Friday, February 29, 2008

Whoa. I Leave in Two Days.

First, sorry I didn't post yesterday like promised. It's been crazy busy in these here parts. Thanks for all the nice comments and emails about the Borders thing.

Second, it finally hit me this morning. I woke up with a big monstrous butterfly trying to rip itself out of my stomach. It's here. It's really here. For well over a year I've been looking forward to this, aching for the day to come. Now that's it's here, I'm skeered. Really skeered. If any of you people live in Virgina, Georgia, Arizona, or Utah, please do me a favor and don't let my 2 week kick-off tour suck. Thanks.

If you don't live there, don't worry. I'm visiting several more cities in the weeks following. Details to come.

The full signing schedule for the first 2 weeks is up at Go there and then click on the menu and then Tour Dates. (it's a weird flash thingy so I can't give you a direct link) I'm also visiting a ton of schools, but I don't know if that's really information I'm allowed to share. It's not like anybody can just show up at a school and visit with me. I'll have to ask my publisher about that.

But for now, please just come to the signings. Every single person who comes gets a free poster, and there will be drawings for 13th Reality T-shirts. (they're really cool)

Meanwhile, there's a couple of interviews with me that are up if you're interested. I have to warn you, in the audio one, I sound like a very depressed person who hates children. I attribute it to nerves, but my wife promises me that everyone despises the sound of their own voice.

Here's a blog interview, thanks to Kaleb Nation: CLICK HERE

And here's the audio one, thanks to David Ewen and Blog Talk Radio: CLICK HERE

Well, I don't know what else to say. It's go time. This book is either going to sell, or it's not going to sell. I'm rooting for the first option. I'm going to try really hard to post each and every day of the tour, and give you guys an inside peek of what it's like. I'll share every detail, no matter how excruciating. Or wonderful.

Final note: Please don't forget to participate in the 13th Reality Charity Drive. It's very simple. If anyone buys a book between now and March 9th, all you have to do is leave us a comment of the details on any post and I will donate the full royalty for that book to a charity designated by the ONE campaign to eliminate worldwide poverty. You can also pledge to join me if you so wish. Read the full details: CLICK HERE. Please spread the word.

Next stop, the Change the World Tour. The theme: Smart Enough, Brave Enough. The goal: Convince kids that they have the power and courage within them to make the world a better place. (And, of course, to sell books.) As Simon Cowell would say, off ya go.


Worldbuilder Robin said...

Wait, you're rooting for it NOT to sell?!?

I think you mean that you're rooting for the former, not the latter (meaning the first of the two options [former] and not the second [latter]).

I'm rooting for the former, too.

James Dashner said...

HaHa. You're right Robin! Once again I've proven my claim that I'm an idiot.

It's changed now, so no one will know what we're talking about. :-)

Luisa Perkins said...

Dude, don't be skeered!

*Chanting* New York, New York, New York....

Irish said...

As a representative of your unofficially official LT fan club...we all wish you luck. The unofficially official president elbakerone has proposed hosting a kick off party in the GD on the 3rd, so if your not too busy basking in glow of your book tour engagements be sure to stop by for the cheese!

Unknown said...

You can do it, James! And I'm looking forward to those excruciating... I mean exciting... updates. (It's just jealousy talking. Pure and simple.) I'm rooting for ya'

James Dashner said...

Luisa, fear not. I'm sure I'll be going to New York sometime this year.

Jaime, if it's excruciating, I'll blame you.

Irish, I'm loving you guys over at LT. Folks, we have the first official rumblings of an unofficial fan club! Seven members strong and growing!

Sara Z. said...

Thanks again for coming to B&N last night.

Remember: Say the serenity prayer every day. And HAVE FUN!

Anonymous said...

Best of fortune on the tour, James. I'll get to you on the charitable event next week. For now, off to battle. Come back in victory, or come back on your shield. (You saw 300, right?) I'm betting they won't carry you back.

Annie Bailey said...

Good luck James! I'll be cheering for you!

Macotar said...

Have no fear, you are already a success. Remember, the book tour is to increase your exposure. Don't be disappointed at slow showings. Just remember, how many signings have YOU been to? (I know yours will be my first)

Heinz57 said...

If it makes you feel any better, we are really excited to finally meet you here in Virginia! You don't have a thing to be "skeered" about - the kids are really pumped to learn more about you & your work.

LaFemmeSimple said...

I'm SO going to B&N tomorrow James and buying a book..even though you owe me a free one :D THAT is how much I love you. :D

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