Hey, I'm back from the tour--thanks for all of the recent
posts. It was great seeing some Rara-Avians on the road,
including Bill Crider in Houston and Kevin, Aldo, and T.L.
Lankford in Thousand Oaks. Charlie, Al got it right I picked
Freezer Burn as my favorite of Lansdale's books (though it's
hard to choose a favorite) Ron, thanks for the info re trying
to get LIGHTS OUT at Border's. It's kind of out of the
control of the author (and to some extent the publisher) as
to how books are distributed within the chains. I will say
that BN and Border's took healthy amounts of LIGHTS OUT and a
number of Border's I've been in are carrying the book (it's
possible Border's distribution is regional though) The book
should be in most, if not all BN's though (if you're looking
for it there and they don't have it please go ahead and order
it). You can also find the book at independent bookstores,
and many mystery bookstores now have signed copies....I have
to admit it's strange though that my book wouldn't be carried
at a U.S. Border's, when in Australia--where I was
recently--ALL of the Border's had my books. OK, re the "that
kind of book" comment, maybe the guy was just busting chops?
I mean, he was smiling the whole time, and afterward he had a
copy of the ARC AND the official book to sign and he said
he'd just read it, so I don't think he was truly
anti-hardboiled (the horror, the horror). That said, he did
suggest that dark novels not be allowed in bookstores and I
said "The I guess we should get all of the Thompson, Cain and
Highsmith out of the store too." J www.jasonstarr.com
firstname.lastname@example.org, Kevin Burton Smith
> On Oct 6, 2006, at 12:24 AM, Ron wrote:
> > I went to Borders last night to pick up a copy, and they didn't
> > have any in
> > stock. I asked the counterperson if they had any on order, and
> > said no
> > ("...but we could order you a copy if you'd like.").
> > to say
> > the least, from both my and Jason's perspective. Hopefully my
> > store is more
> > the exception than the rule when it comes to this chain and
> > apparent
> > disinterest in LIGHTS OUT.
> Or maybe they sold out already. You're making a really big jump to
> possibly dubious conclusion.
> It's impossible for any store, big or small, despite the best of
> intentions, to stock EVERYTHING. Our local B&N has several copies
> Jason's book, for example, but that doesn't mean every store in
> chain will. Or will have it in stock when a customer wants it.
> Don't ever shrug off ordering a book. It doesn't cost any more,
> it usually only takes a few days (unless it's a rare book or a
> store), and ordering a book tells someone somewhere that people do
> want that book. Always a good thing.
> > Hitting B&N today...hope my luck's better.
> Well, I got mine at MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR in Thousand Oaks and had
> signed by the man himself, although the highlight had to be the
> who wandered in and wondered whether "that kind" of book should be
> sold in a mystery bookstore.
> I tell ya, the Rare-Birds in attendance had a good time with that
> Any comments about "that kind" of book, guys?
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