the color of infinity in an empty glass
Back when I was promoting Dancing Barefoot, (which has gotten a really nice bounce in sales this last week -- I'm sure because of WWdN readers -- so thank you!) I talked about it a LOT on my site. Partly, that was because Barefoot-related things dominated my life at the time . . . but it was also because I've been told (and experienced firsthand) that books only sell as well as their authors promote them. This is the best way I have to promote my books on my own, so I'm going to do that in the coming months. I just want to be honest about that right now. If this sort of thing bugs you, stop reading now, and go check out the best combination since Gretzky and Kurri: They Might Be Giants and Homestar Runner. Seriously, you guys.
Still here? Okay. Here are a few mid-morning Geek things:
- There's another excerpt from Just A Geek at California Authors dot com. I am a huge fan of California Authors, and it's very exciting to be mentioned by them.
- I've been thinking a lot about how to describe Just A Geek, because I've already heard a lot of people (especially booksellers) mistakenly assuming it's a typical celebrity bio (it's really not. I worked very hard to avoid that trap, and I hope it's more David Sedaris than David Caruso) or a Star Trek book. I'm working hard to correct this misunderstanding (and hopefully reverse the "pushback" it's created), thusly: Just A Geek is as much a story about Star Trek as Stand By Me is a story about walking down train tracks to find a dead body — sure, it's part of the story, but it's not what the story is about. It's really a story about my journey from trying to be someone (or something) to please everyone else, to discovering that I'm happiest when I'm just myself — Just A Geek.
- I hear that the major chains are shelving Geek in Television, or in Sci-Fi. I'm not too crazy about that, because I think it belongs in Biography. So if you're looking for it in Biography, and you can't find it, go look in Television. I'm trying to get them to move it, but so far I've been unsuccessful. And if you really want to help me out, you could ask for it, even if you already own it, or don't plan on buying it. That sort of customer inquiry filters back to Bookstore Mountain, and the Bookstore Overlords may decide to give it some better shelving in stores. If that happens, I'll . . . uh . . . well, I can't afford to buy everyone a cookie, so I'll just have to offer even more of my eternal gratitude :)
- I have three confirmed readings and signings for August: August 6 at Powell's Technical Annex in Portland, August 15 at Borders in Hollywood (on Sunset and Vine! Cool!) and August 21 at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. I'm also working on a SUPER COOL event at the ACME. If that goes off well, I could end up with something very cool.
- I'll be on The David Lawrence Show this Thursday from 7-10 PDT to talk about Just A Geek, and I'm sure I'll get to read some selections from it. I'll post all the specific information about it on Thursday.
That should do it for today. Thanks for listening! Go reward yourself with Corporate MoFo's hilarious explaination of The DaVinci Code. (I'll admit it: I read the DaVinci Code, and I enjoyed it. It's the first "popcorn" book I've read since Hunt for Red October) CMF wins a cauldron of bonus points, too, for working Frank Zappa and Frank Capra into the same column. Good work, Ken!