Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Happy Dance!

SAND is now published! Sorry, no videos of me dancing a jig around my office. YouTube has new algorithms that block any video of my unrhythmic spasms from landing on the internet. True story. I do have a video of me uploading SAND to my Kindle Direct Publishing account, though. (Am I the only person who geeks out over how easy all of this is? Self-publishing is a handful of clicks. The time-consuming part is still writing the book).

So . . . now that SAND is out in the world, it’s on to the next thing. Time to open a blank page or an old work in progress and daydream a bit. In my underwear. Yes, I fully appreciate the awesomeness of it all. Peace, everyone.

36 replies to “Happy Dance!”

Hey Hugh,

Any idea if or when this will be going on Kobo? I like the DRM free epubs, personally.


Hugh, will you be sending any signed copies out before your trip to Taiwan? I want to order one as a gift to someone, but not sure if it will get to them in time. If not , I’ll still order it and give them an I.O.U. :)

I already ordered mine. My precioussss….. ;)

Look forward to reading your latest. How do I purchase Sand with my KOBO account or read it on my KOBE reader.

I just ordered it from, going to geek out in the sand universe for the day. I’m digging the artwork by Ben Adams. So, for now. Down, down, and away…

YESSSSS! Purchased. I’ve been holding on to an amazon gift card I got for Christmas, waiting for this announcement.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to drop everything I’m doing and read. Thanks!

Well, I just found and read the ‘Dragging Anchor’ story, and I for one would love to hear more about your days as a yacht captain. I don’t know if it would have as much commercial appeal as the likes of Wool and Sand, but it would be fascinating to a whole different demographic – and might even win you some readers from the non-fiction genres! Yes I know, I made that sound really exciting. Alternatively, you could culture mould on cheese…
But in all seriousness, there’s quite a few people who read mostly memoirs. And I’ve yet to read a decent one about yachting. What do you reckon?

HAPPY Birthday Sand!

Of course i ordered the signed copies…

When willl there be the first limited edition of Wool or Sand…

Do it for us collectors or make a 1-copy-limited-edition for me pleeeaaaassse :-))


Hey Hugh, is it possible to convert this to epub so i can read it on my kobo?? Is the kindle file protected to not allow conversion?

Hey Scott, Calibre is the most commonly used tool for this – it’s free, and it works incredibly well!
Here’s a link to download it from the creator Kovid Goyal’s site:
I use it all the time to create my Kindle files for uploading to Amazon, as well as for converting between PDF’s and EPUB’s.

That’s still just the Kindle version. I’m looking for the paperback version. There is a copy sold by some seller who has inflated the price.

I am going to get my brother to order it from for me and get it from him when I see him. I think the paperback version takes longer to get up here. That’s what happened with Shift Omnibus.

Thanks for looking into it.

Congratulations, Hugh. I hope the book does well.

It’s funny, I just started using Google+ and was thinking I’d go to Amazon and ‘share’ this on Google+. But Amazon doesn’t seem to HAVE stuff like this. Hm..

Heather, who did it anyways.


I was going to buy Sand: Omnibus last night but didn’t. HOWEVER, I went on the Amazon UK today and it’s gone! Did you know about that? Any idea what’s going on?

It was selling for roughly $5.


No worries. It popped into my head you may not be aware of it and potentially losing out on some sales.

Hi Hugh – Just finished Sand Omnibus in less than a day. What a great read – thanks! How long am I going to have to wait to find out what comes next? :)

Any plans for getting Sand up on iBooks / iTunes? Apologies if this issue has already been addressed. I scanned quickly, but didn’t see it discussed anywhere.

Thanks – looking forward to the read!

Hugh – Do you get a better cut of the purchase from one source or the other (Kindle vs. iBooks)? I’ve got them both on my iPad, and no real preference, so which ever gets you a few more shillings is what I’ll go with. Love your work!

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