LA Times Festival of Books; Ingram Lists

For those of you in Los Angeles, gird your loins: I’ve been invited to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books as a participant, so I’ll be among you the last week of April. More details as I know more, but obviously I’m very happy about this. Yay! Los Angeles! Yay! Double-Doubles!

One other nice bit of news for me today: Ingram is the top wholesale book distributor on the entire planet, and it keeps its own list of bestselling hardcovers, trade paperbacks and mass market paperbacks. I have been informed that this week Old Man’s War is their #4 bestselling mass market paperback. That’s #4 on the general list (i.e., all mass market paperbacks), not on a SF/F-specific list. Needless to say, this makes me feel shiny. My little book, making its way in the world. They grow up so fast, they do.

41 Comments on “LA Times Festival of Books; Ingram Lists”

  1. I think my soup-stained TPB copy just muttered “pushy little blighter.”

    However, Tania says “WOOT!! Go Scalzi!”

  2. Jim C. Hines – Fantasy author of 50+ published short stories as well as the Magic ex Libris series, the Princess series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. Active blogger. Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Lives in mid-Michigan with his family. More at
    Jim C. Hines

    Wow — shiny indeed! Congrats!

  3. Awesome news about your novel John! I have yet to read anything by you, but your name is on my radar and Old Man’s War is on my reading list, thanks to Wil Wheaton.

    I blogged about some of your writing advice today, and was waiting for an appropriate entry to respond and tell you how much I enjoy your blog from my reading today. Wil’s right, your advice on how to write better without work and advice for teenage writers are gold.

    I’ve added you to my aggregator, so I’ll be reading regularly.


  4. Woo! Well early welcome to Los Angeles. I’m relatively familiar with the UCLA area and there is an In-N-Out within walking distance of the campus. It’s over on Gayley Avenue just past Le Conte Avenue. Also that’s the start of Westwood Village which has tons of nice places to eat and plenty of movie theaters. While I haven’t been a SF reader in a long while I’m happy to hear about your success and hope things continue going up for you!

  5. I like to think that my small contribution to the OMW mass market sales pushed you into the coveted #4 position. Now I just have to read it before I find myself empaneled with you at Boskone next month. Are we girding loins for that as well?

  6. amandageddon – She is a slacker of the highest order, a geek of not so much, went back to school to become an even bigger geek and possibly get paid for it. She loves it when a plan comes together.

    Woo! Yay for shiny!

    Also, question. Double-double? The only thing I can think of is a Tim Horton’s coffee with 2 cream and 2 sugars.

  7. Maybe you’ll get to appear on C-Span’s BookTV…

    (I know, they mostly do non-fiction, but, hey, you’re a non-fiction guy as well as a fiction guy. And the #4 best-selling author in the country…)

  8. Well, I wouldn’t say I’m the #4 bestselling author in the country. I’m the #4 bestselling mass market author at one book wholesaler. Which is, you know, still cool. But I think over all there’s probably some other author who is number four overall.

  9. No, it’s you. #4 overall (on a certain list, blah blah detail detail blah blah blah) which is good enough for me.

    Go Number Four!!!!!!!!

  10. Martyn Taylor – Northumberland – A writer exploring what lies beyond our peripheral vision. Published by various small presses and now considered to be nearly a Proper Author. Can be found lurking around the frozen North of England, happily herding a small family of recalcitrant adults who may once have been children and a woman who may very well be the fulcrum upon which the universe turns. Available for hire for very reasonable prices.
    Martyn Taylor

    Just think, all those people reading your books. Now that must make you feel seriously good. Congratulations.

  11. On the Wholesale side of things, The Last Colony is the lead-off item in Tor’s catalog for Spring. Thought you’d want to know if you didn’t already.

  12. Amanda, IN-N OUT is a hamburger chain out west, double-double = two meat + two cheese. They ahve a whole ordering language. You can even get a 4 x 4 animal style! The best burger in the world by the way.

  13. Don’t know if it’s the best burger in the world, but I’ve always thought it’s the best name for a burger joint.

  14. In-N-Out: There may be stand-alone burger joints that are better, but if you’re talking about a burger chain: None better. None. End of story.

