Saturday, May 27, 2006

Small Brutal Incidents release!

Today, my novel, Small Brutal Incidents was released. I was pleased that pre-sales had gone so well, and even more pleased to see it go from #500,000 on Amazon to #15,000 early this morning (and falling...). I'll celebrate by grading some papers, working on this Beat Generation manuscript, and sweating like a pig. God, I hate hot weather.

Today is Memorial Day, of course, a day where we celebrate the memory of the dead by watching sports on TV and drinking cheap beer. Let's put all this aside and instead enjoy Drive By Truckersfrontman Patterson Hood's (son of legendary bassist David Hood of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) cover of Tom T Hall's "Mama Bake a Pie (Daddy Kill a Chicken)"

Erie area blog "The Film Chair" reviews the new X men movie. I'll forgive him for misspelling "Mystique" since his review did tell me that I should have sat through the credits bladder be damned!

Nearby Oil City has many dubious claims to fame, but the one, for obvious reasons, that always sticks in my mind is that the school board , at one time, banned Of Mice and Menfrom their high school library. Although that flap has long since blown over, book banning is still a popular sport in some segments of society, according to the Chicago Trib.
. . . Leslie Pinney assembled a list of nine books she deemed inappropriate, including Morrison's Beloved, Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. . .Pinney acknowledged that she had read only two of the books. . .

SPIN isn't too impressed with Pittsburgh punk band anti-flag's new release, For Blood and Empire.:
if all you do is endlessly browbeat 14-year-olds into raving that America is a fascist state -- sure to become a joke to them as they reach Anti-Flag's age -- then maybe itÂ’s time to grow up yourselves.

The Miami Herald chimes in with its reading list for the summer.

Since it's Ben Franklin's 300th birthday celebration all year long, why not check out his autobiography audiobook in a free MP3 download?


Anonymous said...

How do you get your book on Amazon? I have a book and was looking for a place to post it on Amazon.

Dittman said...

I'm lucky enough to be able to write for a living - which means that my publishers (Contemporary Press and Greenwood Press) take care of all that for me.

But, I am very interested in self-publishing, so I do know the run down on this:

In 8 easy steps, here is how to get your book, CD, or DVD listed on the long tail of Amazon:

1 Get an ISBN (for a book), or a UPC (for a CD or DVD). For one book it costs $125, for one CD, $55, for one DVD, $89.
2 Get a bar code based on the ISBN or UPC. Costs $10, or may be included in UPC.
3 Sign up with Amazon, $30 per year.
4 Duplicate your stuff; include the bar code on the outside.
5 Ship two copies to Amazon
6 Send cover scan
7 Track sales
8 Resgister it (optional)

-- KK (with Michele McGinnis)

The full details, with how-to tips and links to recommended sources, are as follows:

So, what's your book about?