Sunday, September 23, 2007


John Elder Robison's official release date is September 25 but I saw it at Borders yesterday available for sale. YIPPEE! It's an excellent book and is already selling well! I have an autographed ARC that John gave me when we met up in New York in June.

I think I know how john feels. You wait for over a year and it seems like it will never come and then PRESTO!
Everything happens at once.

So what's it like almost two months after LOTTERY's release?

Well you get used to seeing your book in bookstores and something happens that you didn't expect. emails from readers telling you how much they enjoyed your book. I answer each one and will until it gets too much. I value each and every reader.
And then the surprises. Finding out LOTTERY is on the August bestseller list for Elliott Bay Book Store. Seeing LOTTERY on the Bestseller list again for
So I've taken you on the road to do signings, talks and readings. You've read some reviews and features.I've talked about the book club discussions.
And now?
It's all up to the book sellers and readers.
And out of my hands.
So what am I doing?
That's what.
And staying home.

Hanging out on the aft deck of ORION.
Petting my muse.
And working on novel number two.


Anonymous said...

Good to see you are writing on your next book! ;D Thanks for the autographed copy, we'll all read it in turns. Just had to say hhi, and let you know that it seems like I'll write my PhD over the next few years! Wohooooo! Love to the family from all of us here in Voss!

John Robison said...

Yes, now I too am on my way.


Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Pat, your book is pretty popular here in Massachusetts, too. It has prime real estate on all of the bookstore front tables and readers love it.

Would you say the highlight of this entire experience has been the notes people send? I would imagine so.


Carleen Brice said...

Hi Pat, Here's one of those notes: I finished Lottery last night. Your book made me laugh out loud, turn pages REALLY fast to see how things were going to turn out, and cry. I cared about Perry and his friends (& Gram, the live person and Gram the voice in his head) so much! And I really loved the ending. I think Perry did exactly what Gram told him not to do: He was smart. I especially liked what happened with David. :)

Looking forward to your N2.

Tyhitia Green said...

That's greta, Pat. Cannot wait to read novel number 2. I'm going to pick up John's book as well...

Anonymous said...

I love to know what number 2 is about. Any chance you'll share? Or is it too soon?

Anonymous said...

I have to say... "petting my muse" sounds absolutely filthy at first glance:) LOL. Maybe your next novel should be erotica.

Lisa R said...

I really enjoyed the book signing on Saturday. It was so nice to see how excited people are about Lottery. Keep writing, I can't wait for the next one!

Holly Kennedy said...

I confer with Pat. Look Me In The Eye is a deeply insightful and evocative read.
Go John, go.

Same goes for LOTTERY!

ORION said...

Aloha Silje! That first post is from one of my cousins from Norway.
Double Woof to you John!
Writers Group- Highlights? Well it's actually like spontaneous warm hugs at odd moments that just warm your heart- MUCH better than highlights...
Oh carleen thanks a bunch!
rebecca I am very close mouthed about my projects until they are in draft form - I don't like to lose energy talking about the premise.
toddie...toddie...toddie...why am I not surprised you said that! hope your work is going well- it's such fun to meet bloggers and know who they are!

Aprilynne Pike said...

Congrats to John!! I have been telling everyone i know about your and his book. (And I love that they have the special on Amazon where you can order the two books together. How cool is that!?!?)

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

I haven't checked in in a long time!! I'm psyched for John's book--was just at B&N yesterday. will have to get there tomorrow! congrats to you both! You published authors you!

Kim Rossi Stagliano said...

John and Perry - two of my favorite guys! But while I only get to see Perry on the page (please include him in another novel!) I get to attend TWO of John's events! NYC and CT. I'm so excited for him. As I was for you when Lottery debuted. The writing community can be a glorious place can't it? Gives a newbie hope, doesn't it, Manic?

Sarah Miller said...

I've been waiting for John's book at the libaray! Any day now, I hope...

Anonymous said...

Aloha Patricia! ;D
Hehe, well, I promised to comment so I had to keep my promise. Even though I waited WAY too long before I did so..... ;D

Melissa Amateis said...

I guess in the end, that's what it's all about, isn't it? Just sitting down and putting words on the page.

Glad you're getting to do that again. :-)

Zany Mom said...

Already read Lottery, just picked up Look Me in the Eye, along with a couple of other books. So when I get a break in first-draft action, I've got a pile on the nightstand. Cool!

ORION said...

Silje email me from my profile page! I don't have your email.
I am immersed in book two - it has taken me by surprise. The kind of premise that wakes you up in the middle of the night and you say "Ah HA!"
I had a character out of place in another manuscript and now she finds a home. Like Lottery it's starting to write itself. I have learned to slow down and think carefully - laying down the structure - the skeleton- before I fill in the details.
Sorry for being cryptic!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Pat, I had a really awesome day yesterday when I thought, "I wrote today, and it feels great and I even feel like a real writer today!"

Best feeling in the world, wouldn't ya'gree? Hee hee, just made that up... the contraction for you agree is now officially trademarked as ya'gree. Thank you Mrs. Elliot.

Enough. You can tell the caffeine is in charge of what is coming out onto the keyboard with this post.


MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Oh, and hey Kim!!! Isn't it a hoot when you're writing to other writer friends via another writers' friends' blog and you see we're corresponding with one another this way?

Yes, Pat, I told you... IT'S THE CAFFEINE!!!

: )

Michelle Zink said...

Enjoy the well-deserved rest and writing time, Pat.

Kanani said...

Shhh..... my son is listening to John's book. The CD arrived today. He's enthralled.

Rachel Mork said...

Hi Patricia,

LOVED your book - fabulous voice all the way through. I just bought another copy for a friend as a birthday gift and know it will be a thoroughly enjoyed gift.

Best to you!

ORION said...

Thanks rachel!
It's amazing to get all these notes from people all over the place. I just got some very cool reviews in Australia and the UK!
I really do enjoy hearing from readers.

Jamie Ford said...

Good luck with book two!

I'm kicking my second one around as well. I keep telling myself...there's NO pressure...there's NO pressure. I almost believe it.

John Robison said...

I see Lottery in every bookstore as I travel around for signings. It's good to be out there, for sure.