We Have a Pre-order Page!

I just discovered today that the Amazon pre-order page for Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body is up! Squee! As if that weren’t enough, I got a bunch of bound galleys in the mail. (So, you know, if you’re a super-influential, rockstar-type person who wants to blurb or review it, shoot me an e-mail.) Holy crap, y’all. It’s really a book! Well, almost.

I can’t get a decent picture of the galley cover (which, as far as I know, is pretty much the same as the real one will be), but when I do, you’ll understand why there are now hyphens in “Fatosphere.” Sigh.

Speaking of pre-ordering, if you haven’t got your copies of Yes Means Yes! and Feed Me! yet, you should go do that, too. It is evidently my year to appear in anthologies with exclamation points in the title.

53 thoughts on “We Have a Pre-order Page!

  1. Wow – what about a review for Bitch magazine? I’ve been wanting to contribute something for a while. Oh wait, you said super-influential AND rockstar – never mind! But seriously, when it comes out, it’s getting reviewed and sent into them.

    Can’t friggen wait to read this!

  2. I was going to say I’ll review it for my school paper, but it comes out after our last issue for the semester. I’m not exactly super-influential (though in my head I’m a rock star) so I’ll let you save all your preview copies. We have a circulation of…um…600? lol

    I’ll be reading it either way.

  3. I’m pretty sure that this is the most awesome news of the month — and it’s still early and Thanksgiving is coming.

    This is BIG FREAKIN AWESOMENESS, Kate. Congrats!

  4. De-lurking to say CONGRATULATIONS, Kate. How very, very exciting – I can’t wait to read the book.

    Oh, and let me guess, “fatosphere” is hypenated so that the “o” could be a doughnut?

  5. I think I want a copy of that to throw at my friends and family the next time they complain about how they should reaalllyyyy lose a few pounds to fit into their favourite pants again, and give me a really frustrated look when I mention FA.

    Well, that and something they can actually read ‘in the flesh’ because getting people to read blog articles can sometimes be harder than getting them to read a book.

  6. I just ordered 3 copies! I can’t wait to read it!!! I’m curious about Fat-o-sphere…should I write it that way for my (academic) conference paper about the Fatosphere? I’d also like to promote your book there (American Counseling Association); do you have flyers or something that I could hand out?

    Also, I’m on the editorial board for the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health–would you be interested in having me review it for our journal? It’s a limited audience, but one that could have a positive impact on lots of clients.

  7. Congratulations! I hope your publisher is going to release the book on Kindle — I’d love to be able to carry it around with me at all times. :)

  8. I’ve pre-orded it, and it should be here in time for my birthday :)

    Also, I told Amazon that the diet ads were not appropriate, because…. duh.

  9. I’m really glad to hear this, and will be waiting impatiently for the book.

    Boo to Amazon for putting a lot of diet ads on the page, though. I just emailed them to tell them how disrespectful I found this.

  10. I’m curious about Fat-o-sphere…should I write it that way for my (academic) conference paper about the Fatosphere?

    I don’t think there’s any official spelling. Basically, we put in the hyphens because the original cover design looked like this:

    LESSONS
    FROM THE
    FATO
    SPHERE

    and I couldn’t stop screaming, “What the hell is ‘fato’? That looks awful!” So now it’s:

    LESSONS
    FROM THE
    FAT-O-
    SPHERE

    We changed the spelling to “fat-o-sphere” throughout the book, accordingly, but I don’t see any problems with continuing to use “fatosphere.”

    As for requests to review, please do send me an e-mail. I only have a very limited number of galleys and we haven’t even been assigned a publicist yet, but once we have, I can see about trying to get review copies to people who want them.

  11. I should be really mean and buy a copy and send it to my mom. >:-D

    I can’t wait to see the cover. Too bad it won’t be a scale going up in flames though!

  12. Congrats, Kate and TR! I very much look forward to reading it. Not really part of the prayer set, but I’m sending positive, agnostic thoughts your way.

    Oprahbound? Fingers crossed.

  13. Oooooh good! I’ll be ordering this from the neighborhood independent bookstore. Somebody at that store has been displaying Gina Kolata’s Rethinking Thin right by the diet books.

    The ads keep changing, by the way. I keep clicking on the new ones and complaining.

  14. Soo ordering this. It’s so exciting! If I ordered it and mailed it to you, do you think I could get it signed?

    I love signed copies of books my friends have written. They make me feel all important. X3

    CONGRATS, BTW!

  15. Well, I AM a Rock Star (though not terribly influential) and I would LOVE to review the book for the Austin Chronicle, circ. @ 200,000.

    I will ask my editor.

    Looks like it won’t be out til next summer, right? So it is too far away to schedule. If I get the Editorial OK, I will send you an email!

