I received a follow-up e-mail from my publisher yesterday afternoon saying that the mass e-mail I’d received about pulping the excess U.S. stock of Awkwardness (along with other titles for which they had a lot of extra copies laying around) was inaccurate. They do periodically pulp excess stock, but the e-mail made it sound like an automatic process. In reality, they choose on a case-by-case basis, and I would imagine that thanks to the outpouring of support for Awkwardness — still available for sale, by the way (Amazon: US, UK; Book Depository)! — over the past couple days, it will most likely not be among those heading for the shredder. (For instance, I was checking the Amazon rankings every couple hours to get a feel for whether people were buying copies, and it appeared that Amazon received an additional shipment of copies in response to the number of purchases, i.e., it went from “only 2 copies available” to “only 19 copies available.”)
Thanks very much to all those who bought a copy and passed around my post.