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May 21, 2004

just like heaven

The cover for Just A Geek
Posted by wil at May 21, 2004 10:14 AM
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» Geek like me. from Nickerblog
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» Geek like me. from Nickerblog
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» Just a Geek from Adrian's Blog
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Tracked on September 18, 2004 02:43 PM

Awesome, Wil. You should be proud.

Posted by: alexa at May 21, 2004 10:17 AM

Excellent! Way to go Wil.

Posted by: Dan at May 21, 2004 10:19 AM

Ah the borg! RUN! Definitely not Wesley anymore, congrats.

Posted by: Huts at May 21, 2004 10:20 AM


And great picture!!

Posted by: Julia at May 21, 2004 10:20 AM


Posted by: druidGirl at May 21, 2004 10:23 AM

What, they cropped out "THE SHIRT" ???!

Posted by: Silmarillion at May 21, 2004 10:23 AM

Wow! Perfect picture for the cover. It easily sums up the 'tagline'. Two thumbs up.

Posted by: NightShade at May 21, 2004 10:23 AM

What? No blue hair? :oP

Seriously though, I can not WAIT for this book! It is on the top of my MUST BUY list.

I really dig the cover Wil. It's very stark but bold in its own way, with a feeling of vulnerability and honesty. Very cool.

Posted by: Corey S at May 21, 2004 10:24 AM

Congratulations Wil! I loved Dancing Barefoot and can't wait to read JAG.

Posted by: Daniel at May 21, 2004 10:24 AM

Cover art for biographical books can be so much "look at me" drivel.

Nicely done, and congratulations!

Posted by: AtillaKahuna at May 21, 2004 10:24 AM

Is that the actual cover?

Dang...and I was still holding out hope for a monkey at a typewriter...

Looks great though...definitely drool-worthy, even from an old lady like me...

Posted by: Roberta at May 21, 2004 10:25 AM

Wonderful picture. I think I remember why I had such a crush on Wil back when I was in middle school, now...


Posted by: Kat o Nine Tales at May 21, 2004 10:27 AM

I have to agree with Corey S. The cover really has a feeling of vulnerability and honesty to it. I've been excited about buying your book for a while now.

Posted by: Ray at May 21, 2004 10:28 AM

AWESOME COVER!!!! Yay Wil!!!! :D

Posted by: Patty at May 21, 2004 10:28 AM

Congratulations! I'll have to pre-order it from Barnes and Noble. This must be like giving birth for you.

Posted by: Liz at May 21, 2004 10:29 AM

Kick Ass!!! I want a copy

Posted by: Edward at May 21, 2004 10:33 AM

Look into the eyes of the dragon and dispair...


Nice cover :)

Posted by: Tasha at May 21, 2004 10:35 AM

AWESOME COVER! I can't wait to pick up a copy!

Posted by: BoltBait at May 21, 2004 10:36 AM

Congrats comrade, great cover, great pic, and no trace of a double-chin. Awesome cover for what I know will be/is an awesome book. Can't wait to get my copies.

Posted by: Kroeme at May 21, 2004 10:37 AM

Wow, Wil! That's soooooooo cool! Congratulations! I will definitely buy the book as soon as it comes out.

*mumbles something about the 33% discount she gets*


Posted by: Laurie at May 21, 2004 10:38 AM


Do you know it's up for pre-order at Amazon?

Do you know I just pre-ordered a copy from Amazon?

Everyone go pre-order a copy from Amazon!!!!!!!111

Posted by: brandon at May 21, 2004 10:38 AM

Your picture has hypnotized me. Are you some kind of sorcerer?

Like the blog, haven't read your print yet, but will, Wil. Wakka wakka wakka!

Posted by: Doug at May 21, 2004 10:39 AM


Posted by: samalee at May 21, 2004 10:40 AM

Perhaps you could use this for a future book cover?

Posted by: Dave at May 21, 2004 10:41 AM

Very, very cool cover. I will notify the Pyramidians.

Posted by: Pete V at May 21, 2004 10:42 AM

Wow. That is really striking...

Posted by: LeeNy at May 21, 2004 10:43 AM

Oh. Wil. Wow. Piercing. Captivating.

Posted by: Jodie at May 21, 2004 10:44 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It looks great! I can't wait to read the book.

Posted by: Amber at May 21, 2004 10:44 AM

WoW! Wesley..grew up

now hes 'drool-alicious' :D

Posted by: mssinmymind at May 21, 2004 10:48 AM

Fabulous picture! I remember why I had such a crush on you (at 5, admittedly).

Posted by: Jeanna at May 21, 2004 10:49 AM


It's the man behind the boy we grew up with.

I can't wait.


Posted by: Scott Van Essen at May 21, 2004 10:51 AM

Looking more closely at the picture, I love the shadows on the left side of your face. It gives a great light side/dark side of WW look.

Posted by: Scott Van Essen at May 21, 2004 10:53 AM

Great, I've just preordered it from Amazon France (and I'll get free shipping too :)

I really need to read Dancing Barefoot (I was finally able to get it in France thanks to O'Reilly distribution and Amazon France..)

Posted by: Frederic at May 21, 2004 10:55 AM

(if you click the image, you'll get a surprise.)

Shhhh. :)

Posted by: wil at May 21, 2004 10:55 AM

Heaven indeed!

You've probably accomplished more in the past few years than most do in their intire lives. You definitely have something to be proud of. I'm happy things are coming around and that you're getting the recognition you deserve. Finally!

Posted by: katcheya at May 21, 2004 10:58 AM

and you can't even see your double chin...


Posted by: cookiemo at May 21, 2004 10:59 AM

Sweet! Now quick, show us who wrote the Forward! I hate waiting....*does the potty dance*....please....I want this book!

Posted by: Tim at May 21, 2004 11:01 AM

Too cool! Can't wait to read it...and to find out who the mysterious author of the Forward turns out to be. WFS? Patrick Stewart? Jerry Seinfield? One of the Coreys? Martha Stewart? Danny Elfman?

Posted by: Joe at May 21, 2004 11:04 AM

so sweet... don't tell my husband ...

Posted by: Sharon at May 21, 2004 11:08 AM

So, when do I get my advance copy? :P

Cool, though you kinda look scary... slightly emotionless... like maybe you're just barely holding back your dark emotions like a Vulcan who's gone crazy...

Wait, what was I saying? Oh yeah, can't wait to get the book, nice cover too.

Posted by: StarkRG at May 21, 2004 11:11 AM

I LOVE it!!1!!1!

Now how do I get my copy signed to match my dancing barefoot? heh.

