Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Days of Beer Goes Live

I said I had an announcement for today, and it’s big for me at least. I was complaining earlier this month about having many projects going and none finished. Well, I’ve finally finished one. Days of Beer is now live online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I am happy, and somewhat relieved. Apparently I still can finish things when I have a little time to write, as I’ve had over the Christmas break.

I’ve talked about the “Days of Beer” project quite a bit. You’ve seen pieces of it. The full title is “Days of Beer: A Memoir of a Beer Drinkin’ Man.” Although some folks suggested changes to the title, and taking out the word memoir, it is a memoir of sorts, although with the emphasis on funny incidents rather than a serious examination of my life. (That would be incredibly boring.)

I also did a fair amount of researching what books were available already, and this title comes closest in my mind to conveying what audience I’m trying to reach. I could be wrong. But in the end you’ve gotta go with your gut.

I decided to introduce the book at 99 cents, although it’s actually got slightly more words in it than “Killing Trail.” I plan to raise the price after a month.

Lana took the cover photo but I added the title and author name. There’s a second cover version inside the book. Lana was going to help with it but after her surgery she just couldn’t stand any time on the computer so you get the best that I could do. I want to get better at doing covers since I’d like to publish more ebooks down the line. Once Lana is back on her feet, she'll probably up the quality on this cover and I’ll replace it. I didn’t want to wait until then to get the work out, though. I’ll be back in school and time will be a precious commodity again.


The link at Barnes and Noble is here.

I'm happy!
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39 comments:

Greg said...

congrats Charles! sounds like a good read, i'll have to check it out.

Oscar said...

Congratulations! I'll have to take a look at it and see if my experiences match any of yours. I doubt it, but then you never know.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Charles! Bet that title draws in a lot of readers.

Paul R. McNamee said...

On my wishlist. I'll grab it some evening.

Congratulations. You're getting good at these quick e-book turnarounds!

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Congratulations, Charles! I'm happy for you.

Charles Gramlich said...

Greg, I think it came out pretty funny.

OScar, thanks, man. Beer drinking experiences may be universal.

Alex, thanks, man. I hope so.

Paul, It seems to be a wave of the future.

Prashant, Thanks. I appreciate that.

Deka Black said...

Congrats! Hope the sales reach the sky ;)

Snowbrush said...

Charles, congratulations of finishing your book. Since others weighed in on the tile, I too till make bold to do so. Did you consider maybe taking out the word "a" in the title and adding an "s" to the word memoir? It would be correct usage according to my dictionary.

memoir |ˈmemˌwär; -ˌwôr|
noun
1 a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or special sources : in 1924 she published a short memoir of her husband.
• ( memoirs) an autobiography or a written account of one's memory of certain events or people.
2 an essay on a learned subject : an important memoir on Carboniferous crustacea.
• ( memoirs) the proceedings or transactions of a learned society : Memoirs of the Horticultural Society.

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, me too!

Snowbrush, I did think about that. I think it's correct, but memoirs just sort of sounds funny in my mouth. Not sure why.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Cheers, Charles!

Charles Gramlich said...

Don, thankee!

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations!

ivan said...

Prolific. And terrific.

And an old Air Force serviceman, I can relate! Bottoms up!

Ron Scheer said...

Well done, my lad. Well done.

Charles Gramlich said...

Golden Eagle, thankee!

Ivan, indeed, we have that element in common! :)

Ron, Thanks, man!

Cloudia said...

Gobsmacked by your productivity, Charles! Congrats. wishing you much further success. . .




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Travis Cody said...

Congrats! I shall list this among the many books I have yet to get to but intend to read at some point.

Charles Gramlich said...

Cloudia, I'm relaxing tonight after getting it out there. I do like relaxing.

Travis Cody, I know the lists just keep growing.

David J. West said...

Congratulations Charles, ever more of your stuff to read.

Charles Gramlich said...

David J., One of these days maybe I'll hit something that will have a 'big' audience! :)

Harry Markov said...

Congrats on this achievement. To be honest that was rather speedy. :D

Angie said...

Congrats, that looks like a fun book!

Any chance you'll get it up on Smashwords? I only buy PDFs, and that lets out Amazon and B&N's e-books.

Angie

the walking man said...

Put it on the sidebar so I don't forget. I have already paid my CC for this month and won't use it again anywhere until after the first.

Like this title much better.

oceangirl said...

Congratulations!! This calls for a big celebration :) I'll definitely check out the links and if they'll allow a purchase, I would certainly buy.

Charles Gramlich said...

Harry, it does seem so, yes. It took me longer to write it than I would have liked though, but it usually does.

Angie, I will put it up on Smashwords before I go back to school. I should have already done it. Thanks for the reminder.

Mark, thanks. Will do.

Oceangirl, I appreciate you having a look!

cs harris said...

Steve was on his Kindle Fire last night, chuckling, and I said, "What on earth are you reading?" He said, "Days of Beer!" You'll be pleased to know that it's the very first thing he bought for his new Christmas toy.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I just began drinking beer this year so the timing is perfect.

Charles Gramlich said...

Candy, I'm glad to hear it indeed. I had a lot of fun writing it, remembering all the funny stories.

Patti, lots of good beers ahead of you then. :)

BernardL said...

I remember how funny your excerpts were. I have it, and it's in line right after I finish Beat To A Pulp: A Rip Through Time. Christmas slowed me down. :)

Kate Sterling said...

That's awesome, Charles. I'll get it for my new Kindle. :) Great cover, too! I'm sorry Lana has been having so much pain. :( I hope she's up and running soon.

Charles Gramlich said...

Bernardl, thanks, man. I think I upped the level on the humor since the excerpts. At least I hope so.

Kate, she is feeling some better tonight at least. So that is good.

Oscar said...

Just finished your beer drinking memoirs and am still laughing. I've drunk a lot of beer, but fall short of your early start and prodigious consumption. What a riot!

David Cranmer said...

I will grab a copy today, Charles. I'm very much looking forward to the read.

Charles Gramlich said...

Oscar, thanks much, man. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I had fun putting it together.

David, I appreciate that. I hope you enjoy it as much as Oscar did.

Tyhitia Green said...

Congratulations, Charles! I love the cover. It really relates to the subject matter you've described. I know you'll reach your audience. The title demands attention. :)

I know you're excited.

Charles Gramlich said...

Tyhitia, thanks. I appreciate that. I'm glad to hear the cover is ok.

Chris said...

Just ordered my copy. Soon as I sober up enough to read, I'll give it a go.

laughingwolf said...

hey, grats on the achievement, charles :)

cover looks pretty good, too....

Charles Gramlich said...

Chris, it might best be read in a buzzed state at least.

Laughingwolf, thanks. I think the over is not too bad and I'm kind of pleased with that.