Saturday, February 23, 2008

Spot the 13

Well, we have an interesting problem. Of course, it's not really a problem, but it is interesting.

You see, I'm not big enough yet. Evidently my name doesn't have enough cred to establish a hard street date for the release of a book. In other words, everyone is ignoring the street date requested by my publisher. Oh well. I can think of 1,365,976,345,156 worse problems.

Imagine my surprise when I got an email yesterday from a friend saying her book had arrived in the mail. And then another. And then another. I said, "huh?" How could this be? The release date isn't until March 3rd. But then someone saw it in a bookstore. I said, "huh?"

Then here's the real kicker. I won't go into details, but one bookstore lady fought with another bookstore lady in the same city because the one put it on display and the other had been told not to. I found this quite hilarious. People are fighting over my book. This is a wonderful and beautiful thing.

Anyway, the buzz is strong and presales exceeded everyone's expectations. Barnes and Noble already ordered more for their stores before it even came out. That can't be a bad thing.

So please, I'd love to hear from you guys. If any of you see it in a store, or received one in the mail, pop over here and let us know at The Dashner Dude. Be sure and tell us where you are and where you saw it. However, on behalf of my publisher, I have to ask this: don't buy it until March 3rd. :-)

Speaking of that, don't forget the 13th Reality Charity Drive: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

FOR THOSE OF YOU IN VIRGINIA: The date of the booksigning has been changed to March 3rd, not March 4th. Please come see me! I hope to post the full Change the World Tour Schedule on Monday, at least for the first 2 weeks. The one I posted a couple of weeks ago is mostly the same, but there have been additions.

And those in Utah, I especially want you to come see me at The King's English bookstore on March 18th at 7:00 pm. All my other signings are associated with school visits, and should have really big crowds. So it might be a little more personal at TKE. Plus, I'm doing a discussion and a reading. And, of course, free posters to everyone who comes!

Well, that's about it for now. Have a great Saturday.


Rachelle Christensen said...

I'm curious what is the dollar amount you were talking about earlier that could feed a child in Kenya for a full year. Maybe some of us would like to pledge for that amount.
I think this is a really cool thing you're doing!

James Dashner said...

Hi Rachelle, thanks for asking. I've been told by the charity that $50 will feed a child in Kenya for one year. Pretty amazing.

I think any amount would be just great. Even if people gave $25, it would only take two to feed a child for a year. (yes, my math skills are quite advanced)

Enna Isilee said...

Heh. I'm feeling quite sheepish now. I just finished 13th Reality last night. But if my librarian is to be believed it's your fault because you were the one who gave her the book (or so she says).

But I really liked it!

James Dashner said...

Enna, I'm glad you liked it!

I'm guessing you had an advanced copy. Was it a paperback? If it was the hardback, hmm.

Anyway, who cares! I'm just happy you enjoyed it.

Enna Isilee said...

Nope. It was full fledged hardback, complete with a plastic cover and library bar code.

Suey said...

We saw it at Deseret Book in American Fork on Friday night when we were standing in the 2 1/2 hour line for Brandon Mull to sign our Fablehaven copy. But... we didn't buy it.... though we were very tempted...because you weren't there to sign it!! I looked at it and thought..."but wait... isn't this supposed to be out NEXT week?" I guess I wasn't as crazy as I thought.

I still plan on buying it though, just so you know. My son is very much looking forward to it.

Rachelle Christensen said...

I just gave you a little award over at my blog.
No it's not a sissy award, but that would be fun too. And if you don't know what I'm talking about you better check out the comments trail by Jeff over at LDSPublisher. :)