Neil Gaiman’s Next Book Signing Tour Probably His Last

Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys book cover

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman is a busy, busy man with books and graphic novels and Doctor Who episodes falling out of his head like magic, so understandably he’s a bit strapped for time. His next novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, comes out June 18, 2013, and with the release he’ll be doing the usual publicity around the U.S. and U.K. But he will also go on what will probably be his last book signing tour. He explains his decision on his blog, where he says:

I think the OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE tour will be the last actual signing tour I ever do. They’re exhausting, on a level that’s hard to believe. I love meeting people, but the sixth hour of signing, for people who have been standing in a line for seven hours, is no fun for anybody. (The last proper US signing I did, it lasted over 7 hours and I signed for over 1000 people. I’d suspect a lot of the signings on this tour will be like that, or bigger.)

So I’m going to try and make this tour the glorious last US book signing tour, and then stop doing book signing tours for good.

I’ll do a bunch of American signings on the tour, including, I hope, places that I don’t normally get to, like the US South. I’ll go to the UK, and do a smaller, more manageable tour. (You can get on and off trains in the UK, to get to places.)

And then, over the next year or so, I’m going to do my best to go to places I don’t usually get to, or to which I haven’t gone in a long time, as THE OCEAN… is published – places like Brazil and Poland, and I’ll do whatever kinds of signings or events are appropriate there.

I may do events, and there may well be pre-signed books for sale there, and I might even sign books if I feel like it (I did a ninja book signing at St Mark’s Bookshop in New York a week ago, announcing it a couple of hours before I did it on Twitter. It was really fun. They may well have a few signed books left in stock, if you need holiday gifts) but once the Ocean at the End of the Lane tour is over, I do not think I will do any more book signing tours.

It’ll be sad to not have any more official opportunities to get a book signed by Gaiman himself, but this also means that he’ll have more time to work on books, so I think that counts as a win!

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