Monday, March 30, 2009

I Love Amazing Booksellers & Contest Extension

I know. It's a no-brainer. Author loves amazing booksellers. But seriously. I really do. This weekend, I had a signing at the Exton Square Mall Borders Express, which was memorable for several reasons. (And thank goodness it was memorable, because I completely forgot my camera. Doh!) First off--I have never seen a Borders store quite like this one before. It is YA-friendly to the point of AWESOME. The amazing Michelle has staff pick notes and recommendations all over, and is so knowledgeable about books, I would have loved to talk to her for hours. The amount of YA, Manga and Children's books they carry was mind boggling compared to most other stores I know. Everyone who worked there was friendly and downright cool. (Though sadly, I didn't get to meet Laura--next time, Laura! I hope your cats have come out of hiding!) And then I got to meet some of the regular shoppers. Yes, Devon, Shannon & Steve--I mean you. We even had a group hug before I left. So, in every possible way, this store is inspiring. INSPIRING! If you ever get a chance to drop in and buy a book, do. You won't be disappointed. I'm coming to the end of my scheduled first round tour dates and I met some of the coolest and most enthusiastic booksellers EVER. Maybe I wasn't really aware of how booksellers do their jobs before. Maybe I wasn't aware of how much they love books or equally enthusiastic authors. Either way, I am just so impressed I needed to say so out loud. To Erica, Mark, Kerry, Rhonda, Sam & Todd, Rob & Harvey and Holly and Brandi and Melissa, Sibley, Dwayne and Michelle & Laura, and to those of you who I haven't met yet, but who have written to me about hand selling D100D (and how easy it is!!): THANK YOU FOR BEING SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT MY BOOK! I appreciate it more than I can show without yachts and skyscrapers and massive herds of livestock. I also need to shout out to my MADE OF PLANET-SIZED AWESOME PUBLICIST, Marissa, at Flux. Marissa--you ROCK. Thank you for everything you do for me. The last months working with you were a learning experience I will not soon forget! Skyscrapers and yachts, I tell you! Skyscrapers and yachts! Contest Extension News My poor contest. I admit--four entries is a new low for us here at Dog Fact #9. (A sign that I should go write a new book in April, maybe, and leave this place alone?) Sadly, I'm not going to extend it. I figure it's a bonus for entrants to have such little competition, and I'm going to be up to my ears in work this weekend. You still have 36 hours--I invite you to see what you come up with between now and then! And finally--a link on my sidebar to The A.S. King Omnibus Project. So far, I have the complete list of stories and a complete list of interviews and articles. Soon, I will add articles about writing and miscellaneous articles. See you on Wednesday!


Sara Raasch said...

That bookstore sounds amazing! I wanna tour!

Anonymous said...

I'm planning on entering the "bugs you" contest, but I'll be sneaking in under the wire.

By "A sign that I should go write a new book in April, maybe, and leave this place alone?" do you mean quit blogging to write a book? If so, I totally understand because blogging is fun, but also a time suck. But I would a little sad, UNTIL I read your new book. And then I would feel perfectly at peace with the world.

Steph Su said...

Oh man. Wish my local bookstores were that awesome as well! You're lucky. :)

Anonymous said...

Amy, I work with MIchelle, and I want to thank you for the wonderful comments about our bookstore! I'm sorry I wasn't able to come to your signing -- I hear it was awesome! All of our staff who met you loved you :-) (I myself was down with a bit of vertigo, which makes it feel like I'm on the rolling sea all the time). Anyway, thank you also for Dust of 100 Dogs -- it was great fun to read! And thanks for bringing such fun to our store
Gretchen L.

A.S. King said...

Gretchen -- you ROCK for stopping by Dog Fact #9! I will meet you next time.

Also--it's not hard to say nice things about your store. I really have never seen another chain store so personalized before and it was WONDERFUL!

EM - I saw you entered! Yay!