The Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows book launch last week was a bigger success than I could have imagined!! Thank you immensely to everyone who made it out. I was so flattered and happy to see all those people–family, friends, RainTown peeps, Ooliganers, and even former bosses and strangers–crammed into Green Bean Books for the event. The reading went well, I didn’t drop any swear bombs, and I even avoided stabbing anyone with my sword! Between almost selling out of both cases of hardback and paperback and knowing people are actually out there reading the book, it’s all very surreal.
Not to crush anyone’s dreams that they got a limited edition copy last week, but I’ve been told the books will be available in stores soon. I’ll be sure to post its locations soon so they’ll be easy to find. (It’ll be easy to find me, then, too; I’ll be the one wandering down the J aisle in Powells’ middle-grade fiction section, idly touching the book spine or obsessively facing it out. I might even put on a beard and pretend to work there until at least January.)
Also, about the same time the books arrive in the stores, I’ll have copies on hand as well. If you’re interested in ordering an author-inscribed copy directly from me for the holidays (which, purportedly, can make the copy very desirable to collectors), feel free to stop me on the street, at Powells, or send me an email. If you’re looking for something extra-special for the co-workers/neighbors/paper boy, I can even include some cool Spart swag while supplies last (tattoos, clown noses, even a rubber chicken). Note that I do recommend that each giftee get their own personalized copy so there’s no fighting.
P.S. I have a book talk scheduled next week, for Nov. 7th at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. I’ll be discussing the writing and publishing process, plus answering questions and signing books–if you’re in the area, stop by and ask me something easy. Find out more.