I just learned from my publisher that all copies of The Fault in Our Stars must be signed by November 3rd, or else some copies of the first printing will be unsigned.
This is less time than I thought, and I have a lot of books left to sign. Essentially, every single day between now and November 3rd, I need to sign more copies than I’ve signed in my most productive day so far.
This is the place where I insert a freaking out gif.
So, okay, I’m going back to signing, but I wanted to let you know why you might not see much tumblring or tweeting around here, and why my vlogbrothers videos may seem a bit….rushed.
There was apparently a two-hour meeting at Penguin recently discussing this very topic. (Imagine all these people wearing suits, saying things like, “The geographic distribution of the Hanklerfishes is extremely important to the author.”)
Basically, they ended up deciding that the best way to do it is for me to mix the Hanklerfished copies into each of the 30 or 40 boxes I send to the bindery. This will ensure that the Hanklerfishes will be distributed widely, although there may still be clumps in certain places.
Hazel is an only child, too!
I do this to taunt my brother.
I think it is wildly amazing. It’s astonishing to see all these nerdfighter groups sprout up IRL and to see nerdfighters around the world having gatherings of 10 or 50 or 100 people from Montreal to Utrecht to Boston. It’s just…yeah. Amazing.
I get this a lot, so I’ll answer it here:
You are really nice. Like, I really appreciate that there are so many people who are genuinely trying to save my ulnar nerve from irritation. However! I am going to sign the books regardless of whether you buy them. The only way I could sign all the preorders was to sign the entire first printing (it’s just the way book warehousing works), so I’m signing every copy that is going into every bookstore. (The preorders are a tiny fraction of the 150,000 books I’m signing.)
In short, you will not be adding to my workload. (But I appreciate your generosity!)
Alas, I do not. The percentage breakdown was available at yourpants, but yourpants have been disastrously and massively hacked for quite awhile now. We are working on a solution, but all the solutions are both very expensive and very time-consuming. I would love to see a pie chart of the color breakdown, though!
hahahahahhahahahahaha no I’d never thought of that. I was thinking of this guy. (This is not about The Fault in Our Stars, for those of you who don’t know, but it is not a spoiler.)
Novels are not in the business of modeling appropriate behavior.
I have 7,000 questions in my inbox. If I answer 1% of them, I’ll spend two hours a day answering questions and then still leave 99% unanswered. I’m sorry! Yes I believe in free will*; no, I have not read “Not Guilty.”
* I mean, obviously contingent upon certain definitions of “I” and “believe” and “free” and “will.”