Friday, September 14, 2007

Runoff Booking Sheet

My new novel Runoff is coming out at the beginning of November and there are several aspects about the design of the two hardcover editions Bleak House Books is putting out that I'm very excited about.

I'll do a little show and tell about the first of them in this blog entry. Bleak House is doing a limited, numbered "Evidence Collection" edition of Runoff that features a sort of jail house booking sheet, including a signature and a thumbprint.

I spent all of last Sunday signing, dating and thumb-printing the sheets (and I have the blackened thumb and cramped fingers to prove it). You can see a sample here:


The booking sheets will be numbered (1-250) and tipped into the books before they are bound.

And if you look in the left hand corner of the sheet, you'll see another little bonus I threw in. When I sign books for individuals at events, I sometimes include my Chinese chop (or seal) with the signature. I did so on the sheets as well.

This is particularly appropriate for Runoff since several of the characters are from--and much of the action takes place in--San Francisco's Chinatown.

In my next post, I'll describe another cool feature of both hardcover editions, the "Evidence Collection" and the regular. Here's a hint: think Dell map-back.

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