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A friend is working with a new house publicist on their 2014 book release. For obvious reasons I will not name either friend or publisher, but the marketing plan seems to have missed the point that this essay was meant in jest Our Marketing Plan by Ellis Weiner.
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A tad belated announcement that the newly designed patriciabray.com website is up and running. My thanks to Jennifer, the chief webdesigner at Page Rank Rocket who translated my rather vague requirements into a modern Wordpress-driven website.

My limited photography talents were put to the test, but those are indeed my photos on the banner, including the shot of my office and the back patio where I hang out in the warmer months. One of the biggest debates was whether the blogging shot should include a coffee cup or a glass of wine. Either is accurate depending on time of day, but the coffee mug photographed better.
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I feel I've been slacking a bit when it comes to promoting the release of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR. This fact was brought home to me at my dentist's this morning, as the cheerful hygenist announced "Joshua was just in here the other day and dropped off a postcard for your anthology." So yeah, Joshua gets major marketing promo points while I'm a slacker. A slacker with a cavity, no less. (My first in 30 years, but I digress.)

So for those who are anxiously awaiting March 1st and the release of the anthology, over on the [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar livejournal site Joshua Palmatier is posting a series of author inroductions. If you're not already subscribed to the blog, check it out.

There are a number of events planned to promo the book, including:

  • A signing at Barnes & Noble in Vestal, NY on March 5th

  • A signing at Flights of Fantasy bookstore Albany area, NY on March 13th

  • A release party at Lunacon on March 19th

  • A reading at Africa House in Endicott, NY on April 28th

More events will be announced here, or on the After Hours website.

Various authors and editors will also be free range this spring, making appearances at various conventions and booksignings. We'll publicize their appearances on [livejournal.com profile] afterhoursurbar as we confirm.
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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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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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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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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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Next week [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow and I will be interviewed for the local evening news, as we're promoting the booksigning on January 17th. We did this last year and played it fairly straight-- well as straight as we could, given that we were interviewed on live TV while standing in a busy mall.
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The multi-talented [livejournal.com profile] jlawrenceperry has a new installment of his podcast The Adventures of Indiana Jim, which contains the interview he did with me at Balticon. It's a perfect reflection of my mental state on Sunday night at a con--my first word is "Um" and to me, at least, I sound like an earnest squirrel, which is my normal reaction to hearing a recording of my voice. Other than that, I'm very happy with how it turned out :-)

You can listen to the podcast here, and the interview with me that starts around 12.5 minutes into the show. And be sure to check out the rest of Jim's podcasts.
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If you're in the Albany, New York area, please come by Flights of Fantasy bookstore in Colonie on Tuesday night. I'll be there starting at 7PM for a reading/signing/booklaunch party for THE FINAL SACRIFICE, which officially goes on sale tomorrow.

It's two for the price of one, as fellow author and traveling companion [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne will also be there, signing copies of her books Fugitive Lovers and Not Quite Camelot.

There will be lizards. And cookies. And a good time will be had by all--Maria Perry and the folks from LASTSFA hold the best booksignings, and I always look forward to going there.

If you can't make it to the signing, be sure to stop by the store later in the week to pick up a signed copy.
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This weekend was the booksigning at the "World's Biggest Bookstore" in Toronto, where we met wonderful folks, including [livejournal.com profile] llwheeler, who'd taken a 2-hour bus ride so she could meet some of her favorite authors.

One of the best parts of the trip was being able to spend time with [livejournal.com profile] sylvia_rachel who is even more fun in person than she is on LJ. Sekrit message: Hi, Sylvia, thanks for the chocolate!

Other highlights including stopping at the Borders in Rochester, and at Indigo in Eaton Center in Toronto, and finding large quantities of our books in both stores, along with a staff that was eager to have us sign their stock.

Saturday night we had dinner at Grano's with [livejournal.com profile] sylvia_rachel, [livejournal.com profile] jimhines, his wife Amy, fellow travelers [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne and [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow and a good time was had by all.

