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December 13, 2006

How I Know It's The Holidays

I know it's the holidays because at the moment Book of the Dumb has a higher Amazon ranking at the moment than my other books. This happens every year; for most of the year the book does hardly any business at all, and then comes the holidays and suddenly everyone's looking for a relatively inexpensive gift for hard-to-buy-for Uncle Fred. Book of the Dumb to the rescue! Then December 26th will roll around and it'll be back to the book-selling equivalent of the Oort cloud for another year. It's interesting being a seasonal flavor.

What's really interesting about it is that it sells enough units in its one-month selling season that it's still my biggest-selling book, although there's a good chance Old Man's War may finally overtake it in the next year. We'll have to see. It amuses me to have it be my best-seller, though. I'm sure it says something about me and/or the American public, but in eaither case I'm not entirely sure I want to know what.

Posted by john at December 13, 2006 03:17 PM

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Tim Walker | December 13, 2006 03:48 PM

"I'm sure it says something about me and/or the American public, but in eaither case I'm not entirely sure I want to know what."

Leaving aside what it says about the American public -- it says that you're appropriately diversified. You're like a one-man General Electric of writing! :)

CaseyL | December 13, 2006 03:56 PM

You put that up because you knew some of us would click on the link, look at the book, and immediately wonder who they could get it for. Didn't you? Didn't you?

And the man says he doesn't have advertising on his site: Hah! to that, say I.

Monty | December 13, 2006 04:17 PM

Was the mention of the Oort cloud along with a seasonal phenomenon a veiled Anne McCaffrey reference? Cuz that's what popped into my head when I read this post. I'm bettin' it's not. I'm sorry, my nerd glands are misfiring.

John Scalzi | December 13, 2006 04:18 PM

Monty:

"Was the mention of the Oort cloud along with a seasonal phenomenon a veiled Anne McCaffrey reference?"

Nope!

Nikola Stjelja | December 13, 2006 05:57 PM

Damn, I just finished my seasnon book buy at Amazon. Well, there is allways next year.

Eddie | December 13, 2006 07:00 PM

I knew you were a writer with a diverse bibliography but heretofore this one had slipped under my radar.

I am afraid you have written a bestseller in the genre referred to at our house as Bathroom Literature.

I must have one for my own WC.

Gina | December 13, 2006 07:07 PM

Hey, MY books are higher than yours. Could be the nationwide radio tour at the moment, but what do I know.

I am doing my best to help you, though: I bought copies of almost all your books. I haven't been a Sci-Fi person, but I enjoy you're writing, so I bet I love the books.

John Scalzi | December 13, 2006 07:36 PM

Gina:

"Hey, MY books are higher than yours. Could be the nationwide radio tour at the moment, but what do I know."

It's because they're the best damn books about pets, ever. That's why.

Gina | December 13, 2006 07:55 PM

Oh my gawd. I meant "your" not "you're." Sheesh.

Michele | December 13, 2006 10:47 PM

I wanted to buy OMW for some people, but it doesn't seem to be in stock in Chapters (Canadian chain bookstore) anymore. *sigh*

John Scalzi | December 13, 2006 10:53 PM

Michele, it'll probably be available again in January, when the mass-market paperback comes out.

Smurf | December 13, 2006 11:40 PM

Are you actually someone's uncle?

John Scalzi | December 13, 2006 11:46 PM

Several people's uncle, in fact.

KafkaesquĆ­ | December 14, 2006 12:49 AM

"It amuses me to have it be my best-seller, though."

It's the rubber chicken on the cover. Stick a rubber chicken somewhere in the cover art for TLC, and I guarantee it'll sell like Rastafarian hotcakes.

PixelFish | December 14, 2006 02:07 AM

Hey, at least you have a best seller. :)

PixelFish | December 14, 2006 02:09 AM

Random thought: Do you have to be named John to write for Uncle John's?

John Scalzi | December 14, 2006 02:37 AM

No, but it doesn't hurt.

Nikitta | December 14, 2006 03:17 AM

I didn't know you had a middle name until I saw it there?

Dr. Thingo | December 14, 2006 08:31 AM

Shouldn't that be Book of TEH dumb?

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