April 27, 2006



I'm a big fan of Whitney Matheson's Pop Candy blog on the USA Today site, so it was cool to see her critiquing yet perpetuating the King Dork buzz over there the other day. When they're comparing your book to Paris Hilton in the nation's top newspaper, you know you have (a) done something right; or (b) done something very, very wrong indeed.

The Entertainment Weekly review of King Dork is now on-line.

Here's a review from Aversion.

This is kind of cool: I found out yesterday that they're doing a second printing. That's pretty soon for something like that, I think. And when you're in the position where you're still kind of shocked that there was even a first printing, well, it seems like a pretty big deal.

In the greater blogosphere, virtual tour manager Andrew Krucoff examines the shifting sands of the Amazon ranking system, comparing KD to other books released around the same time. KD seems to be doing all right in the Ama-teen horse race: it's no Official SAT Study Guide, but then, few things are. Kendra accidentally ended up with a few more King Dorks than she needs, and she's going to have a contest of some kind, so watch her space if that interests you. And here are comments from Kelly, Holy Chow, and Joe.

Posted by Dr. Frank at April 27, 2006 04:56 PM | TrackBack

I've got my hardback here at the desk, but was wondering how long off a paperback is? I need to carry one in my back or cargo pocket at all times like those in the "Catcher-Cult" do. ;)

Posted by: Zaphod at April 27, 2006 08:02 PM

Hey! That's me!
King Dork: Officially recommended by Suicidegirls.com, ha!

Posted by: Anarchie Suicide at April 27, 2006 08:04 PM

Sorry for the double post, but does anyone else envision Tom Henderson as a childhood version of Rivers Cuomo or vice versa?

Posted by: Zaphod at April 27, 2006 08:09 PM

Congratulations on your success. You deserve it, the book was great.

I don't get it. I read The Official SAT Study Guide and their were hardly any blow jobs in it at all. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Posted by: josh at April 27, 2006 08:58 PM

When I was looking to see if there were anymore added scrapbook stuff for it, I saw that King Dork yesterday was like 290 on Amazon.com yesterday. That includes all categories factored in: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's books, young adult, etc, etc. I would have to think that KD would be at least among the top 10-30 in sales of young adult books on amazon, if not higher. That's pretty awesome for a debut writer to get that high. (Keep in mind that there are probably hundreds of thousands of books released every year on Amazon).

Frank, you are a bestselling writer! Congrats!

Posted by: David Cummings at April 28, 2006 02:52 AM


I saw on the Secret Garden website that you are going to be here in May.... a couple of doors down from the store at Cupcake Royale. Mmmmm... cupcakes.

Posted by: jodi at April 28, 2006 03:05 AM

Hey David, you are right...You can narrow down a teen book bestseller list browse on Amazon, and King Dork (a killer read) is listed at #8. between Darren Shan at number seven ("Cirque Du Freak #11) and Jonathan Stroud at number nine ("Ptolemy's Gate"). Man, this is cool, now if only MTX releases could sell like this. Rock!

Posted by: Groovieghoulies at April 28, 2006 03:50 AM

Hi. I picked up the book at B and N down here and have been enjoying it very much. I must say that I am one of those rare creatures who made ith through high school without having to read Catcher. My teachers were so with it that they made us read Dune instead. Because you know kids, they all love the sci fi.

Dune sucked by the way.

Posted by: Nancy at April 28, 2006 06:49 PM

"This is kind of cool: I found out yesterday that they're doing a second printing. That's pretty soon for something like that, I think."

Not if it's selling well.

Definitely a good sign, though. (One could say faintly better if one knew what size printing we're talking, both first and second.)

Congrats particularly on the EW review; that's gotta help.

I suppose Simon Schama (as mentioned in another post) also needs to write more about blow jobs. After all, who doesn't?

And I'm reasonably sure there have been a few in British history. There could probably even be a multi-part tv show in that, don't you think?

Posted by: Gary Farber at April 28, 2006 07:05 PM

"This is kind of cool: I found out yesterday that they're doing a second printing. That's pretty soon for something like that, I think."

Not if it's selling decently. (One might be able to say faintly better if one knew the size of the first and second printings.)

Congrats particularly on the EW review; that's gotta help.

I suppose Simon Schama (previous post) could do better with more blow jobs in his work. I imagine one could even even get a multi-part tv series out of "A History of British Blow Jobs."

Posted by: Gary Farber at April 28, 2006 07:11 PM

I blame your server. And society.

Posted by: Gary Farber at April 28, 2006 07:12 PM

Sorry about that, Gary. This thing is haunted. Seriously.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at April 28, 2006 07:16 PM

"This thing is haunted. Seriously."

I believe you. To be extremely boring (I have practice!), first I couldn't get comments to open at all; then I got to comments via loading the single post, not the pop-up comments; then I couldn't get my comment to show up, even though I reloaded three times; then it showed up; then I reloaded the page, but it wasn't there any more; then I tried reloading three more times, and it had vanished, and somehow so had my cut-and-paste of it; at which point I was ready to curse and say "fuck it," but instead I rewrote it, and posted it. Then, naturally, there were both comments.

See, I toldja it would be a riveting tale of suspense and wonder. A comment sure to climb the charts! Better than Simon Schama!

Needs more blow-job anecdotes, though. And maybe a word from my metallic female companion.

(Y'know, after Matt Welch's recent little nostalgia-fest of an article and then comment on his blog, I'm starting to think we should have some kind of Five Year Reunion of Bloggers Of 2001, or something. "Or something" being the operative words there. And I get in only just under the wire, having started only in mid-December.)

Posted by: Gary Farber at April 28, 2006 09:36 PM

A minute ago noticed KD was number three in Ama-teen race. Only Official SAT and some series installment about an Ark ahead of our dark horse.

Posted by: paul at April 28, 2006 10:02 PM

Dr. Frank,
Thanks for a great read & congratulations on all the good news. I loved listening to the new songs while reading. I've been curious about the audio version. Does anyone know if there are any more tunes or any more of those glowing reviews for it?

Posted by: bob at April 29, 2006 07:25 PM

Well, just got back from the B&N where I picked up my copy. I'd have taken a picture of the display, but some ignoramus -- despite my explicit instructions -- did not bring his cameraphone. This is gonna go down in his permanent record.

I wanted to make sure I got a first printing, so it'll be incredibly valuable and finance my retirement. I'm counting on you, Frank. All I got is you and the fridge magnets.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at April 30, 2006 12:10 AM

Wow, Angie Schultz. Speaking of memory and old times, all I can count on is that she'll misremember who I am and confuse me with someone else.


(Good times!)

Posted by: Gary Farber at April 30, 2006 05:10 AM

Great Review by Clive Davis in Washington Times today (Sunday, April 30th), King Dork for "Adults" as well.

Posted by: paul at April 30, 2006 02:32 PM

Has anyone ever seen you and Bill Quick together, Gary? That's what I want to know.

One of you was Joanna Russ's houseboy, but I don't remember which one. That's gotta be an interesting tale.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at April 30, 2006 07:31 PM