Posted by: NephraTari at May 21, 2004 11:13 AM

Customers who bought titles by Wil Wheaton also bought titles by these authors:

Robert A. Heinlein
Cory Doctorow
Neal Stephenson
Neil Gaiman
J. Michael Straczynski

You're in good company. Of course, so are they. Congratulations.

Posted by: ste3ve at May 21, 2004 11:14 AM

Stong cover, can't wait to read it...SO when is the release date???

Posted by: kim at May 21, 2004 11:14 AM

Congrats, Wil!

Posted by: sdw3u at May 21, 2004 11:15 AM

How freaking cool is that? Any chance Amazon will hook you up as
Buy this book with I Am Not Spock and save ....

Seriously, off to pre-order, that's me.

Posted by: Paul Roub at May 21, 2004 11:16 AM

OOh, snifty! Great picture, Wil. You done good.

Posted by: Rhonda at May 21, 2004 11:16 AM

WOW! Lookin' good there, Wil-man!
The cover looks tight. Way to go.

Posted by: Grace at May 21, 2004 11:17 AM

Aiee! As a writer, I'm so vicariously excited for you. That's a great picture, and a fantastic cover. Congratulations!

Posted by: jezebel at May 21, 2004 11:19 AM

Congrats! It looks fantastic, and I can't wait to read it.

Posted by: Cristin Anne at May 21, 2004 11:20 AM

Way to go Wil!!
I look forward to your book. :) :)

Posted by: Artemis Jade Wetzel at May 21, 2004 11:20 AM

You're in good company.
Customers who bought titles by Wil Wheaton also bought titles by these authors:

Robert A. Heinlein
Cory Doctorow
Neal Stephenson
Neil Gaiman
J. Michael Straczynski

Posted by: Brett at May 21, 2004 11:21 AM

Fantastic - congratulations Wil!

I'm so thrilled to see you coming into your own and happy I was one of the Wesley Fans from way back when.

Keep on living your life on your own terms and the hell with the rest of 'em.

(And if you listen carefully, you'll hear the sound of distant applause and cheers coming your way from my desk in Chicago.)

Posted by: ShelaghC at May 21, 2004 11:23 AM

*squeals* awesome cover! i can't wait to read it!

Posted by: AzureBosque at May 21, 2004 11:23 AM


You look so cute, Wil!!! Congrats!! What an AWESOME cover! I can't wait to read it!

Posted by: rani at May 21, 2004 11:24 AM

You're right - that is a fabulous picture!

Nice cover.

Posted by: Nikki at May 21, 2004 11:25 AM


Makes me want to redesign my site using that colour palette and page layout.

congratulations, dude.

Posted by: Robert at May 21, 2004 11:26 AM

I do believe that's what the kids these days call THE HOTNESS. :D

Posted by: Jenny at May 21, 2004 11:28 AM

You ROCK!!! Giddy contratulations!

Posted by: Tina at May 21, 2004 11:29 AM

You are just the cutest EVER. And I can't wait to read it.

If it's not terribly tacky of me to comment -- I feel like "unflinchingly honest tales" is such a mouthful -- what's wrong with just "unflinching tales"? Where the honesty is pretty much implied? Me, I'd even just go for "Tales of..." and leave off the qualifiers entirely. But, anyway.

Man, that cover looks just great.

Posted by: Emily at May 21, 2004 11:29 AM

Farkin' Awesome... I'm totally going to buy your new book! Good job. Great accomplishment! Anne and the kids should be proud of you... I am.


Posted by: Keith Coogan at May 21, 2004 11:31 AM

Ah, shucks! Great cover, just one thing missing. I thot certainly it would include something like" "Forward by..." and so I'm still in suspense and want to know WHO, Wil? WHO??


Posted by: B. Joseph Fekete, Jr. at May 21, 2004 11:31 AM

Buy Just a Geek. Resistance is futile!

Great pic, Wil! Wishing you all the success in the world!

Posted by: Ellewiz at May 21, 2004 11:34 AM

Buy Just a Geek. Resistance is futile!

Great pic, Wil! Wishing you all the success in the world!

Posted by: Ellewiz at May 21, 2004 11:35 AM

Wil, that is awesome! Congrats!

Posted by: RavenBlue at May 21, 2004 11:36 AM

Amazing picture.

Very pure, very human.

Excellent choice.

Many congratulations!

Please make sure to come to Portland, OR for a signing.

Posted by: blaublablaugh at May 21, 2004 11:39 AM

You rock, Wil! Congratulations!

Keeping it real,

Posted by: Elizabeth at May 21, 2004 11:40 AM

Ah-ha, click on the cover indeed.

Did so. Continued to click and type in stuff. Will have early Christmas in July.

Posted by: Craig P. Steffen at May 21, 2004 11:43 AM

Hot. The color scheme even reminds me of the iron maiden jump-suit you used to wear - very chic =) Congrats!

Posted by: des4 at May 21, 2004 11:44 AM

Hee hee hee, you're so funny.

Posted by: Dana at May 21, 2004 11:44 AM

Hee hee hee, you're so funny.

Posted by: Dana at May 21, 2004 11:45 AM

Heya Wil. Congrats.

I don't know if they did a little p-shopping to the neck, there... it looks like your head may not be attached.

I'll be working on the bobblehead animated Gif for the Fark Photoshop Contest.

Posted by: rob at May 21, 2004 11:45 AM

I'm glad for you having JAG published and the writing and all, I'm an aspiring author myself (although merely 15 years old).

I should say it's my first post here, I found WWdN the day before yesterday (for some weird reason I hadn't seen it until now) and today I ordered 'Dancing Barefoot'. I'll see when I buy JAG :)

About the cover, it's great, the photo seems to have some kind of aura channeling out a mixture of all sorts of feelings, or so it seems to me.

Best of luck.

Posted by: Final_Frontier at May 21, 2004 11:46 AM

Here's the link to the amazon.ca page. It's $25.87 CDN at amazon.ca but amazon.com's $16.87 price is actually $22.88 CDN. If Canadians want to save a whole $3 they can go through the American site.

At amazon.com I got:
Customers who shopped for this item also shopped for these items:
Dancing Barefoot by Wil Wheaton (Author)
PvP Volume 1 by Scott Kurtz (Author)
Books from The Baroque Cycle Series.
The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz (Author), et al


Posted by: Delphine at May 21, 2004 11:46 AM

Mine's pre-ordered! I can't wait to get it! Wil, as an author, do you get to see how many preorders there are?


Posted by: Heather T. at May 21, 2004 11:47 AM

That's right, I thought it was so funny, I posted it twice... or accidentally hit the button twice. ahem.

