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Well, so far so good so far as international shipping is concerned.

Orders are coming in, books are being weighed, packed, and shipped.

Assuming that there are no problems en route, or with customs on the other ends, maybe this will fly and we can make all our fans overseas happy. So keep those emails and orders coming.

Oh, and speaking of autographs, my friend Diana Gabaldon dropped by the JCC the other day, and signed a few more stacks of books for us. So we have replenished our supply of OUTLANDER titles (have you guys been watching the series? it's amazing). And Diana also signed some hardcovers of one of the anthologies she's in, SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH. While the supply lasts, we can offer copies of that one with four signatures: the two editors (me and Gardner), plus Diana Gabaldon and Neil Gaiman.

Happy reading!


Bioy Casares
Jun. 25th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
I thought the whole point of having your book signed was to keep a memento of meeting an author you admire. Why do people buy the books pre-signed?
Jun. 25th, 2016 04:04 am (UTC)
Ah... because they are collectible? Rare?

And often a good investment as well. A signed first edition of an important book can be worth quite a bit over time. Even signed paperbacks can be valuable and sought after.

Of course, much depends on the book, and on the author.
Bioy Casares
Jun. 25th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
hm, yeah, that makes sense. Though I do doubt ppl do it as a sharp investment decision, especially w international shipping; surely there are more effective ways to invest than that. It has to be an emotional reason. But yeah, I can sympathize with the drive to collect rare/special instances of stuff you like regardless of the expense very well, being a magic the gathering player, so as you say, that could be it. :D

Edited at 2016-06-25 02:38 pm (UTC)
Jun. 25th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
For me, it is not at all about value or collectibles! For me, it is about celebrating an author. Naturally the main celebration, beyond what is possible for those who know him or her personally, is the existence of the books themselves, the words, the stories, those are the most important thing. They can be reprinted, distributed, scattered, copied, and always are those works. That is different from a sculpture or a painting, of which there is only a single copy. Books once out are hard to wipe out, they are resilient, they exist in copies. And in all that spreading and scattering, sometimes it is nice to have a remembering of that real person who made them, beyond a name on the cover. As in an autograph. I'd hate to think I'd be asking for the hassle and extra burden of overseas shipping just for a gain in plain collectibles value ... no, for me it is a celebration of what exists, and not taken for granted at all.

Edited at 2016-06-25 06:27 pm (UTC)
Lisa Stilnovich
Jun. 26th, 2016 02:48 am (UTC)
True. I have a 1st edition, "Mountain Interval" 1916 Robert Frost,that is valuable(on all levels) unsigned. A signed first edition of the same book is around 6,000. Of course like Mr Martin says, "much depends on the book and on the author."Side note, Mr Martin, if I send you visual art as a gift, Do you receive it? I have read your wife and self are avid supporters of the arts.~Lisa
Sara Foster
Jun. 25th, 2016 02:55 pm (UTC)
Many people will never get the chance tk meet their favorite authors as well. I'd love for a chance to meet George and have him sign a book for me, but sans that, I'd be happy to order a book or 5 that he has already signed, because I doubt the chance to meet him will ever happen.
Frank Probst
Jun. 25th, 2016 11:50 pm (UTC)
Those signatures are hard to come by.
Neil Gaiman does very few signings these days, so I would imagine his signature is hard to get. And while GRRM still does signings at pretty much every convention he goes to, the demand is quite high, so you're usually limited to one book or object, and if it's a large con, you may not get a signature at all. I don't know about Diana Gabaldon or Gardner Dozois, but I would guess they're both a little hard to reach, too.

I agree with you that it's more fun to meet the author in person, but sometimes that isn't possible, and for anthologies, it can take you years to get everyone's signature. And that's assuming you can travel, because the chance that all of those authors are going to come to you is pretty slim. These days, many bestselling authors will sign a stack of books so that there are autographed copies, but they won't do actual signings where you line up to meet the author.


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