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WOTD: Release

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Today's word of the day is: Release

Release: (1) The act of setting someone or something free, as from a prison or a state of anticipation. (2) The act of setting dogs or new books loose upon hapless victims. (3) In publishing, the act of putting a book into distribution.


Today is 07/07/07, a lucky configuration of digits that only comes about once in a hundred years.  It's also the official release date of The Penguins of Doom, my magic-number-filled debut novel.  It's not, unfortunately, quite the day that the books will magically appear on bookstore shelves.

For huge releases like the upcoming seventh Harry Potter, the publisher maintains scrupulous control over the manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution processes to ensure that books aren't available too early (to spoil the surprise ending that Voldemort is really Mr. Weasley in a rubber mask), too late (to ruin all those midnight release parties), or on different days in different parts of the country (to enrich the coffers of Ebay). 

For the vast majority of other books, however, you might first see them weeks before or after the announced "due date"--which should really be called a "best guess date" instead. Even the large publishing houses are printing books in Asia these days, where they save on production costs but lose control over the exact timing.  My book, I'm told, is being printed in Singapore and being shipped on a container vessel by way of Greenland. Or something.

So...yeah.  Through no fault of any of the awesome folks at Blooming Tree Press, I'll be throwing a book release party without the books.  But it will be the kickin'est bookless release party ever, don't you worry about that!

I'm lucky enough to have two release dates: Triple-Seven Day, today, when I'll be partying it up with family and friends; and Future Release Day when readers are able to get their hands on actual copies.  If you have a guess about when Future Release Day will be, leave it in a comment or send me an email.  Closest guess gets a manuscript page!

Helping me celebrate Triple-Seven Day are Kevin Wall and Al Gore, who are throwing a worldwide series of Penguins of Doom Live Earth concerts in London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Hamburg, and New Jersey.  Al Gore is especially bummed that copies of The Penguins of Doom aren't available yet and has, at the last minute, renamed the concert series "Live Earth" from the original title, "Live Penguins Appear in Greg R. Fishbone's New Book, The Penguins of Doom".  I've got to admit, the new name is much catcher.

[Side story...  You know how sometimes you'll be looking at greeting cards for someone and you'll find one that's just perfect for another person you weren't even thinking of?  Well, I was in a Hallmark store back in the 90's, flipping through Halloween cards, when I found one that seemed to be custom-made for then-Vice President Al Gore.  So I sent it to him--and he wrote back to thank me for the card!  I've never had anyone send a thank-you note for a greeting card before, so I guess it really was the most absolutely perfect card ever. Either that or Mr. Gore is the most ultra-super-polite person I've ever met.  Or maybe he just doesn't get a whole lot of mail--which is kind of sad.  We've since fallen out of touch, but I really should send him an advance reader copy.  I think he'd like that.]

Also Tracy Grand of the book resource website, JacketFlap, has made The Penguins of Doom a Featured Book of the Day!  Thanks, Tracy!

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JacketFlap

Happy Triple-Seven Day, everyone!!!


Future Release Date Guesses:

Comments

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newport2newport
Jul. 7th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Greg! I hope you and Septina enjoy the best launch party e-vah!
d_michiko_f
Jul. 7th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Fruit!!!!
WOOHOO! Congratulations on the release of your awesome novel! C still quotes lines from your book! :) Have a fab party and do share the details!
davidlubar
Jul. 7th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. As a founding member of the "Let's Make Fishbone a Verb Society," I'm thrilled that your release date has arrived. May your penguins fly off the shelves.
kidlit_kim
Jul. 7th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to your book baby!
jbknowles
Jul. 7th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Argh! Sorry to hear that Greg, but great idea to have us all guess.

OK, I'll be optimistic and go with 7-27-07.

:-)

Have fun at your party! Wish I could be there.
lindajsingleton
Jul. 7th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
CONGRATS, Greg!!! I can't wait to get my copy of your book!!! And you can sign it for me in LA/SCBWI.

I am soooooooo happy for you!!!!

Linda Joy
dlgarfinkle
Jul. 7th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I hope your books arrive soon. My guess: 7/16.
annemariepace
Jul. 7th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Greg!
bryanreardon
Jul. 7th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Great release date. 7 is THE number. Congrats.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 7th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Greg! And condonlences, too, on the books not actually being stateside yet. Le sigh.

Kelly H. has had some technical difficulties over at The Edge of the Forest, but your interview will eventually be up once she gets things sorted out. (Something about the Black Screen of Death -- poor Kelly!)
masonk
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yay tri-seven day!

I'm gonna guess 8-7-7.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
I posted a book announcement-ish kind of teaser-thingy today, just so you know.
ex_kmessner
Jul. 7th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Hi, Greg ~ I found my way here through from joknowles' LJ and wanted to say happy release day! Sorry to hear about your books' delay. I'm looking forward to reading it!
(Anonymous)
Jul. 8th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
I was hoping your book would be actually available for my daughter's 10th birthday tomorrow. But then, 10 years ago I was wishing she'd arrived more promptly, also.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 8th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Ummmm..... yeah......
So...... how exactly does one join the "Let's make "Fishbone" a Verb Society"???????? It sounds like a pretty interesting club!!!

Abbe
http://www.perkysperspective.blogspot.com
(Anonymous)
Jul. 9th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats and Where is it!?
Hey Greg - So I'll be in Boston for about a week and need to know where I can get me a copy? Any stores have any yet?

Congrats on the great event you organized with Mr. Gore. Come to think of it, Madona looks more andmorelike a penguin theses days...hmmm

Alan Silberberg
Pond Scum
tem2
Jul. 9th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats and Where is it!?
The books may be on a ship in the South Pacific right now, but your guess is as good as mine... They will be in stores soon, I hope. :D
(Anonymous)
Jul. 9th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats and Where is it!?
Hey Greg - So I'll be in Boston for about a week and need to know where I can get me a copy? Any stores have any yet?

Congrats on the great event you organized with Mr. Gore. Come to think of it, Madona looks more and more like a penguin these days...hmmm

Alan Silberberg
Pond Scum
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