Jeff Hentosz sends along this picture of the sign promoting my appearance next week at the Barnes & Noble in Columbus’ Easton Town Center:
I’m pretty sure the actual sheep are Photoshopped in. But it would be funny if they were not. And look at the attention to Photoshop detail — shadows and everything. It’s as if Jeff were a graphic designer or something.
I’m trying to decide what I’ll read at the appearance. I sometimes read from the first chapter of TAD, but it’s got a whole lot of profanity in it, which is probably not appropriate for a book store in a mall. So I think I may read from the first part of the third chapter, which both introduces the hero and explains why the governor of Nebraska was sent to prison after some aliens visited his state. That’s fairly amusing. I may also read either a snippet from The Last Colony or “The Sagan Diary,” depending; it might be fun to give folks who show up a sneak preview of what I’m writing.
On the subject of bookstores, I’m hearing from a couple of folks that they’ve spotted TAD in the general fiction section, not in the science fiction, which I think is interesting. If that’s happening I suspect it’s due to the cover art, which despite the presence of an android on it does not immediately scream “Science Fiction” the way many science fiction covers do. I know I’ve seen Cherie Priest and Nick Sagan’s books shelved in general fiction because they’ve had atypical covers. Will this be a positive or negative for sales? I haven’t the slightest idea. I don’t mind the book being shelved with general fiction; I think it’s good enough to compete there. But I also know my editor reads the Whatever, so if there’s an issue with it, he’ll get on the horn to the store reps and deal with it. Yay Intarweebs!
Hey, for those of you who have read/are read TAD, someone posted a question on Yahoo! Answers wanting to know if the book was good and worth her time and money. If you’ve got a Yahoo account, let her know your thoughts, would you? I’d tell myself I think the book is fairly decent, but I think that might be a little creepy to have the author show up and try to hand sell you his book.