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My thanks to Maria Perry of Flights of Fantasy bookstore in Albany and the folks of LASTSFA for hosting such a great booksigning yesterday. The room was packed, our three authors gave great readings, and Joshua and I talked about cage match wrestling the editorial process. At the end we signed stacks of books for customers, which is a lovely way to end any signing.

Alas, due to the long drive home, I couldn't stay for the dinner afterwards that LASTSFA hosted, but I'm sure they had a blast.

If you couldn't make it and would like a signed copy of THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, there were four or five copies left over, so you'll want to head over soon.
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Yesterday five of the Ur-bar authors descended upon Flights of Fantasy where Maria Perry, her staff and the folks of LASTSFA treated us wonderfully. What author wouldn't like a signing where pizza, snacks, wine, beer and mead were provided?

Benjamin Tate, S.C. Butler, Avery Shade, Jackie Kessler and myself each read excerpts from our stories. Then Joshua Palmatier (who'd hitched a ride with Benjamin) and I talked about the process of putting together the anthology, while the authors shared their perspectives on what it was like to work with us (group consensus was that Benjamin is a prima donna.)

A good time was had by all, then it was time to pile in the car and head back home. But not before signing copies for stock, so if you'd like a copy of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR signed by all six of us, drop by the store or visit their website at www.fof.net. Flights of Fantasy also has autographed copies of our other books, including hard to find titles.
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Joshua Palmatier, Avery Shade, Jackie Kessler, S.C. Butler and myself will be at Flights of Fantasy in Albany on Sunday, reading and signing from AFTER HOURS: Tales from the Ur-Bar. The start time is at 3PM.
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We'll achieve critical mass this afternoon when five Ur-Bar authors descend upon the Barnes & Noble in Vestal, NY for a signing. It's going to be tons of fun so if you're in the area be sure to stop by. Most stores only manage one or two authors, having five in captivity makes this event something you don't want to miss.

We'll be there from 1PM to 4PM today (March 5th).
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What could be better than an autographed book? How about a book personally autographed and gift-wrapped by one of your favorite authors?

In conjunction with the Magnificent Seven's* final booksigning at the Waldenbooks in Johnson City, NY, the store manager has graciously volunteered to take orders from anyone who can't make it to the signing. You can have your purchases shipped for free to your local Waldenbooks or to your home. Click here for details.

If you're in the area, please join us on December 5th for the signing. If you can't make it but would like to order autographed books to be shipped to you, you must contact April to reserve your copies by this Saturday (11/28). Let her know if you want your books wrapped-- I am supplying wrapping paper, but will likely not be personally wrapping gifts due to my insistence that the correct ratio of paper to tape is 1:1, and the correspondingly high probability that I'd accidentally tape myself to the book.

*The Magnificent Seven are: Patricia Bray, S.C. Butler, Barbara Campbell, Laura Anne Gilman, Jackie Kessler, Joshua Palmatier and Anton Strout.
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So, seven authors walk into a bookstore, in this case the Barnes & Noble in Ledgewood, New Jersey.

If you go in to New Jersey today, you'd better not go alone. Or without provisions. )
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It's hunting season in New Jersey, and the best place to catch a wild author will be at Barnes & Noble in Ledgewood, New Jersey.

Magnificent Seven Signing
Saturday, November 7th, 2009, Noon-4pm
Barnes & Noble
Ledgewood Mall
375 Route 10 E
Ledgewood, NJ 07852
973-252-9300

Featuring wild things: Anton Strout, Barbara Campbell, Jackie Kessler, Joshua Palmatier, Laura Anne Gilman, Patricia Bray and S.C. Butler.

If you're in the area, drop by and say "Hi!"
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Today's mass signing in Poughkeepsie went well, despite Barbara Campbell's mysterious unfortunate absence. The local SF/F writers group showed up en masse, and I discovered a soulmate in Cassie, who shares my admiration for Optimus Prime and a love of forensics.