  16. Time-Machine, I would love to sign your book, but I don’t want to commit to doing that, because I’m totally fucking unreliable about getting to the post office when I need to, so there’s a better than even chance I’d end up hanging onto your book for like 5 years. I will, however, do my best to come to L.A. at some point! I also might do something like agree to sign bookplates and mail them out to people, so if I fail as usual on sending things out in a timely manner, at least I won’t be holding your book hostage.

  17. Those diet ads are just SO ridiculous. I mean, it’s RIGHT THERE in the name of the book!

    Except that when most people say “stop dieting”, they mean it in the Weight Watchers sense.

  18. Aw, I hadn’t heard that the book wasn’t actually named “Fuck Inner Beauty”.

    I suppose Amazon wouldn’t have carried it then.

    *cheerleads*

  19. I hadn’t heard that the book wasn’t actually named “Fuck Inner Beauty”

    It was “Screw Inner Beauty,” so we could have gotten away with it, but the publisher wanted “Fatosphere” in the title.

  20. I just pre-ordered my copy, but I’m not sure I can wait until May.
    I need this book NOW!

    Congratulations to you both :)

  21. I should be really mean and buy a copy and send it to my mom. >:-D

    Bree,

    Once upon a time, I was soooo mean to my mom & aunt & my cousins that I showed up at Christmas with 6 months’ worth of BBW magazine. How terrible of me to show them good-looking fat chicks in fashion spreads! Not to mention articles on how diets fail!

    Of course, I also gave her Bingo and Wish You Were Here before I came out as bi.

  22. Cooooooool.

    Is there any way to order it directly from the publisher? Or an independent bookstore/website that doesn’t take a 40% cut? Not to play the moralist. I’ll go Amazon if I must.

  23. Rachel, there’s no way to do that right now, but when the book comes out, it should (knock wood) be available from plenty of independent booksellers. (Don’t know about individual orders direct from the publisher.) If you’re looking for one with an online presence, Women and Children First is awesome, and I intend to personally beg them to carry the book.

  24. I should also say that as grateful as I am for all the pre-orders, I didn’t mean to suggest everyone should go buy this from Amazon right now — by all means, wait and support your local indie! This post was mostly about me being excited that the page exists at all. It’s a real book!

  25. Time-Machine, I would love to sign your book, but I don’t want to commit to doing that, because I’m totally fucking unreliable about getting to the post office when I need to, so there’s a better than even chance I’d end up hanging onto your book for like 5 years. I will, however, do my best to come to L.A. at some point! I also might do something like agree to sign bookplates and mail them out to people, so if I fail as usual on sending things out in a timely manner, at least I won’t be holding your book hostage.

    That is perfectly reasonable. It also sounds a lot like me. I would be absolutely thrilled to get a book plate. I hope I didn’t sound all demandy in my previous comment.

    AND YOU SHOULD TOTES COME TO L.A. AND WE COULD HANG OUT, EVEN. AND IT WOULD BE AWESOME.

    I am hard-pressed to find some even nominally politically aware friends, let alone people who know and grok that I am huge geek and also fat accepting and all. Most conversations since I moved down here have ended with someone looking at me and saying, “Wow. You think a lot” and me not understanding what they mean by that.

    *sigh*

  26. Most conversations since I moved down here have ended with someone looking at me and saying, “Wow. You think a lot” and me not understanding what they mean by that.

    Oh hai, this is my life.

    Eeeeee Kate and Marianne!! How exciting! The volunteer scheme I do at the uni has finally started paying us, in Amazon vouchers of all things, so I get to do things I would anyway and get free awesome awesome books and and musical theatre soundtracks for my troubles. Yours is so first on my list.

  27. Also, AND YOU SHOULD TOTES COME TO L.A. AND WE COULD HANG OUT, EVEN. AND IT WOULD BE AWESOME.

    OR YOU COULD BOTH COME TO GLASGOW. I’M JUST SAYING.

  28. Hey, Debra, I also clicked the “I want Kindle” link, let’s hope. I’ll buy it in print otherwise.

    Incidentally, some troll I would like to kill, because I’m all about the disproportionate rage like that, has put some malicious customer tags on the Amazon page. I have endorsed the sensible tags (eg “body acceptance”) and not the mean ones, and recommend everyone do the same, just because it’s satisfying to see lots and lots of people supporting the sane side of things and only one little crazy sad fuck in the nasty column. I am also wondering if it’s worth complaining to Amazon and trying to get them removed.

  29. What a thrill! I’d like to buy it through my local independent bookseller, too (just cuz I love to give them business) — but I’m going to email the pre-order link to my friends and loved ones who use Amazon exclusively.

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