Let the Dead Bury the Dead is now available at CreateSpace.com

You can find the book here: https://www.createspace.com/4056731

The list-price is 27.95 USD. This is the initial release, with the e-book coming before the end of the month. The book is 8″ X 11″, running at 622 pages, with an index. There are no photos. Sorry to the comic and picture book-only crowd (not really).

And here it is for the UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355242478&sr=1-1

Amazon France: http://www.amazon.fr/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355243316&sr=8-1

Amazon Germany: http://www.amazon.de/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1355243200&sr=1-1-catcorr

And Amazon Italy: http://www.amazon.it/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355243385&sr=8-1

News on upcoming e-book edition of Let the Dead Bury the Dead, and more

This is going to be through Amazon Books partners. The e-book will be PDF-only for the time being. I’m not a fan of Amazon’s Kindle at all, it ruins layout and adds more cost because of reformatting. Also, I think it’s a shitty platform and that this e-book craze is just that, a craze that will pass, and so too will most everything on it without some kind of data-migration. Besides that, there’s no burning economic reason to do it, this isn’t that kind of a book. Read some of the .99 cent books on Amazon, and you’ll find what a friend described so well as “sixth-grader level of writing skills,” which is true there all over the place.

Yes, I’m a Luddite and not the biggest supporter of this nutty idea that there must be unbridled technological innovation. I don’t see a lot of it as inherently liberatory (why does WordPress’s spellchecker have a lower vocabulary than me? It can’t spell the preceding word). You could make a great argument yesterday that it’s destroying the world simply by coming into being.

The book is indigestible to the mindless consumer crowd, maybe as much as Pasolini’s final film, Salo! Yes, it has many moments that could be described as entertaining, and without question, as I’m being told by a few readers, it’s a page turner. That’s what all true crime books and works about the world of intelligence and politics should be. There are a lot more reasons–important ones that affect all of our lives–contained in the text that should motivate potential readers, especially those living in North America: a dearth of primary information within the covers that falls under the public’s right to know, and a good percentage of it could be evidence either pointing to, or of, specific acts of corruption in the appropriations process in Washington DC. The greatest waste of all is in defense and intelligence spending for a reason. It’s the easiest trough to gorge from thanks to the reactionary tendencies of the American public when it comes to warfare, and yes, I’m hitting the South with a lot of the blame.

The e-book will be presented exactly as I intended the book to be experienced by the prospective reader. I’m a big fan of PDF for this and many other reasons, but mainly because it doesn’t ruin layout. I’m pricing it at $9.99 USD and there will be periodic sales on it. Like most e-books, it will contain the cover art. It should be available before the end of the month. That’s it, yo, there is no ‘mo

Let the Dead Bury the Dead availability

As of today, the book is available at Amazon US. In a few weeks, it will be found in Amazon EU outlets for ordering. There are currently no signed copies. If you wish to receive one–especially if I don’t know you in any real sense–expect that, yes, there will be some available in the future, but at a significantly higher price. The reasons should be obvious: it costs to send things, especially when they weigh over three pounds. Yes, I am trying to discourage questions about it. I will not be doing book signings for the foreseeable future without some logical economic reason behind it. If it doesn’t at least pay for itself, it’s not gonna happen, period. That is all on that issue.

Also: I will have a widget up here and at J to the Power of 7 in a few days for ease-of-ordering. The best way to find the book at Amazon is to search “DC Madam,” or the title. I’m being told so far that the book is a real page turner. Is this a great holiday gift? That depends on who it’s being bought for. If you want to know how the Republicans love pissing your money away on defense and intelligence spending through contractors, then yes, this is for all of you who find that a matter of concern. Keep that in mind when the GOP’s officeholders start braying about the deficit. They’re the great contributors to it. Why do some people still vote for them? Yes, yes, because the white American South is backwards, a national embarrassment, and that they can’t get over losing the Civil War, certainly. I’m sure it has something to do with the R-complex too, and I’d described most Republican voters as reptilian, but never especially intelligent, honest, or rational, only rarely. Southern Gothic is right: they’ll kill us all yet, you’ll see, just not live to see its aftermath.

Let the Dead Bury the Dead is now available at CreateSpace.com

You can find the book here: https://www.createspace.com/4056731

The list-price is 27.95 USD. This is the initial release. I’ll know in a few days when Amazon will be posting it for purchase. The book is 8″ X 11″, running at 622 pages, with an index. There are no photos–sorry to the comic and picture book crowd (I jest).

There will eventually be an e-book, but I’m edging towards it being about a year from now, maybe more, maybe less, depending on how things go from here. I welcome any serious questions and inquiries and reserve the right to determine which ones are which. Any and all trolling will of course be ignored.

E-books

There will be an e-book edition. However, it’s not going to be for some time, possibly a year, give-or-take. The reason is simple: ease of pirating them. Yes, I’m so greedy, when I work for someone, I actually have the temerity to want to be paid for it, what an asshole, I know. It’s as simple as that. I’d rather not see pirated files online days after a release in that format. Yes, there will be one eventually, but it will probably be a wait. The advantages to buying a hard copy of a book are obvious anyway, I don’t have to tell the reader what they are.

So, imagine having to pay around $200-300 USD to have a book properly formatted for all these reader platforms and being lucky to make it back. You can’t? As my grandfather once said, “I don’t know what to tell you.” I always wanted to be a bush pilot too, but…

The proof arrived…

It looks pretty good, no real errors but my own. I’ll decide tonight whether to go back and fix a few minor things, or not, tonight. The cover design which is based on a Medieval woodcut came out excellent with its full impact intact, and the text itself looks pretty good, pretty much as expected. The book itself is a little heavy physically, but I consider it something related to crime reference books. There are some similarities to Jay Robert Nash, more in some of the presentation, some of the approach, and because of the array of primary materials. But I also think it has some relation to that type of writing because I leave plenty of signposts for others to continue on from, if they so wish to.

A few copies will be going out to media and a few watchdogs, a few others, for now. There will be no signed copies unless someone can give me a good reason to. I’ve been getting the request from a few people. A little hint: shipping costs money and the book itself weighs-in on the hefty end of the scale, so do the math, it’s not economical, or logical. I kind of get why people would want this, however, a piece of history, but it’s not flattering when you barely know them and there’s a weird expectation that I need to bend over backwards, I will not. All that aside, I’m indifferent about it.

For example, I kept the layout standard, roughly 8″ X 11″ in order to preserve the original layouts of the original, excerpted (and in-full) documents, sometimes emails, as much as possible. There were still times that I had to reformat, where I was left with no other choice, more often in the email correspondence, sometimes from official documents. None of their content has been altered. Imagine how long it would be at 6″ X 9″–close to one thousand pages. There were a number of logical and practical reasons to go with the dimensions and formatting that I did.

I should have a tentative release date in a few days. God bless us–everyone–and happy holidays, even to the assholes out there.

Finally, I noticed in the DCist today that Montgomery Blair Sibley (former DC Madam counsel) is still doing filings contesting the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate. There are better ways now, especially after the GOP got trounced so badly in the national elections, to find another drum to beat. There are plenty of social causes that need attention now. Why not go out and learn a little about OWS?

Proofs

The first proof has been ordered and will be arriving via the postal system in a few days. I don’t expect any major issues with how it turns out, but there are almost always a few little things to fix. This has been a long, hard road traveled. I’m glad this part of it is over, forever. Don’t try this at home.

For those interested in reading more of my writing on the DC Madam case, I recommend hitting my main blog, which is listed in the blogroll below, at the bottom of this page.