Tuesday, November 06, 2012


While we were in Crete I got an email from Jude Feldman who is the general manager at Borderland Books in San Francisco. A customer was trying to obtain a copy of Mindgames: Fool’s Mate. While I couldn’t provide Jude with said book I did let her know about the publication of The Departure, Zero Point and Jupiter War by Night Shade Books in America, told her how nice it was to see my books selling well in Borderlands (ego search of course) and in return received the nice email below:

Jude Feldman
General Manager
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St.
San Francisco  CA 94110
415 824-8203

Glad to hear those titles will be coming from Nightshade!  We like working with them, they are local, and of course when they publish your books it is a lot faster for us to get them than when we have to import them from the UK.  As to our bestseller list, you are a frequent guest there.  Every time you have a new release, a dedicated group of customers (including the store's owner and several of our staff members) sets up what is essentially a vigil, checking with us every afternoon to see if the post (and therefore your new title) has arrived yet.  It's not quite a bank holiday when the books do arrive, but it might as well be, because at least a handful of those folks stay up all night reading and skip work the next day. 

There are only a small number of authors who inspire that kind of loyalty, so although it is completely understandable, it's pretty heartening for a bookseller to watch.

Thanks for your work.



vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

Jude is a she.
there's always a 'recommended' blurb under your titles. they're the store who had the big Gabble blow up of the Sullivan art in the window years ago which sold out in a week/sign down. i couldn't take a picture quick enough if you remember.

Chrish said...

Nice mail :)

Neal Asher said...

Thanks for that Vaude - corrections made. Now I do vaguely remember something about a picture ... any chance you can send it to me?

See, Chris, I might be a bit of a curmudgeon but at least I am making some people happy!

Graeme Finch said...

Neal Asher: Now responsible for absenteeism and structural deficit in United States. Claims made by US Treasury dept, following plaudits by independent Bookseller On Mr Asher's website.

This correspondent will now duck as Mr Asher responds :-)

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

no pic, the poster in the window was down before i could snap a photo. Jude & Alan are helpful, they might have one.

Voltage said...

I shop for your books at Borderlands, Neil. They're good folks.

Neal Asher said...

Graeme, but I am adding to their GDP this year with the three books, so perhaps I won't be extradited.

Vaude, I've asked for some photos from them next time this occurs.

Voltage, thanks, so they seem to be.