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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 08:00 pm:   

Just in time for me to carve a piece of your biweekly paychecks out for myself, 3000 MPH In Every Direction At Once: Stories And Essays (Prime Books) is live on amazon.com.

So please be sure to buy as many copies as you can possibly afford.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 11:12 am:   

Actually, Nick, Amazon says they're out of stock. Time to kick some ass.
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 12:58 pm:   

I know, they're being frigging annoying. A marketplace copy was up yesterday, so page said they were ready to ship. Apparently, they were only speaking on behalf of the third party who offered up the single copy.
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Haddayr Copley-Woods
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 02:58 pm:   

How about if I order it from my local independent bookstore? I hate giving amazon my money, and like the man says it's not available yet on amazon. Do you get less money if I buy it through my bookstore?
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 03:45 pm:   

Nope, not really, though the amazon link above does give a few extra pennies to the guy who runs my website. If your bookstore actually will order the title rather than just pretending to, go right ahead.

Or you can buy directly from the publisher Prime Books (www.primebooks.net).

In a few days, it'll also be up on Project Pulp (www.blindside.net/smallpress), the neat little indie distro.
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2003 - 09:08 am:   

Aha, now the book is orderable from amazon! Ignore the 3-5 weeks thing, it will be more active once a few orders are made. Dive on in'!

That link again is 3000 MPH In Every Direction At Once.
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Jon Hansen
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2003 - 07:31 pm:   

I see your current ranking as of this moment is #300. Very impressive.
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2003 - 09:05 pm:   

It hit 265 at 11PM.

God I love the software abuse.
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2003 - 11:10 pm:   

I now have OCD.

221 at 1AM. 223 at 2AM.
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Scott Reilly
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2003 - 08:52 am:   

This morning you've been 196. Though I'm sure you're already aware of that.
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2003 - 11:57 am:   

I was 185 at noon or so. Seems to finally be sinking back into place though.

Didn't make the Movers And Shakers list for some reason. Perhaps they only track movement within the top 1000 -- starting at 4447 yesterday may have DQed me.
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Scott Reilly
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2003 - 07:04 pm:   

I noticed that, too. My theory was that you needed a day to be established at your ranking. So though you started at 4447, you might not have been there long enough for them to use that as the basis for comparison. You were too fluid too early. I'd suggest having the Day of Consumption III on the 2nd day of the book's availability. Like I said, just a theory.
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2003 - 07:45 pm:   

There will be a Day Of Consumption in October, which should be when reviews hit. Can't have too many DoCs or they don't work. And of course, the tracking of the rank is a catalyst for sales, not the goal in and of itself. One is just more likely to get Interested Consumer X to buy Commodity Y right away that way; if they put it off they may never do it.
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Haddayr Copley-Woods
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 12:27 pm:   

Nick: actually, my bookstore openly told me they aren't doing "special orders" anymore, so they won't even _pretend_ to order it. So here's my question: should I buy directly from the publisher now, or bite the bullet and give Amazon my money on Day of Consumption in October? Your call.
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 03:07 pm:   

Buy it now if you have and don't mind using paypal.

primebooks.net
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Haddayr Copley-Woods
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 07:31 am:   

I have and I don't mind.
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Mastadge
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 05:09 pm:   

I bought it. It should arrive any day now. I've got a couple other books to read first (not to mention schoolbooks), though.
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 05:42 pm:   

Schoolbooks? Nobody ever learned anything from a schoolbook!

Thanks!
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 02:01 pm:   

3000 MPH In Every Direction At Once got a good review in Locus this month.

Check it out!

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