Sunday, July 23, 2006

Tour Day 20, 21, and 22

The Backspace Conference is over, and by all accounts it was a success. If you're an aspiring writer, this is a must-attend event.

I got to spend some quality time with Barry Eisler, Lee Child, MJ Rose, Jeff Cohen, Heather Brewer, Jackie Kessler, Reed Farrel Coleman, David Robbins, Harry Hunsicker, and many other more important people that I'm forgetting due to fatigue.

I was honored to win the Bob Kellogg Good Citizen Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Internet Writing Community. Lesson to writers: help each other, and one day you'll get an award. Also helping each other happens to be a nice thing to do.

A few days ago my publicist, Charlie Davidson, carted me around New York for drop-in signings, but since then I haven't been able to do much in the way of bookstore visits, having emceed this convention. But that will change today, when Barry Eisler and I tool around town in the Rustymobile, picking up the bookstores I missed.

Thanks to everyone who has called or emailed, offering to help out. I've been extremely busy and unable to reply to email, but you'll be hearing from me soon.


Miles driven so far: 5016
Bookstores visited so far: 174
Books signed so far: 1558
Books hand sold so far: 146
Bookstores remaining: 326
Awards won: 1

And for those who want to buy signed JA Konrath books in your local bookstore, here's where I've been lately:

Joseph Beth Pittsburgh PA

Mystery Lovers Bookshop Oakmont PA

Waldenbooks 1000 Ross Park Drive Pittsburgh

Waldenbooks 242 South Hills Village Mall Pittsburgh

Borders Express 100 Robinson Ctr Pittsburgh

BN 339 Sixth Ave Pittsburgh

BN Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh

BN Waterfront Homestead Pittsburgh

BN Waterworks Pittsburgh

BN South Hills Village Pittsburgh

BN 100 Quinn Drive Pittsburgh

BN Monroeville Pittsburgh

BN Cranberry Township PA

Borders North Hills Pittsburgh

Borders Monroeville PA

Borders The Mills Tarentam PA

Aspinwall Bookshop Pittsburgh

Walden Unionville PA

Borders 1 s. Bread Philadelphia PA

Borders Express 1625 Chestnut Philadelphia

BN 1805 Walnut Philadelphia

Jay's Bookstall Pittsburgh PA

Borders Camp Hill PA

Waldenbooks Camp Hill PA

Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookstore

BN Camp Hill PA

Walden York PA

Borders York PA

Walden Lancaster PA

Borders LAncaster PA

BN Lancaster PA

Borders East Brunswick New Jersey

BN East Brunswick NJ

BN Holmdel NJ

Black Orchid Bookshop NY

Mysterious Bookshop NY

Partners and Crime NY

Murder Ink NY

The Strand NY

Borders 461 Park Ave NY

Borders Columbus Circle NY

Borders Express Staten Island NY

BN Astor Place NY

BN Union Square NY

BN 555 Fifth Ave NY

BN 600 Fifth Ave NY

BN Lincoln Center NY

BN 2289 Broadway NY

BN 86th & 2nd NY

BN 86th & Lexington NY

BN Staten Island

Colliseum Books 42nd Street NY

After the Big Apple today, I'm heading to Connecticut.

Onward and upward...


Anonymous said...

You will probably get into Guinness for your efforts. Talking about the book. Great job.

Marrena Lindberg said...

I certainly appreciate this blog and think you should win an award. It's lit a fire under me. I mean I'm very evangelistic about my topic which is why I got my deal in the first place, but it's all felt rather surreal and disconnected from my daily life. I've now written the book but I spend a lot of time writing online anyhow, so I can't quite believe it's actually happening. You are embracing the promotion of your book with gusto--I have to get into that mindset. I thank you.

I hope it's okay that I posted here, my genre is eh... low on the totem pole.

Aimlesswriter said...

Oh my God! thats my backyard and I'm so sorry I missed you!!!

Anonymous said...

A good citizenship award!? Congratulations, you Boy Scout, you...I got tossed out myself. Something about circumstantial evidence and a discharged fire extinguisher. I guess they took that seriously in the Fire House where the troop meetings took place. Great to know your Genny will have a stablemate. Drove our kids 500 miles today, to camps at different ends of a large state, and I'm wiped. I have gained true appreciation for your herculean effort!
Go-o-o-o Joe!

