Book Marketing: Participation 101

  • Posted on: 23 August 2011
  • By: GreyHawk

Crossposted from Daily Kos.

As many of you know, Shadan7 and I co-authored a book called Her Final Year: A Care-Giving Memoir along with our wives. It contained many excerpts and elements of the care-giving process as we'd related it here in addition to a great deal more information taken from various & sundry other sources (emails to family, online LiveJournal posts, other blog posts and personal journal entries). After writing the book, we then had to figure out how to get it to market: the traditional way (find an agent or publisher via query letter) or the "new" traditional way (self-publishing, utilizing some form of e-book and/or POD publisher). Here's a brief overview of what we have done to date, the decision process involved and our current status.

In addition, we've also got a way for those of you who'd like to get a free copy of the book to take a shot at winning a copy for yourself and a friend.

Follow me over the squiggly thing for more information.


Open Thread -- Oil, Energy and Formula One hybrid edition

  • Posted on: 7 June 2008
  • By: Open Thread

From Friday, some bad news about oil prices:

The following items -- one big blurb and several shorties -- originated from Reuters at the end of May. The first one proved prescient regarding the rising oil prices. The second, perhaps more subtly, indicates that perhaps at least one major oil company has decided to do less tap-dancing and start taking energy issues more seriously, hopefully for the public good.

Links to the full pieces are included in the titles.

  • Think oil prices hurt now? Just wait
    , by Nick Carey -- Analysis, Reuters, Thursday 22 May 2008


    DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) - Sky-high oil prices are causing pain at the pump, but bills for air conditioning this summer and heating next winter -- combined with rising food costs -- promise to squeeze U.S. consumers even more.


    And there are no signs things will get better soon for the consumer, long the driving force of U.S. economic growth.


    Oil prices, now $130 a barrel, have risen six-fold since 2002. On Wednesday, heating oil reached a record high above $3.90 a gallon and the price is expected to stay high.

    Heating oil, which cost $3.29 a gallon in January, will likely cost $3.83 in December, according to the government's Energy Information Administration.


    Edward Leamer, head of the UCLA Anderson Forecast Center, said that thanks to the combination of high spending in recent years and rocketing fuel costs, the consumer-engine of U.S. economic growth is close to failing.

    "The global markets are telling us we are not as wealthy as we think we are and that we have spent beyond our means," he said.


  • Exxon again cuts funds for climate change skeptics, Fri May 23, 2008


    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp is pulling contributions to several groups that have downplayed the risks that greenhouse gas-emissions could lead to global warming, continuing a policy started in 2006 by Chief Executive Rex Tillerson.


    Interesting -- from funding "global warming denial" groups to scaling back funding; is that a reality-check, or an attack of conscience? ...or something else? Ah, well...onward!