My Autographing Policy

I swear I already wrote something like this here, but I can’t seem to find it, so I’m doing one of those “write now for future reference” posts, spurred on by the fact that in the space of three days I’ve gotten, like, ten requests for autographed books, etc.

My Autographing Policy

Yes, I give autographs. Find me at a convention or other public appearance. If I have a scheduled signing at the convention appearance I’ll probably ask you to wait until then because that’s generally the most convenient time for me.

If I don’t have a scheduled signing, you can come up and ask. I am generally happy to sign but there may be times when I’m busy doing something (including having a private conversation) in which case I might ask if you can catch me another time.

If you catch me outside a scheduled signing, please only ask to have me sign one or two things (i.e., don’t come up to me with a whole bag). If you have your own pen, that’s generally helpful since outside scheduled signings I usually don’t walk around with one.

I don’t require you to have a book of mine to sign; I’ll sign autograph books, blank pieces of paper, etc. I will sign body parts, so long as it’s a body part you can expose in public without getting arrested. I don’t recommend then having that signature permanently tattooed on your body, but it’s your body, do what you want.

No, I won’t sign your book/bookplates if you mail them to me with a self-addressed, stamped return envelope. The primary reason for this is that I am extraordinarily bad at putting things back into the mail; stuff like that sits on my desk for months and sometimes even longer. I figure it’s easier to say “no” than to annoy you by never returning your book/bookplates. It’s not you, it’s me. Sorry.

(Also, I don’t have bookplates I send out by request. I’m not that organized, nor wish to pay postage.)

If you send me stuff anyway, I will not promise it will ever make it back to you. Seriously, it’s a bad idea to send me stuff.

If your goal is simply to have an autographed work from me, and I am not coming to a convention/doing an appearance near you, may I suggest three things:

One, buy a limited edition of one of my books, which generally come signed by me. These limited editions are usually more expensive than the standard editions, but in addition to having my signature in them, these books are generally of a higher quality production-wise and include new art and/or extra bits. Subterranean Press has published my limited editions to date and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Two, during the holiday season I’ll announce that I will sign and personalize books purchased from my local independent bookstore, Jay and Mary’s Book Center. When I do that, all you have to do is call in to the store and order the book. You’ll have to pay for shipping but otherwise there’s no additional charge beyond the cost of the book.

I also frequently sign stock at Jay and Mary’s, just because I happen to be there, so beyond any public announcement, it’s worth checking in with them to see if they happen to have any signed stock. Additionally, you can ask to have the book personalized, if you like, BUT any personalization will have to wait until I’m actually in shop, so this is not a great idea for time-sensitive gifts.

Three, I will frequently sign stock for booksellers if I happen to be in their town and/or they are selling at a convention I’m at. I’ve recently been on tour, check with one of the booksellers I stopped at.

Any additional questions? Leave them in the comment thread.


Green Giveaway: Act Quickly! (UPDATE: All Gone Now)

Edit, 12:45pm: Well, that was quick. All copies are taken. Thanks!

And now, a message from Subterranean Press publisher Bill Schafer:

As many of you know, our pal Jay Lake has been undergoing cancer treatment. The great news is that he just finished his last chemo infusion session. As a small example of our fondness for Jay, and to mark the occasion, we’re giving away ten hardcover copies of his ultra-great novel, Green. (Seriously, we’ve been jonesing for a copy of the file to the sequel here in the SubPress offices. All work will likely stop once Jay sends an e-copy of Endurance our way.)

So we’re not eaten alive by postage costs, this giveaway is open to US residents only. What you need to do is send an email to that contains the Subject line GREEN, and your name and address. Anything else and we’ll move on to the next lucky entrant. We’ll be sending out copies later this week to the first ten respondents to this Scalzi-blast. One thing, though. (Isn’t there always a catch?) By accepting the copy of Green, you agree to read it within three weeks of receipt, and post a review (good, bad, or middling, it matters not to us) over at

Okay? get emailin’.



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I’ll Tell You For the Last Time

Just a reminder for those of you with literary bents:

1. You have just two days (er, after today) to get in your Unicorn Pegasus Kitten fanfic.

2. You also have the same amount of time to get in your applications to this year’s Viable Paradise workshop.

One suggestion: Do not use the first to apply for the second.

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