Posted by: Dana at May 21, 2004 11:47 AM

Wow! You look great in that photo! I'm not gay or anything, but I could be, with you.


Seriously, you do look very good. :-)

Posted by: webgrunt at May 21, 2004 11:48 AM


I've been waiting for this day. I pre-ordered my copy!

Also, I'm glad to see you reached your goal with the cancer fund!

Posted by: Chris at May 21, 2004 11:51 AM

all I could think was ::squee! The Cure!!::

Posted by: Erin at May 21, 2004 11:52 AM

I think you should have used the picture on the upper left-hand corner of this page. ;)

Posted by: Anna at May 21, 2004 11:54 AM

That cover rawks! How do you do it? Not the talent part. Hell, you were born with that and had the good sense not to waste it. But how do you stay so level headed? You're so good. You have 92/93 good review on Amazon! And You're good! I'd be so fat headed I couldn't get through the door at my favorite pub. They'd have to hand me the Guinness through the door!

Posted by: Pixie at May 21, 2004 11:54 AM

Nice pic Wil...but you look kinda pissed.

I like it though. It looks like you have just set phasers to "screw the haters"

Can't wait to buy it.

P.S. - I saw Dancing Barefoot in the Barnes and Noble on the drag in Austin this week. They had it in the damn Star Wars section. I took it and placed it on an endcap at the front of the store for you

Posted by: Sean Wardwell at May 21, 2004 11:56 AM

That's very exciting Wil!

But I think we're all really waiting to hear who's doing the foreword. ;-)

And yes, the picture is awesome. I'm getting very excited for this book. This is going to be awesome.

Posted by: Chris Salter at May 21, 2004 11:56 AM

Wil. It looks fucking great. I can't wait to read your second book.

Posted by: shane at May 21, 2004 11:56 AM

Yay, Wil! This is wonderful! And the cover looks great!

Am processing my preorder now...

Posted by: Aspen at May 21, 2004 11:57 AM

Wil, you're such a stud.

Pre-ordering now complete.

Posted by: Abby at May 21, 2004 12:01 PM

Wow!! Great title, great photo - looks promising!

Posted by: Jasmine Becket-Griffith at May 21, 2004 12:06 PM

Congradulations! Cheers! Hip Hip Hooray! *hands you a Guinness*

Posted by: frogger at May 21, 2004 12:07 PM

Oh...and you can add me ot the list of those who pre-ordered!

May you sell a million copies.

Posted by: shane at May 21, 2004 12:13 PM

You rule, dude. :D Congrats!

Posted by: Clay at May 21, 2004 12:14 PM

That is so cool!! You should be very proud Wil!!

Posted by: Brandon at May 21, 2004 12:14 PM

Rock on!!! Impressive and incredibly cool for you. Can't wait for the book.

Posted by: Erin at May 21, 2004 12:17 PM

Wil, I just had to reinstall my OS and am stuck with 16 colors till I fix my video. But even in this primitive display the cover looks great. The barest hint of a smile, and the eyes, hmm, I've forgotten if they're brown or blue, but the intensity shows through.

Posted by: CIO at May 21, 2004 12:19 PM

Wil- that cover is amazing...! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to buy your new book...and manycopies for friends xmas gifts! yay for you!

Posted by: Michelle at May 21, 2004 12:21 PM

I too remember why I crushed on Will. Nice simple cover- hey a picture is worth a 1,000 words!
Congrats and good luck on the next writing project.

Posted by: Michelle at May 21, 2004 12:23 PM


thats fabulous! ok i want it but i'm holding out for will to sell off signed or special ed copies.. first eds or anything.. is there any news on that Wil?

love ya..




P.S love to Anne and family and Kris! xx

Posted by: andrea at May 21, 2004 12:26 PM

They eyes follow me around the room.




Posted by: Chad Underkoffler at May 21, 2004 12:26 PM

The eyes follow me around the room.




Posted by: Chad Underkoffler at May 21, 2004 12:27 PM

Utterly awesome. Can *not* wait to read this.

Posted by: Jenn at May 21, 2004 12:31 PM

I'm really happy for you, Wil!
That cover is fabulous!

Posted by: reallylikesj at May 21, 2004 12:33 PM

Umm... Why do you look like you're out to kill me? *cowers; then goes to beg Dad to pre-order for me*

Posted by: Nastassja at May 21, 2004 12:33 PM

I absolutely love it. It will be nice to own.

Posted by: seasnail at May 21, 2004 12:34 PM

Oooh! I can't wait to get it. Someone above already asked, but I'd like to know, too: Are you going to be selling any signed editions or visiting bookstores to do signings?

Posted by: Dee at May 21, 2004 12:34 PM

Waaaaaaaaay cool. I'm excited to read it.

Posted by: Sarah at May 21, 2004 12:35 PM

With you looking so hot on the cover it'll definately boost the sales! I can't wait!
Those gorgeous eyes have great depths which we will hopefully discover in the book! I'll be spreading the word- don't you worry!

Posted by: Jenny T at May 21, 2004 12:35 PM

Congratulations Wil..

That's really cool!

I'll now have to make sure that I read it..

Great Pic By The Way!

*mental note to self: Read this book!*

do you have any advice for want to be writers?

Posted by: Jen at May 21, 2004 12:38 PM

dude. that is freakin' awesome!!


Posted by: matt at May 21, 2004 12:39 PM

Please tell me this is going to be released in the UK, otherwise I'll have to move to the US to get hold of it!

Posted by: Kryten at May 21, 2004 12:41 PM

No disrepect to Ann, but DAMN!
And on a more serious note, congratulations of the book and on reaching your $$ goal for the walk.

Posted by: M at May 21, 2004 12:47 PM

Frikkin' A!!!! Great cover (I'm very minimalistic) and a very complimentary photo, too! (It is, it said that it liked my shoes!)

Posted by: Mike Bailey at May 21, 2004 12:51 PM

You're still so damn young looking! *jealous*

Posted by: David Cartwright at May 21, 2004 12:51 PM

Congratulations, Wil!!

Posted by: Adele at May 21, 2004 12:54 PM

Congrats on the book...
But that typography could use a little help. Pick a side, left or right, and try the text lined up. Nothing against whoever did it.

Check out:

Posted by: Jeremy at May 21, 2004 12:59 PM

You are too beautiful, Wil!

Posted by: Lynne at May 21, 2004 01:05 PM

Must... Read... NEED... Book...

That cover looks great! I'm going to be first in line to grab a copy!

Well done, Wil!


Posted by: Matt at May 21, 2004 01:06 PM

TOOOO COOL...so nice to see great things happening to a great person. Congrats and happy trails next month. Wish I could walk along with ya'll but I'm in Texas.

