Friday, 25. May 2012
Bookstores, Signing Arrangement, Media Coverage & More
Since the release of Classified Woman I have been receiving dozens of e-mails each day, and with those e-mails come many questions regarding the status of the book. As always, with my frantic schedule, I’ve been saving the e-mails to respond to later, and the to-be-responded-to e-mail trail has been getting longer and longer. So here is what I decided to: Answer the most common questions in one post.
When will Classified Woman be available in bookstores?
The short answer is: I don’t know. And here is the longer version as to why: This book is self-published. Despite its success during the very short period of its availability the corporate publishers and major distributors are still sitting on the sidelines, watching, and hoping for it to simply go away. To place this book on the shelves in bookstores takes a lot of work: Printing, warehousing, cataloguing, selling and marketing to bookstores, delivering, book-keeping and return policy implementation, accounting… In the next few weeks, depending on how we do with our online print and e-book sales, we’ll know more. I will keep you posted and welcome suggestions from those of you experienced in this area.
What is the status of government threats against this book?
My attorneys are still on top of the case. So are the government attorneys. I call this stage: the letter-waiting-letter period. A threat letter comes-we wait and assess-our letter is drafted and sent-we wait again-then another letter comes… Again, I believe the government is also watching the status of this book and the court of public opinion on it.
Why there hasn’t been a single peep in the mainstream media on this book?
That’s funny. Where have you been? You need to join, read, listen to, and watch Boiling Frogs Post!
How come you haven’t received any coverage from alternative publications such as Amy Goodman and Thom Hartmann?
I am not going to get into the philosophical discussion of what constitutes being alternative. I have written many analyses and commentaries on this. And of course, I cannot provide a definite answer since I don’t have it yet. Suffice to say that they have received their review copies, and they all know about the book. Sometimes these things take time. Sometimes it becomes a totally different ball game. If I were to guess: it is because George W. Bush is not in office any longer. You see, during George W. Bush I was welcomed more than once or twice at these alternatives. Then, something happened. George was gone, and I no longer was welcomed or needed for the game. Again, I’ll have a definite answer in the next few couple of weeks and I’ll keep you posted.
Do you have signing and speaking events coming up in California, Wisconsin, etc.?
As a self-published author and without the bookstore presence at this time, I don’t have any signing events. This is why I have been providing signed copies directly via web order. I am truly honored by the requests I’ve been receiving. I think I have memorized the names and location of those fans! You can order and purchase your signed copies here:
As for speaking events, I have received a few invites, and I will consider a limited number for this year and let you know. I am a full-time mother who has not spent a single night away from her almost-4 year old daughter. I work part-time from home, and I run this website almost full-time. Then, there is the issue of safety-not in a paranoid way. Throughout these ten years we have been receiving threats regularly. Granted, some of them are meant to be fluff meanness just to intimidate and I haven’t let that happen. Others may be a bit more serious. To make a long story short all that makes the logistics of travel a bit more difficult. I am being selective, thus I’ll pick a very few events accordingly.
How can I help Classified Woman and get the word out?
You certainly can, and I certainly depend on it. In fact, I wrote and published this book countering and fighting all its obstacles (from the government to corporate publishers and media) because I counted (and still count!) on you; every single one of you. Here is how you can help:
Tell your friends and family members and encourage them to read Classified Woman
E-mail the information and link to the Classified Woman website
Utilize social networking outlets such as FB-Twitter to get the word out
Contact and inform your favorite media personalities and reporters
Contact your local bookstores and encourage them to carry this book
I am sure you can come up with other ways, and I am certainly open to your suggestions.
As always I want to thank you for all your support and encouragement.