Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Long Weekend

On Friday, Sept 9th, I had the pleasure of attending the Midwest Literary Festival in Aurora, IL. I gave an opening speech, following the mayor, and buried somewhere in my talk were the Top Five Reasons Books are Better than Sex:

5. Books last longer than three minutes.

4. If you don't like what you find between the covers, you can toss it aside and find another book right away.

3. With books, length isn't important.

2. A book can make you sick, but not the kind of sick that requires a trip to the clinic.

1. You can have a new book every night, and they don't get jealous.

Also at MLF, I had the opportunity to see some very cool authors, including Melanie Lynne Hauser, Steve Alten, Jay Bonansinga, Tina Jens, David Ellis, and many others. Great time, good crowd, I'll be back next year.

David Ellis and I then spent the weekend in Michigan, doing a library event in Romeo County with luminaries such as William Kent Krueger, P.J. Parrish, Julia Spencer-Fleming, M.G. Kincaid, Michael Koryta, Lee Meadows, anf Terence Faherty. Great panelists, great crowd.

The next day we took the show over to the Kerrytown BookFest, with equally wonderful results.

Last night Dave, P.J. and I did an event at Schuler's Books in Okemos, which was well-attended and a lot of fun.

Mr. Ellis and myself also managed to drop-in 15 bookstores in Michigan, for drive-by signings. One of my running jokes was to point Dave to the remainder table whenever we entered a new store and say, "Sign those first."

And then, karma showed up to smack me in the face.

There, in a Border's Outlet store, were three hardcovers of WHISKEY SOUR... for $6.99.

I've been remaindered.

I went through all the stages of grief:
  • Denial (that's not my book...)
  • Anger (I thought I sold out the print run!)
  • Bargaining (if my publisher gave me a few more months, I would have sold them.)
  • Depression (Boy do I suck.)
  • and Acceptance (It happens to everyone, sooner or later.)

Naturally, I bought all three copies.

Dave was merciless the rest of the trip.