I had not initially planned to use this website to promote my own professional aspirations. However, I'm hard pressed to think of anything else to scribble here on this merry Friday morning, so instead of something earth shattering, we shall explore--briefly--a certain literary pursuit in which I have recently become involved.
Over the course of this summer I will be publishing nine ebooks on something called Smashwords. These will be available for public consumption and/or acquisition. This was not an easy decision for me to make, largely because my old school leanings indicated that I should go about book publishing in that old fashioned method that dictates getting an agent, having the agent use his or her connections to get an editor at a major publishing house to read my stuff, do flips in the air over the inherent genius in each and every syllable and then offer up something that equates to one penny per hour spent putting the works together, only to suffer the tortures of the damned when no one calls from Letterman to book me on his show.
What I'm doing instead is this ebook approach.
I'm keeping the prices low so that people can afford to buy them. $2.99 a pop. Not bad at all. What you need is a Kindle, Kobe, Nook, iPad, whatever, just download the suckers and read until your eyes fall out.
The first book is already out there. It's called The Process Servers. You can read the first several pages for free by going to Smashwords.com and typing in either my name--Phil Mershon--or the name of the book, or you can use the link in the right hand sidebar on this page. Or you can skip it.
It's a good book, though. I'll admit that. It's fiction. A novel. A scary novel. A funny novel. A novel novel. I hope you like it if you try it out.
In the coming months I'll be releasing several more. Next up is one called Locked Into Cinema, which I'm formatting right now. If you like movies and care about whatever their social significance may be, and if you like my writing style, you'll like it.
After that there will be a whole slew of the bastards coming out. Red Bell Peppers, The Playlist, Three Years in the Taxi Business, The Gingerbread Man and Cheese, Recess, The Trouble with Sanity, and no doubt many, many more.
You may be saying to yourself that you've already read these fuckers on the blog here so why bother? Good point, Sherlock. The problem is that these newly published books are not quite the same as the ones on the blog and in most cases they are completely different works altogether. I just liked the titles. Pity my lack of imagination.
So that's what's going on. I'll still be here every freaking day with new societal updates and weirdo observations, so don't think the blog is going away. It'll be here for your pleasure--or pain. Every day.
In the meantime, have a good one because you know it would do the same to you.
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