Contact

Jack has given hundreds of lectures and workshops all over the world. If you’d like me to come to your school or festival, use this contact form or email bookings@bookedout.com.au.

For rights enquiries, please contact claref@curtisbrown.com.au.

For everything else, check the FAQ below and then contact Jack via Facebook or Twitter. Make it public—your question and Jack’s response may interest others! (Again, please check the FAQ below first.)

FAQ

Q: Where can I get your books?

A: Depends on the book and where you live, but most of them are available from most bookstores around the world. If your local bookstore doesn’t have it, try these online sellers.

Q: Will you read my story?

A: Sorry. I have my hands full with my own writing (not to mention touring, parenting etc.) and also I don’t want to get sued. Your local writers centre is the best place to get feedback.

Q: Will you speak at my event for free?

A: No. I know that makes me look like a jerk. But I have an exclusive contract with Booked Out, so I only work through them. I respect the excellent work they do, and it wouldn’t be considerate of me to undermine them by working for free. There are plenty of equally experienced, hard-working, talented writers out there who need the exposure more than I do and may be willing to appear pro bono.

Q: Why isn’t Dead Man Running available in my country?

A: That’s a sad story. In 2011, right before that book was supposed to come out, several major bookstore chains collapsed. This was partly due to the global recession but also had a lot to do with the pretty appalling business practices of their main competitor.

My Australian publisher predicted (probably correctly) that without those bookshops, a print release would fail. They decided to release the book as an ebook only. They wanted to do it globally but I refused to give them the world rights. I thought no international publisher would buy the print rights if they couldn’t get the ebook rights as well.

This was a bad decision. After the ebook came out in Australia—and sold about six copies—no international publisher wanted the print or ebook rights, and the Australian publisher was no longer interested in a global release.

At least once a week I get some hate mail about Dead Man Running, and how it isn’t available in the reader’s preferred format or country. But unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do about it.

Q: Will you ever write another book in [insert series here]?

A: There are many books I would like to write, but because of time constraints I can only afford to work on things which publishers will actually buy. This means no sequels to books which sold fewer than, let’s say, three billion copies. (Okay, I don’t know the actual number.) Sometimes I’m lucky enough to finish a series before readers stop buying it (The Lab), but often I plan out sequels and never get the chance to write them (Replica 2, Money Run 3).

This isn’t always a bad thing. I like to experiment, and long series limit those opportunities. For example, if the Ashley Arthur books had been more successful I would have written more of them. This might have meant that I never got around to writing The Cut Out, which is probably my best book.

What does this mean for you as a reader? It means that if you love a series and you want more instalments to be written, there’s not much point putting pressure on the author. What you can do is recommend it to everyone you know, write reviews—and buy copies as gifts. (It helps to get them from a proper bookstore.)