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The glamorous life of the writer

So! Yesterday was release day for Game of Cages, and how did I spend most of that day? Answering emails for one. Public transit for another.

Yeah, yesterday was one of those days when not having a car really hurt.

The mission was simple: sign books on the day they were released. Sometimes it can take a while for new releases to make their way out of the back room onto the shelves, and often the books are delivered late in the day. So I went into the store, introduced myself to an employee, offered to sign books, signed, moved on to the next one.

They were: the downtown Borders, downtown B&N, the University of WA bookstore, the University Village B&N and finally the Northgate mall B&N. The whole time, I had my 8yo son with me.

That took six hours.

Here’s another fun fact about yesterday: the weather was chilly and rainy, with blustery winds. It was cool even for a Seattle August.

And that’s fine. A little rain keeps you cool as you walk from bus stop to store, right? Same for a chilly breeze. It tames the humidity.

Then I would walk into the stores, where the air was hot and still but just as humid, and the sweat would start to bloom all over my body. (Sorry, ladies! I’m taken.) I did not greet a bookseller or sign a book without feeling all nasty and damp.

It was gross. I felt gross. My son? Behaved like a champ (partly because he knew there was a Nerf gun in it for him, partly because he’s a great kid).

And now I’m back at my day job, and I’m exhausted. I’m also way behind on my web/LJ reading. But hey, my book is out there, people are reading it, and one of the B&N employees recognized my name and told me how much she loved my first book. I also have a bunch of new books to read (you knew I couldn’t pop in a bookstores without spending a little money, didn’t you?).

Anyway, I’ll be announcing the giveaway winners for the collection of how-to writing books, Child of Fire and Game of Cages tonight around 6 or 7 PST (in other words, when I get home from the day job). Also, there are a couple of book offerings that have never been claimed. If you want to skim back through the entries, you might find something you like that you missed the first time around.

Hope you guys are having a great day.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.

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seawasp
Sep. 1st, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)

Dang, man, you'd have to pay me to do that. Plus I see minimal gain from it unless it's a scheduled event with publicity. You're expending shoe leather and sweat to scribble your name on a few copies of a book which is already being displayed and already there for people to buy.

If the store's going to have an EVENT for me that's different, but I've been finding it peculiarly difficult to get my local bookstores to do so.
burger_eater
Sep. 1st, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I like doing it because it's a chance to say hello to the employees. They do occasionally direct buyers to books, after all. Also, those little stickers catch the eye and let buyers know it's a local author (or someone who visited town).
sartorias
Sep. 1st, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
I hope it's selling like hotcakes!
burger_eater
Sep. 1st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope the same thing.
icecreamempress
Sep. 1st, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
A) Mazel tov!

B) If your issue is not having a car, rather than not having a license or driving skills or a current state of physical ability that aligns with the requirements for driving, let me strongly recommend Zipcar.com to you. It's a wonderful help for errands like that.

If your issue is not with the car, but with the driving, my apologies for the non-useful advice.
burger_eater
Sep. 1st, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
A friend had some trouble with Zipcar and I'm wary of them. If (when!) I start driving, I'd rather be driving my own vehicle.

Thank you for the advice, though.
icecreamempress
Sep. 1st, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
A friend had some trouble with Zipcar

I'm sorry to hear that! I've had nothing but luck with the folks here in Cambridge but presumably not every office is equally well-managed.

If I were in WA, I would have driven you around just out of sheer fangirlitude. I bet there are folks local to you who would be delighted to be your road crew next time.

I am having your book delivered to me by bicycle!
burger_eater
Sep. 1st, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
"Fangirlitude?" Did you miss the "blooming with sweat" part of my post?

In truth, I rarely mind taking the bus, and when I do mind it, I avoid accepting rides from other people. Riding in cars is so easy that I sit there thinking "This is how most people live."

Then, when it's time to go back to the bus, it's just that much harder. It's like tasting a little bit of ice cream during a diet--everything I have to do without is suddenly right there in my face.

By bicycle? That's pretty damn cool. Is that a local store?
icecreamempress
Sep. 1st, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, from Harvard Book Store in Cambridge.
suzannemcleod
Sep. 1st, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new release!!!
burger_eater
Sep. 1st, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
barbarienne
Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
My local Borders says that they have some number of GoC in stock, but they're behind on shelving. They couldn't easily lay their hands on a copy for me this afternoon when they poked around the stock room, but I'll give them another try this weekend.
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Hmph! You're not the only person to tell me the bookstore was supposed to have it but there was no evidence of it at all. Ah, well.

Thank you, though. I hope you acquire it easily and enjoy it muchly.
barbarienne
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
There was evidence, in that it was listed on their computer showing it in stock. The nice young woman I spoke with explained about them being backlogged for shelving. So I have reasonable belief that the book is in the building, just not yet on the shelves.

My guess is that since this is the last week before Labor Day, their college-age staff are betwixt, with the summer help gone and the autumn help not yet arrived.
ext_244862
Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Read the new book and ...
Loved it just as much as the first! Now get back to writing want the next one for christmas
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Re: Read the new book and ...
Thanks, Tim. Book three is already turned in. I doubt it'll be ready for Christmas, though. I don't even think they have cover art.

And thank you. Please do spread the word, though. It really helps.
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