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February 28, 2005

The Winner of the "Let's Mock Scalzi" Contest, And Other Odds and Ends


Krissy decided that she was the only one in the house qualified to judge who was mocking me the best in the little contest I held the other day, so after much pensive deliberation (see above), Krissy has named "CB" as the winner. The winning entry is as thus (and yes, the typos are intentional):

Interesting review of OMW in this months Geriatrics Health newsletter. (link)

"Scalzi's 'Old Mans War' is stimulating enough to to guarantee two movements a day"..."Makes getting old sound fun!"

I haven't been paying too much attention to how OMW is selling but it is interesting to note that twenty minutes after that review in the GH newletter, my Amazon sales ranking went up 0.0864 percent. Also, even though I haven't done much research into this but I do know that at this stage in its publication history, OMW is 5.26 percent more successfull then Heinlein's Starship Troopers. Anyway, time to go back to no worrying about the continuing success of OMW.

Yeah, I have to agree, that's a pretty scary likeness. Krissy also thought well of the entries offered up by Dan, Soni, Tim Pratt, RG and Dan Alvarez. I myself was taken by Jeff Porten's entry, in which "I" was revealed to be a 50-something schmoe from Brooklyn. Hey, it could happen.

Anyway, "CB," drop me an e-mail with your physical address and I'll send out that advance reader's copy of Agent to the Stars. And thanks everyone for playing along. You were all delightfully cruel.

Now let me speak truth to CB's wicked parody by noting some various book news.

1. Subterranean Press tells me that as of about 7pm tonight, Agent to the Stars is officially their best-selling direct sales book for February. Not bad for less than a day's worth of sales. You guys rock. Thank you.

2. The first foreign rights sale for Old Man's War is now a done deal, so I can tell you where it's for: Russia. That's right, OMW is gonna get all Cyrillic on you. I don't know when the official release date will be (or for that matter, why those of you who don't speak Russian would care one way or another), but I do know I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. I am mildly curious as to what the cover art will be -- whether they'll license the art from Donato or come up with their own thing. I guess we'll see. My agent tells me there's interest in other foreign markets as well; if anything happens, of course I'll mention it here.

3. Speaking of Donato, it looks pretty good that he'll be on board to do the cover for The Ghost Brigades; I've just sent him some notes for cover art ideas and hopefully he'll be able to do something with them.

4. I'm told that Old Man's War is headed for a third printing. That's pretty good news.

5. My cat's breath smells like cat food. Well, it does.

That's where I am at the moment.

Posted by john at February 28, 2005 07:10 PM

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Dan | February 28, 2005 08:38 PM

Thanks, John and Krissy, and congratulations to CB. It was a fun exercise.

Jeff Porten | February 28, 2005 09:13 PM

So when the target of the mockery likes your entry, but you don't make the judge's cut....

Hey, I just won a Marvel No-Prizeā„¢!

CB | February 28, 2005 09:29 PM

Wow! I'm thrilled to find out about winning the contest considering all the hillarious entries that followed. Thank you John and I proudly look forward to adding another Scalzi to my collection.



Brandon | February 28, 2005 10:49 PM

Third printing? Don't they know they're just gonna get stacked up in a warehouse somewheres?

Spencer | February 28, 2005 11:09 PM

Now I know how Martin Scorsese feels... robbed I tell ya. ;)

Congrats to CB!

Paul | March 1, 2005 12:05 AM

There is a fair amout of discussion about cover art, and a fairly comprehensive gallery of covers from around the world, over at the Guy Gavriel Kay site, www.brightweavings.com. The cover art process seem to fascinate Guy a bit, and he comments on it fairly extensively.

Daniel H. Alvarez | March 1, 2005 02:30 AM

Woot! Honorable Mention!

Does this mean I get to wear the Mister Congeniality sash?

Grats to CB. I about spewed Coca-Cola through my nose over that one myself.

Soni | March 1, 2005 08:29 PM

I'll take my honorable mention and be happy. After all, we all know who the real winner hear is. Yep - Athena. She gets to grow up shaped by this man we call Scalzi. (Did I mention it's a booby prize?) :-D

*ducking* Those YOCS longnecks hurt when they land on target.

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