Store manager Mike Jensen and his staff were great. Traffic in the store was light, in part due to the beautiful weather outside, but we each sold enough books to qualify as a success. All in all a good day, but I'm glad to be home.
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Poughkeepsie-- nearly as famous as Schenectady for generating ideas. This weekend we'll be heading there for a combination booksigning/idea harvest festival.

MULTI-AUTHOR SIGNING!

September 26th, 2009, 1PM to 4PM
Barnes & Noble
2518 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Featuring four of the gang of seven:
Patricia Bray, Barbara Campbell, Joshua Palmatier, Anton Strout.

If you're in the area, drop by and say "Hi!"
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Saturday's signing was a success any way you measure it. A fun crowd of fellow authors, wonderfully supportive and enthusiastic crew from Waldenbooks, we sold a respectable number of books, raised money for a good cause and then most of us got to hang out at the Lost Dog afterwards.


April Steenburgh (store manager) plus S.C. Butler, Anton Strout, Joshua Palmatier, Jackie Kessler, Barbara Campbell, Patricia Bray and Laura Anne Gilman.

Note the unintentionally hilarious arrangement as April is on the New Age side, while Joshua and I are firmly classified as Young Adults.

Click here for more photos )

And if you couldn't make it to the signing, [livejournal.com profile] fireun has signed stock from all of us, just hop over to her LJ and comment with your wishlist.
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It keeps her from eating the rest of the box.



Me at today's mass signing

Suffice it to say that a good time was had by all, many books were sold, money was raised for the Animal Care Council, and [livejournal.com profile] fireun and her staff were awesome.

More photos and details to be posted later, when the retcon wears off.
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On Saturday, June 20th, beginning at 1:00 PM, Waldenbooks and the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, New York, will present an afternoon of fun and magic as seven popular authors join together to meet readers and sign copies of their books.

Joining local authors Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier will be S.C. Butler, Barbara Campbell, Laura Anne Gilman, Jackie Kessler and Anton Strout. Between them they've written dozens of books, ranging from paranormal romance to epic fantasy, young adult to gritty urban fantasy, lighthearted comedies to tales of high adventure, ensuring there will be something there for everyone.

The event will run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, on Saturday, June 20th, in the center court of the Oakdale Mall. Those who are not able to make it to the signing may order autographed copies by calling Waldenbooks at 607-798-7452 and ask for store manager April Steenburgh or e-mail her: asteenbu AT bordersstores DOT com. For more information, see the online flyer with author bios.

There will be fun! There will be books! There will be chocolate! There will be the awesomeness of hanging out with cool people who happen to write books!

We will be raffling off something (probably not jpsorrow but you never know.)

There will not be fire or bladed weapons (mall security blanched at my suggestions to liven up the event, and since the police substation is a mere 100 yards from center court it was decided that this weekend is probably not the best time for me to investigate local arrest and booking procedures. Probably.)

But it's sure to be a great time, so if you're in the area stop by to say "Hi!" And check to see if any of us need help making bail.
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On Saturday, June 20th, beginning at 1:00 PM, Waldenbooks and the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, New York, will present an afternoon of fun and magic as seven popular authors join together to meet readers and sign copies of their books.

Joining local authors Patricia Bray [livejournal.com profile] pbray and Joshua Palmatier [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow will be S.C. Butler [livejournal.com profile] scbutler, Barbara Campbell, Laura Anne Gilman [livejournal.com profile] suricattus, Jackie Kessler [livejournal.com profile] jackiekessler and Anton Strout [livejournal.com profile] antonstrout. Between them they've written dozens of books, ranging from paranormal romance to epic fantasy, young adult to gritty urban fantasy, lighthearted comedies to tales of high adventure, ensuring there will be something there for everyone.

The event will run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, on Saturday, June 20th, in the center court of the Oakdale Mall. Those who are not able to make it to the signing may order autographed copies by calling Waldenbooks at 607-798-7452 and ask for store manager April Steenburgh or e-mail her: asteenbu AT bordersstores DOT com. For more information, see the online flyer with author bios.

There will be fun! There will be books! There will be chocolate! There will be the awesomeness of hanging out with cool people who happen to write books!