    Out here in the Midwest, however, I think Culver’s is pretty damn good for a chain.

  15. I was at a Barnes and Noble this weekend and I noticed that OMW was in the upfront paperback book display. Front side facing the door. And TAD made the Hardcover display table near the door too.

    Are you still going to be our friend when that smooth novel money starts flooding in?

  16. Sweet! And people say Los Angeles is lacking for culture.

    Any chance of doing a reading elsewhere? Maybe at Dutton’s before it goes away?

  17. JD:

    Well, that depends on whether you’ll still peel my grapes for me.

    Adam: I have no idea what my LA schedule will be like at this time. I’ll need to talk to Tor and (presumably) the folks at the LATFoB to find out what I’m doing there before I make any additional plans.

  18. Hmm… the one time I ate at an In-N-Out, I ended up with massive food poisoning. It meant that I was on my back for all of the last day of a 3-day visit (for a wedding; luckily this was after the wedding had already happened), plus got to throw up on a plane for the first time in my life ever, and meet a nice grandmotherly woman who held my head and thought I was merely motion sick.

    But I’m sure that was a fluke. :)

  19. Well, that pretty much tips the scales towards my attendance at the Book Festival. I went one year and had a great time. However, the equation usually goes:

    “Losing lots of money on great books” vs. “Lots of great books to spend money on.”

    Now it’s the same equation with “+ John Scalzi” on the right side. Heck, who needs groceries?

  20. stainlesssteeldroppingsonceuponatime – Founder and Proprietor of Stainless Steel Droppings:
    Carl V.

    Congrats, you, and OMW, deserve it. I’m pushing that book on whomever I can!

  21. Oh cool. I’ll make a point of going to whatever you’re doing (I assume a panel of some sort?). I luv luv luv the LAT Festival of Books and wear myself out there every year. It’s a book orgy!

  22. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, father of pangolins

    Mrs. Chang says she loves OMW.

    However, I am still in the doghouse for the birthday incident of 1995.

  23. Right on, Scalzi! That’s not only an egoboost, it means more money in the kitty for cheese. Now, set your sights on #3, and there’ll be no stopping you.

    On another note:
    Oh great pangolin father, surely you don’t refer to that incident in ’95, that which shall never be mentioned? Oh, well, say hello to the dog.

  24. Congrats Scalzi! First America, THEN THE WORLD!! I have you know that your books are impossible to find in Europe (or at least in Austria). I have to order them to my U.S. address and then have my wife ship them to me. So please hurry up and “Rule the world!” ;). My wife would appreciate this rather than have me ask her every 3rd day if she mailed my stuff yet.
    Again congrads!!!

  25. Very cool that you’re coming to LA. I suually duck the Book Festival, because it’s always mobbed (putting the lie to the notion that nobody in LA reads), but I’ll likely make an exception to come see your panel (or reading or whatever). Kudos!

  26. Very exciting! I’ve never been able to get a ticket to a panel, but it’s lots of fun to walk around, buy books, & meet authors.

    FWIW, there’s also a Fatburger within walking distance of UCLA, if you’d like to do a comparative tasting in the name of science, or something.

  27. Carol Elaine – Spend my days being creative with acting stuff & cleaning up after animals for money. Spend my evenings cleaning cat puke for free. 'Tis a glamorous life.
    Carol Elaine

    Excuse me for a bit of mild swearing, but: Damn it! That weekend I’ll be in San Diego for the California Democratic Convention, trying to do my bit to influence the party in this neck of the woods.

    And thusly I shall, once again, miss an opportunity for easy stalking (’cause I’m too lazy to be a proper stalker). My poor books must still go unsigned! And on the weekend after my birthday, too! Excuse me whilst I weep.

    You know what, Scalzi? I think you’re doing this on purpose.

    Oh, congrats on the #4. Well done.

  28. marky48 – Ketchum, Idaho – I'm a journalist and novelist who worked as an itinerant conservation fish biologist for the past 20 years. I was a reporter for The Livingston Enterprise in Montana and currently for the Idaho Mountain Express.
    Mark A. York

    It’s the best. You’re on a panel?

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