People have wondered how many books I receive from publicists/authors/editors who’d like me to mention the book/have the author do a Big Idea/Just want to give me stuff. Well, here’s what just came in today from FedEx:
That’s twelve books so far today. And I haven’t checked the mail yet, nor have I received a visit from UPS or DHL, both of which trundle up my driveway with books on a pretty much daily basis.
And here are some other books/ARCs I’ve received in the last couple of weeks (give or take — my shelving is a little loose, time-wise):
This doesn’t include a small stack of non-fiction science books, which I plan to chat up in a separate entry, or the advance of Nancy Kress’ latest, Dogs, which Krissy saw, said “Oooh, that looks good,” and snatched from the pile. There were even more new ARCs/books in here prior to my birthday, but they’ve now been exiled to the basement, in totes — accessible if I need them but out of the way. Krissy is already eyeing the new arrival stack suspiciously, and will eye it even more suspiciously now that there are a dozen new books in it. There is another tote bin in the closet to deal with them, however. The office will remain tidy. Or I will be killed. And then I will be no good to anyone.
This is, incidentally, the best of all possible worlds. People sending me free books? And free books I want to read? Kings don’t live this well. There is the minor problem that I can’t actually physically read every single book that is sent to me; I’m not Harriet Klausner, after all. But I am delighted both to be kept in step with what’s coming up in the book world and awash in books books booky books.
I think I do a pretty good job flying the flag for other writers with the Big Idea pieces, but even if I do a couple of those a week I’m still not noting most of what I get sent, or even most of what I’d like to note to people. I’m trying to figure out a good way to do that that doesn’t take a huge amount of my time; maybe what I do is just a once or twice-weekly “New Arrivals” photo shoot with maybe a bit of commentary, or possibly something on the sidebar. I’ll figure it out.
In the meantime: Look! Cool new and upcoming books. See anything you think you’d like?