A few days ago, feeling more than a little frustrated and impotent over the state of American affairs, particularly this utterly insane and devolving government shutdown business, I decided to do something. Just something small. Because I needed to take action in some non-violent form.
I offered to give those on government furlough, or anyone who knew someone on furlough to whom they’d like to give a gift, a bundle of all my electronically-released fiction for free.
Like I said. Just something small.
The response was pretty sick. I fulfilled over twenty requests within the first couple of hours from people in both of those categories. The emails I received had a recurrent theme that really kicked me in the balls.
Everyone on furlough who requested the bundle expressed some form of the following two sentiments:
1) “We want to know how to buy your fiction as soon as we’re financially solvent enough to do so to show our appreciation.”
2) “It’s just nice to know someone actually cares.”
It’s the second point that really gutted me. It reminded me of that scene from Fight Club in which the men of Project Mayhem hogtie that guy in the men’s room and Tyler Durden gives his “we guard you while you sleep” monologue. Only these folks really do, and in reality they’d never lash out or strike back like that. They suffer in silence, every day, even when those who employ and depend upon them the most take a giant shit on their entire lives.
For them, anyone expressing any form of admiration or gratitude is like a drop of water in the middle of the desert.
The response from authors was equally surprising and unbalancing. Immediately, one after another, they all began volunteering to add to the bundle. A Kovacs of Dark Øverlord Media was the first to step up and offer their ENTIRE CATALOGUE OF BOOKS.
I could barely keep up with either the demand or all the good samaritans.
Which brings us to the Furlough eBook Bundle v2. I have now created a Dropbox with, literally, millions of words of free fiction for our federal workers who have time to kill and/or need to know someone actually gives two shits.
The bundle now includes fiction from me, as well as authors Scott Sigler, Mur Lafferty, Chuck Wendig, Jaye Wells, Maria Alexander, Brand Gamblin, Paul Elard Cooley, and J. Daniel Sawyer.
I didn’t solicit any of these folks directly. They all stepped up and volunteered their work.
The deal remains the same. If you fall into the category of either furloughed or someone wishing to show love to the furloughed, simply email me at matt AT matt-wallace.com to request the link.
The offer will remain available to you as long as your checks are being kited.
My thanks to all the authors who kicked in, and my eternal gratitude to all those folks who keep the machine running and who are still showing up to work as they are able.