I’m a week late…”, Gossip Girl and First Review Comments
Posted on August 20, 2008
Okay, I’ve been quiet for a couple of weeks now, which means I’ve been good. Good is boring, so I’m at it again. Writing, that is. I’m at the writing again. I can’t help it. I have to do something while I’m catching up on Season 1 of “Gossip Girl”. My partner lives for that show right now. Does that mean he’s kinda the girl in the relationship when it comes to television? Huh.
The second signing on the Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins tour, the one in Indianapolis, was a bit more…well, stressful. My friend Jose (he’s the one in the Subway commercial) and I walked into the store where I proceeded to introduce myself to the lady behind the counter. She had three questions for me:
1) Who are you?
2) Why are you here?
3) What signing?
These questions could be combined and equated with something a slightly panicked unmarried young man might be overheard asking his girlfriend; “What do you mean you’re a week late?” Same feeling.
Fortunately, the owners–who did know the answers to those questions–showed up a short time later and were delightful despite not having put any signs out or let any of their customers know that I’d be there. They admitted that. And yes, I actually had send a number of e-mails out to GLBT organizations in the area. The response was underwhelming. There are still some signed copies at the store if you missed the event. And based on the turnout or lack thereof, trust me, you probably did miss it.
In the meantime, I’m working on a Q&A with Gaydar Nation that will hopefully come together in the next week or so and I’m also still attempting to set up additional signings. It’s not as easy as calling a store up and asking them anymore. I wish it was that simple. It isn’t. I tried. One other cool thing is that the new book has been added to TLA’s online catalog. My partner kept wondering why I couldn’t have it for sale with them, so he suggested I give them a shout. Glad I listened to him. =)
On the recent e-book front, based on the fact that it’s now 2 on the Best Selling Comedy titles on Fictionwise. com, I’d say there are some hungry people out there. Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins should be out in that format in a couple of weeks.
And in the grand tradition of wondering what, if anything, folks are saying about the books, I did a Google search. I shouldn’t have. I know I shouldn’t have. I’m supposed to avoid reading reviews, but I did anyway. Gotta say that it’s one of the few times it can make a writer feel a little bit like a rock star. Here are some of the comments:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation
“This book will make you laugh, cry and just think! I have told all of my friends about this book and I will continue telling EVERYONE about this book! I loved it!”
“Honest and funny, this is a hilarious yet touching story of a “first time” that anyone can relate to and enjoy.”
Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins
Also From Amazon.com:
“There were some parts in this book that made me think of things that had happened/or was said to me in real life. This book was absolutely wonderful! I enjoyed every page I had read. Andy went through too much but he always made light of his situations. I loved the things that came out of his mouth! Enjoy this book!”
So here we are, all caught up for the moment.
More fun and mayhem to come.
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
2 Responses to “I’m a week late…”, Gossip Girl and First Review Comments”
Dorien Grey says:
March 17, 2012 at 9:11 am
When it comes to putting your ass out there on the line and promoting yourself, I quote you a line from my buddy, Rudyard Kipling: “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.”
Eddie Lam says:
March 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm
I think I totally miss your Indianapolis book signing 🙂 4 years gone so fast. Glad I can catch up reading your blog. But I am not suprised that you quote the best review from Amazon.com 🙂