A quick post today, folks, introducing my latest book, which is now available on Amazon:
Gorgeous, yes? The cover art was designed by the fabulous Joe Felipe of Market Me Graphics. Love. Him.
People kept asking me when I was going to publish a book of my columns, and I kept saying, gee yes, I should do that. But when I approached agents/editors/publishers, their response was lukewarm at best.
"Yes, that sounds like a great idea, but you're not famous. Come back and see us when you're Dave Barry."
Not to sound pissy, but when I'm Dave Barry, I don't need to go see them. I might need to see a specialist, however.
So I decided to try out Amazon's CreateSpace program. You write the book, send them your stuff and they publish it. You get a bunch more money per sale than if you went the traditional route, and you have more control.
Control is not always a good thing. Having never published my own book before, I had to go a few rounds with them on page count, margin size, etc. Most of these corrections were because I didn't know what I was doing. Fortunately, CreateSpace was willing to work with me on fixing things. They do charge a little money for their part of the process, and they waived certain fees with me because they understood my floundering.
Now all I have to do is let everyone in the universe know it's out there so the people who like to laugh can buy it and get a giggle or two.
I don't have any signings lined up, but if you live near me and you buy a copy, let me know and I'll come sign it for you. Hell, I'll read it to you if you like. It'll be fun. We can do lunch.