Why Politics Sucks With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less
…has been published by Spearhead Press on July 4, 2016. The book is available on all major Ebook retail sites. The day after publication, it landed at the #14 spot on Amazon.com’s Kindle Short Reads–Politics and Social Commentary list! Thanks to all for your support and encouragment!
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Why Politics Sucks: With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less
…my first venture into nonfiction in a long time, is up for pre-order with a publication date–appropriately enough–of July 4, 2016.
Why Politics Sucks: With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less is the first in a series of eight “broadsides” that will take a good, long, hard look at what’s gone wrong in our society. From Health Care to Wealth Inequality to the role of Religion, the failure of Higher Education, our broken Legal System and out-of-control Corporate Behavior, it seems like every major facet of American society is stumbling, if not downright falling. So over the next few months, we’re going to take each one of these topics and shed a little analysis, make a few “modest proposals” and generally engage in an insightful, thorough, smart-assed rant.
Why Politics Sucks: With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less will be released in Ebook form only. When all eight broadsides have been published, I’ll compile them into a printed book that will be widely available.
You can find Why Politics Sucks at the following major Ebook distributors:
Let’s Get Digital Goes Freebie!
David Gaughran, one of the gurus of the independent publishing movement, has just made his essential, groundbreaking guide to digital publishing a freebie!
You can get your free copy of this invaluable roadmap to getting your work into the marketplace by clicking here.
And thanks, David, from all of us…
Steven Womack’s Seven Rules Of Success
1) Be The Luckiest Son Of A Bitch On The Planet!
Nothing—not talent, determination, or effort—trumps luck, and if you’re not lucky, then that’s evidence you’re not worthy of success!
2) Always Be Right!
Winners are always right! Only losers are ever wrong!
3) Never, Ever, Make A Mistake!
If you make mistakes, then you’re a loser. The only thing worse than making a mistake is admitting you made a mistake.
4) Always Have Only The Good Stuff Happen To You!
If nothing bad ever happens to you, then by definition you are a success!
5)Never Fail At Anything!
Losers fail. Winners win. End of story.
6) Make A Ton Of Money!
After all, that’s how we measure it, right?
7) Never, Ever Pay Any Attention To Stupid Lists Of Rules of Success
Figure it out on your own. Everyone’s path is different. When you’re successful, you’ll know it.
The Clarksville Writers Conference Is Almost Here…
I’ve been working feverishly the past couple of days getting ready for the 2016 Clarksville Writers Conference, which starts tomorrow at Austin Peay State University.
I’m doing two presentations. Tomorrow, June 2nd, at 2:45, I’m giving a presentation on the changing face of publishing and how to get started as an independent publisher. I’m calling it The Writer’s Survival Camp.
On Friday, June 3rd, I’m doing The Detective’s Journey, a panel on how classic mythic dramatic structure works in crime and detective fiction. It’s at 2:45 as well.
You can check out the CWC website by clinking on the logo below:
BookBub’s Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing
BookBub.com has just published what I think is the single best summary of all the options facing independent publishers and writers I’ve seen in a long time.
Click here to see it.
Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing & Book Distribution Tools
Definitely worth the trip!
Timothy Denevi on the 45th Anniversary of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas…
Age changes your perspective in the weirdist ways. When I was in high school I read Kerouac’s On The Road and it was the most romantic, adventuresome, epic journey of all time. I hitchhiked cross-country (south to north) on less than five bucks, from New Orleans to upstate Vermont, to see a girlfriend, inspired by Kerouac and Neal Cassady and the rest of those guys…
Thirty-five years later, I reread OTR while working on my MFA at Southampton College. I was nearly fifty, with a new baby and a new marriage, and desperately trying to finish the degree to hold onto my teaching job.
And all I could think of, as a middle-aged parent, about the characters in On The Road was how depressed and lost they all were. “Get some Prozac and see a shrink,” I kept saying to myself.
Kerouac did, of course, drink himself to death…
Now, Timothy Denevi (a writer I’ve just discovered) has just published a 45-year retrospective piece on Hunter Thompsons’ Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, another book that blew me away in my early twenties. Thompson’s “savage journey into the heart of the American Dream” made me want to bite off as big a piece of life as I could…
After reading this article, though, and having seen a couple of documentaries on Thompson–who toward the end of his life was a hopeless drunk, an obnoxious jerk, and a parody of himself–I’m glad I stayed away from the ether. As Thompson wrote, nothing was as scary as a man in the depths of an ether binge…
After several months of waiting, I got a letter over the weekend from Random House. The last of the rights to the Harry James Denton novels have been reverted to me!
Dead Folks’ Blues, Torch Town Boogie, and Murder Manual–along with Way Past Dead, Chain of Fools, and Dirty Money–are now free to be republished under the Spearhead Press imprint.
I’m excited, but truthfully, a little bit sad as well. I had a 22-year-run at Ballantine Books/Fawcett/Random House with those books and I’m very grateful for that experience.
But I’m also looking forward to seeing those books available with new covers and to seeing Harry back in action!
As you can tell if you’re reading this post, I’m renovating my website and have managed to migrate my old blog to the new site. I’m leaving most of these blog posts up for archival purposes, and I’ll do my best to make these posts as interesting as possible…
I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately, but mostly because I’ve started a Twitter account and am really devoting time to making my FB page worth reading. I’m constantly finding new industry articles and news that I think you’ll find interesting, so check it all out.
In the meantime, Publishers Weekly has just published a really good article on the indie press publishing prospects for 2016. It remains an exciting new world out there, one with great potential and great challenges.
Well worth reading…