Posted by: Jessica at May 21, 2004 01:20 PM

Dude, that cover is awesome! Simple, to the point, and featuring Uncle Willy where his political notions stand: Left of center. Coolness!

Last time I added a Wil Wheaton book to my Amazon wish list, it magically arrived on my doorstep two weeks later. Here's hoping the Book Fairy will strike again, as I've just added JAG with "Must Have" status.

Wil, I can't think of anyone who deserves this recent success more than you. Roll in it, my friend, and ride the wave while you can stay on the board (to paraphrase, well, you!). We monkeys will try to keep the wave's inertia strong...

Posted by: Eric at May 21, 2004 01:27 PM

I love it :)

Posted by: Katryn at May 21, 2004 01:36 PM

Anyone else notice the Mona Lisa effect? Is he smiling? Is he not smiling?

Posted by: Christina at May 21, 2004 01:44 PM

Wow! I was so excited when I saw the picture of the cover, I thought maybe you were letting us know the release was soon...NOT 2 months away! Oh well. My copy is preordered. And I guess I will have to be happy with a book cover with a good looking guy on it, instead of his poster hung up over my bed, since I'm grown up and married now,*grin sheepishly*.

Posted by: Michelle at May 21, 2004 01:50 PM


Posted by: Bob at May 21, 2004 01:52 PM

or süßlich like they say where i come from

hope it gets released in olde europe soon too

Posted by: Jakob at May 21, 2004 02:10 PM

haha im not old like sum of the people that commented stated they were, so i can say that your so hott :)
nice cover :)


Posted by: Jamie at May 21, 2004 02:13 PM

the cover looks great! but i didn't expect it to look so serious. i had always looked up to your humorous side.

Posted by: Jeremy at May 21, 2004 02:14 PM


where can i get the 8'x10' poster?

Posted by: Jim Cripps at May 21, 2004 02:20 PM

Sweet fanciful moses. That is fantastic. Pre-order placed, cannot wait...AT ALL.

Posted by: Adam at May 21, 2004 02:27 PM

Oh yeah.

*hustles off to Amazon to pre-order*

Posted by: classics_cat at May 21, 2004 02:42 PM

Great cover art! I may just have to go out and buy this puppy.


Posted by: Dave at May 21, 2004 02:47 PM

I was *really* hoping it would be that Wil Weaton's Run image. :-)


Posted by: Robert O. at May 21, 2004 02:51 PM

Wow, such a great photo! Damn, those eyes just draw you in. Okay, I will go and pre-order your book. :^)

Posted by: clara at May 21, 2004 02:52 PM

You have very pretty eyelashes. Seriously, you do. I love the cover.

I'm sure you'll hit the bestseller list.

If you do have a signing in Oregon, I'll be there. We shall meet again. :)

Posted by: Laura at May 21, 2004 02:52 PM

Is it gonna be out in time that I could buy it and get you to sign it in Las Vegas at the convention?

Are they gonna do a thing like at Grand Slam and give you a table where you will have copies available?


Posted by: Gayla at May 21, 2004 02:54 PM

i LOVE it!

Posted by: zettgrl at May 21, 2004 02:57 PM

Hey Wil! Just had to get my congrats in: OMEDETOU GOZAIMASU! Looks great...


Posted by: Tetsuo at May 21, 2004 03:08 PM

Wow. Congratulations.

Posted by: Josh at May 21, 2004 03:18 PM

KFA. Amazon said it should arrive between July 8-10. I can't wait.

Posted by: Jeff at May 21, 2004 03:25 PM

this made my friday. copied order..now the countdown may begin

Posted by: Stacey at May 21, 2004 03:35 PM

The UK Amazon page:


Posted by: ionicus at May 21, 2004 03:41 PM

Very, Very Nice. Good for you Wil.
I can't wait to read it.


Posted by: Charles at May 21, 2004 03:46 PM


Posted by: failsafe at May 21, 2004 03:57 PM

Nothing original to add but just had to put in my vote: wonderful, powerful, and compelling cover. Hats off to you and O'Reilly!!!

Posted by: S. Beckley at May 21, 2004 04:00 PM

Of course everyone else has already said this, but I wanted to put my two cents in as well:

Hot damn! Great cover, Wil.

Posted by: Jessica D. at May 21, 2004 04:11 PM

Woohoo!!! I love that cover... Really looking forward to your next book-signing :)


Posted by: Mari at May 21, 2004 04:18 PM

I'm so happy to hear from so many people who like it! I was so happy when it arrived in my inbox, I may have done some squealing.

I will definitely have copies of Just A Geek and Dancing Barefoot when I'm in Las Vegas, and Portland and Seattle are absolutely on the list of cities I'll be visiting if / when I tour.

Posted by: wil at May 21, 2004 04:29 PM

!CLUNK! (sound of jaw dropping)

The picture sets the tone of the book perfectly.

Posted by: Craig at May 21, 2004 04:32 PM

Oh! Come to Sacramento! Please!!!! Ok, I understand that's probably not going to happen, but as long as you come somewhere within driving distance (The Bay Area, maybe?) I'll be there, with as many people as I can fit into my car. Really, we'll be like clowns squeezing in there, without the makeup or weird clown porno.

Posted by: Carrie at May 21, 2004 04:34 PM

Hey Wil. Congrats on JAG. Awesome cover. As a graphic artist, I have seen lots of good design, but more bad design (unfortunately). LOVE IT. Great design. Very clean, quite stark, definitely gives the vibe of "unflinchingly honest tales" and vulnerablity. Like others, it's another reminder for me of why I thought you were hot as Wesley, and like a fine wine, you have gotten better with age, not only in your looks, but as a person as well (corny, I know, but applicable). Congrats to Anne for getting such a great guy. Also, congrats on EXCEEDING your fundraising goal. My sister had cancer a few years ago and it was all taken care of with surgery. I can't imagine what seeing someone go through chemo is like, but I know how scary a potentially fatal disease can be. This is also off-subject, but I just got around to listening to the David Lawrence interview and loved it. I applaud your bravery for reading the Aunt Val story out loud. Awesome job. I haven't read Dancing Barefoot yet, but I ordered it when I pre-ordered JAG. Can't wait until July. Pure torture for me and the rest of the monkeys, but I'm sure it will be worth it.

Posted by: Eve at May 21, 2004 04:42 PM

Nice. Very nice.

I have to say I am really looking forward to the book and reading it cover to cover. I have enjoyed reading your web log (or as all the crazy kids call it, "blog") for about 1.5 years. I have always thought your greatest strength was your honesty and sincerity that comes through in you writing.

