Hey, I’ve got a secret.
You probably have no idea what this secret is going to be, but it’s a secret that’s sort of making me giddy and so I wanted to share it with everyone. Okay, look – I’ll give you a hint. It’s about my new book. And Amazon. And about the postal service. No, not the band. The United States Postal Service.
Maybe you should read more if you really want to know the secret.
So, if you were one of the lucky ones who pre-ordered The Lost Blogs, you may have already received the book in your mailbox as soon as yesterday. (A WFME reader already sent me a picture of them, reading the book, with their dog.) Pretty crazy, since the book isn’t supposed to hit shelves until May 8th.
But who am I to blow the whistle? Instead, I’d rather just toot the horn.
I spent yesterday at the Post Office where I had packaged up an entire lot of the books to go out to contest winners, Grass Roots bloggers and the people who provided quotes for the book. And while standing in line at the Post Office, a very strange conversation took place with the Asian woman working behind the counter. During the whole time she was adding postage to the packages she said nothing — but then as she handed me the receipt to sign, she began to speak:
Woman: “I’m an angel, you know.”
Me: “Uh, great.”
Woman: “These are your books, inside these packages, aren’t they?”
Woman: “Good things may be coming…”
Me: “Well, in that case, I really do hope you’re an angel.”
I had never mentioned to her anything about my book, what was inside, nor was I wearing a t-shirt that said “These packages you’re packing all include a book I’ve just written and I really hope good things are coming so if you feel that they are please pretend to be an angel and tell me so.”
It would have to have a really small Courier font in order to fit.
Needless to say, either the people working at the Post Office are escaped mental patients with visions of grandeur, or my post office friend was a…real angel.
Yes, I’m moving on.
In addition to this site, the Official Lost Blogs Site, and my MySpace site (which now includes a selection of podcasts for your “enjoyment”) — I just got involved in an interesting thing on Amazon called Amazon Connect.
It was something I originally heard about from TV writer/author/blogger Lee Goldberg who churns out a mystery novel like every week — he had started his own author blog on Amazon as a way to keep connected with the people who buy his books. It’s a pretty interesting program — authors who have books are able to write blog entries…and those entries can be seen by people who have bought their books previously. I jumped on that bandwagon this week as well, and have a few posts up already about some interesting Lost Blogs trivia — like a list of some of the historical folks who didn’t end up making it into the book…and why.
You can check out my Amazon blog and the recent posts here.
So with one week and counting, things are looking good. If you’ve already gotten the book, I’d love to know your thoughts, and if you haven’t already — don’t you think it’s time you did your country a favor and bought one?
I think so too.