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Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by Gary Wassner, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. Gary Wassner

    Gary Wassner GemQuest

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    On Monday evening, May 9 at 8:00 pm I will be appearing at Long Island's largest independent bookstore, Book Revue, on New York Avenue in Huntington, NY. I will be answering questions and then signing books. The event is open to the public. If you are in the area and you would like to attend feel free to PM me for directions.
     
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  2. Gary Wassner

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    I will be on vacation (yes, VACATION) until 4/27. I didn't say that I will be out of touch, but I will be out of the country. Where I am going, I can log on each day but not really for long enough to do much but browse what's going on. Maus is going to keep an eye on this volatile forum for me in my absence, so make sure you give him a really hard time!
     
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  3. Gary Wassner

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    Sad to say, I'm back. Business as usual.
     
  4. JRMurdock

    JRMurdock Where have I been?

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    and glad to have you back we are.
     
  5. Gary Wassner

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    So my event last night at Book Revue went very well. There were about 70 people in attendance, which made me feel quite good. I read two poems, spoke about Epic Fantasy in general for a few minutes, then about my books for a short while, and finally I answered questions. Answering the questions was the most interesting part.

    The store sold on or about 65 books by the end of the evening, and I signed them all.
     
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  6. juzzza

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    That is awesome news, Gary, you deserve it.

    Would you mind elaborating on some of the questions you were asked, who turned up and if the store was happy with the results? Do they have other stores across the country, do you have any other signings planned?
     
  7. Gary Wassner

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    Sure. The first question was why I chose to write fantasy, which for me was a perfect place to start. I view fantasy as the genre of choice for poets and philosphers who want to write novels. You can employ both your creative yearnings as well as your speculative ones, and yet you are not restricted by the 'rules' of either discipline.

    A few questions dealt with my environmental concerns and my interest in nature, considering the rubric of my story. A number of people were curious as to what special meaning trees have for me and why they play such a central role in my world.

    Many were familiar with my books, but just as many were not and were there because they were curious. So, a few questions dealt with fantasy in general, and I enjoyed answering those very much. The impression among readers who have never read fantasy is that it is something like science fiction, but they are often not really sure at all what fantasy is. It was challenging and interesting to explain to them that fantasy is often metaphorical, deep, serious, and focused upon relevant and compelling questions abou value and meaning. The most gratifying moments for me came later when a number of these people purchased the books and told me during the signing that I convinced them to try to read fantasy.

    The store has only one location, but it is quite large and very user friendly. It is the third largest independent bookstore in the US. They were very pleased with the results.

    As far as other events planned, my publicist is working now on setting some up. I was reluctant to plan many until the books had a chance to circulate a bit and until a dialogue began. I would be happy to go to other stores, so if anyone on the east coast of the US owns a bookstore, happens to read this and is interested in having me come by, drop in and let me know. I thoroughly enjoyed this event and I believe that those who attended did as well.
     
  8. Gary Wassner

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    By the way, if anyone is interested in purchasing signed copies of The Twins, The Awakening or The Shards, Clarkesworld, the best online bookstore around focusing on science fiction and fantasy, has a limited number of each.
     
  9. Gary Wassner

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    I hope Summer doesn't mind me pilfering this bit of information from the former DeadCities site (currently Frameshift):

    Since Gary is hesitant about promoting himself, then I will lend a hand.

    Gary will be interviewed on The Dragon Page Radio next Sunday, starting at approximately 5pm Eastern.

    While you won't hear this interview until early June, we will be online, and you'll be able to submit questions and comments to be forwarded/read to him during the interview by yours truly.

    The instant message id's to look for will be TheDragonPage (AIM) and DragonPageRadioShow (Yahoo).

    Bonus news: the show featuring Gary's interview will be the first one aired on XM Satellite Radio, a venue with a little over 3.8 million subscribers.

    And Gary, think of "pimping oneself" as being much like "selling one's soul", only without the implication of eternal collateral damage.
     
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    juzzza Loveable Rogue

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    Hey that sounds great, what happens if I look out for the AIM IDs, does it mean I can watch the interview and post questions live, or just chat to TheDragonPage before the event with question ideas?
     
