30 Days Left

I started Clarkesworld Books nearly 8 years ago.  In 30 days, the website closes down and Clarkesworld will be just a memory.  Yeah, I’ll still have tables at conventions (Capclave is next up), but it won’t be the same.  No, not the same at all.

Anyhow, 30 shopping days left until everything goes black.

Readercon 2007

Readercon retained it’s title as my favorite convention, despite the fact that I was locked up in the Dealer’s Room there for most of the weekend.  I sold a lot of books, but not as many as Lisa would have liked (which would have been ALL of them).  I, on the other hand, was quite pleased by how well I did there as a dealer and hope to be back next year.  I brought primarily Subterranean Press, PS Publishing, Night Shade Books, convention guest’s books, and a big stack of magazines.  There didn’t appear to be much overlap with the other dealers.

My strong sellers were books by John Crowley, Catherynne M. Valente and the Prime Codex collection.  I sold out of several magazines and I could have easily sold more issues of Apex, Grendlesong, Subterranean, and Andromeda Spaceways if I had them.  I also sold several copies of Kay Kenyon’s Bright of the Sky.  I totally blanked out at the end of the con and forgot to have her sign the remaining copies.  Argh.  In the end, I only managed to get four books signed:  Prime Codex (signed by many), Blindsight and an ARC of Starfish by Peter Watts, and a first edition paperback of Green Eyes by Lucius Shepard… all now in my personal collection. 

I did bring the camera, but kept forgetting that I had it.  The few pictures I have have been posted to flickr and they include a shot of Paul Tremblay reading his Clarkesworld Story, “There’s no Light Between Floors“, which I believe is the first con reading of anything we’ve published.  I also managed to get a couple of shots of Mary Robinette Kowal’s amazing computer.  You have to check out those pictures, but I’m sure you’ve already heard about it somewhere by now.

During the convention, I decided that the Clarkesworld Books website would close at the end of August.  The orders are slowing down and I had hoped to have wrapped things up by now.  However, I’m still going to have a lot of inventory to sell off, so I’ve made the decision to keep Clarkesworld Books around as a convention-only dealer that will someday just turn into the Wyrm Publishing table.

Now I must get back to catching up on email and orders that came in while I’ve been gone…

Clarkesworld Bestsellers : Week Ending November 20th, 2005

1Fishing with Grandma Matchie by Steven Erikson (Signed Numbered Paperback)
2Grave Site by Charlaine Harris (Signed Hardcover)
3The Shadow at The Bottom of The World by Thomas Ligotti (Trade Paperback)
4Fishing with Grandma Matchie by Steven Erikson (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
5Poe’s Progeny by Gary Fry (ed.) (Numbered Trade Paperback)

4Fantasy & Science Fiction
5Dark Discoveries

Happy Thanksgiving!


Clarkesworld Bestsellers: Week Ending September 18th, 2005

1Shadow Twin by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
2Thud! by Terry Pratchett (Signed Hardcover)
3Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll (Hardcover)
4Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb (Signed Hardcover)
5Eternity and Other Stories by Lucius Shepard (Trade Paperback)

4Fantasy & Science Fiction
5Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

The race this week between Shadow Twin and Thud! was close. We sold a lot of each title and it’s likely that neither one of these will maintain their spots next week since we’ve just received our signed copies of Neil Gaiman’s ANANSI BOYS, which did well in preorder.


Fantasy Magazine

If you haven’t already heard, FANTASY MAGAZINE will be making it’s debut at World Fantasy Convention this November. The first issue will include contributions from Jeffrey Ford, Eugie Foster, Sarah Brandywine Johnson, Nick Mamatas, Megan Messinger, Vera Nazarian, Holly Phillips, Tim Pratt, Margaret Ronald, Sonya Taaffe, Catherynne M. Valente, Jeff VanderMeer, and Erzebet Yellow-Boy, as well as an interview with Jeffrey Ford.

We’ve just made arrangements with Prime Books to take one-year subscriptions for this magazine. If you prefer to just preorder the first issue, we can do that too. We ship individual issues. They ship subscriptions.

I’ve always considered working out subscription arrangements with publishers, but I’ve never followed through. Now that I have one, it seems silly not to chase down some of the others. Judging by the number of magazines currently stocked, I have a lot of work ahead of me.