I saw you on TechTV the other day; I finally caught a re-run. I enjoyed the show, but I thought you were trying to hard. I know that even when hosting a show you have to wear a persona, but that person is not the person I read a couple time a week on this site. Just my two cents - nothing like a complete stranger criticizing who you are and what you do ;-)

Posted by: Jason at May 21, 2004 04:45 PM

*mouth drops WIDE open*

Hellooooooo Geek. Wow my friend. That is an awesome picture.

*serious moment* What does it feel like to be published? To work so hard on something for so long, wanting people to see or read what you've done and like it and have it happen?

What's it like to chase after a dream for so long...and finally catch it?

Posted by: Veronica Knight at May 21, 2004 04:58 PM


You need a more interesting cover. This one is bland, bland, bland. It looks like the cover on a tell-all book from a male hustler.

You need a cover that respresents what you are: Clever, funny, introspective. This one shows none of that.

And if you don't believe covers sell books, you are fucked.

Posted by: DragonBreath at May 21, 2004 05:00 PM

Amazon.com Sales Rank: 118! Not bad! Must be due to the nifty cover. :-)

Posted by: BoltBait at May 21, 2004 05:05 PM

DragonBreath, you are not looking closely enough. :p

Posted by: BoltBait at May 21, 2004 05:07 PM

Just a Geek
by Wil Wheaton (Author)

List Price: CDN$ 36.95
Our Price: CDN$ 25.87 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $39. See details

You Save: CDN$ 11.08 (30%)

F**king Canada ... may be awhile before I can get it, but in the meantime it'll serve as an incentive, something I can reward myself with when I start working again.


Posted by: Reena at May 21, 2004 05:08 PM

Wonderful! I can't wait for the book to come out.

Posted by: Stacia at May 21, 2004 05:24 PM

Congrats, Wil. It looks great!

Posted by: harlie at May 21, 2004 05:27 PM

I love that cover. But in my opinion you are such a hottie (shows my age I'm afraid, and yeah that means I'm a bit older than you) HE HE HE. I think you always look great! I can't wait till the book comes out! I want to be the first here to get it.

Posted by: ChattyLill at May 21, 2004 05:27 PM

It's taken a long time to find something worthy of replacing the Argonath as my desktop wallpaper. :)

Posted by: jl at May 21, 2004 05:35 PM


Congratulations!!! I clicked on the picture, linked to Amazon.com, ordered the book--they said book will be shipped July 6.

Beautiful picture but a certain sadness in the eyes. I know there's a smile there waiting to jump out.

Freeman :)

Posted by: Freeman in Louisiana at May 21, 2004 05:39 PM

Now that is a nice cover... it makes it more personal and human. I think this will fly off the shelves... smart move Wil!

Posted by: Edwardo at May 21, 2004 05:42 PM

Dude, I love it!

Sorry I didn't comment sooner, but I saw the Comments (0) mark of a fresh post and didn't want to be tempted into writing a lame "yay first post" message... hahaha ;)

Posted by: Mitch at May 21, 2004 05:52 PM

YAY!!!!! Awesome cover! I can't wait!!!!! KUDOS!!

Posted by: Jessica at May 21, 2004 06:02 PM


Posted by: Julie at May 21, 2004 06:16 PM

Congrats Wil I can't wait to buy it!!!

Posted by: ~~~Angel~~~ at May 21, 2004 06:26 PM

Congrats, Wil! You should come to Austin, TX and do a signing at Bookpeople. Bruce Sterling had one there last week (granted, he's local, but said that his publisher would've had it as a stop even if he didn't live here) and David Sedaris is next month. I'm sure the O'Reilly people can handle it, but if you need a local contact just let me know. I think you'd get a good turnout.

Posted by: ttrentham at May 21, 2004 06:35 PM

Thank you, Wil. NOW I remember why I had such a huge crush on you when I was 15. Okay, there's one mystery solved. Now to find the answer to why the hell Jay Tavare's so damn fine...

Posted by: Alison at May 21, 2004 06:42 PM

Congrats Wil!

It amazes me how little you have aged after all these years. Still cute as ever.

I'll definitely add this to my collection. RAWK!

Posted by: JediJaina at May 21, 2004 06:42 PM

That's an awesome cover! Congratulations, you should be very proud! Can't wait to read it.=)

Posted by: nyshark87 at May 21, 2004 06:43 PM

You look so serious in that book. I just want to say congratulations Wil!

Posted by: Siggy at May 21, 2004 06:44 PM

I've placed my order today for the book. Cant wait for july. GO UNCLE WILLY!!!

Posted by: Terry at May 21, 2004 06:45 PM

Will you be able to update us on the amount of pre orders. Would like to see how the book is selling.

Posted by: Terry at May 21, 2004 06:48 PM

Wesley Crusher is on a postage stamp in Australia.

Posted by: recal c trant at May 21, 2004 06:52 PM

Oh Wow! Thats so great! I can't wait to get my own Copy!

Posted by: Sammy at May 21, 2004 06:58 PM

Preordered. Awesomes!

Wil, I look forward to seeing you when you come to Portland. I got the chance to have you sign a Monolith Press first run of DB and I will be bringing my copy of JAG to make it two for two.

Posted by: Brad Zimmerman at May 21, 2004 07:01 PM

Holy. Shit.

You guys, right now, Just A Geek is ranked number 74 at Amazon.

Behold, the power of 50,000 Monkeys.

Posted by: wil at May 21, 2004 07:03 PM

Awsome cover Dude !!!

Posted by: scriptu at May 21, 2004 07:07 PM

Your family must be so proud!

Posted by: Innkeeper2097 at May 21, 2004 07:11 PM

Great cover Wil. If you make it to Australia on your promotional tour, drop in for a barbie!

Posted by: mykalel at May 21, 2004 07:11 PM

Wow, it's amazing what they can do with a "digital airbrush" these days....

Just kiddin' Wil. Looks good!

Posted by: Dan Gross at May 21, 2004 07:12 PM

Huh... I'm showing it as 88. I wonder if this is one of those "they change X based on the person" things... maybe ranking "my favorites" stuff higher than they might otherwise be.

Anyway, I'm also showing only one other book in the list that's not OUT YET.

Just the two of ya. Very cool.

You must be Geeked.

Posted by: Mark Storer at May 21, 2004 07:14 PM

Remember Nimoy's book? I'm Not Spock. It was a huge hit in the 70's. Want to bet you're is the TNG's version.

Posted by: Rook at May 21, 2004 07:29 PM

Rad cover, Wil! Also, makes me realize why I had such a crush when I was...Erm...Younger. ;)

At any rate, this is definitely one of those "put my tips in a jar to save up for" occasions! Congrats!

