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The Pinacle of ‘Shameless Self Promotion’


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9 Reasons Why I Think You Should Put My New Novelette at the Top of Your Summer Reading List

I don’t think ‘shameless self-promotions’ could possibly get any worse than this! But, so be it. (Mea culpa!). Some things simply need to be said. And so, lacking a huge PR apparatus to do this for me, I’m going to tell you why I think you should put my ebook novelette, The Last Way Station: Hitler‘s Final Journey, at the top of your summer reading list.

My nine reasons:

  1. My book is, if anything, unusual. It’s subject is nothing less than a speculative look at the final judgment Hitler receives in the hereafter for his vast and horrific crimes.
  2. The book raises many moral questions about the cause, psychology and nature of evil and such evil-doers as Hitler and the recently killed Osama bin Ladin.
  3. It examines the issue of “moral relativism” – the way deeply depraved, ingrained and institutionalized evil, such as Hitler’s, influences what I’ll call the “moral continuum” we live in. (Consider it analogous to the way gravity bends the physical space-time continuum.)
  4. I based the book on historically accurate information about Hitler, so you may learn something new and interesting about him.
  5. It provides a good, quick read. A colleague of mine at authonomy.com characterized the writing as “flawless,” no doubt a bit of hyperbole, but I think it moves quickly and reads smoothly.
  6. The book is short (only 13,000 words) so you can read it at one sitting.
  7. It’s cheap ($0.99) and available at either Amazon.com (in Kindle/mobi format) or at Smashwords.com in all popular ebook formats.  (Even if you don’t own an e-reader, you can download FREE ebook reader software at Amazon that will let you read the book on your PC or MAC (links are available on every book page, on the right-hand side).
  8. The book has a bit of a surprise ending. And, last but not least,
  9. It provides a wealth of material for lively book discussions! And isn’t that a big part of the enjoyment we get from reading interesting books?

You’ll find an extensive preview of the book right here, on my blog. (Just click the moving icon of its cover on your right!)

Thanks for putting up with my shameless behavior. I couldn’t help myself, because I deeply believe I’ve written something worthy of your consideration. (If it turns out I’m wrong, you can lodge your complaints in the comment section below, but please read the book first!)

Thanks for listening. Now, I’m going to purchase a hair shirt and start flogging myself mercilessly! (Ugh!)

© Jonathan S. Reisfeld and Write @ You!, 2011. (See full statement in footer.)
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The Atlantic Launches Twitter-Based Book Club


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Jeff Howe, author of Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the future of Business, has gotten The Atlantic Magazine to sponsor the rebirth of his summer of 2010 Wired online experiment: a twitter-based book club, promoting and discussing one book a month with its entire membership.

The club, called 1book140, will read Margaret Atwood‘s The Blind Assassin. (More than 1,400 readers voted, over a three-day period, among a pool of 300 member-submitted titles, to ultimately settle on Atwood’s book.  Howe and The Atlantic’s editorial board also had a say in the final selection.

The twitter-based “public bookclub” idea is an intriguing concept for publicizing new works online, although only one title gets the spotlight each month. 1book140 will start accepting and voting on nominations for July’s book-of-the-month, in mid-June.

I’m going to join and test this out myself. Read Mashable’s write up by Lauren Indvik here: The Atlantic Launches Twitter-Based Book Club.

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