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Psst...HOTEL is now on sale!

Postby Jamie Ford » Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:45 am

Today's the big day! I can hardly believe it. I still haven't wandered into a bookstore yet, but soon.
HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, a New York Times Bestseller from Ballantine / Now on sale.
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Postby LinRobinson » Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:57 pm

Break a leg, dude!
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Postby mae » Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:11 pm

C*o*n*g*r*a*t*u*l*a*t*i*o*n*s


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Postby pengwenn » Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:31 pm

You must go into a bookstore and take someone with you so they can take a picture of your face when you finally see your book on the shelves. Congrats!
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Postby Tyler Anderson » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:02 pm

I agree with pengwenn, maybe make a short little documentary film.
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Postby mae » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:52 pm

Or you could call the music dept. of the UW and hire some students to do a song and dance routine to announce your entrance. Hire a cinematographer to capture it all. mae
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Postby *Elle* » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:58 pm

Congratulations! How cool!
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Postby Jamie Ford » Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:37 pm

Hastings had a huge shrine-like display. I just stood there dumbfounded.

:shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby LinRobinson » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:16 pm

I just got a newsletter from Kristen Nelson Lit agency and she is ALL OVER this book. Great going, Jamie


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Amongst all the news of restructuring and lay-offs, it seems impossible to imagine that editors might be calling or emailing to actually share what’s on their wish lists. But sure enough, the new year has started on a positive note as a few editors have reached out to let me know what they are currently looking for.
In fact, just today, I received a packet of books from an editor at HarperCollins who read an early copy of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET and wanted to know if I had anything more like it. In the packet, the editor included several of her recent successes–one title being THE LACE READER. So I have to say that editors are definitely hot for big commercial literary stories with scope.

And I have to agree. As an agent, I would love to take on more big literary commercial fiction not unlike Jamie Ford. It can have a historical angle like the example above or it can simply be a complex and engaging story that really makes us re-evaluate the world we live in.
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Postby JillStar » Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:42 pm

WOW... you've made the big times and I am enthralled by your success!

CONTRATULATIONS... Now I have to go take a look and point and giggle and claim that we're best friends from WAAAAAAAAAY back.

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Postby Jamie Ford » Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:06 pm

Thanks everybody!

And Jillstar, didn't we go to the 9th grade prom together? My memory fails me.

Lin--There's a definitely a sweet spot between commercial and literary fiction. Too much "performance writing" can definitely shrink the audience for literary fiction. It's a fine line...
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Postby charlesp » Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:43 pm

Ordered my copy today from Amazon.

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Postby TheMudge » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:14 am

That is SO FREAKIN' COOL, dude! Not just that it is out--that they are pushing it so hard, too. They must really believe in this!

Of course, WE knew it all the time ...

Got to run down to B&N and see what they have there ...

Congrats, man.
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Postby pengwenn » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:27 am

I think I'll check out a couple of bookstores on my way home today to see what type of display they've got (and maybe do some shopping).
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:49 am

Jamie, why don't you have a link here directly to Amazon or wherever?
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Postby PaulG » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:52 am

I got mine @ the local Barnes & Noble Monday night.
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Postby TheMudge » Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:09 pm

Cheapest place I have found it online is

http://www.hotbooksale.com/store/produc ... medium=cpc

but to get that price, you have to join their program for a 7-day trial or something ...
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Postby pengwenn » Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:03 pm

I keep forgetting to say this (since I keep getting interrupted here at work) but why didn't you go up to the store manager and offer to sign your books? That might be a selling point with the manager and when you're book takes off they might invite you back for a reading or something since they now know the author and it's not just another book on the shelves.
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:27 pm

That's one thing about buying on line, you don't get it autographed. That's why I made those little bookplates for friends on the other coast who bought my book. Anyone who wanted one signed in a personalized way, got one from me in the mail.
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Postby Jamie Ford » Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:56 pm

I'm actually going back to Hastings on Saturday for a talk/reading/signing, so no need to sign yet. They have posters on all the doors, a big poster display, and the book is even printed out in advertisement form on the receipts. Still dumbfounded. :wink:
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Postby charlesp » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:43 pm

I'll post a link here (and hopefully in a day or two I can get it up on the front page). Oh, and it's the 93rd best selling book on Barnes & Noble .com right now (it's on their front page scroll too).

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Postby mae » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:36 am

I'm going to wait and buy mine at Village Books in Bellingham and have the author (who I've known since he was just a babe!) sign it!

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Postby flashgordon » Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:35 pm

Way to go. Only if you could bottle that feeling up and take small sips every couple days....
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Postby timberline » Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:45 am

Jamie, I hope you're not one of those writers who never reads his reviews. There's a rave in the current issue of Costco Currents, the promotional roto. "Past Meets Present" comes from Angeleno journalist J. Rentilly, who does an insider's review/interview of how you pitched the manuscruipt and tickled the fancy of Jane von Mehren at Random House's Modern Library. Good show!

I'll look for the book on their counters--a good place to shop for mass market, coffee table and trade books. Now, how would I go about getting your autograph as well?
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Postby Hissmonster » Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:59 pm

I just opened a congrats thread today...due to my Costco Connection, which arrived this morning. Already picked up a copy of the book and will be chatting about it when I'm done.

In the mean time...do tell us how you came up with the idea of sending the parasol to get attention. I know it's key in the book, but I wouldn't have thought to do it. How big was it? Standard umbrella-sized?
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