A Girl (from an undisclosed location in California): 'When do I get an advance copy of your novel? I think you could do a west coast book tour at some point. I can attempt any pre-PR work as needed.'
Me: 'The earliest I'll have a copy of the book in my hands will be mid July. I'll make sure to post one first thing. Oh my God, I would love a book tour on the west coast. It's not happening, obviously, but my publisher tells me that approximately 50% of my pre-orders come from California. But what's 50% of 3, really? Please intensify your PR efforts.'
A Girl: '50% from California, how interesting. Perhaps I randomly leave a copy or two in areas which I consider high traffic interest for your novel. Of course I would make it look like it was seriously missed and read-through, carried everywhere (literally could not put it down), dog-ear the pages, perhaps leave a bookmark close to the end and a personal note on the inside cover that reads something like "Happy 29th Birthday Stephen - You must read this book, can't put it into words. xx- Yours, J"'
(A Girl was the real star of this blog, no?)