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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-06 09:13
Subject: [books] Sometimes it's just fun to be a writer
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Tags:books, child, fun, green, publishing, travel
On our way out of Portland yesterday, [info]the_child and I stopped at the airport Powell's, as I am wont to do when I have time and they are open. (Doesn't work out when I'm taking those 6 am flights.) Powell's actually has three outlets in PDX, we were in the concourse D store.

I was extremely pleased to see the Green trade paperback positioned nicely on the front display table with a swell shelf-talker.

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The shelf talker its own self

Also as is my wont, I checked with the booksellers about signing stock. A reasonable amount of excitement ensued. Booksellers Tony and Dianah were quite enthusiastic about me being in the store, and fetched stock from the other locations, plus Tony's personal copy of the Green hardback for me to autograph.

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Photo courtesy of a passing book patron

Happy people selling good books, some of which are mine. It doesn't get much better than that. Times like this, when I am being welcomed by booksellers and readers, really are part of why it's so much fun to be a writer.




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mlerules: hat for tea
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-05-06 16:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:hat for tea
SWEET!
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Jay Faulkner
User: jayphoenix
Date: 2011-05-06 16:52 (UTC)
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That must be a very cool experience indeed.

I have to say that I think that you have just given me an answer to the question, 'why do you write?' ... as my stock in trade one: 'because the stories are inside' doesn't seem to be enough for some people :)

With your permission I'm going to start saying: 'Happy people selling good books, some of which are mine, to happy people reading good books, some of which are mine' ... I don't think that there would be anything better than that!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-06 17:38 (UTC)
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Go for it!
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jakobdrud: Flower
User: jakobdrud
Date: 2011-05-06 19:24 (UTC)
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Keyword:Flower
Yay on the bookstore for writing up that kind of review! I've never seen that in a Danish bookshop, even though the clerks in some shops seem to know these things by heart.
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W. Lotus: Peaceful
User: wlotus
Date: 2011-05-06 20:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Peaceful
Now THAT is what I call fun, both for you and for the surprised bookellers!
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oaksylph
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-05-09 01:21 (UTC)
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Nudge nudge.

Omaha is only four hours from Iowa City.

And the crew and I are really happy.

Also Pat Rothfuss drew a crowd of 120 here on one week's notice. And the 120 were really, really happy.

Next time Day Jobbery sends you to cornsville, yo....
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-09 13:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Eight hour round trip driving + time in store makes for a mighty long day...

I will (probably) be back in Omaha one more time this year, the week of July 4th. When I have a handle on the exact timing, I'll let you know if something is possible.
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oaksylph
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-05-09 23:26 (UTC)
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Yes, logistics are probably against the idea. Just know how welcome you would be, Mr. Author of Particular Popularity Here.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-17 22:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am going to be in Omaha the week of July 4th...let me see if something can be arranged.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2011-05-09 15:38 (UTC)
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I am particularly struck by the self-referential typo ('quite enthusiastic about me being in the story').
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