“Observations on a Clock,” my first sale to Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, hit the book stores a little over a week ago. Living where I do, that meant it didn’t actually get to our local Barnes and Noble until early this week.
I want to send copies to my family, so I went to buy them yesterday only to find two copies remaining on the shelves. The other Barnes and Noble on island was also sold out—just that morning, I was told, a gentleman had bought out the entire stock. What the H.E. double hockey sticks is up with that!
With no other major bookstores on island, I turned to the interweb, but it’s nearly impossible to find single issues of magazines online. I could order subscriptions, but that wasn’t what I wanted. I got lucky and located three more copies on eBay and they are now in the mail. My family will get their autographed copies after all.
On the bright side, the issue seems to be selling out quickly, so lots of people are reading my story. If you haven’t picked up a copy already, I recommend you get to your local bookstore and see if they have any left. Don’t wait, or you may miss out.