We will be raffling off something (probably not [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow but you never know.)

There will not be fire or bladed weapons (mall security blanched at my suggestions to liven up the event, and since the police substation is a mere 100 yards from center court it was decided that this weekend is probably not the best time for me to investigate local arrest and booking procedures. Probably.)

But it's sure to be a great time, so if you're in the area stop by to say "Hi!" And check to see if any of us need help making bail.
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On Saturday June 20th, seven talented authors will invade the center court of the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, New York. Rumors that we will arrange our signing tables in a septagram and chant invocations to the Elder Gods while [livejournal.com profile] fireun and [livejournal.com profile] libwitch demonstrate firespinning in the center of the formation, are, well, almost certainly rumors.*

But for those folks who like facts, here's the stuff that's true:

SIGNING
June 20th, 2009, 1PM - 4PM
Center Court at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY.

List of Guests:
Anton Strout [livejournal.com profile] antonstrout
Joshua Palmatier [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow
Jackie Kessler [livejournal.com profile] jackiekessler
Laura Anne Gilman [livejournal.com profile] suricattus
Barbara Campbell
S.C. Butler [livejournal.com profile] scbutler
Patricia Bray [livejournal.com profile] pbray


Description shamelessly stolen from [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow's blog
We should have a rocking good time there, because most of us will be imbibing beforehand, and we all know how that goes. Tell your friends! It would so awesome if we all completely sold out of books at this event. Expect a heightening of tension and an increase in announcements as the event draws near. And keep in mind, if you don't live near Binghamton, NY, but would like signed copies, you can contact Waldenbooks at (607) 798-7452 and arrange to have them signed for you at the event and mailed to you. We aim to please. Just think, you could get signed copies of at least book 1 of our series from ALL OF US. Imagine what joy you'd get upon receiving that box on your doorstep.

*I'm fairly certain that the mall's insurance policy won't allow this. But if it did, it would be awesome.
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Blinking my eyes and seeing daylight now that February is over. (Yes, I know the calendar says March 11th, but for those of us lucky enough to support corporate financial systems here at Megacorp, February ended at noon today, with the last of the database runs.)

I've been remiss in reporting on Saturday's booksigning at Between Books in Claymont, Delaware, so here goes.

Bright and early Saturday morning I picked up [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow and we headed down to Delaware. Arriving in plenty of time due to judicious use of the accelerator pedal, we scoped out the location of the store and then backtracked to the Claymont Steak Shop to grab lunch. As we walked in, who should we see but fellow signer [livejournal.com profile] scbutler, who'd also succumbed to the lure of a good cheese steak sandwich. Since our last suspicious encounter with [livejournal.com profile] scbutler at a gas pump on the MassPike, he's taken to searching himself and his vehicle at regular intervals, but has yet to find the locator beacon.

We then went to the bookstore where we met up with Barbara Campbell, and our host Greg Schauer. Greg and his staff were fabulous hosts, not only did they have prodigious piles of our books ready to be signed, but there was a cake with our bookcovers on it! This was a first for me, and we spent much time admiring it.

Despite the gorgeous and unseasonably warm weather, a good sized crowd collected, and we discussed our books, our varied approaches to the writing process, and tried to get dirt on Barbara from her sisters who were in the audience. After about an hour we moved on to the all important cake eating part of the program, as well as autographing and getting a chance to chat one on one with folks, including [livejournal.com profile] elven_wolf and [livejournal.com profile] kurizumaru who'd driven in from Harrisburg.

After the signing was over I was tempted to just roam around Between Books--their stock is amazing and I could have easily spent hours there. But the combination of a to-be-read stack that is in 3 digits and a 200 mile drive back home kept me from spending the time that the store deserved. I highly recommend it, and if you're ever in the area, it's worth a trip.
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On Saturday, March 7th, S.C. Butler ([livejournal.com profile] scbutler), Barbara Campbell, Joshua Palmatier ([livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow) and myself will be appearing at Between Books in Claymont, Delaware. I'm told that's near Wilmington, for the geographically challenged among us. We'll be there from 2PM till about 4PM, trading quips, backstabbing each other (hopefully we'll remember to use the collapsing daggers, otherwise it could get messy), and, oh yes, each of us will do a short reading, and then we'll sign copies of our books.

