January Update - Exciting Book News

Happy New Year, everyone. Here's hoping that you and yours are looking at great possibilities for 2008. Even more, that these possibilities turn into probabilities - and even more that these probabilities turn into realities. that's the way things are supposed to go. Right? Right. Anyway, I have some kind of interesting news. Maybe it's even a little bit exciting. Our book, Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and Other Tales From the Irish Music Trenches, is going to be available at Barnes & Noble and Borders book stores, throughout the country. There is a bit of a catch here. Although we hope they'll have the book on display, particularly coming up to Paddy's Day, they may not. That doesn't mean they don't carry it. In order to deal with Barnes & Noble and Borders - as well as the other big box stores, in all probability - the author(s) must have a relationship with a distributor such as Baker & Taylor or Lightning Source (a division of Ingram Publishing). Well, we have established a relationship with BOTH Baker & Taylor and Lightning Source. Therefore, Barnes & Noble and Borders can order Clean Cabbage for you, even if you don't see it anywhere on their shelves. They'll have access to it in their computers by way of those distributors I mentioned. This is a POD - Print On Demand thing. You ask for it. They print it and send it. That way, theoretically anyway, lots of bookstores can carry us without having a lot of inventory on hand. Many authors go this route in conjunction with traditional methods. All you have to do is ask for it and they can order it for you. Certainly, the more requests for information about the book - you don't even have to order it from them - the more likely they will be to carry it in the store. They'll see that there's a demand for it and will react accordingly by ordering some to have in stock. You can locate one of the stores near you by the following means: Borders Store Locator - http://beta.bordersstores.com/online/store/LocatorView Barnes & Noble Store Locator - http://storelocator.barnesandnoble.com/?z=y Waldenbooks Store Locator - http://www.bordersstores.com/locator/locator.jsp If you could call or e-mail them and request if they can get you Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and Other Tales From the Irish Music Trenches, it would certainly give us a leg up in getting the thing spread all over the place. This is to a purpose. What we're looking at down the line is doing an audio version of the book, with each author reading his own stories. This is something that's never been done in such a manner and to such an extent and would be a real coup for the publisher who picks up on it. We just have to convince them of this fact. If we can increase the visibility of the book nation-wide, it would be more likely to catch the eye of a sharp publisher who would realize that we have something unique here. If he's smart enough to pick up on the fact, he'll be the trend setter in the publishing world. If you make the inquiries at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks and others, you will, in fact, be the flint & flash that sets off the powder for this here musket ball (howzat for writing?). In the interest of honesty, I've got to tell you the following. If you were to buy the book from one of the bookstores, we - Dennis, Robbie, Harry, Seamus and I - stand to make next to bupkis from each sale. That's an old Irish ( or is that Oy-vey-rish) word that means 'zip', goose-egg, nothing. However the publicity and the chances of future expansion that it would bring is very important as well. So, you can certainly still buy your book through my website: www.frankemerson.com/products or one of the other fellow's websites and we stand to make a bit more. On the other hand, buying it though one of the stores is more than OK too. It's kind of a trade-off. The point of this note is that the stores will carry it with your help. Then who knows where that will all lead? Incidentally, at the stores' websites, they will let you write a review of the book, much in the same way you can write a review of any of my records at http://cdbaby.com/found?allsearch=frank+emerson&submit=search. Anyway thanks for your help on this project. Anything you can do will be much appreciated by all of us here at the shelter. God bless for now,

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