Gack! I’ve done it again — I’ve self-published a book on Amazon

Kindle.web_Andrea.coverMASTERI’ve been silent today for a reason:  I was putting the finishing touches on my Kindle e-book, The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America, which has just gone live at Amazon. It’s a collection of my favorite posts from the last three years.  I describe it on Amazon as follows:

In 2008, President Barack Obama promised that he would fundamentally transform America — and that’s one of the few promises he’s kept. In a series of clear, elegant, witty essays, Bookworm looks at the changes in American society since Obama became president. These changes have seen America become a poorer, less safe, less free, more racially-charged nation, adrift in a world that, without America as both protector and anchor, is also become increasingly poor and dangerous.

I had a lot of fun assembling the book.  I was rather delighted to see how prescient I was when discussing Obamacare, the Obama economy, foreign policy, educational trends, etc.  I was also pleased to see that my original posts, which I tend to slam out in bouts of frenzied writing between parenting, household maintenance, caring for my mother, and the occasional legal job, were fairly coherent.  They all had typos (sigh!) and awkward phrases, but once I ironed those things out, they seem to me to read pretty darn well.

Also, please note the bee-yoo-ti-ful cover, which a friend of mine, who is a professional graphic designer, created for me.  If you’re interested in working with him on your own e-book, or have other graphic design needs, you can see his contact information on the inside title page.  (You can see that title page simply by downloading a Sample of the book.)

If you enjoy my writing, please consider buying the book (a bargain at $2.99).  I will receive $2.05 for every book sold.  You’ll get reading pleasure (I hope), and I’ll get a return on the effort I put into blogging.  As you know, I blog compulsively, rather than to earn money, but it’s really nice to see a little money coming in for the effort.

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  • http://vinnysrants.blogspot.com vinny

    Soon you will get a life sentence for this subversive activity and the bars on the O will be more than just a metaphor.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    As an advice on marketing, have them write reviews for your book on Amazon, Book. That’s how Amazon recommends stuff and rates your material in popularity. So write reviews. A lot of them. You might also be able to offer your first books on amazon kindle for 1 dollar, if you have the power to set prices. This lowers the barrier to entrance and is worth getting more loyal readers.
     
    However, it’s mostly a matter of marketing and how to find/create the right market and public perception. 
     

  • Tara S

    I think I’ve read almost everything you’ve posted here in the last three years, but I’m definitely ordering this anyway–I’ve been pestering my family to look at some of my favorite political blogs for months, and if I can hand them the posts in digital book form then they might just cave in and do so. :)

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