Requests that involve my time…
Unfortunately, if you have a request that takes me away from writing, it probably means that I’ll have to respectfully decline. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve become overwhelmed with requests, and I finally recognized that if I’m busy doing talks and traveling, I don’t get any writing done.
I’m a slow enough writer as it is, so I simply have to say:
Some examples of this in action….
Would you read my novel? Would you consider writing a blurb for it?
Unfortunately, I’m not accepting any blurb requests at this time.
– Please do not contact me directly about your book (ie on Facebook), as I will automatically decline.
– Please do not send books to me that I haven’t requested, as they will be disposed of without being read.
Are you available to speak to my book group, or at my school, university or library in person?
No. While I’m flattered that you would consider inviting me, travel and speaking engagements are distracting enough that they get in the way of writing books, and that’s where I’m putting all of my energy these days.
Are you available to speak to my book group, or at my school, university or library via Skype?
No. While I’m flattered that you would consider inviting me, I am currently under a lot of deadlines and cannot commit to Skype calls.
Are you available to write a short story for XYZ anthology/magazine/__?
Unfortunately, I’m completely swamped with other deadlines and am not taking on any short story work for the foreseeable future. My book editors are banging on my door with axes, and I would prefer not to be chopped into pieces.
Other Questions With More Interesting Answers:
How do you pronounce Paolo Bacigalupi?
TeachingBooks.net has a recording of me saying my name: http://www.teachingbooks.net/pronounce.cgi?aid=13340
Is there an educator guide or study questions available for Ship Breaker?
Yes! Little, Brown has created an official Ship Breaker study guide. There are also several other study guides that independent teachers and librarians have created around the web. Googling should turn them up.
Would you send me a signed photo?
Ahem. No. I don’t have any photos to send. I’m rather astounded that this one gets asked as frequently as it does.
Will you sign books or bookplates if I send them to you and pay the return postage?
Unfortunately, I am no longer signing books or book plates.
Are signed books available?
I’m not selling signed books directly at present. However, Townie Books of Crested Butte has signed books and are happy to ship. They’re a fantastic indy bookstore, and owners Arvin and Danica may be able to help you out.
The last time I checked, they had the following signed books in stock:
Ship Breaker, Trade Paperback
The Drowned Cities, Hardback
Pump Six & Other Stories, Trade Paperback
The Windup Girl, Trade Paperback