Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Thing About Books

An old high school buddy sent an email the other day. He'd just read Loathsome, Dark and Deep and told me "[I'm] Still reading two to three books a week and just wanted to tell you how impressed I was by yours."

This guy used to read about a book a day. No shit. He'd read all day at school, and then, in the evening, tell me everything he read. A true speed-reader. We haven't seen each other in years, part of the tragedy of adulthood, but used to hang every day. A note like that means more than a professional review.

Speaking of Loathsome, I went to the Lawrence Public Library last night to pick up a copy of Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts for a forensics kid, and found Loathsome, Dark and Deep on the "new fiction" shelf. Pretty cool. Now someone please check it out so it doesn't have to sit there and let all the bigger books bully it.

Speaking of books, I'm running a Goodreads giveaway for The House Eaters. I've noticed The House Eaters has landed on a number of "to be read" shelves, more than my other books, so there must be something to this giveaway thing. Will all of those translate into sales or even reads? I don't know...but it is worth noting. If you're interested, you can sign up below:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The House Eaters by Aaron Polson

The House Eaters

by Aaron Polson

Giveaway ends February 28, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Speaking of books (man, I need a new transition), I've arranged my first book signing. More soon.

Enjoy Tuesday.


Belinda said...

Appreciation means everything, doesn't it? I got my own heaping helping this morning and I'm high on it.

Congrats on the signing, the praise, and on being a writer. It's hard, often thankless work and too often dismissed as a hobby by those not down here in the trenches.

You're on my to read list. I'm looking forward to it.

Aaron Polson said...

It does, Belinda, especially from an old friend. You did land a nice one today, didn't you? Enjoy.

Katey said...

People always love Free Shit.

Awesome stuff with the friend sorta-review. There can't be a better feeling in the world.

Cate Gardner said...

Excellent that your friend loved your book. And that it's in your local library. Squee.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone who entered a Goodreads comp (or marked a book to read) actually bought and read that book. I do love to daydream.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Some of Ying's friends read my stories, and give him funny looks. I can't imagine why ; )

Ken said...

Geez Aaron, it sounds so OCD when you put it like that!

Aaron Polson said...

Katey - Yay! FREE SHIT!

Cate - Me too.

Natalie - I get funny looks from people who haven't read my stuff.

Ken - Awww...not OCD at all. Talented, yes.

Rabid Fox said...

Oooh, the first book signing. The lonely agonizing exercise of the up-and-coming author. Good luck with that, man.

Danielle Ferries said...

That is great to hear something like that from an old friend who you know was such a huge reader.

PS I think the funny looks mean we're doing something right. Right? :) I'll take them as a compliment anyway.

Lee Thompson said...

That's awesome, Aaron! And I'll check out the giveaway too. I love buying things but entering contests is also fun. :)

Aaron Polson said...

Gef - It is an experiment, like all the others.

Danielle - Right. I'll take anything as a compliment, if I can.

Lee - Good luck!

Simon Kewin said...

Great stuff. And a book-signing too? Seriously cool.