So, back from the micro-mini book tour!
It was lovely to see so many happy faces, to have a chance to chat, to read, and, of course, to sign books.
We want to thank Maria Perry, Patty Cryan, and Brian for hosting us. You guys rock!
Frequent auditors of this journal will recall that I have long had a love affair with socks.
When packing for the overnight in Wocester, I forgot to pack socks, which I’ve never done before (my default being to pack too many socks); I briefly panicked; and Steve offered to lend his spare pair to the cause. Fortunately, there was a strip mall right across the street from our hotel, where we paused to eat a very pleasant lunch at Jasmine, then proceeded to the end of the mall and the TJ Maxx.
Where I found socks! Even, dare I say it, socks that coincided with my Sock Ethic. One pair was black with white splotches; the other pair had block prints of purple, yellow, and blue-and-white stripe on the foot part, and skinny yellow, pink, red, blue, green strips running up the calf. I purchased these with glee; the cashier agreed that they were very spiffy socks and!
When I got back to the hotel and actually looked at my receipt, I find that the socks were “men’s furnishings”. Really? The label says they are Happy Socks, created in Finland, so if anyone reading here is suffering from Sock Ennui, you might want to check them out.
Thanks to everyone who replied to the Buy My Book post in the various venues, and in email. Many notes were supportive; a few folks, naturally enough, want to argue, which is kind of too bad, and I wish them a long life.
Which brings up another topic.
You will perhaps recall that, back in March, Belle and I had a bet about eArc sales for Alliance of Equals. I said we could sell more than 500; Belle took leave to doubt it. On the other paw, Sprite was of the opinion that we could earn out our advance on eArc sales.
I am pleased to announce that I won both of those bets. We hear that we sold more than three times that 500 copies Belle thought we couldn’t manage, but! we didn’t earn out the advance.
It’s always gratifying to win a bet, of course, but both Belle and Sprite pay in kibble.
To those who bought eArcs — thank you so much!
Which brings up another idea — possibly half-baked.
I’m told that benefit accrues to titles on Amazon that gain certain numbers of reader reviews. At the moment, the various levels escape me (maybe someone who has Google-fu and a couple minutes can find that information…). The last couple Liaden books received 106, 88, and 163 reader reviews, respectively. It would be Very Cool if Alliance could hit 200 reader reviews. Note: These are honest reviews, not just one-liner, filler reviews, like “I really like this book.”
Do you think we can do it? We beat Belle, after all, and she’s Pretty Shrewd.
For those who missed the news, Steve and I did an interview on the Baen Free Radio Hour. It aired Friday. Here’s your link.
Today, now that we’re home, I have accounts to do, and laundry to wash. Steve and I need to go over the story notes I made before we headed off into the world. And so on.
What did y’all do while we were away?
Many thanks to William Kilmer for the photograph from our signing at Annie’s Book Stop, Friday, July 9, 2016.