My friend Greg Flannery and I had our “important business meeting” at Cosmo’s in Covington this past Friday afternoon and my old friend was getting on my ass a little bit.
“Put together a press release,” he said. “Arrange some book signings.”
You see, today is the official release of my book “Living Out Loud.” Starting today, bookstores can order it and it’s totally up and running to buy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and most other online bookstores.
Of course, Greg is right, but before I start my shameless self-promotion, I want to say that the real fun in putting together a book or a short story or a column or a news story is in the actual writing. That’s where the joy is for me. I find very little happiness in promoting myself. Still, it would be nice to sell some books.
So here we go with the sell job.
“Living Out Loud: Adventures, Discoveries and Conclusions Made While Exploring a Life – Namely My Own” is a book of essays, most of which appeared in CityBeat from 2001 through 2008. A lot of them are the Living Out Loud columns that got the most reader response (Here and there, we make a few changes from the original work). Others were written before that column came along or couldn’t fit into that space. I also include some essays that were written for Streetvibes and scattered throughout the 260 page book are essays never before published, but all written before the current year of 2009.
Like life, the essays are a bit all over the map. Some of the essays are funny, some serious, others strange or flat out silly. I think that’ s kind of how real life is.
Looking over eight years of stuff I’ve written was interesting. As I went through all those years, I found that a lot of the early essays I’ve written were too loose and didn’t have much of an attitude. Those I didn’t include in the book – but some of the early stuff did show my intended approach, or so I hope, and you’ll find them in the book.
All in all, I had a good time putting this together. I’m very proud of the fact that my good friend, the guy who’s getting on my ass about promoting it – Gregory Flannery, wrote the introduction.
I remember after reading Greg’s introduction to my book, I sent him an e-mail saying if I’m such a good writer, why the hell I’m I living in a small studio apartment in Westwood?
But in continuing my sell job. . .
If you’re interesting in getting a copy of the book, you can go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble or it can be ordered at your favorite bookstore. And in the coming weeks, we will do some book signings so you can see my ugly face. I’ll keep you all posted on that. Yes, there will be even more shameless self-promotion.
(Photo by Andrew Anderson)