Richard Cooper said...

You deserve that good netizen award, and many of us sincerely appreciate your intelligence, ingenuity, and generosity. That being said, I was wondering if Jack Daniels has worked out her self-image issues regarding dress sizes: in Rusty Nail she says at one point she's a size 8, then later admits to barely fitting a size 12. How's a guy to buy her a nice cashmere sweater for her birthday?

JA Konrath said...

Thanks for the kind words, all.

Richard--the size 12 is a joke she makes with the hot firefighter. She's an 8 all the way.

Anonymous said...

Dang, you were in my building! (1625 Chestnut, Philadelphia). If I had known.... Well, now I'll just have to go buy one of the books.

Anonymous said...

You can stay at my place when you come to Toronto (Ontario, Canada)!!

Anonymous said...

The award is much deserved. Thanks for keeping up this blog and keeping the rest of us in line with something to strive towards.

LA Burton said...

There's a word for a writer who never gives up... published.

When I first read the this in Writers Digest it became my motto. I just signed with an agent. Thanks Joe for all of you encouragement.

Heather Brewer said...

Thanks for the mention, Joe. It was a joy meeting you in person! Of course, now whenever I think of you, I'll think of dining on intestines. :)=

Jude Hardin said...

Okay, so what size is Herb? I'll take a wild guess--42/32 pants, XXL shirts.

BTW, I always imagined Jack as about a 12. Maybe because she beats up guys in bars sometimes.

Stop by my place if you want to get into Guinness (not talking about the book).

cassplashy said...

I don't know what to say. I wanna scream! First I can't get to NY to see the "Big 3" (King, Irving, and Rowling) and now this.

I live in Trenton, NJ. maybe you weren't a stone's throw away but you were closer than the "Big 3" and I still missed your tour.

Worse...we never got a shipment of your new book in our store (something I'm gonna have to correct when I see my boss tomorrow).

I guess I could call upon one of the other Borders to find a signed copy but it still wouldn't be the same as meeting you in person. Ahhh well.

I know luck has little to do with the tour (it must be hard work to travel and leave your family behind) but good luck to you anyway.

Maybe you'll find a 20$ bill on the ground or something.



Ewoh Nairb said...

I know I have disagreed with you in the past over a few things... but having met and talked with you I finally "get it". I understand where you arecoming from and what you are really up to. Thank you for being you and stepping up.

Although you may not remember talking to me at the conference, talking to you and listening to you speak has had a profound affect on me. So thank you.

If you decide to tour in SoCal and need a place to stay, I have loads of room. Otherwise, keep up the good work.

Jaye Patrick said...

Congrats on your award, it's well deserved.

Also, thank you very much for the copy of Whiskey Sour, signed no less, with accompanying signed coaster! I wasn't expecting it, knowing how busy you've been.

I've been covered in smug all day and come the weekend, I'd better not be disturbed while I read it!

Good luck with the rest of your tour.

Jackie said...

You're awesome, Joe. It was a pleasure seeing you again -- and heh, you're a gutsy guy. ;-)

I don't know if I mentioned this to you, but you're one of the people whom I acknowledge in HELL'S BELLES. You're the one who got me to start thinking about writing as a busness, not just an art...and that made all the difference in the world.

I can't think of anyone else who deserves the Bob Kellogg Award as much as you. You're amazing. Without your advice and encouragement, I would not be where I am today with my writing.

Thanks, Joe.

And dude, have I mentioned lately that I love your main character's name? And that for a while, I lived in a town called Latham?

Hmmm. I think you're tuned into my wavelength, or something...

cassplashy said...

Well...I missed you again!

But since you came to my store I was able to procure all your great works as well as get a couple of signed coasters.

Of course we had to order "Rusty Nail" during your visit but that's because my boss didn't listen when she had a chance.


I'm still very upset that I didn't get to meet you but that's okay. We just weren't meant to cross paths yet.

Take care and enjoy your R and R with your family. It is well deserved.