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April 06, 2006

Appearances, Real and Virtual

More work than time today, so rather than posting something genuinely interesting, here are two places I will be appearing within the next week, one real, the other virtual.

Real: This Friday, 4/7/06, I'm the guest at the Greenville Public Library's "Author Night," at the Montage Cafe, 527 S. Broadway Street, Greenville, OH, starting at 7:30pm and going until about nine. I'll do a reading of some sort and I understand there will also be music, too. So it should be fun. If you actually live within a couple hours of me, here's your chance to meet me without the dog biting your head because you've stepped on the property.

Virtual: This Monday, 4/10/06, I'll be the online chat guest of the Salt Lake City Public Library. The person who is co-ordinating the chat tells me it'll be at 7pm Mountain time, but the Salt Lake City Tribune says I'm supposed to be there at noon. Just to be safe I'll probably pop in at both times, but personally I would suggest the 7pm time as the right time to pop in.

For all your other stalking needs, I'll be at Penguicon later this month, and then at Wiscon. After that I have no conventions or appearances planned until LAcon IV, but I suspect I will probably try to add in at least one other convention; possibly Confluence, because it's reasonably close by. We'll see what my schedule looks like.

Posted by john at April 6, 2006 03:11 PM

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John | April 6, 2006 03:53 PM

To bad Wiscon is sold out. Another missed opportunity. Usually a luker here, but enjoy your blog. I am about 90% through OMW and love it. Interesting twists along the way. Enjoy Madison.


Dave Munger | April 6, 2006 04:11 PM


It seems like you're doing a lot less publicity -- radio shows, interviews, etc. on TGB than you did for OMW. Is this just because of busyness on your part, or is that standard procedure -- the first book in a series gets big time publicity, then you rely on word of mouth after that? Or is it all a figment of my imagination, and you're pimping TGB just as hard as OMW?

Diatryma | April 6, 2006 04:39 PM

Confluence is a fun one; I try to go every year.

John Scalzi | April 6, 2006 04:39 PM

It's a figment of your imagination, Dave. I've been very fortunate that the media interest in TGB has been roughly equal to the interest in OMW, and there has been quite a bit of coverage inside the genre press and out of it. The major difference is that unlike when OMW came out, this year I didn't devote an entire month to talking about TGB here at the Whatever. I wrote about it but I also wrote about other things as well. Also, of course, Old Man's War is nominated for the Hugo this year, so OMW is getting a second shot of publicity.

Certainly TGB is selling better than OMW was at this same stage in its life. We're doing fine.

Jon | April 6, 2006 04:54 PM

Actually, it's the Salt Lake County library system, and their schedule says you will be available 7-8:30pm mountain time. If you are scheduled with the City library also, that may well be at noon. (See http://host.evanced.info/slco/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?lib=ALL I hope to be chatting with you then.

WaywardSailorGirl | April 6, 2006 05:00 PM

Too bad none of those are even reasonably close to Tacoma, WA.

Rocky Hasty | April 6, 2006 05:56 PM

I just finished OMW (from SFBC) and liked it enough to order TGB from my neighborhood bookstore.

John Scalzi | April 6, 2006 06:07 PM

Excellent! Glad you liked it.

Laurie Mann | April 7, 2006 12:29 PM

I sincerely hope you can make Confluence. It's a great venue for meeting readers and other writers!

(So, OK, my bias is that I'm managing Confluence program this year so I have some ideas on how to use John, but...)

Chris Hansen | April 9, 2006 02:46 PM


On first scan I missed the 'virtual' part and was making plans to run down to the library tomorrow. Chat is cool and all, but not quite the same.


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