you manage to get your author copies ahead of schedule. Mine usually came to me several weeks before the launch. It’s so exciting to get that book firmly in your hands to know you truly did it! Congrats on the launch!

    1. Well, they’re already late. It always does feel good to actually have the book… and this is just one example of the places that for minimal effort and cost, but a change in outlook, traditional publishing could (instead of just whinging and complaining) make themselves more valuable to authors than Amazon, and, at the same time reap benefits from it. Basically, the ‘business as usual’ attitude of send all the books by the cheapest (also slowest and least likely to arrive) method is shortsighted and penny wise, pound foolish. Firstly, it’s not business as usual any more. Once authors needed publishers, now publishers need authors. They need the loyalty and appreciation of their authors, and need to look at ways to earn this. Small bits of consideration (putting a single copy in an airmail envelope for example, while the rest follow by sea) seem an obvious way of doing this. Secondly, it hamstrings the authors desire and efforts to promote the book – which is mostly to the publisher’s and retailer’s financial benefit, rather than the author.

  5. You didn’t fail. It is a very good entertaining story. And I agree with Amanda. I’d like more from you please.

  6. Not quite a quarter of the way through (I just started last night, late), and utterly loving the ride thus far.

    And I need to extend some serious kudos to Toni and her team on this, as well as you — I have an annoying little copy-editor-gnome who lives in my head, and he has only kicked me once so far. Most books nowadays, I’d have lost count somewhere upwards of twenty before getting this far. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, I hate trying to find them in my own work. Barbs usually picks up a lot for me, and I’ve had some better and some worse proof readers.

  7. I pre-ordered months ago.

    UPS is holding my book hostage. Keeps claiming that they try to deliver but no one hears the doorbell because the kids are vacuuming.

  8. I’m having to special order it from the local book, video, and kitsch emporium. That way perhaps they’ll stock your next ones without being pestered! It is kinda odd, since usually they carry anything Baen publishes.

    1. heh. Well I won’t blame it on anti-Tasmanian discrimination (Tas is what Australians tell jokes about when they can’t mock New Zealanders. Personally I think it’s envy because the sheep like us more.

      1. Like Canadians and Newfie jokes – for when you run out of Quebcois jokes. Or so I was told by an Albertan.

        I’m not sure why I don’t see your books at the local, unless it is because of a sudden plethora of other “dragon” books. Must be hatching season in the warehouse or something equally logical.

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