So Mind Wide Open shot up to #95 on the Amazon Sales Rank list overnight, which is a pretty great place to be ten days before the official publication date. More entertaining, perhaps, is the fact that the book is #9 on the general self-help bestseller list -- right up there with Dr. Phil and Who Moved My Cheese? Let the healing begin!
Years ago, when my first book came out, the publisher booked me to do a signing at a completely random Borders in the middle of Boston's financial district, for which not one single person showed up. Not even a straggler lost in the Pet Care section who felt sorry for me. I just sat there for thirty minutes talking awkwardly with the store representative and then packed up my bag and left.
I tell you that story not because I'm worried that this will actually happen again, but just so you don't get too irritated over the next month or so when I mention bookstore appearances in this space. Here's the first such mention: I'm going to be doing my first bookstore talk and signing in Seattle this Thursday at 7PM, at the University Bookstore (located at 4327 University Way.) So those of you in the Seattle area -- or really anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, and southern Canada, and perhaps the Anchorage area -- please come by and say hi. I promise to tell many delightful stories about my brain, and, like John Kerry, stay around and field questions until every one of you has decided to vote for me for President.
One other bit of self-promotion: apparently I will appear on ABC Nightline tonight, in a story they've put together on MoveOn and bottom-up political movements generally. They came by a week or so ago and talked to me for about an hour, which -- if my past television experience is any guide -- probably means that I will appear on camera for three-and-a-half seconds, during which time I will say something along the lines of, "The Internet is, like, totally cool." But I'm sure the rest of the story will be informative.