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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-01-03 21:10
Subject: [books] Green's in the mail
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Tags:books, child, funny, green, personal, publishing
Spent a couple of hours this evening packaging up the Green ARC to go out to my mailing list, plus recent winners goulo and klingonguy. Then the_child and I hied off through the freezing fog to the airport post office under the theory that it's less anti-social to go through the line with fifty packages on Saturday night at a commercial mail handling facility than it is on Monday morning at the neighborhood postal station. (I wish more of my fellow postal customers thought this way.)

My attempt at public-spirited behavior was moot, as it happened — one window open, over twenty people in line. We waited half an hour to get to the window, then we tied it up for almost another half an hour what with all the international bits.

The resulting receipt was almost $200, and nearly as long as the_child is tall.

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Her reaction? I quote, "Isn't your publisher supposed to put some money into this?"

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal: book freak
User: summers_place
Date: 2009-01-04 05:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:book freak
Heheh! She's quite a kid.
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calendula_witch: Green
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2009-01-04 05:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Green
Hahah! That was pretty much my comment too, when I read about your travails.
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Jay Lake: writing-Green
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-01-04 05:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:writing-Green
*You* know better... :p
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martyn44
User: martyn44
Date: 2009-01-04 11:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
'Tis a wise child. Maybe she should grow up into Moistn von Lipwig.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-01-04 14:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I did explain that to her...
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J.K.Richárd
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2009-01-04 15:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"The World According to The_Child" edited by Jay Lake.
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-01-04 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll happily reimburse you for the postage for my win.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-01-04 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You were not expensive, sir...but thank you.
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User: barbhendee
Date: 2009-01-04 15:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, Jay, as I was reading this, I started getting a funny feeling in my stomach--like I've really missed the boat on something very important.

J.C. and I have never sent an ARC to be reviewed--ever. I didn't know that we should.

Susan's assistant normally sends us two ARCs, so I assumed she was sending them as little novelty items, and I always give the second one to my brother as a present.

You know me, and you know I'm just awful at the promotion side of things, but I'm trying to get better.

Should I request more ARCs and be sending out numerous review copies?
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Jay Lake: writing-Green
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-01-04 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:writing-Green
With your career, it hardly matters. You've got a reader base that's at least an order of magnitude bigger than mine.

In my case, Tor sends several hundred ARCs out for me to the major reviewers and markets. I have a mailing list about 100 names long of SMOFs, bloggers, booksellers, etc. whom I send ARCs to, at least until I run out of ARCs to send. That's to build some buzz and impact for the book through word-of-mouth. I also keep back 10 or 15 to use as blog giveaways, charity auction items at Cons, etc. It's street-level promotion.
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User: barbhendee
Date: 2009-01-04 15:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Okay, thanks. I really admire how good you are at this stuff. One of these days, we're going to have to sit and down and have a discussion about promotion.

I even find doing readings to be so daunting that we only do maybe two a year--but I know there is a lot of other stuff I could be doing. And you're both intelligent about it and good at it.

Edited at 2009-01-04 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-01-04 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not sure what I have to teach you guys about promotion, but it's a conversation I'd be happy to engage in.
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