Today I completed a transaction to buy back the rights for my book, Cooler Near the Lake, from its publisher, Tony Dierckins of X-Communications of Duluth.
Tony and his small local publishing house helped launch the idea of a book and got this all going. I guess I've been a bit shy about putting together a book all these years and if it weren't for Tony, the book wouldn't have happened. And... also because of people such as Pat Daugherty and others who kept asking me when was I going to do a collection of my columns, I was encouraged. So thanks to Tony, Pat and the rest of you who encouraged me in this big undertaking. Your support has been very much appreciated.
It's been fun to do a book... but lots of work. My wife and I teamed up to perform the many tasks needed to put together this book and now realize the labor intensity of such a process, even for a book of pre-published material.
The book did very well for its first run this past holiday season. So thanks to all who purchased the book or gave it away as a gift. It's been nice also to hear from so many of you who have told me how you've enjoyed reading it. Half of the fun of writing is knowing that there is someone out there who enjoys reading what I write.
Despite a very nice first run at the book sellers this past holiday season, there are still many books remaining to be sold. So... spread the word and tell your friends, Cooler Near the Lake is a good book to read and give as a gift. And... contact me here at this blog to buy the book or purchase it at your favorite local bookseller.
I guess that means that there will be some "book selling" on this blog. But don't be disheartened as the blog really places focus on current writings. The blog began as a way to get the word out about the book but now it's become a venue for me to write regularly, something I enjoy doing.
Thanks again for reading what I write.
Always fun to read you, Jim. Keep it up.
Anonymous: Glad you enjoy my musings and appreciate your support.
I ordered the book online and was happy to see it arrive in my mailbox. Reading it has been a treat! Now, if only I could get it autographed. :o)
Thanks for your very kind words about the book...and thanks for ordering it! Guess the publisher ran out of signed copies for on-line orders. (I'm in the process of developing an on-line ordering system of my own). But... I am very happy to sign books already purchased. I've had quite a few folks ask.
If you live in the Duluth area, you can call me or e-mail me to arrange a time for me to sign the book. I've dont that with some readers and it works well. I'm also hoping to do some community signings this summer. So check my (developing) author's web site or this blog to find out that schedule.
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