Birthday, Brad Meltzer and How I pissed off Walmart
Well today was a bit of good news, bad news and indifferent news for me. I like getting the bad news out of the way first, so I'll begin there.
Sadly, I can't get my book into the poisoned pen. Sadly, my work isn't considered solicited by a publisher or distributor and as such I won't be able to get it in the store just yet. That's not cool, but that's the way it goes.
The good news is that I can work around that. It's now a matter of finding a distributor. Distribution is the key to my way into the door. I will crack it. It's true, oh it's true.
Now for the real good news: I got to meet Brad Meltzer tonight!
Brad Meltzer is signing a book entitled The Book Of Fate which from what I hear kicks butt. (sadly, I'm a poor man, but at least I now have the Zero Game! Another great book!) Brad is an incredibly funny guy. He told several stories, including his first agent experience, skirts and a bit about freemasonry. He's also got a lot of class and is a decent human being.
To my surprise, he actually knew who the hell I was. I had emailed him a couple of times and to my surprise when I brought it up, he actually remembered who I was.
Brad also has the distinction of right now writing the comic book series Justice League of America. It's a shame he can't do both. He's really good at making heroes very human. The voice that you hear them in makes them seem like someone you've known for years. In another novel of his, First Counsel he succeeds at this too. Making even presidents seem very human. That is a gift. And why Brad is one of the best in the business. All in all I had a blast meeting him. So Brad, if on the off chance you are reading this, thank you.
And now for my wal mart story. Well first, another first I have to talk about. I met a friend on a message board I frequent for the first time. Sean Boyle is a funny friendly guy. He's got a short story collection coming out in February and I wish him all the best with it. Anyways, I met him and we started talking in person. I brought up the concept of what is the greater evil, Wal Mart or Monsanto? At the mention of Walmart, a elder, large gentleman actually shuddered. Part of my brain told me that this guy probably worked at wal mart. Me and Sean talk about Wal Mart for a few minutes, ranging from funny to actual experiences (I'm one of the unlucky that has worked there.) Anyway, to make a long story short, you could actually see the gentleman in front of me become redder and redder. Finally, the gentleman turned around red faced and eyes filled with anger. He says to me specifically that he was the manager of walmart and that if I am going to bad mouth the company that I need to have my facts straight. Now yes, I'm terrible for rubbing salt in the wound, but I had fun. And if that makes me terrible, oh well. So all in all I had fun tonight.
Oh, I have one more piece of good news. I'm going to be writing comic reviews and interviews at the comicbloc. I'll announce when the interviews will take place. I want to specifically however, target the independents. There are a lot of good comics out there that just aren't made by the big two. IDW, Virgin, Image and Dark Horse comics make some killer books. And there's also webcomics. Web Comics are a part of the industry I feel doesn't get enough exposure. So I intend to try to remedy that in a David Letterman kind of way. Or maybe more like a Conan O Brien...with just a tad bit of journalism thrown in. I mean, how hard can journalism be. Fox News claims they are journalists...can it be much harder then that kind of slant? ;) Seriously, I want to see good books do well, and if a little press can help some little books become bigger, then it's worth it.
I'm not without some kind of selfish gain in this, and I won't lie about that. But all in all, I intend to have some fun with this.
And finally, I can finally sell my books at First Fridays here in Phoenix. I'm going to sell my books at the First Friday if all goes to plan. Which means that if my books are shipped down here, I can start selling them. Wish me luck.
Well then, that's quite a lot to read. I don't intend to ramble that much longer, but it seems like doors are opening for me down here. Hopefully by next year I won't have to worry about some of the problems I have now, and hopefully be closer to my goals. That's my evil battleplan.
Later all. Have a good day.