If you're in the area, be sure to stop by.
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Well that's a lie. We left it more or less intact.

Yesterday's signing at the Barnes & Noble in Hackensack went well-- S.C. Butler [livejournal.com profile] scbutler, Barbara Campbell and Daryl Gregory are all great fun to hang out, as is brain-friend Joshua Palmatier [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow.

Jill Fisch, the CRM, was very helpful, and didn't mind when we rearranged her store in order to make our selves and our books more visible. The store staff got into the spirit of the event, requisitioning their own souvenir lizards. The only glitch was the store's inability to get copies of some books :-( but fortunately we'd been alerted ahead of time so those authors brought their own copies to supplement the store stock.

Phil De Parto from the Bergen County Science Fiction Association helped coordinate the signing, and proved to be a wonderful shill as he directed incoming customers to meet the captive authors on display for one afternoon only.

After the signing, the five of us, plus Daryl's wife Kathy went out for drinks/dinner and then the drive home. Drive was uneventful, but long day as I got home twelve hours after I'd left.

And here we are Signing at Barnes & Noble in Hackensack on 1/24/09 from left to right, Joshua Palmatier, Patricia Bray, Barbara Campbell, S.C. Butler, and Daryl Gregory. Note that this was Barbara's camera, which explains why she is under the "Using Your Brain" sign.
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This Saturday, I'll be joining S.C. Butler, Barbara Campbell, Daryl Gregory and Joshua Palmatier for a multi-author booksigning in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Saturday, January 24th, from 2PM to 4PM
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
The Shops @ Riverside
187 Riverside Square
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-488-8037


If you're in the area, stop by and say Hi! There will be fun people. Plus chocolate. And lizards (assuming they don't escape during the drive...)
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When Irish eyes are smiling, run! Patricia Bray and friends at Waldenbooks, 1/17/09

Yesterday's signing at Waldenbooks was a blast. Store manager [livejournal.com profile] fireun and her staff outdid themselves, and fellow signees (signers?) [livejournal.com profile] scbutler, Barbara Campbell, and [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow were great fun to hang out with. Customers were already waiting as we were setting up, and for the first hour there wasn't even a lull to check our watches.

In addition to the pic I snarfed above for my first ever Lolcat, [livejournal.com profile] fireun has posted more photos on her LJ here.

Fox40 News stopped by to document the festivities. Alas when they were there I was so busy talking with customers that they didn't get a chance to interview me, but they did get a chance to talk to Joshua when he took a break to get more books.

We topped off the signing by a swing by Fat Cat Books so Sam and Barbara could sign books, and then dinner at the Lost Dog. All in all, a great day.
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Well, [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow and I survived yesterday's brush with fame as we appeared on the local 6PM news.

The good news is that the segment producer Frank Dirig and the anchor Steve Craig were both great, and the station promoed the heck out of Saturday's signing, with loving shots of book covers, and putting up the details front and center on the screen and then on their website.

On the other hand, I had a stunned-ox moment as the interview started off with questions that hadn't been anywhere in the pre-interview prep discussion, followed by random thoughts that sounded like I'd been replaced by one of those Turing test machines. Joshua, who had lost his voice and borrowed one from a nearby frog, came off better. Then again, Joshua is also the one who at the last second told Steve to start with me--next time I'm making Joshua go first.

Oh, yes, and we played the interview straight rather than going for YouTube fame.

That said, if you want to see local writers performing on live TV here's the link. Link now fixed! You have to wait through a commercial and a local news story before our interview is cued up.

And if you want to meet us in person, along with co-conspirators [livejournal.com profile] scbutler and Barbara Campbell, the place to be is Waldenbooks at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, NY, from 2PM till 4PM on Saturday (1/17).

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