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March 27, 2006

"Coffee Shop" and Subterranean Scalzi Sale

Hey! I have book news, and sale news, and they are magically interrelated. So let me tell you about both. Prepare for pimpage, people.

Book news first: Subterranean Press is now taking pre-orders for You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing. As you may have guessed from the title, this is my book on the writing life, featuring many essays and entires on the subject from this very Web site: all my blatherations on the subject from my "Utterly Useless Writing Advice" entry back in 2001 through to "The Money Entry" this month, including some writing essays and entries which no longer exist on the site (which means that unless you're willing to trawl through archive.org, the book is the only place to get them). In all, an interesting snapshot of what it's like to be a writer, right now.

To remind folks, this book originally started out as part of Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, the upcoming collection of Whatever entries, also from Subterranean, but there was enough interest from Whatever readers for a stand-alone collection of writing entries that we went ahead and spun it off into its own signed, limited hardcover edition. The book is about 75,000 words (pretty hefty for a book on writing) and is divided into four meaty chapters:

1. Writing Advice, or, Avoiding Real Work the John Scalzi Way
2. Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Writer's Life For Me
3. The Schadenfreude Needle is Buried Deep Into the Red: On Writers
4. Science Fiction, or, Don't Skip This Chapter, You Goddamned Writing Snobs

Yeah, it's not your average book on writing, that's for sure. The book is currently scheduled for an August release.

To celebrate the announcement of the book and to encourage you to pre-order, Subterranean Press is running a special two-day only deal for Whatever readers: Pre-order Coffee Shop now and get 30% off. And if you feel like getting anything else from Subterranean while you're there, you'll get 30% off the entire order.* That's any Subterranean release, not just the ones from me (although I'd note that Subterranean is down to the last couple dozen copies of Agent to the Stars...).

Subterranean has some truly excellent books out now and in the near future, including short story collections by Tad Williams, Robert Silverberg and Philip Jose Farmer, a limited two-volume edition of George RR Martin's A Storm of Swords, illustrated by Charles Vess*, and limited editions from Jonathan Letham and Charlie Stross. You can also pick yourself up the Cliche issue of Subterranean Magazine.

In short, lots of really cool stuff, all 30% off* when you pre-order Coffee Shop today (March 27, 2006) and tomorrow (March 28, 2006).

(Now the details: When you check out, you must mention "WHATEVER" in the comment area. The shopping cart and automatic email confirmation won't reflect the sale price. Subterranean will catch that when processing the order (so don't panic!).

If you want to pay through Paypal, e-mail subpress@earthlink.net with your selections rather than checking out via the shopping cart. Subterranean can then email an invoice for the proper amount.

Any questions? Drop them into the comment thread)

I think you're going to like Coffee Shop, and if you've never looked through Subterranean's stuff before, I hope this encourages you to do so. Enjoy!

(* Here's what the asterisk means -- one or two things are not available as sale items, including the Storm of Swords set. You'll be able to note what they are on the Subterranean site because the product description will mention it. But these are in the minority.)

Posted by john at March 27, 2006 11:39 AM

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Kevin Q | March 27, 2006 12:38 PM

How large will the print run of "Coffee Shop" be, and will it show up in any chain or local bookstores?


John Scalzi | March 27, 2006 12:50 PM

We'll be looking at preorders to help determine the size of the printing. The book will certainly be available for order through local and chain bookstores, but it's likely that the primary source for the book, as with Agent, will be the Subterranean site, online booksellers and specialty shops.

Joe Hass | March 27, 2006 02:23 PM

John: When will be able to preorder Hate Mail? Is there a chance we can do it with this incredible sale?

John Scalzi | March 27, 2006 02:58 PM

Hi, Joe. Hate Mail has been moved and we haven't settled on a new date yet (although this means that entries from this year will definitely will be part of it). As soon as we have a pre-order date I'll let you know, and it's very likely we'll do some sort of similar promotion for Whatever readers.

Anne C. | March 27, 2006 09:17 PM

I admit I overindulged a bit, but my excuse is that the four items I purchased are a birthay/tax refund prezzie for myself.

John Scalzi | March 27, 2006 09:27 PM

Happy birthday refund!

Michael G. Richard | March 27, 2006 09:52 PM

Any chance that Coffee Shop will come out in paperback? I enjoy books about writing (the last I read was Stephen King's), but >$30 is a bit much for my wallet..

John Scalzi | March 27, 2006 10:05 PM

Not in the short term, although it's always a long-term possibility.

Tom Nixon | March 27, 2006 11:23 PM

And don't you just have to live this from the SP website:

John Scalzi is author of the Hugo-nominated Old Man's War

Tom Scudder | March 28, 2006 07:10 AM

Will there be a nice cover-jacket jpeg up some time? I confess to being morbidly curious how they're going to deal with your five-mile-long title.

Ann | March 28, 2006 09:00 AM

Okay, John, you finally got me. Although I've been reading the Whatever for years, and I've read Agent and OMW and am in the library queue for Ghost Brigades (2 of 11), I've never actually purchased any of your work -- gotta love libraries. This promotion finally hit the Trifecta: some of the best writing on writing out there, a signed limited edition, and 30% off! What more could I ask for (with any hope of actually getting it)? Congratulations!

John Scalzi | March 28, 2006 10:20 AM

I love it when a plan comes together.

Soni | March 29, 2006 02:06 AM


Sometimes I think it was a mistake to set up my PayPal account in the first place. Having instant access to money online without having to go find my purse and dig through it for the bank card is just waaaaay to easy.

Case in point, got one of these "DRM Is Killing Music" t-shirts headed my way as of about 1 hour ago:


It was a drive by shopping, and I got looty goodness all over me.

andrew | March 29, 2006 06:46 AM

Done and done.

You of course knew I'd be 3/4 of the way through a bottle of red when I saw this, at which point resistance is useless.

I just hope the shipping charges to Australia aren't ruinous.

andrew | March 29, 2006 06:49 AM

Mmm, I may have missed the boat for the discount. Here's hoping not.

John Scalzi | March 29, 2006 05:20 PM

I don't think it will be a problem, Andrew.

spot | June 20, 2006 02:31 AM

Hi John, MONTHS later, I decide to check how much Subterranean billed my credit card.


I guess there's some shipping cost involved there (i'm in Malaysia) but surely that sum can't be right?

John Scalzi | June 20, 2006 05:36 AM

Well, it depends on what else you bought at the time, I suppose, and the shipping charges for each. If you do have questions, you definitely should check in with Subterranean and see how the billing breaks down. They are approachable on the subject.

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