Awesome day for THE LIZARD KING

A quick note to say that Day One of the official show, the sales day, was fantastic.  Our table is next to the registration desk so we got to see every single visitor to the show and to meet a hell of a lot of them, too.  The book sold like crazy.  Roxanne’s question to the people approaching our table was, Have you heard about the book?  Almost everyone said yes, and I was stopped at one point during the day while carrying a copy and somebody said, What is it about that book?  Everybody’s carrying one. 

We have a small monopoly but two other book dealers are also selling the book at the show and so it is an odd position to be selling your book at Borders’ table when others are selling it, too.  In any case it’s all good, as everyone seems to be doing well with it.  And I’m getting to meet alot of people.  Among the most rewarding is signing the book for teenagers.  The book has been getting some publicity lately as a good way to get teens reading.  The action, the science, the finding your way in life.  I’d love to see the book find a place of meaning with people at that reptilian stage in life when you’re still not sure what kind of mammal you’re going to evolve into.

The best news is what happened at the Gharial Conservation Auction.  To support the Indian Gharial I asked all the major figures in the book and some additional pioneers to autograph it for donation.  Mike and Ray Van Nostrand, Mark and Kim Bell, Tom Crutchfield, Dave and Tracy Barker, Pete Kahl, Bill Brandt, Bill and Kathy Love, Kamuran I can’t spell his freaking last name Tepedalen, Ralph Curtis, Wayne Hill, Craig Trumbower, and Rom Whitaker all signed the book.  I was late and walked in to a packed ballroom where the auctioneer, Joe Wasiliewski, said, Did you hear about your book?  It sold for $250! It was one of the two most exciting items auctioned all night, a battle so intense that Jeanne Brodsky, who won the book, stood up and yelled, Who’s bidding against me!  I’ll get the details tomorrow but it was a great tribute to the people involved that they would sign the book for auction, and a wonderful gift that Jeanne bought the book for such a generous price!

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