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Postby charlesp » Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:37 am

Wish I'd remembered on Thursday so I could've picked up a copy of each :((
http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news ... ford_N.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/books ... .html?_r=1

I was in my neighborhood Borders (well, my work neighborhood anyway) on Thursday and Hotel was sitting in the middle of the first table as I walked in the door. There were 5 copies and I was trying to figure out how well it had been selling when I asked somebody who worked there (but wasn't somebody I recognized from previous trips) and got an "oh, I dunno, didn't even notice it out there"... resisted the urge to go into Banky's "#$%^ing savages" rant from Mallrats on the kid.

And since he didn't mention it here, but I did see it on his blog... Hotel is going into its third printing.

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Postby Mlou » Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:54 am

Way to go, Hotel!!
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Postby TheMudge » Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:53 pm

Seriously cool.

FWIW, every time I go into a bookstore now, I take one of the copies from the shelf (where you can only seed the spine) and leave it front and center on the shelf, with the cover blatantly visible.

Can't hurt.
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Postby charlesp » Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:22 pm

What's that?
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/books ... .html?_r=1

Oh, that's Hotel at #30 on the NYT Best Seller Hardcover Fiction list.

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Postby pengwenn » Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:29 am

Congrats!!! Now I'm REALLY green with envy. But I'm more excited for you!
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Postby Jamie Ford » Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:59 am

Crazy, huh? When I found out, I was on tour after a long plane ride, on about three hours of sleep. My reaction was, "Uh, okay...can I take a nap now?"
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Postby Hissmonster » Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:07 pm

Was in Borders the other day and your book had the prime spot as I entered the door. When I saw it I didn't realize I said "I know him!" out loud, but the three people behind me said "You do? Have you read the book?"

Of course I told them to get a copy and that it was a great read. When I went off to pick up the power of negotiation books I had on hold, they were reading the cover so ya never know, I may have scored you three followers.

Way to go on the prominent display though, it's getting a nice push.
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Postby Jamie Ford » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:27 pm

Thanks Hiss!

Borders has been amazingly supportive. In fact, I'm in Ann Arbor right now--meetings at corporate tomorrow...
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Postby TheMudge » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:08 am

It's moved up to the front display at Books a Million here, too.

Have we sent a copy to Oprah yet??
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Postby timberline » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:41 pm

A good display of Hotel just 10 feet from the front door of Borders in Freehold Raceway (NJ) Mall. Special discount for educators.
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Postby Jamie Ford » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:27 am

TheMudge wrote:It's moved up to the front display at Books a Million here, too.

Have we sent a copy to Oprah yet??


Cool. I've never been to a Books a Million. Are they strictly in the South? And no word from the big O. I'm holding out for Jon Stewart...(wishing...)
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Postby timberline » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:37 pm

I just recommended Hotel to a friend in Australia. Is it on sale yet in other English-speaking countries?
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Postby Jamie Ford » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:53 pm

It's bouncing all over the place in the UK, but so far no takers. I'm not sure if it's perceived as "American History" which isn't real popular in the UK, or what? I have a cousin in Australia that keeps asking the same question...
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Postby timberline » Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:03 pm

Okay, Jamie, my two cents worth are up on Amazon (5 stars, "Impulsively Tagged") and two two private college library and book blogs.

Needless to say, it's a fine novel and if I may quote from my review, "A few minor characters might, I hope, lead Jamie Ford to write a sequel surrounding the white high school cook (who secretly supports young Henry’s forbidden infatuation) and Sheldon (the black street corner musician who’s a foil to Henry’s quests). Even old Henry’s son Marty and his Caucasian fiancée, Samantha, are a story worthy of an Amy Tan novel. More fiction—and Ford’s diligent research—needs to be published to examine this period, its strained ethnic relations and what it means to be an American."
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Postby Hissmonster » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:48 pm

Jamie, just posted a "Must Buy" note to my facebook friends...I let you know what happens.
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Postby timberline » Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:06 am

Hey, just noticed that the book is now No. 15 on the New York Times Fiction Best Seller list. Congratulations, Jamie!
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Postby Hissmonster » Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:58 am

Hey ya! Congrats
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Postby charlesp » Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:40 am

It spent the last two weeks at 15 actually (I forgot to post it when it happened) and this coming weekend it's still hanging out in their top 30 (I think Jamie said it was 29).

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Postby pengwenn » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:12 am

I'm sure this hase been overwhelming for you Jamie. But think of it all this way. From now on no matter what you write you will always be a "New York Times Bestselling Author". That's a great marketing tool for your next one (which I'm sure will go higher).
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Postby Jamie Ford » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:00 pm

It's been crazy. Four weeks on the extended list and two weeks on the printed list. Not sure if I'll still be on there tomorrow...but I'm good either way. And yeah, it'll be great for the trade paperback to have "New York Times Bestseller" on the front. :)
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Postby charlesp » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:14 pm

when's that trade paperback going to come out Jamie?

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Postby timberline » Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:34 pm

And a nice review in the New York Times Book Review this week.
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Postby Jamie Ford » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:00 pm

I think the TPB will be released sometime around Christmas...
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Postby Tyler Anderson » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:07 am

I was in Borders the other day, and I was flipping through you're book (still not enough mula to spare), and a lady that worked there came up to me and remarked how good your book was and how well it was doing for them. So bravo!

I started to say something about how I kind of knew you from a writing website I belonged to, but she just looked at me like I was crazy and walked away.
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Postby Jamie Ford » Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:04 pm

Next time just tell them you ARE me and start signing books...mmmmm....they'll never know...
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