Posted by: Cat at May 21, 2004 08:05 PM

Sweeeeeet!!! What a wonderful way to end a wonderful day. I had a great day! And then I came to check up on the site to see this surprise and it just made me smile even more, despite all the pain from all the smiling that I have already done today. Its GREAT!! Its a wonderful picture and the layout is amazing. It couldnt have been done any better. Wonderful! Just Wonderful!


Posted by: Lotus at May 21, 2004 08:07 PM

Just look at you! You're so handsome!

Way to go!

Posted by: Mags at May 21, 2004 08:25 PM

Tou sexy thing, you! I am SO excited for you......and for me, I can't wait to read it!!!!!

Posted by: Liz at May 21, 2004 08:32 PM

Very, very cool. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

I'm totally digging the front cover layout. That's a very good picture of you.



Posted by: Lasz at May 21, 2004 08:34 PM

I just order JAG and DB from amazon. Good luck, Wil! leeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Posted by: lee at May 21, 2004 08:59 PM


Posted by: lee at May 21, 2004 09:00 PM

I"m glad your book is published. I loved [i]Dancing Barefoot[/i] So i'm sure i'll love this too!!!


Posted by: Pat at May 21, 2004 09:04 PM

alright, another copy ordered from amazon.

Posted by: Sandor at May 21, 2004 09:04 PM

Friday 9:21 Pacific

Amazon.com Sales Rank: 54

Posted by: Brian at May 21, 2004 09:21 PM

awesome cover!!!

clicked and ordered.

amazon sales rank: 63

Posted by: t at May 21, 2004 09:24 PM

i've been reading this site, and posting in the comments for about 3 years or so i think, and i have to say, tonight...seeing that photo of the book cover.....
we're mega, mega proud of you Wil....
let this book stand as a testament to your new life as a writer, and as a the first huge step into your new life..which has never looked more brilliant...

still thought..if you get more gigs as an actor, take em....we still love seeing you on the screen dude..

what more can i say man...
you totally fucking rock!


cheers man..

Posted by: tyson at May 21, 2004 09:26 PM

Is this a real book or just Photoshop at work?

Big fan of yours Wil!

Posted by: Giles at May 21, 2004 09:28 PM


went up that much while i was lighting my cig b4 posting?

gotta love it!!

Posted by: t at May 21, 2004 09:28 PM

What I want is the unabridged audio book. I love hearing authors read their own work. But unabridged only.

Posted by: Brian at May 21, 2004 09:34 PM

Yay! Awesome!

Posted by: Z at May 21, 2004 09:34 PM

It's #54 as of 9:42 PM Pacific time.


Posted by: Clay at May 21, 2004 09:43 PM

fyi (from amazon FAQ) -

'The top 10,000 best sellers are updated each hour to reflect sales in the preceding 24 hours.'

this gives us insomniacs something to do all night...lol

Posted by: t at May 21, 2004 09:53 PM

You're right Wil, that is a great photo of you.

I can't wait to own it!

Posted by: Jeffery Borchert at May 21, 2004 10:24 PM

Congrats, I'm pre-ordering my copy now.

Nice cover. You have soulful eyes.

Posted by: Haystack at May 21, 2004 10:45 PM

Wow. Great cover Wil! Congrats!

Posted by: Kriszia at May 21, 2004 10:47 PM

YAY!!!! That's going straight into the Wish List! Great job, Wil! *clap clap clap*

Posted by: Kimberly at May 21, 2004 10:53 PM

How cool is that?!

Posted by: Rowland at May 21, 2004 11:36 PM

Dude,"What happened to truth in advertising?" Where did the double chins go,Photoshop? heh,JK.
Congratulations.*Mojo* success.

Posted by: redrhino at May 22, 2004 12:09 AM

Just put in my pre-order for JAG.
Amazon.com Top 100 Bestsellers lists you at 44!
Congrats on breaking into the to 50.

Posted by: Brian at May 22, 2004 12:32 AM

Ok, late to the party, but still..

Congrats, Wil! Great cover! Where do we order the autographed copies? :)

Posted by: John at May 22, 2004 12:47 AM

wow that's so great!!
I can't wait to read it. Off to put my order in. Thank you for sharing xxx

Posted by: Tinuviel at May 22, 2004 02:03 AM

*sigh* Those eyes. I've just fallen in love with you all over again.

You look determined and sapient. As though you've weathered the storms and are living life on your own terms.

Can't wait to read it!

Posted by: Henka at May 22, 2004 02:06 AM

It's 12:20 PST, and JaG is at #47.


Posted by: Mark Storer at May 22, 2004 02:10 AM

Oh yeah. Go Wil. It's Your Birthday...

As of 6:05am EST, JAG is up to 44 on Amazon!


Posted by: Eric at May 22, 2004 03:01 AM

Supreme writer's gift
Giving your soul to the world
What a great photo!!1! ;P

Posted by: haiku adam at May 22, 2004 03:40 AM

Congrats, Wil! You've worked hard for this! I got Dancing Barefoot for my wonderful geek hubby for Father's Day last year -- this year I'm getting him JAG. Love the cover!

Posted by: birdsmithy at May 22, 2004 04:34 AM

wow - love the photography! Simple yet striking.

I'm so exited - I leave for the states in about a week, and then .... I get to buy the book!


Posted by: Bex:) at May 22, 2004 05:17 AM

Wil, That RAWKS ! Congrats..

Posted by: Mike Patko at May 22, 2004 06:12 AM

god, that's cool.

Posted by: Iyyak at May 22, 2004 06:42 AM

Showed the cover to my hubby. He looks up and says, "He looks like a serial killer"


Posted by: Jenn at May 22, 2004 06:54 AM

Excellent! I like the cover...and the book is 41st on the Amazon top sellers list at the moment. Not bad going when it isn't out yet!

In case anyone was wondering, Amazon.co.uk also have it up for pre-order.

Posted by: Christy at May 22, 2004 07:25 AM

Pre-ordered it DIRECTLY (along with a Linksys WRT54GS 802.11g router). I think I'm just a geek myself.

Wil, care to add Kansas City to your list of book tour cities?

Posted by: Jesse C. Slicer at May 22, 2004 07:31 AM

I've preordered mine. I loved the last book, I'm sure I'll love this one!

Posted by: Matthew at May 22, 2004 07:46 AM

I am very happy to say I have preordered
your new book and ordered Dancing Barefoot as
The Just a Geek is now ranked at 41.
Way to go Wheaton!

Posted by: Colleen S at May 22, 2004 08:06 AM

Wow in just a few minutes your ranking
has gone up to 31.

