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April 30, 2007

Lessons Learned, Also, a Moment of Agogness

To self-pimp just a little bit, today's Book Tour Diary talks about the things I've learned about book touring after one week in. Check it out if you like; here's a link to the whole collection of the Book Tour Diary entries if you need to catch up.

Also, something I mentioned in the Google video but which I neglected to note here, which is that I've been told by Tor that Old Man's War is getting a second printing in mass market paperback. When you add the number of that print run to all the previous runs of the book, it means that there are now over 100,000 copies of Old Man's War in print. To which the only sane response is: Holy crap. If I haven't told you people lately that I love you all, now is an excellent time for me to do so. Thanks, folks. I am appropriately agog and humbled.

Posted by john at April 30, 2007 10:30 AM

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Tom Nixon | April 30, 2007 11:46 AM

100,000 copies? I'm guessing that Tor is going to keep you around.

Repeat after me: Show me the money!

John H | April 30, 2007 12:24 PM


Jim Wright | April 30, 2007 12:38 PM

I am appropriately ... humbled.

Scalzi, humbled? Humbled? Why am I finding this hard to believe? If you were really humbled you'd quit talking about electronic publishing, the internets, and giving away your work for nothing. Everybody knows that stuff doesn't work and that CC crap is just a passing fad. 100k copies of OMW in circulation is not proof, it's just a fluke, a fluke.

Annalee Flower Horne | April 30, 2007 12:56 PM

Well thanks, Scalzi. We love you too.

In the generic way one can love a person one has never actually met without being creepy, that is.

Steve Buchheit | April 30, 2007 01:03 PM

Aw, shucks. We wuv you too, Scalzi. (the furries made me say it, they have so much time on their hands now) :)

But I'm with Jim Wright. Damn hard work, and the fruits are begining to show for it. Congrats, John.

Susan Basham | April 30, 2007 03:18 PM

Congratulations! My husband and I just finished reading "Old Man's War" and "Ghost Brigades". We often read aloud to each other, and these books really lend themselves to that. However, I must say there were points in OMW where we were laughing so hard that I couldn't see the print for the tears in my eyes and that my husband was begging me to stop reading so that he could breathe again. Suffice it to say, we really enjoyed it. I look forward to re-reading them both.

We just purchased "The Last Colony". I am looking forward to spending time with Mr. Perry again.

Thank you for writing these books. You have provided us with some good laughs and food for thought. And some good inside jokes -- now we're going around talking about our BrainPals(TM). And we're sure to say the "TM".

Nick Stump | April 30, 2007 03:25 PM

A hundred thousand is a big number for books. There's not many out there posting those kind numbers. Good for you, John. You certainly deserve it. You're remarkable, in the sense you've kept this contact with your readers and genuinely seem to enjoy having such an open conversation with them. Most people don't get very much access to the writers they read. Some writers, like JD Salinger disappear completely. I'm betting OMW will continue to sell over the years and assume classic status along with Heinlein and other masters of military Sci Fi.

PixelFish | April 30, 2007 03:55 PM

Congrats on the 100,000 copies!

Berry | April 30, 2007 04:48 PM

And who said pimpin' ain't easy?

Seriously, this is spectacular news. Thanks for letting us be a part of your success. If you really want us to enjoy it, how's about opening a Scalzi Bank and Trust?

Chang, for rizzle. | April 30, 2007 05:04 PM

I went to see a friend in Baltimore. I took his girls to Borders for their birthdays. I had some extra cake, so I bought him OMW and a book on billiards.

Guess which one will bring him fame, fortune and chicks? ANd which books has more balls?

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