Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Big July begins

The Big July is off to a flying start, with 69 books already sold at the first two stores!
Well, I kicked off the humoungous tour of 50 stores, across three states and the ACT, over 30 days, at Maitland.This is the third time I've been to the A+R at Maitland and one thing I have learned is they love a chat up there!
I would have to say Maitland is probably the friendliest of all the areas I have been to - even the people who brush me off do so very politely, with a smile!
I was met up there by Deb Tate, and her two kids. Deb is a Facebook Friend and it was lovely to start it off with someone who was excited about the books and had come along to deliberately buy The Radiant Child, as opposed to someone who'd never heard of me before!
Sadly I had to cut things short at Maitland, in order to get back down to Borders Tuggerah. I had planned to get there at 2pm and ended up being about 10 minutes late, because people at Maitland kept wanting to talk.
One charming older man told me he never read fantasy, then spent a good 10 minutes going through the A+R shelves and bringing over books he thought I'd like to read! (He recommends The Kite Runner, by the way).
I met a couple of budding young writers, who were just finishing their first works - and hope that seeing if I can do it, they can as well.
Things had gone pretty well at Maitland - but they went off at Tuggerah!
For the first half hour or so, I was just signing and chatting to people who had come in to buy either just book three, or books two and three, as well as the grandparents of my son's best friend, who had come in specially to buy all three. I didn't have to try out any lines on people for ages!
Best of all was hearing from people who had read The Wounded Guardian and The Risen Queen and couldn't wait to read Radiant Child. I can never get tired of hearing that people have really enjoyed the books. After all, that was why they were written.
But when I got down to chatting to people, I found plenty who loved fantasy - must have been one of those Sundays!
An older couple ended up buying all three ... the man said he used to read fantasy but hadn't for years but was retiring soon and needed something to get him out of his wife's hair! I didn't think they would buy one, or perhaps just The Wounded Guardian but they bought the whole trilogy. Just as I was finishing, they walked out of the store, having obviously spent most of the time down in the Gloria Jeans section, where he told me he was already halfway through The Wounded Guardian as he couldn't put it down!
Another older chap listened patiently as I talked about the books, then strolled into Borders, saying he would think about it, which is usually code for ``I'd rather have dental surgery''. But a few minutes later, he's back, having picked one off the shelf inside and wanting me to sign it for him!
At one point, I had three people around me going through the books and I was down to just two of The Wounded Guardians, so had to desperately signal for Kellie, one of the managers at Borders, to bring out extra stock!
The guys at Borders were fantastic, led by Mark and Kellie. Mark spent the last hour out the front with me, trying to offer me food and drinks and, at the end, they presented me with a box of chocolates to say thankyou!
So, off to a great start ... next stop Brisbane!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The full list

Here it is, the full list of bookstores I shall be visiting over 30 days - June 27 to July 29.
The times for my first day in Brisbane (July 1) and my two days in Canberra (July 9 and 10) may change slightly - I'll post any changes there and you can always check with the store closer to the date.
I'd love to see not just new readers but anyone who has read and enjoyed the books - come up and introduce yourself before I ask you if you like reading!
Sunday June 27
11am A+R Maitland
2pm Borders Tuggerah

Thursday July 1 (Brisbane)
11.30am Borders Mt Gravatt
2.30pm TLC Manly
5pm Borders Chermside (until 7pm)

Friday July 2 (Brisbane)
10am Pulp Fiction
11.30am Dymocks Brisbane
2.30pm Borders Brisbane

Saturday July 3
10am Book Bazaar Umina
11.30am All Good Books Gosford
2.30pm A+R Erina

Sunday July 4
11.30am Borders Rouse Hill

Monday July 5
11.30 Borders Chatswood

Tuesday July 6
11.30 Borders Parramatta

Wednesday July 7
11.30 A+R Warringah

Thursday July 8
11am Shellharbour
1.30pm Nowra Dymocks
2.30pm Nowra A+R
4.30pm A+R Batemans Bay

Friday July 9
10am A+R Queanbeyan
12pm Dymocks Belconnen
2.30pm Dymocks Central
5pm Borders Canberra

Saturday July 10

10am A+R Tuggeranong
11.30am Dymocks Tuggeranong
2.30pm A+R Woden

Sunday July 11
10.30 A+R Macarthur
11.45am Borders Macarthur
2pm Dymocks Liverpool

Tuesday July 13

10.15am The Turning Page Springwood
12pm Dymocks Penrith

Wednesday July 14
11.30 Borders Bondi

Thursday July 15 (Adelaide)
11.30 A+R Westlakes
2pm A+R Edwardstown
7pm A+R Marion

Friday July 16 (Adelaide)
9.30am A+R Elizabeth
12pm A+R Modbury
2.30pm Borders Adelaide

Saturday July 17
11.30 Leading Edge Books Lake Haven
2pm Dymocks Erina

Sunday July 18
11am A+R Kotara

Thursday July 22
11.30 A+R Roselands
4.30pm A+R Miranda

Friday July 23
11am A+R Newcastle Mall
2pm Borders Kotara

Saturday July 24
12.30pm Infinitas Parramatta
2pm Dymocks Parramatta

Sunday July 25
11am Borders Hornsby
2pm Borders Macquarie

Thursday July 29
12.30pm Galaxy Books, Sydney CBD

And that’s the 50!