I loved attending Rose City Comic Con. The readers were enthusiastic and the authors were so happy to chat with them.
While there, I got to know Del Rey Books author Wesley Chu better. We’ve known one another for a few years — and we play fantasy football against one another with Guy Gavriel Kay and an odd assortment of incredible SF&F nerds — but hanging out at RCCC was great fun with Wes. And of course, it was wonderful talking about his brand-new book, The Art of Prophecy.
The Art of Prophecy is the first book in an amazing new series. And like Wes’s earlier work, it’s fantastic. Not only did it garner incredible reviews from Terry Brooks, Naomi Novik, Jacqueline Carey, Robin Hobb, and Peter V. Brett, but Del Rey really produced a gorgeous book. I mean, publishers RARELY add full-color map endpapers to a trade hardcover release. For something like that to happen, all departments at Del Rey had to be super excited about the book itself and the story that Wes is telling. That speaks volumes.
I have a number of signed copies. I also have a number of signed copies that were damaged from the publisher. Every time I discover a damaged copy, I’ll put it up on the website at a discount. In this way, I hope to help those of who who want a pristine copy as well as those of you who might want a perfect reading copy.
I am excited to share that The Signed Page has hired its first employee.
It might surprise many of you that The Signed Page has been a one-man effort for twenty years. It was. Life evolves though, and it is time for help. My writing career has grown to the point where I need to focus on writing every day. That is hard to do when there are some months where I spend 60 hours a week shipping books. While a part of me loves that kind of work, I must let it go.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to look too far for help. Sydney watched my young sons several years ago, and she now works the front desk at my wife’s salon. Why is Sydney perfect for this new job? She already has an idea of the work I did when shipping, she has an attention to detail that matches my own, and she works with a sense of urgency. All were important in hiring her.
And so far, she’s done an amazing job these last two weeks. She helped ship out Slewfoot by Brom, Child of Light by Terry Brooks, and The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik. That’s a lot of books shipped out. I couldn’t be happier.
So please welcome Sydney to The Signed Page!
Onward to a fun offering. Today, I want to highlight one of our titles for those of you looking for something new to read. We have 32 slightly-damaged copies of The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett on sale for $15. It is the first book of a new trilogy, and it is the perfect place to jump into Peter’s work. Most of the copies have small bumping on the spine. Otherwise, they are really nice copies ready for your reading pleasure.
Happy Friday! I hope you’ll be reading something great this weekend. I’ll be wrapping up the omega proofread on Grim Oak’s Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams. And then I’ll roll right into his new Brothers of the Wind!
A lot to be excited about in 2021 and these forthcoming signed books!
First, the amazing Jeff VanderMeer has offered to sign Hummingbird Salamander, his new book. Those of you who follow me know of my love for everything that Jeff writes. He’s simply one of the best in the business. But this book publishes in eight days. So if you are going to order this book, you’d better do it now. Because I will only order how many copies I need for the release at the end of the week.
After that, things get a little more manageable. Here is a list of all books that I just added:
Pretty exciting line-up, huh? These writers are all amazing and it feels like a perfect storm having them on The Signed Page at the same time. There are some others that will be added later this year when we get closer to their late-year publication dates.
A REMINDER THOUGH: If you order books on the same receipt, they will all ship together when the last book is signed. An example: If you order Hummingbird Salamander and Child of Light on the same receipt, Hummingbird Salamander will ship in October when Child of Light publishes.
Okay, back to work for me. But yeah… this is amazing. Hope this makes you guys happy!