Today you can get the Book that Got me Fired from Harper Collins!

Here’s the book that cost me my Publishing Contract at Harper Collins.  It’s a fun book about Artificial Intelligence run amok in a future dystopia gone horribly wrong.  If you want to find out why Harper Collins Black-Balled the book you can read the first chapter in the preview sample below.  That’ll give you a pretty good idea of why they were so, as related to me by my agent, “Deeply Offended.”  I’ll have a blog post tomorrow that will tell the whole awful story of how I got fired from a Major Trad Publisher for ThoughtCrime.  But, forget all that for now.  It’s a fun story.  I had a lot of fun writing it and a lot of my Advance Copy Readers have loved it so far.  It’s just good old fashioned pulp SciFi.  Robots and Starships and a future that’s fun to read about.  Give it a shot.  It’s just .99 cents today!

About Nick Cole

Nick Cole is a working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can often be found as a guard for King Phillip the Second of Spain in the Opera Don Carlo at Los Angeles Opera or some similar role. Nick Cole has been writing for most of his life and acting in Hollywood after serving in the U.S. Army. You can also find him on Twitter.

5 Responses to Today you can get the Book that Got me Fired from Harper Collins!

  1. I got it downloaded, from, and just started reading it.
    Rick Shepheard’s Link, on Facebook, was how I heard about it. Your Blog note, about the experiences with Editor/Publisher, was eye-opening! Shot themselves in the lower leg, they did, eh?

  2. You were recommended by one of the Blink brothers, Will I think. So I bought Ctl Alt Revolt and agree with Will, it’s great. One of the best books I’ve read in years, not exaggerating. It’s so fast paced, compulsively readable, freaky scary, and just enough humor and humanity to keep my empathy radar tracking. Literally a book that I couldn’t put down. I felt ill when I tried because I just had to know what was happening – in what felt like real-time! After I read the book I followed your link and read about the publishers !#@$??? What the what?

    I read that first chapter, not knowing about the controversy, and thought it was funny, believable, and inoffensive. I hate TV because of all the reality crap on now, your fictional show rang true. So many people watch that made-up drama and believe it is real…how much further can the masses be dumbed down? When the bride’s bff told her to be bitch strong I cracked up. Yeah, she really needed a kid, right?

    Frankly I would never have an abortion, that’s my choice. I get to make that choice, but I don’t get to make anyone else’s choice. If I was the fictional embryo in this story, and she’d decided to keep me…I would have found a way to get a 45 in there with me and gone all Baby Blues on her.

    Having droned on about my random feelings of love for your book, sorry ’bout that chief, I want to ask if that publisher was female? That was a truly weird, almost violent, reaction. I would posit that if it was a woman maybe she had had an abortion and regretted it? Maybe felt your treatment of the situation was flippant? If that was not the case then I’m thinking they are a bunch of holy rollers who are on a mission from God to eliminate all discussions about abortions? Wait, that’s not possible. Cheese, what a puzzler!

    Well, now I want to read everything you’ve ever written, but don’t want any of my money funding that publisher. How can I pirate my way around that? Can you sell them out of the trunk of your car, LOL, just kidding. I know!! Change a couple of words and come out with an updated edition…is that legal? I’m going to put my giant brain to work on this!!

    • I’ve read the sample and am downloading the book now. I can understand your publisher being concerned about getting in the middle of that particular debate given the level of vitriol on both side, however I completely agree that they were extraordinarily short sighted and reactionary by demanding you change the entire premise of the plot. Their loss, literally, as I’m sure your response has garnered the book and you a plethora of gratis media attention. Did you already have a strained relationship with your editor? In my experience, they are generally much more collaborative. In any case, I have a feeling that your former editor regrets his or her hasty unprofessionalism. I completely agree with you that independent, fearless writers such yourself are our first line of defense against the ever encroaching propaganda of mainstream media. Keep up the good fight.

  3. So Amazon is offering the Kindle version for $0.99 and the paperback for $11.69. I don’t mind the eBook but prefer to feel the heft and turn the pages. How much do you see from each of those sales?

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