[livejournal.com profile] scbutler arrived late Saturday night after a very long day's drive, and local author Violette Malan met us at the store for the signing, bringing us up to a total of six authors. The store staff had arranged chairs for our audience, so we started off as if we were on a panel, briefly introducing ourselves, describing our books, then answering questions from the audience and bantering among ourselves for about an hour. Then we broke off the formal part so we could sign books, and talk individually with the readers.

[livejournal.com profile] msagara stopped by, as did Jessica Strider who'd arranged the signing. We were having as much fun talking with each other as we did with customers, but eventually the reality of the 320 mile drive home sank in, so we said our good-byes and hit the road. The weather cooperated, and I was back home by 10PM, where I promptly collapsed.

Got up early this morning and found out that databases had crashed over the weekend, so started the day in a hole, and it's going to be a day of scrambling to try and get everything fixed. Later!
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This Sunday, January 13th, I'll be joining S.C. Butler, Jennifer Dunne, Jim C. Hines, Violette Malan and Joshua Palmatier for a multi-author booksigning at the World's Biggest Bookstore in Toronto. We'll be meeting readers, signing books and harassing each other for sport, starting at 1PM. If you're in the area please stop by to say "Hi!"

I'll have lizards to give away, and since we have Joshua, we'll likely have chocolate as well :-)
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Yesterday's booksigning was a success, largely due to co-conspirators [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow and [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne and our gracious hosts at Waldenbooks including [livejournal.com profile] fireun and [livejournal.com profile] libwitch. A picture of the event can be found here on fireun's lj. We sold books, made new friends, and in general had a blast hanging out at the store.

As you may guess from my icon, I now have cover art in hand for THE FINAL SACRIFICE.


Front cover art for The Final Sacrifice by Patricia Bray


Another great cover by Steve Stone.

Click here for the full cover )

The scans don't do justice to the amazing details--in the cover flats you can see the lizard on the lizard crown, among other cool touches.

Alas that's the end of fun for this weekend--the year-end finance close continues apace, which means I have to log on and run database jobs this afternoon. Still it was great while it lasted.
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Tonight's TV interview may be seen on the web here http://www.newschannel34.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=c8c9cb8b-df17-4272-ab75-f6cdfa7b753b . Click on "Sci-fi booksignings" to watch.

It's raw! Unscripted! Three deer in the headlights, about to be mowed down!
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In conjunction with this weekend's booksigning, [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne, [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow and I had sent out a joint press release. As our hook we stressed the friends angle, in that we originally met at Waldenbooks, formed a critique group (the infamous Hard Lemonade Science Fiction Society) and now are returning to the scene of our first meeting to sign copies of our books.

In Boston, LA or Miami it would have been circular-filed. Here we have a full column in today's paper in the weekend entertainment section, and are booked to appear on the local evening news tomorrow.

One of the advantages of being a big fish in a small pond, or in this case, three medium-sized fish in the pond. As well as credit to a well-written press release.
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Two upcoming events offer the chance to spot the [livejournal.com profile] pbray in her preferred habitat.

Saturday, January 5th at 1PM
Waldenbooks, Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY.
A multi-author signing with myself, Jennifer Dunne and Joshua Palmatier.

Sunday, January 13th at 1PM
Indigo aka World's Biggest Bookstore, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Multi-author signing including myself, S.C. Butler, Jennifer Dunne, Jim C. Hines, Violette Malan and Joshua Palmatier.

If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and say "Hi!" We'll have chocolate. And lizards.

ETA: Just heard from [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow that WIVT-Newschannel 34 wants to interview us for the 5PM News on Friday night. Psyched!
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A gross of lizards are in the hands of UPS, and should arrive before I leave for World Fantasy next week.*

Other preparations continue apace. I have meetings scheduled with my editor and agent, double-checked the hotel reservation, and confirmed my panel assignment. Arrangements for the ZOMBIES NEED BRAINS party are well in hand, and I'm in the process of negotiating just how often I'll have to break away from the con to check in with the day job. Now all I have to do is figure out what I'm wearing, and start packing this weekend.

*Most authors will blog about various writing topics, for instance how to write a query letter, or the challenges of first person POV. But few are willing to discuss the truly important topics, such as how to find a good source for lizards when your former supplier dries up. Fortunately you can trust me to reveal all.

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