Posted by: Colleen S at May 22, 2004 08:08 AM

As someone making tentative steps into the literary world I have been watching and learning from the progress of your book through your blog and audio log entries.. and I have to say that I hope you don't mind me sharing in the good feeling that comes from seeing the fruit of such intelectual and creative effort. I am sure to harass my local bookseller to contact your publisher and send us some copies ( I live in one of the more remote regions of the Australian outback ) to this here little city of ours.

congratulations mate, top effort
Rick the sentence runner

p.s No not everyone here talks like Steve the Croc Hunter umm actually I'm yet to meet any other Australian who speaks like that bloke.

Posted by: RIck the sentence runner at May 22, 2004 08:14 AM

Wow, that cover is soooo good.

Just ordered my copy from amazon uk, and i can't wait to get my copy and start reading.

Posted by: Kordith at May 22, 2004 08:17 AM

Way to go, Wil! More congratulations from Down Under. Verrry nice cover by the way! :D

Posted by: Nadia at May 22, 2004 08:47 AM

hmm, it's doing well. It's 26 right now at Amazon. 11:22 am Central.

I'm going to buy it at a book store if I can swing the bucks. Sorry I can't add to the presales numbers.

Posted by: anc at May 22, 2004 09:23 AM

Just pre-ordered on Amazon UK...


Posted by: Chris at May 22, 2004 09:29 AM

11:50 Central Time #23 at Amazon

I would like to point out for the record that going through the top 25 items, there are 4 that have not been published yet:
3) "My Life" by Bill Clinton
11) "Song of Susannah" by Stephen King
21) "Ten Big Ones: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich
23) "Just a Geek" by Wil Wheaton

Wow. Congrats Wil!

And oddly, they don't have a cover photo up. Somebody should ping O'Reiley about that (on the assumption that Amazon needs their permission to put up the cover photo).

Posted by: Craig P. Steffen at May 22, 2004 09:57 AM

number 26 on amazon's sales rank....no wait 23,
congrats Wil

Posted by: Kelly at May 22, 2004 10:02 AM

Great book.... can't wait! Hope you're coming to Canada on tour so I can meet you and get a signed copy!

Posted by: Sean at May 22, 2004 10:49 AM

Wow. Now THAT is a cover. Thoroughly impressive.

Posted by: Caitlin at May 22, 2004 11:01 AM

Yes please come to Canada,
Niagara Falls area. I would love
to have you sign my books.

Posted by: Colleen S at May 22, 2004 11:04 AM

13:38 Central time: JAG is number 21 at Amazon.

Just a Geek has now passed the Janet Evanovich book, making Wil the third-highest pre-ordered author after Bill Clinton and Stephen King. Whoo-hoo!

WWDN readers: A force to be reckoned with. I wonder if eventually we'll get our own market segment? "Stephen King's new blockbuster novel has fallen to #3 with Young Adult readers, but is still climbing at #2 with WWDN readers." :-)

Posted by: Craig P. Steffen at May 22, 2004 11:44 AM

your sales rank at this moment is 21.

I thought you should know.


Posted by: Johnnynb at May 22, 2004 12:29 PM

Its to bad that amazon dont accept paypal. Have to wait untill a shop that accept it before i can buy it :(

Posted by: Peter Söderberg at May 22, 2004 02:30 PM

WOW what an amazing cover.. It just speaks volumes. I still haven't read Dancing Barefoot, but they're both right up there on my list as soon as I get some spare cash!

Now when are you doing a book signing in Edmonton? :)

Posted by: Chrystal at May 22, 2004 02:34 PM

So, SO cool, Wil!!!!!

Posted by: Scott T at May 22, 2004 02:57 PM


Must. Get. Linux. Shop. To. Stock. It. So. I. Can. Buy. It.

This is the book to fill the niche between Harry Potter volumes. :p

Posted by: Matt at May 22, 2004 03:30 PM

Hey, Wil, don't forget to hit Chicago on your big tour. Congrats on everything, it looks great.

Posted by: Kenner at May 22, 2004 04:28 PM

Nice. I like it, I sincerely hope it sells well.

I'm going to buy it, Even though you won't be my Orkut-Friend.

Posted by: Crowded city at May 22, 2004 05:08 PM

*does the happy naked pagan dance*

Posted by: Rebecca at May 22, 2004 05:28 PM

This just in: Despite misgivings that a foreword by Patrick Stewart would sell more copies, Neil Gaiman has confirmed he will write the introduction to Just a Geek. Tonight, actually.

Posted by: Simon at May 22, 2004 08:43 PM

*squee* really?! too cool! that means i can get him to sign that too when he comes to my friend's store this fall & then just stalk Wil til he signs it. ;-)

Wil, how about an official announcement, eh?

Posted by: Snow In Summer at May 22, 2004 08:57 PM

Wow, congratulations.....
Looks fantastic, no little wil anymore hes all grown up! (this coming from a 17 yr old)
Anyhow hope it does well

Posted by: Carol at May 22, 2004 09:35 PM

Hey Wil.....awsome cover....can't wait to get the book!

Posted by: Brad at May 22, 2004 09:42 PM

Damn Lil Willie, you've got a HELL of a lot of fans. Congratulations on your success thus far. Impressive how your book is doing so well when it hasn't even hit the market yet. I actually look forward to reading it.

Posted by: Alison at May 22, 2004 10:29 PM

The image of this book is just being begged to be photoshopped! :p

Posted by: Yizuman at May 22, 2004 10:33 PM

Slightly off-centre Wil, very fitting!

Fantastic to see the cover, can't wait til I can order my own copy!

You should be pround.. we all are!

Lis from Aus :)

Posted by: Lis at May 22, 2004 11:56 PM

Hi Wil,

Quick question...

On Amazon.com it says

Paperback: 200 pages

And on Amazon.co.uk it says

Paperback 304 pages (July 2004)

Any idea why the UK version has 104!! more pages???


Posted by: Chris at May 23, 2004 03:49 AM

I have just been sent back in time to my giddy teen years. I have an inescapable urge to giggle. (Inescapeable?)

Anyway, I like the picture.
Sincere, open, "this is ME".
No marks of identity in the photo but your face-no colours, no uniforms, no urban clothes to give us a clue--just you. Good stuff.
And you've always had those wonderfully expressive eyes.

Posted by: EllyLoo at May 23, 2004 07:39 AM

Wowo. *F A N T A S T I C* cover.

Such a thing makes me want to buy this book (and I didn't plan on doing so before).

Posted by: dayfax at May 23, 2004 08:01 AM

Wow, congratulations Wil. I can't wait to get my copy!

