Friday, February 6, 2009

Three Years

It has been three years since my book Harter Union was published by PublishAmerica (motto: "We treat our authors the old fashioned way--we pay them."). I haven't sold many copies or made much money on it and I really don't care because I don't want to do all the work it takes to promote the damn thing. See, most book publishers pay for the promotion, send you around the country for book signings and basically make sure that bookstores order your book. PublishAmerica doesn't do that. I knew this when I signed with them because I didn't really care. I just wanted a book out that people could actually buy and read. I haven't read the final product but other people have and said it was actually pretty good. Maybe they're lying, I don't know. And frankly, I don't want to know. What I find a huge load is that the book is only 230 and PA is charging retailers $24.95 for it while they are only charging $19.99. $24.95 for a 230 page softcover book is just outrageous and kind of a rip-off.

Anywho, the story is a fictionalized telling of the four years I worked at Baker University which were some of the happiest times in my life. Yes, me working qualifies as happy times. Some of the things that happened in the book actually happened in real life. I had to change some things around to make the story work and there are some things I wouldn't have kept in if would've edited it one last time (I had already edited it three times and rewrote it twice so I was tired of looking at it).

An interesting fact is that the cover of the book originally had a bikini-clad blond woman sitting on the word Harter. I had wanted this book to be my first and it is but I've been wanting to do other stuff with the characters and see what else I could possibly do with it so I have decided that next year, February 2010, I will introduce a Story Series based on my book which could totally redo the way the book is written, plus I can do a bit more storytelling which was something I really couldn't do in the published book.

But if you really want to, you can buy my book either from Amazon or from the PublishAmerica website.

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