I even declared it as a major in college. Well...English Lit, for a couple years. Took creative writing courses. Learned the proper way to communicate using the written language. I didn't use much of what I learned...but you have to know the rules to break them effectively, I think. So many things got in the way, however. Mentally weak, I guess. Too much so, to set aside the temptations of life long enough to pursue writing as a real vocation. Oh well, maybe in my next life. But wait.
Out of the blue I got an offer for a book deal. Wow. A publisher friend-of-a-friend offered to put out a collection of my essays from this site. I then started to learn how many concessions are required to sell your prose. Change this. Add to that. You can't say that. Arrange this differently...ad frustratum.
It became a forbidding business deal...or more like a poker game. "I'll see your title, and raise you a foreword".
So much of this took place in a short span of negotiations, that I began to wonder exactly what it was of mine that I was about to allow to be published. I understood, for example, the two-year ordeal that Harper Lee went through with editors to get "Atticus" on the bookshelves. I think it can become like that. A work, an idea...can be a battle to get to print. Battles, I have enough of. But it did give me the idea, after eventually turning down the original offer to have my stuff printed as a book...to self-publish. It's a new century after all. We don't have to kowtow to a(kosher) publishing establishment that have their own ideas about the story you want to tell. So, I gave it a shot. Not easy, I can tell you. I have instantly gained a great deal of respect for editors and am learning that book marketing people don't just sit around on their hands in their chosen vocation. I am learning a lot through this experience and I'm sure there are more lessons to come. But I am doing it.
So I finally got this book printed. I am the publisher. I couldn't be happier with the contents. The advantage of self-publishing is that everything you want...you get. This can also be a drawback. I have gone through several horribly time-consuming total revisions just to get this project where it is. And now I learn that to market it anywhere other than here, I have to do an entirely new revision to make it align with industry standards mechanically, concerning definitive margin size, page numbering codes, software backups...etc. I figure I will jump off that bridge when I come to it. And it looks like I am just about to.
So far the sales are astounding me. Way more than I expected already and the book hasn't even been in print a week. Neat! To those of you that have already purchased my little foray into publishing, I thank you sincerely. To those that are aware of it, but are waiting for reviews...they are starting to roll in (review attached at bottom).
I'm going to break my arm from so much self-back-patting here...but I actually sat down and read my book...and I liked it. Me. The guy that doesn't much care for my own writing after the fact. The guy that always thinks that I could have said it better. I actually got a charge and quite a few chuckles out of reading my own book! I know...what hubris. What inflated self-adulation, huh? Well, I am going to allow myself this tiny bit of pride...just this once.
But my self-assessment goes deeper than that. It is also the statement that I am trying to make. Take or leave my prose styling, you gotta acknowledge the sheer in-your-face-ness of the book. And I'm also a bit proud to have made my contribution to fighting the jewish powers that be and marketing it in "their" world. For that is the statement I am attempting with this latter-day effort of publishing my thoughts on paper. And no matter how many copies are distributed over time, I can rest assured that I haven't just jabbered in the cyber-netherworld about doing something tangible(as I am wont to do)...I am doing it. And sometime in the future, my family will be sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table... and I won't mind if they remember the crazy guy by the book(s?) he published.
Now at this point I have a few accolades to pass out to my friends. I want to thank all that have helped me in this effort, by linking my book on their sites. I am humbled by the support I have gotten from: Veritas, Les Visible, Noor, Kenny and Dr. Lasha Darkmoon. These folks are true friends by going out on a limb for me and hawking my wares without even having read the book. I am truly grateful for the trust they have placed in my publishing mission, sight-unseen. You don't come across people with such confidence in others every day. I thank you all...and hope my effort does not disappoint your followers that purchase the tome through your suggestion. If there is anything I have always lacked, it is the ability to self-promote. It is nice to know that others will do that for you. Again...thank you.