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About An English author living in exile

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Here's the Press Release (I'll be producing a starter pack in the next day or so for those new to the VBT hosting experience and life on the astral plane)

PRESS RELEASE

To mark the release of the paperback edition of Resonance on May 22nd I'm organising a virtual book tour with a difference.

What's a virtual book tour?

It's the low carb (footprint) version of the traditional author tour. Instead of jetting around the world signing books and meeting readers the author seeks out volunteers to host an appearance on their blogs or websites.

What does a volunteer host have to do?

As little or as much as you'd like. From posting a link and a comment on your blog on May 22nd that Resonance is out ... through to joining in the remote signing experiment (more later).

Often volunteers host an author interview. You send me a list of up to four questions before May 19th, I send you the answers and then, on May 22nd, you post the author interview on your blog or website. I'll keep track of all the host sites and post a list of all the participating sites on my blog.

What's this remote signing experiment?

Some of you may have heard of Margaret Atwood's remote signing pen - a robotic arm that she'd send to book stores while she stayed at home. A sensor mimicked every movement that Margaret's arm made and the remote pen signed the books.

Brilliant ... that is until the wiring became reversed and Margaret spent the next three hours trapped in her living room painting invisible Volkswagens.

But technology has moved on since then. Margaret has a good job with Peugeot and I - as people who've seen the virtual tours I've hosted for other authors will testify - have two mediums strapped to a quantum computer. And Windows ESP.

The result: an astrally projected author's hand ... Sometimes... Windows ESP is still in beta testing and Doris, one of the mediums, likes to drink. So, if you'd like to join in the remote signing experiment, and you're not afraid of ectoplasm, get in touch. Will my ghostly hand appear? Will it sign a book, a check, behave?

Are there prizes?

Everyone hosting an author interview will have their name placed in a virtual hat. An astrally projected hand will then select the lucky winner who will receive a signed copy of Resonance.

And for those hosting a remote signing there will be a prize for the most creative post - as judged by a panel of four dead authors (the astral plane is full of them) The prize being a free ebook from Webscriptions who have books by Heinlein, Bujold, Moon, Stross, Niven, Weber and McCaffrey to name but a few.

What's Resonance about?

It's an SF mystery novel set in London - the story of two people whose lives appear fragmented across alternate realities and how, together, they hold the key to the future of a billion worlds.

It's published by Baen and was selected by the SFBC as a featured book.

How do I volunteer?

Sign up using the comment box or send an email to chris dot dolley (at) worldonline.fr

And don't worry, the remote signing is Vatican and Goddess approved. No Dark Forces will be invoked to help with the spelling.

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From:anothernathan
Date:April 26th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
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completely off topic but...

I saw this today and thought of you. Another interesting sideline perhaps?

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=46730&in_page_id=34
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From:chrisdolley
Date:April 28th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
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That is one amazing story! ... or urban legend?
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From:pgmcc
Date:April 26th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
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I wonder could the remote signing technology/mythology be part of the puzzle of the mysteriously signed letters and documents of the stolen identity case?
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From:mindyklasky
Date:April 27th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
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Count me in, count me in!
From:anothernathan
Date:April 28th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure it's urban legend....but it should be true!
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From:cq4fun
Date:April 29th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
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I'll be happy to post a link and interview in any or all 3 of my blogs, as each goes to a different audience. I think my son is the only one who reads all 3!

One question is what led you to write SciFi, as opposed to, say, Westerns?

Otherwise, pick your 3 favorite questions to answer. =)

Oh, I think I'll pass on the virtual signing thing. =)
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From:concret67
Date:April 30th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
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Interesting idea, Chris, although how anyone without the Awesome Powers of Queen Margaret Atwood will fare at such a task is anyone's guess :-). I've given it a mention over on the FPI blog: http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/?p=3649 - do drop me a line if there is a UK edition coming out in the future.

Joe
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 4th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)

Chris will be signing copies of the book in the UK

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June 7th in Waterstones Picadilly Circus along with two fellow Baen authors, John Lambshead and Andrew Dennis

BTW Chris I'll be part of the virtual book tour....
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From:chrisdolley
Date:May 4th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Chris will be signing copies of the book in the UK

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Good to hear, Francis.

Now if only I can hide the bottles from Doris...
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From:Alex Swavely [myopenid.com]
Date:May 6th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
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I have an idea on signing ebooks...
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From:Alex Swavely [myopenid.com]
Date:May 6th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
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Oh, and I just had an idea on how to pull off a true virtual signing, too..
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From:chrisdolley
Date:May 6th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Are you going to share?
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From:Alex Swavely [myopenid.com]
Date:May 7th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
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Sure, but seeing as how I can't save drafts on here, I'll either email you or post it to your forum on the Bar.
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