Shameless Self-Promotion

If you have a kindle or other e-reader, you can now buy my first novel for less than the price of a latte! If you read it, and you like it, please leave a review. Cheers! I love you!

Exit Strategy - a Novel

14 comments to Shameless Self-Promotion

  • Muzhik

    Looks good! It will take a while for me to read it, though, because I can’t afford to shell out the bucks on a decent e-reader.

  • War Pig

    From the Amazon description it sounds intriguing. Problem is I haven’t gotten around to buying an e-reader yet (I prefer real books, even paperbacks – I’m an old fogey). I didn’t see where it was available for computer download, so I’ll have to wait until I buy a Kindle Fire or something. Possibly next month, if I remember (fogeys can have lapses of memory). ;-)

  • Hi Warpig,

    Apparently you can download it to your PC (if you are a PC man, that is) using free software from Amazon. On the book’s page, over to the right is a drop down menu that says ‘deliver to.’ One option is ‘transfer via computer.’ Cheers.

  • Muzhik

    While I can appreciate the convenience of ebooks, the one thought that comes to mind whenever I think about actually converting my collection (which is significant, and was even more so before my ex took what she thought of as “hers” when she left), all I can think of is “The Library at Alexandria”.

    It was the largest library in the world, and you know how it got that way? By buying other libraries. Some collector would die, and his family would sell his library to Alexandria. The thing is, while the Library may have gotten 30 or 40 scrolls that no one else had, they also picked up 300 or 400 titles that they already owned. So you know what they did with the duplicate scrolls? They threw them away. Burned them. Destroyed them. So when the Library at Alexandria burned, many of the scrolls that were lost were the only existent copies; but they were the only existent copies because the librarians themselves destroyed all the other ones. Not out of malice, mind you; it just happened.

    So I think of all the works of literature (and lets face it: porn) that are on these readers that suddenly aren’t accessible because of some disaster or another. All these books that can’ be read. Sad when it happens to someone else; a disaster of biblical proportions when it happens to me.

    And lest you think this is something that only happens in the distant past, guess again. I recently laid my hands on an English translation of a French spiritual work. It was a work that was ENORMOUSLY popular in the 1880’s; EVERYBODY had a copy. Which is why, when a translator of French literature decided to make this her next project, it was very frustrating to her that she couldn’t find a copy anywhere. I mean *anywhere*. She spent **7 years** searching before locating a single copy in the library of a parish priest. Think about it: of all the people who had read the work and owned a copy (and we know about it because it was read by some VERY famous people) no one felt compelled to save a copy of this work, because everybody had a copy.

    So, sorry, but I’ll be staying with my dusty old physical books, at least for a while longer.

  • War Pig

    Thanks, Daniel. Just bought it. Will give it a read beginning Friday, as I’m going to be out of town Wed and Thu.

  • @Warpig, yay! I wonder what you’ll think.

    @Muzhik – I take your point, and I too prefer physical books – my apartment is full of them. But I’m not published in any of them, and I’m published in this one. The library of Alexandria is a great argument for multiple redundancy (as the monks realised in the dark ages), which is exactly what the internet was intended to provide. Of course, if the internet suddenly vanished, so would project Gutenberg, etc, but in that scenario I think I’d have bigger problems.

  • War Pig

    Yeah, like how to find Danish circus midget fetish porn w/out the internet. ;-)

  • War Pig

    I hate typing on my phone. Ugh.

  • Right, porn is a noble tradition that predates the Library of Alexandria. Have you seen the Venus of Willendorf? It’s just more accessible now.

  • Muzhik

    @Daniel, I remember someone wrote (without providing a citation or proof) that you needed to have at least 20 copies of a book in physically separate locations (like, different countries) in order to ensure that a printed work will survive. Of course, when I read that, I thought of the Wannsee Conference. This was the conference held in a resort in Wannsee, a suburb of Berlin, in January of 1942. It’s where the Nazis discussed, agreed upon, and codified what became known as “The Final Solution”. About a month later, they started shipping Jews to the death camps (which previously had only been used on the insane, mentally retarded, and Russian POWs). The notes had been typed up and only 20 copies were made and distributed. At the end of the war, of the 20 copies, only one was found locked in a filing cabinet. If only 19 copies had been made, we would never have known about the details of the conference.

    And @War Pig, shame on you for wasting your time searching for Danish circus midget fetish porn. The German variety is much classier.

  • Not necessarily. The surviving one could have been one of the 19.

  • Muzhik

    We’re dealing with statistics, though. Try this: The next time you’re in a room with a bunch of people, and ask when their birthday is. If you’ve got 23 people, there is a 50% chance that two of the people in that group will share a birthday. So, yes, it could have been that one of the 19 survived, but statistically, it’s chances are diminished.

  • MosChiun

    I’ve downloaded the book and read it and can thoroughly recommend it.
    It’s every bit as clever and funny as you’d expect from a cookrookery writer.

    Dan’s right by the way, the free PC Kindle app is super easy to install, and I’m sure the same is true for Macs.

    Did you know that 76% of statistics are made up?

  • Muzhik

    @MosChiun, that last line sounds like one of my favorite quotes from the TV series “Andromeda”, uttered by Trance Gemini, when asked what their chances were for escaping a dangerous situation:

    “90% of the time it’s 50-50.”