How to Get Signed & Personalized Books From Me For the Holidays, 2023 Edition

We’ve come to that time of the year again, where folks begin to think about their holiday gift giving, and at least some of you think about books as the perfect gift. Well, they are! But would make them even more perfect is getting those books signed and personalized. Every year I join forces with Jay and Mary’s Book Center in Troy, Ohio, to sign and personalize books so that you’ll have them available to give to the people you love, including yourself.

From today (Nov. 9) through Monday, December 4, you can order books I have written from Jay and Mary’s and I will come in and sign them for you, and then the bookstore will ship them to you (US only). I strongly encourage you to get your orders in early, so there are no delays in shipping the books to you this holiday season.

Here’s how to do it!

1. Call Jay & Mary’s at their number (937 335 1167) and let them know that you’d like to order signed copies of my books. Please call rather than send e-mail; they find it easier to keep track of things that way.

2. Tell them which books you would like (For example, Starter Villain ), and what, if any, names you would like the book signed to. If there’s something specific you’d like written in the books let them know, but for their sake and mine, please keep it short. Also, if you’re ordering the book as a gift, make sure you’re clear about whose name the book is being signed to. If this is unclear, I will avoid using a specific name.

3. Order any other books you might think you’d like, written by other people, because hey, you’ve already called a bookstore for books, and helping local independent bookstores is a good thing. I won’t sign these, unless for some perverse reason you want me to, in which case, sure, why not.

4. Give them your mailing address and billing information, etc.

5. And that’s it! Shortly thereafter I will go to the store and sign your books for you.

Again, the deadline for signed/personalized books for 2023 is December 4. After December 5 all Scalzi stock will still be signed and available, but I will likely not be able to personalize.

Also, this is open to US addresses only. Sorry, rest of the world. It’s a cost of shipping thing.

What books are available?

CURRENT HARDCOVER: Starter Villain is the current hardcover release. The Kaiju Preservation Society may still available in hardcover; ask. The mini-hardcover of Old Man’s War is also available and is a great format for that book. Most other books are in trade or mass-market paperback, although if you really want hardcovers of a recent book (i.e., from the last five years), they may be able to special order it.

CURRENT TRADE PAPERBACK: The Kaiju Preservation Society, The Android’s Dream, Agent to the Stars and Fuzzy NationRedshirts (the 2013 Hugo Award winner), Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (which features a story of mine), Metatropolis (which I edited and contribute a novella to) are available in trade paperback format. There are also probably still trade paperback editions of Old Man’s War that can be ordered if you prefer that format. Also available: Robots Vs. Fairies, the anthology that features the story of mine that was adapted for the “Three Robots” episode of the Netflix animated series Love, Death and Robots.

CURRENT MASS MARKET PAPERBACK: The entire Interdependency series (The Collapsing Empire, The Consuming Fire and The Last Emperox) are available, both individually and as a boxed set. The Old Man’s War series of books (Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe’s Tale, The Human Division and The End of All Things) are available individually, and the first three of those books also come in their own boxed set. Lock In, Head On and Unlocked: An Oral History of the Haden Syndrome (novella) are individually available as well. Fuzzy Nation, Agent to the Stars and The Android’s Dream have recently been moved into trade paperback, but mass market editions are probably still available if that’s your preference. Please note: If you order the boxed sets, if you want those signed you’ll have to agree to let me take the shrinkwrap off. In return I’ll sign each of the books in the box.

CURRENT NON-FICTION: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded (essay collection, Hugo winner), The Mallet of Loving Correction (also an essay collection, this will need to be special ordered as it is a signed limited), Virtue Signaling (a third essay collection, will also need special ordering) and Don’t Live For Your Obituary (a collection of essays about writing, will also need to be special ordered).

AUDIOBOOKS: The Kaiju Preservation Society, The Last Emperox, The Consuming Fire, The Collapsing Empire, The Dispatcher, The End of All Things, Lock InHead On, The Human Division, Redshirts, Fuzzy Nation, The God Engines, Metatropolis and Agent to the Stars are all available on CD and/or MP3 CD, and Jay & Mary’s should be able to special order them for you. Check with them about other titles, which may or may not be currently available on CD.

Two things regarding audiobooks: First, if you want these, you should probably call to order these as soon as possible. Second, and this is important, because the audiobooks come shrinkwrapped, I will have to remove the shrinkwrap in order to sign the cover. You ordering a signed audiobook means you’re okay with me doing that and with Jay & Mary’s shipping it to you out of its shrinkwrap.

If you have any other questions, drop them in the comment thread and I’ll try to answer them!

— JS

7 Comments on “How to Get Signed & Personalized Books From Me For the Holidays, 2023 Edition”

  1. Based on my phone call with Katherine (I’m pretty sure that was her name — I’m bad at remembering names and it was 5 or 6 whole minutes ago), they can’t get Robots vs. Fairies. :( Just FYI.

  2. Nice, I might visit them should I ever cross through Ohio if I should ever visit the United States.

    I do add bookstores to my tour, when I visit countries whose language I understand.

    (btw. La société protectrice des Kaijus was on shelf when I visited a bookstore in Arles)

  3. A question, that is somehow related to my last one:

    The German translation of the KPS takes quite some time to be published.
    Is Bernhard Kempen fine?

  4. Michael Fuss:

    It took a while to be published because my most recent publisher in Germany (Tor Fischer) passed on it and we had to wait for another publisher (Cross Cult) to pick it up. In retrospect, given the book’s acclaim and sales elsewhere, not their smartest decision. But it’s good for Cross Cult!

  5. I just hope they didn’t miss a chance to sell the German translations before the fans of yours read the books in English.

    I don’t know how much this is a thing in the German market, but I know that I am not alone with reading books in English to not have to wait for the translations to be published.

    (And I imagine that it is more profitable for publishers to sell the translations [because they’re subject to the book price controls in Germany] than the English originals)

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