by Jerry Alatalo
“Give me a condor’s quill! Give me Vesuvius’s crater for an inkstand… To produce a mighty book you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on a flea, though many there be that have tried.”
– HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891) American novelist Moby Dick (1851)
ill the just published nonfiction “2016” become as popular as George Orwell’s “1984”? …And if so, could it please happen, unlike “1984” which became popular long after Mr. Orwell died, before I pass to the spirit world?
The e-book is available to sample and purchase. Please consider buying a copy for members of your immediate family, extended family, friends and enemies alike, neighbors, the players on every high school and college football team (including the coaches, cheerleaders, fans, equipment managers, etc.) in a 1,000-mile radius, everyone who lives in your hamlet, village, town, and/or city, the entire population of your county, state and country, plus the people of India and, especially, China. 🙂
One of the drawbacks of being an independent writer is marketing the books you eventually publish, essentially selling yourself. So the point here is creating a “buzz”, starting the marketing game, and the big announcement – because apparently that’s what the successful authors do. Although it wouldn’t disappoint if “2016” became the best-selling book of all time, the point I’d like to share is the writing isn’t motivated by sales and profits but improving in any way possible the human condition.
Before I forget… every man, woman and child in Europe and the African continent. All humor aside, the “selling” part for writers isn’t attractive; and my way of thinking holds that a book’s sales should become based, to borrow and turn Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, “on the character of its content”. Be that as it may, the digital book-buying public will now determine if that character is present. The project is now complete and out there for all to analyze and weigh, criticize or praise, and the proverbial chips will fall where they may. So be it.
The following link takes you to the Smashwords Edition of “2016”:
A Kindle Edition is now available as well:
For those who don’t have Adobe Digital Editions installed on their computers for reading digital books, you can download for free at Adobe.com: