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The Beat Handbook arrives!

After much waiting (years!) - The Beat Handbook arrived in the mail today. In a nondescript bubble wrap package. The only thing that distinguishes it from the actual book is that it says Proof on the very last page (a page that would otherwise be blank except for a barcode and the words "Made in the USA").

Here I am in our kitchen seeing it for the first time (I didn't open it until I got home from the post office because I wanted Crystal to be part of that important moment since her support has been instrumental and after all she is now a published photographer):

To me, it looks and, almost as importantly or maybe more importantly(?), it feels like a professionally published book. I bought a book self-published by Outskirts Press about selling on Amazon and, while the content is great, the book itself looks and feels cheap. That made me afraid to get my first actual BookSurge copy. But, my book doesn't look or feel cheap at all. The paper is thick enough and appealing in color and touch (my opinion, of course), and the cover is definitely professional in appearance (again, my opinion). I must - naturally - take full blame for the quality of the content!

Here it is on the bookshelf, nestled among its inspirations (5th from the left):


Well, in a few minutes, after I look it over carefully, I will do what is called "approve the physical proof." I do that through the on-line Global Publishing System.

Next, according to the e-mail I received: "Your book will then achieve print ready status in the BookSurge system and will soon appear for sale through BookSurge's various distribution channels."

Read "various distribution channels" as "Amazon," baby! YAIR!

Then Rick unleashes his marketing plan. Look out, world. Here comes The Beat Handbook.

Prepare to be "beatified."


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Sep. 14th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Now the fun begins
Being beat allows one to approach this (or any) book without the confines of reading or "Keroacting" in chronological order. So, as I'm not currently enrolled in yoga classes (see Day 2), I'll guess I'll start at Day 6 . . .

My Keroactivity for day 6

If the beats were beat
and the hippies defined hip
are yuppies, yes men?

Congratulations on the book, Baby! Now the fun begins! PK's!

Sep. 15th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
Hey, hey! Congrats! I just got home from Planet K (no computer) and just read this. I'm not sure I'm ready to be "beatified" though. Sounds kinda painful.
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