Posted by: Mariska at May 23, 2004 08:21 AM

Any idea why the UK version has 104!! more pages???

Must be the conversion from US to Metric.

Ha! I slay me.

Actually, according to the unbound galley that I've been using for my proofing, it's got 271 pages. I think that O'Reilly gives estimates to places like Amazon so they can do pre-orders, and then Amazon changes the information when the page count is finalized. Maybe Amazon UK was updated more recently than Amazon US, and they added the extra pages because . . . uhm . . . the Queen needs extra pages.

Posted by: wil at May 23, 2004 10:00 AM

Congrats, Wil! Got my pre-order in!:)

Posted by: Andi at May 23, 2004 10:54 AM

Aaaaaaahhh! This is soooo exciting. It is true, no matter how miniscule a space they take up, front covers and taglines do help me to decide whether to read a book or not. Even though this fact doesn't count for this book (I mean seriously, I would read this book if it had 100 previous owners, had no cover and was covered in coffee and chewing gum...although that would make it have to read).
It even has one of those 'readers who shopped for this item also looked at...' sections. Fact: this is just a LITTLE bit exciting!

Posted by: Annie at May 23, 2004 11:07 AM

Holy sheeps...it's actually coming...it's preordered, now all I have to do is camp out by my mailbox...

Posted by: Winona at May 23, 2004 01:18 PM

I was going to say "best of luck" on the sale of your book but you obviously don't NEED luck. I'm looking forward to reading it along with the thousands of other folks who are by your virtual side.


Posted by: Larry at May 23, 2004 02:58 PM

you're a babe, but come on! that photo out of all the photos of you in the world??

love the book dood, proud as punch x

Posted by: becks at May 23, 2004 04:22 PM

wooh, cool!

I shall have to snag a copy to put next to Walter Konig's "Warped Factor" on ye olde shelf. (I totally just misspelled his name, didn't I? I'm not wearing my glasses and I don't want to walk across the room and read the book spine).

So you hittin' up DC for a book signing? Hot as hell here, I'd advise waiting until it cools down and all the tacky tourists bounce out. They had stuff in the Smithsonian Air and Space museum about you last time I checked.

...ok, it was about Star Trek, but you were definetely mentioned. So you should come to DC and sign my copy of your book.

Posted by: Annalee at May 23, 2004 05:01 PM

Somewhere in the last few blog entries, you went *squee* over the person who was writing the introduction to the book, but didn't name names.

The person in question mentioned that he really ought to be finishing that up soon on his own blog.

It just rocks so damn much when two of my favorite writers on the planet get together.

Congrats on the book. I'll be pre-ordering as soon as I find my credit card...

Posted by: Shannon S at May 23, 2004 07:05 PM

I've been waiting for a few days for my computer to get its act together so I can see that cover. RAWK!!!! it's on my wishlist of things to buy when I get out of China and maybe even have a credit card again!!

Posted by: Nicci at May 23, 2004 08:20 PM

Woot!! Name above the title. Go Uncle Willy!!!

Posted by: jkatj at May 23, 2004 09:15 PM


I'm with Colleen S! Come East! You could do two cities, two days, one name! Niagara Falls is becoming the Vegas of the East! Not to mention the huge contingent of geeks out here. Come on, with all the snow, what else are people going to do?

Wow. I need to go lie down...

Posted by: Cara Ewell Hodkin at May 24, 2004 04:36 AM

Wow! What a great cover...very intense.

Posted by: Ness at May 24, 2004 06:41 AM

Wil - that rocks the Casbah, man. I can't imagine how overwhelmed you must be right now. Congratulations!

And Neil Gaiman wrote the intro...?! That just could not be cooler.

Just curious - have you/O'Reilly talked to Mysterious Galaxy about doing a San Diego signing there? It'd be so much cooler to see you promote it there than at some random chain bookstore (it's also Neil's bookstore of choice in our city, after all...).

Posted by: Tracy at May 24, 2004 10:07 AM

OMG, that is so fucking awesome! Just when I get to the point where you're just okay this comes out and I've got a crush on you all over again. I SO can't wait to read JAG, congrats to you, Wil!

Posted by: Lawless1 at May 24, 2004 10:46 AM


Very very cool.

Posted by: Sharfa at May 24, 2004 11:04 AM

The book is a mover. I wish I'd checked this list yesterday:


#8th best mover, up 444%. Probably would've been #1 yesterday. I wish my stocks would do that.

Posted by: wilhelm at May 24, 2004 01:42 PM

Very Cool!

Posted by: Beckie at May 24, 2004 01:47 PM

Congrats Wil! :D

*runs off to preorder*

Posted by: UsYr Illus at May 25, 2004 09:58 AM

Great cover, plain and simple, nice picture.

The question I have is: Where's this double chin you sometimes bitch about?

I'm thinking this double chin is myth.

Can't wait to read the book!

Posted by: Jessica at May 25, 2004 11:07 AM

Congrats, Wil! Great photo - you're so dreamy!

I want the book now now now.

Posted by: Kate at May 25, 2004 05:29 PM

The image has been added to the second half of the interview (which is in the copy editing phase right now) and will be added to my review of it (which will be live on June 1).

But of course I'm going to get a copy of my own, oh yes, precious. Now if I could only get you to come out to New York to sign it...

Posted by: Trisha Lynn at May 25, 2004 06:41 PM

Wow, you have beautiful eyes. *sigh*

Posted by: Lesley at May 25, 2004 11:56 PM

i just ordered both books! this is so awesome!
look at you! all authoring n' shit!
rock on rock star!

Posted by: maria at May 26, 2004 05:04 AM

50,000 monkeys at 50,000 typewriters plus one man with writing talent....the formula for a cooly book.....YAY WIL-BUR!!!!!!!
Can't wait fer youse to visit Seattle fer book-signin' and such.....

Posted by: pilch at May 26, 2004 07:20 AM

Great cover! Takes guts to put your face Right Up Front.
Ya look good buhbie.

Posted by: M. Douglas Wray at May 26, 2004 02:34 PM

You know, you were right about the photo. It's top notch. Be proud, you deserve it.

Posted by: Brad at May 26, 2004 06:26 PM

I guess I've got to be the one to say it...didn't anyone else notice who the lad looks like in this picture? All I'm gonna say is that when they cast "Star Trek: The Early Years" I know who's getting tapped for a certain young Ensign, later captain of the Enterprise 1701 no bloody A, B, C, D, E or F!

Let the flames begin!
[he ducks and runs...]


Posted by: Mal the Elder at May 27, 2004 01:19 PM

I loved your book. It's one of my favorites.

Posted by: Gerry at August 28, 2004 11:41 AM
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