First copy of Otorongo arrived today. Didn't think it would arrive so soon. Thought it was Thraxas by Martin Millar which I ordered from Amazon last week. so I started to open it -- Whoa! -- saw the spine! It's in there. Sitting on my desk. Unopened still.

Whew! Smudged with palo santo. Florida water. Think I'll roll a joint.

Smoked it.

Tension mounting
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jacinto2:
Congratulations, bro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jimlinsa:
Thanks, man.   Wondering if even one person will ever read this book and like it?  It's an interesting situation.

A bit complicated as to how soon it will actually be available to purchase in various places. But for the moment, it looks like you can get it here:

http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=Otorongo


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jacinto2:
MAZEL TOV!!!!!!!!!!!!
jimlinsa:
Thanks.  I'm in shock.  It just arrived in the mail.  Can't bring myself to open it.

Spent the last 48 hours wrestling with the proofs of Otorongo.

The good news is I got the list price down from $28.99 to $18.99. Just when I thought I was grasping the logic of iUniverse's pricing decisions -- i.e., studying their online bookstore, checking out the pricing of different length books and concluding that the list price was set at approximately
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jacinto2:
I'm not big on prostate massages, but I'm anxious to read it.

I got to have my heart broken for a while last night when I woke up at 1:50 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep again. I think insomnia is one of the most interesting states of consciousness. It had to do with the book, of course.

So I received the proofs!! Totally astounding. They came out of thin air without me...
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jacinto2:
I once heard, "There is no good writing, only good rewriting."

For some reason they wouldn't use my original design, but this is close enough in the interests of moving the process along. The book takes place in Jim's Third, Fourth and Fifth Chakras -- thus the yellow, green and sky blue. The vertical columns suggest kundalini energy to me. But they also represent the jungle. The white lettering of OTORONGO just seemed obvious to...
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jacinto2:
been thinking about you, bro. I hope your dream comes to fruition!
jimlinsa:
Thanks!

I've been resisting reporting on the progress with self-publishing my novel lately because the whole thing has been getting rather fuzzy. I'm in the cover design phase, and have been for about three weeks, making no recognizable headway.

A word about iUniverse -- and perhaps about publishers in general, a breed I've never had any experience with, despite being of advanced age (where
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I've decided to go with this whole expensive, self-indulgent process of self-publishing on the theory that what I'm doing is OUTRAGEOUS!

So I'm actually into this for 10 grand, and no book has even been produced yet. I'm embarrassed to admit it. But it could be considerably more. I saved two grand during the editing process by editing it myself. I...
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Close to five months after my mom died, and within a month or so of probably being about to receive my family’s share of her inheritance, I had this dream, the first dream I've had of my mother since she died.

In the dream, part of the inheritance was going to be this entire square block right in the middle of Manhattan, which...
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jacinto2:
N.Y.T. is in Manhattan!

How much longer do you think I've got, Linsa, to entertain fantasies about Otorongo?

Probably a few more weeks, Jim.

A few more weeks? I'm up to ten thousand on this thing now. Don't you think that should buy me more than a few more weeks? I mean, the New York Times ad probably won't even appear for another five or...
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Went for it, basically. Thanks @RISK for the encouragement! My wife is behind me too. Interesting. Guys I consulted were much more dubious and suspicious. Ladies rock!

So I've got a marketing plan that gives Otorongo exposure in a NY Times Book Review ad, Publishers Weekly ads, various Internet promotions, three critical reviews (out of which you gotta hope we get something positive to...
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So my resolution to document my progress with attempting to self-publish my novel Otorongo has led me to the present situation, which has got me pretty fucked. Don't know how else to put it, exactly. I'm a fiction writer. The thing about reporting, i.e. nonfiction, which I have done very little of over the years, but just enough to know, is that...
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risk:
Of corse:)! It is always good to take the risk and not stay a lifetime thinking about what would have happened jiji
jimlinsa:
Love it!  Thanks!