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    I honestly have no idea at all. I guess you have to ask DragonPage that one. Sorry, Juzza.
     
  12. Gary Wassner

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    Thought I'd upload a picture from the event the other evening:
     

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    JRMurdock Where have I been?

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    I've only started listening to the Dragon Page (I'm not even sure how long they've been around) but it's a good show. Definately worth a listen. It's really cool to see so many authors that I've met online getting interviewed over there. Nice to put a voice to the words and the pics.

    Hey Gary, did you shave your head or just getting shinier on top?

    And Gar, congratz!
     
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    I'm just very very blonde, Maus.

    Now I hope that the people from Dragon Page contact me before the weekend to tell me what nubmer they are calling me on!!
     
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    That is awesome Gary! 65 books is great and 70 people is even more impressive. I think when I interviewed Greg Keyes a couple of years ago he mentioned having as little as 20 people at a signing, and he is with a major publisher!


    Great to see things progressing so well for you!
     
  16. Gary Wassner

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    Thanks Fitz. I was more than pleased. I know from my readings at World Fantasy that if I get 15 people in the room, it was a smashing success. The most well known authors don't seem to draw the crowds to the reading that you would expect. The opportunity to ask questions of one of your favorite authors would be reason enough to attend, I would think. I went to a reading of a very successfull British author's reading in October and there were five people there, counting his wife and best friend! Shameful. And the reading was brilliant.
     
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    Hi Juzza, this is Summer with The Dragon Page.

    If you look out for the AIM ID's, it means you'll be able to send questions in for Gary that I'll relay to him during the interview. The show isn't live on the air, but recorded live-to-tape for playback later. The shows are sent out to the stations, and they play them according to their schedule slots.

    Yes, I'll be the one doing all the typing, and no, Gary, I don't mind at all... I meant to get here sooner and post the info, but scheduling guests for two shows gets me a little distracted from time to time :)


    Summer
     
  18. Desert Summer

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    Thanks maus!

    The "Cover to Cover" show has been on for 3 years, and has been syndicated for most of that time. C2C was recently picked up by XM, and will begin airing on their Sonic Theater channel the week of June 5th.

    Interestingly, Gary's interview will be part of our first XM show.

    The podcast "Wingin' It" has been a show since early February, but only found it's real legs sometime in March. This show is also aired in conjunction with C2C on some of the syndicated terrestrial stations, which is why we have Mur touting "No F-bombs".

    You can see a historical list of our past C2C shows at http://www.dragonpage.com/pastShows.html but only the shows over the past month are still available for free download. That page also includes a historical summary of the "Wingin' It" shows for the past month.

    "Slice of SciFi" is a relatively new show, about 2 months old, and is focused more on sf/f/h media, television and film to be precise. That show has a separate blog and news gathering crew, which you can find at http://www.sliceofscifi.com
     
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    Desert Summer Chasing a Summer Storm

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    Gary's Interview

    Okay, I have to apologize to the folks who were expecting to IM me during Gary's interview.

    We moved things up earlier, and that included the time for Gary's interview.

    But we'll get Gary back on the show when Book Four is scheduled to be released, and I'll definitely make sure there's a chance for fan interaction.


    Summer
     
  20. Gary Wassner

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    As Summer explained, the interview was pushed up and we spoke about an hour before the scheduled time.

    I wish that I had a little more time to talk. I enjoyed it very much, but I felt afterward that I could have said so many other, better things than what I said. It was hard to answer the first question, only because the answer couldn't be simple, and yet I had to simplify it.

    The 9 minutes of talk time went by so quickly that the interview was over before I even realized it.

    Anyway, it will be broadcast sometime in June. I will post the dates when I know them for certain. It will also be broadcast on XM radio to over 1,000, 000 million people! So, regardless of what I said, if only 1% of those who listen take an interest in my books....Well, you can do the math.

    Thanks so much to the people at Dragon Page. What a great crew. And what a tremendous service they provide all of us, both authors and readers of speculative fiction. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate.