It’s been busy here at Pamie Central with the new book coming out. Have you pre-ordered yet? Did you know that pre-ordering helps me TREMENDOUSLY? If you’re a fan of anything I’ve written for free over the years and perhaps aren’t a reader of this type of book, please think about buying one for the person in your life who would love this kind of book. PS: Do you have any idea how sexy/romantic/sweet it is to buy a book for someone? It’s better than flowers, I promise you. (Unless that book is about dieting.)

These days you get two kinds of book tours — visual and virtual — and I’ve been hard at work writing copy or giving interviews for all the fascinating and fun websites I’m lucky enough to have feature either me or the book in the coming weeks. Here’s the rundown:

This week I had a lively radio interview with Gigi Levangie Grazer while walking around my backyard. We discuss writing, plastic surgery, movies my mother loves, and it somehow starts with, “Pam is a virgin.” [archived here.]

Today I am over at Novelicious, sharing my Top 5 Writing Tips.

Tomorrow, when you’re already reading Go Fug Yourself, you’ll see there’s a chance to win a free copy of YOU TAKE IT FROM HERE. [edited to add: contest info here]

On Monday I’ll be over at Chick Lit Is Not Dead with 5 Things I’d Tell the Teen Me. [edited to add: read the article here]

TUESDAY IS MY BOOK DAY! If you’re in Los Angeles, please come down to Skylight Books at 7:30 for fun and surprises. [Were you there? Did you miss it? Here are Jessica Schilling’s fantastic photos of the event.]

Here I am writing about love and loss and how I came up with this novel over at John Scalzi’s Big Idea.

I talk Wonder Killing, roller derby, TWoP, murderous crackheads, Star Wars, Anne Heche and my time in anime as I babble while getting more and more nervous over at This American Wife.

I make a Spotify playlist for YOU TAKE IT FROM HERE over at Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes.

Early press for You Take It From Here has been most kind. Special thanks to Jennifer Weiner for placing it high on her summer must-reads list alongside some amazing authors (and Molly Ringwald! Enjoy that, Little Pam!).

At NPR’s Monkey See blog, Linda Holmes writes a beautiful piece about writing and literature, comparing my book and Jennifer Weiner’s latest to Johnathan Franzen’s Freedom, and how they make you feel. She was then kind enough to mention the book (and Going in Circles) on that week’s Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast.

Danielle Turchiano wrote such a heartfelt review I wanted to send her a case of Kleenex.

Noelle Wittkop also wrote a glowing review. And she called me her “favorite author” so she gets an A+ forever.

Susan at Sweeter Lemon named YTIFH an Awesome Book of the Week. “Oh, you guys. This book is so good. It even surpasses ‘Going in Circles’ as my fave Ribon book, and I really loved that book, too.

Kritter’s Ramblings loved YTIFH. “This book touched my heart on a whole nother level…”

Just a Guy Who Reads Books sort of begrudgingly enjoyed the book, but needs to spend some time in Louisiana to see why Smidge’s accent can’t just be from any rando Southern town.

Speaking of reviews that sound like they’re going to be bad ones but end up being great, the reviewer over at The Readers Cafe wanted to hate this book so much she was practically salivating. Instead, I made her feel things and then she cried. Success!

This book caused From Tracie to send her best friend an extremely long email about what they will and won’t do for each other. So thank you to Tracie, and to her BFF, I’m sorry. Says Tracie, in her review: “If the standard of a good book is the emotions it conveys, the thoughts it sparks, and the way you find it touching your life after you close the pages, because the story sits with you (and I think it is), then this book is more than good. It is spectacular.”

Jesaka Long gives a great review over at her blog A Written Life: “When literary agents say they are looking for “voice-driven” writing (of any genre), I imagine they are looking for someone like Pamela Ribon.”

Books and Movies gives a four-star review: “[This book] was my first experience with author Pamela Ribon, but it won’t be my last.”

I gave a slightly spoiler-alerty interview over at Made Possible By Pop Culture on writing this book, and Danielle was most gracious. “I can only hope her story is deemed big enough to also take over the screen soon, too. We could certainly use a visionary like Smidge, a good friend like Smidge, and most importantly, an inspiration like Ribon in our lives.”

With 20four12, I converted another wary male reader into a surprised fan. All the credit here goes to his wife, who apparently demanded he get an advanced copy of the book. (Thank you!) “‘You Take It From Here’ is not a book I normally would have thought about picking up given my personal tastes, but I can thank my wife and her love of Pamela Ribon for exposing me to a book that is not only enjoyable, but rather thought-provoking. I recommend the book to anyone looking for a fun, interesting, potentially tear-inducing, summer read.”

Thanks to everybody who’s been supportive and/or patient throughout this book-hype time. It’s hard to sell books, you guys. I’m sure you know that, but if you don’t, I’ll say it again. Selling books is hard. If you’ve bought a book at all in the past month, by anybody, you’re a damn hero in … my book.

Okay, I have more words due in other places, which means I will write them while obsessively checking Amazon and Goodreads every eighteen minutes.

38 thoughts on “Blog Tour

  1. I didn’t know per-ordering helped you, but I’m extra glad now that I did.

    I am eagerly awaiting my delivery, and I almost want to order another one as a gift for my BFF, but I’m scared it’s going to be too sad. I should probably just do it though.

    I’ve loved your writing for years – very happy to have a new book to read.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Here’s why:

      1 – Higher pre-orders signal to book resellers like Amazon and B&N that they need to order more copies.

      2 – Higher pre-orders signal to your publisher that they need to do a larger print run.

      3 – Pre-orders count when the book ships, which can greatly impact your book’s sales numbers in the first week it’s on-sale. Which also greatly impacts its chance of making all those bestseller lists! [source]

      I feel like your BFF would know your heart was in the right place, and I promise the novel’s more funny than sad.

      1. Thanks for the pre-order information, it makes sense.

        I’d like to pre-order a copy for my Kobo reader, but I’m kind of new to the world of Kobo, do you know if I can pre-order there? Does the US even have Kobo – or is it a Canadian thing?

        If I can’t pre-order Kobo, I’ll just order another physical copy.

        1. I only know of Kobo because Dave, who designed the site, links to it on my main page. They have all my other books, but no mention of this one. I’m not so familiar with how Kobo works, but it looks like they don’t do pre-orders.

          Is it Canadian? (Dave is Canadian.)

          1. It is Canadian – our version of the Kindle, I guess, it’s affiliated with a large bookstore chain.

            I’ve emailed them about pre-orders, but I’ll probably have to wait until release date if I want to get the book electronically.

  2. Pamie, I just pre-ordered the hell out of your book. Don’t know why it took me so long! Best of luck to you on the tour, hoping to catch you in the Bay Area!

  3. I was waiting to buy your book at Skylight Books on Tuesday but now I’ll definitely preorder. You don’t sign Kindle copies do you?? (I am nerd about getting books signed by favorite authors.)

    1. In the past I have signed Kindle covers, and I’ll have little promo cards for the book that I can sign and you can stick inside your Kindle (or some past book of mine you might have bought). Hooray! Thanks, Karen!

  4. I had pre-ordered the book but had to cancel it because of severe money problems. I am so sorry, Pamie, but I promise I will re-order the book as soon as I can.

  5. I’d ordered one for myself (in January) as well as a Kindle copy (in February). But I always buy a few copies of your books for friends so went ahead and ordered them today so they’d count in your pre-orders. Amazon is still telling me they won’t come ’til the 6th. Odd. The one for my Kindle says it’ll be delivered on the 3rd, though, so I’m all set no matter when the non-digital copies arrive!

    1. Lady, I can’t thank you enough.

      Amazon is estimating the shipping on that 6th, but the books ship whenever they’re ready. I’m not sure if the holiday is what makes them give a delayed date, but every previous book I’ve written delivered before the release date.

      And yes, your Kindle book will be there at midnight on the 3rd. Hooray! And thank you again!

  6. Here is the reason I already pre-ordered…I’ve been immensely enjoying your writing for years now without having to pay a dime, both here and at TWoP. Even though this doesn’t seem to be the type of book I would normally read, I’m happy to throw a little coin your way to say THANK YOU for the hours of entertainment you have provided. Good luck with the book, and much deserved success!

      1. Oh, and now I get to update and say that I just started the book this morning, am already over halfway through (even though I am technically at my office “working”), and I have already cried five times.

        Hooray for trying new things! Hope to see you on the 20th in the ATL!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I believe that sale will help once the indie store reports back to BookScan or the publisher or something like that. Book sales are slightly mysterious.

      1. Pam..
        After reading this I just pre-ordered for my kindle..

        I also didn’t know that pre-orders helped. . I hope that you have an awesome release day!!
        Lots of good vibes your way!!

  7. I Pre-ordered weeks ago and I’ve been counting down the days till the 3rd so I can download it on my kindle!! So looking forward to devouring it tomorrow night.

  8. Since I’m a lameass who has to get a bunch of roller derby ads done for the next game(I’m fantastic at procrastination!) as well as get ready for a weekend motorcycle trip, I can’t crash your LA book signing. So I bought your book for my Kindle instead. Win/win!

  9. Pamie – thanks for the link-back!

    I enjoyed your book more than a little, I think what came across as “grudging” was supposed to be “pleasantly surprised”. I would grab another by you without reservation, despite the fact that you write in a genre I don’t usually frequent. I will bow to your greater knowledge of Southern accents – I’ve never been further South than Tennessee, so my knowledge is based largely on TV and movies. (Inbred cousins and people who still own slaves, indeed)

    Congrats on the Scalzi Big Idea – that will almost certainly help your sales more than my little blog.

    1. Hi, Mike!

      Thank you so much, both for the review, and for this above. I was joking a little about your grudging enjoyment; you’re the second review I’ve gotten along the lines of “I was really prepared to hate this, but I ended up enjoying it.” Which, I have to say, is flattering/rewarding. Thank you again for taking the time to read and review the book on your site, and if you do read any of the others, thanks in advance.

  10. Hello, nice to meet you!! I have been reading your new title before knowing about your blog, cannot wait to browse around. As for You Take it From Here, I am near the end and enraptured. The characters are so involving, causing me lots of emotional reactions. LOL I wish I had read this in time to meet you somewhere in the south! ~oklahoma

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