Saturday, 5 March 2011
**THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL WHO POSTED COMMENTS, A NEW POST WILL GO UP TONIGHT OR TOMORROW WHEN THE NAMES HAVE BEEN DRAWN FROM THE HAT!**
Right, tweeters and blog visitors, I need your help with a little mission. You need to be in the UK for this. If you are and can help, that would be brilliant. There’s a tiny prize (not much, but a token thanks; you’ll find it later in the post).
So, the background is: my book is out in paperback this week! Hurray. If you haven’t read it, I do hope - this isn’t the mission, but of course I hope - you’ll consider giving it a spin (description and newspaper reviews are on this page and there are lots of short tweet-reviews if you type FRFP in the search box on Twitter.)
BUT the bad news is: I’ve started hearing back from people that they aren’t finding it in their local bookshops - even in good old Waterstones, some people are finding it only in the “Indoor Games” section. That makes me sad - makes the book seem like a technical guide or something for gamblers only, which it absolutely isn’t. It’s a memoir, an autobiographical narrative, full of characters and plot twists like any other story. It’s about falling in love, and my family, and the strange places I’ve found myself at four o’clock in the morning, and what it feels like to win a million dollars. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a big poker fan or you’ve never played the game in your life. It should be out on tables with “new books” or at least in “Biography”.
SO this is the favour I’m asking. What I’d love is: if you walk past a bookshop this weekend, or next week, could you just go in and ask if they’ve got it, and if so, where it is in the bookshop? And then post on this thread. Obviously you don’t need to buy it (I mean, I’d love it if you did - do you know, it would only take about a twentieth of my followers on Twitter to buy the book this week for it to be a BEST SELLER?!) - but all I’d really love is for you to just let me know the name and street of your local bookshop (not just Waterstones, any bookshop), whether they’ve got it, and where it is. That would be fantastically helpful.
Please note, I’m not making any money from the sales. I got an advance for the book and won’t get any more. I’d start getting royalties if it sold, like, a MILLION copies, but it’s not that sort of book - so this is nothing to do with making money. I’m just really proud of it, I know I’ll never write anything like it again, and I’d be so sad to think people didn’t get the chance to enjoy it just because it was hidden away.
Next weekend - let’s say at close of play on Sunday March 13th - I’ll write down all the names of people who have posted on this thread, put them in a hat, pull three of them out and we’ll send those three people a copy of the soundtrack to the book on CD. It’s not the greatest prize of all time but it’s a great soundtrack that goes very well with the story, and it’ll be a little thank you for stopping into the bookshop and helping with the investigation! So do use your real email address when posting (the email address won’t be posted on the site).
Thanks thanks! I’m hoping to accumulate a wealth of regional information…. VC x