FROM ADAM SANDLER TO LEE MARVIN IN LESS THAN 10 YEARS

People In The News: Adam Sandler (2004) published by Lucent Books, and then Lee Marvin Point Blank in paperback format as published by Schaffner Press in 2014.

Adam Sandler’s impressive comeback via his Netflix projects proves that talent will win out, especially following his recent disastrous, high-profile and expensive flops. Although not a huge fan of his output, I could have predicted his comeback, even though his core audience has grown up. How do I know? Bear with me…
A possible connection between Sandler and Lee Marvin is of course anything but obvious. However, with yours truly at the helm of this blog, there becomes one. To put it another way, there would never have been 2013’s Lee Marvin Point Blank had there not been 2004’s People in the News: Adam Sandler. Hardly clarifies, now does it? Heh, heh. I shall elaborate.
I came in contact with the good folks at Lucent (alternately known as Gale, Greenhaven and god knows what all) by good fortune and discovered their People in the News series. They promptly offered me either George Bush Jr, Eminem or Adam Sandler. The choice became obvious. Thank god Sandler made Punch-Drunk Love or I never would have survived!
They also informed me of certain writing requirements for each title in the series. Chief among them was to not only write each chapter chronologically (duh!), but more importantly, emphasize an important theme within each chapter. THAT dear reader proved to be the best lesson and ongoing exercise I ever got in biographical research and writing. Readers of Lee Marvin Point Blank may hopefully see the chapter themes as well as the overall theme of Marvin’s life and work. It was a direct result of my writing about Sandler and later other prominent contemporary figures. I actually wish those books were still being published but alas, the likes of Wikipedia’s popularity put an end to the series. Ahh, well. Such is life.
I came up with the chapter titles based on those themes I came up with in researching Sandler’s life and work, as shown below….

Copyright page and table of contents for Adam Sandler People in the News.

I also discovered no matter how easy you might think writing the introduction might be, ALWAYS write it last. It may seem obvious but it took me some frustrating rewrites to discover that the intro is the end game, since you never know what the main theme is until the project is written. Good lesson. It also created a new respect for Sandler’s output and his resiliency. I did the same with Lee Marvin Point Blank which proved to be the theme AND title of the book. My Sandler intro below, bears this out…

Introduction to Adam Sandler People in the News and the theme therein.

It must have worked since the the editors liked it and I did write several more as a hired gun. I never received royalties so I never knew if it was selling well or was well-received. Imagine my surprise when I saw this review on Amazon on April 29, 2015: “Delivered promptly and in excellent condition. My 11-year old son wants to be a comedian, and this was the perfect book for him and he even received school credit for reading it.”
Cool, huh? I guess discovering the theme of Sandler’s work, no matter how corny or distasteful it may be to some, proved successful, after all. Yeah, Sandler’s going to be around for a while, Hopefully, I will, too.

Here’s proof that I had nothing to do with the choice of photos used or the captions that were written. I would not have chosen this photo and if I did, I surely would have mentioned that looks on Dana Carvey and especially Phil Hartman’s faces.

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OFFER ON AMAZON HARDCOVER SALES IN U.S.

Amazon’s hardcover sales of Lee Marvin: Point Blank have dropped and as an incentive to help boost that number, I thought I’d make a promotional offer. Anyone who lives in the United States and purchases one of the remaining hardcovers via the Amazon link (click on the blue book title anywhere throughhout this post), will recieve a postcard signed by yours truly, the book’s author. It will be as if youy had attended one of the many book signings that have taken place over the last two years but could not get to, no matter where you live! Works like this: Simply buy the hardcover, reply to this blog post that you’ve bought the book, which postcard you prefer, and I’ll private message to get your snail mail address. That’s it! It’s between you and I alone and you don’t have to pay for the postage. The postcards come in two varieties:

The first, is from the book signing I did in April, 2013 at a great little bookstore in Novato, Calif called Loveable Rogue. The front of the card depicting the book is on the left and the back is pictured on the right:

FREE SIGNED POSTCARD FROM LOVEABLE ROGUE BOOK SIGNING.

FREE SIGNED POSTCARD FROM LOVEABLE ROGUE BOOK SIGNING.

The other postcard is from the 2001 A&E Biography on Marvin that I was interviewed for and provided a large part of the graphics for, as well. The show was done well and allowed me the chance to meet and later interview Angie Dickinson. Again, below is the card with an image of Marvin waiting on the set of The Dirty Dozen on the left and the back of the card with info about the show is on right:

FREE A&E BIOGRAPHY POSTCARD OF LEE MARVIN.

FREE A&E BIOGRAPHY POSTCARD OF LEE MARVIN.

Pretty simple, right? By the way, even though Amazon sells the book at a pretty good discount, it does not effect my royalties one bit, so why wait? It’s the definition of a win/win! Go ahead and order the hardcover, give me a shout out that you did, and I’ll do the rest. As they say on TV, better hurry while supplies last!

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PUBLICATION ANNIVERSARY, LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK

My publisher Tim Schaffner, of Schaffner Press, recently reminded of the fact that this week marks the two year anniversary of the publication of our book, Lee Marvin: Point Blank, and what an amazing two years it’s been! Just a cursory glance at that month in 2013 from my calendar below still makes my head spin……
jan2013calendar

The next six months were even more amazing as the book tour kicked into high gear. Keep in mind, book tours are no longer considered economically feasable by most publishing houses and if they’re done at all, the author often has to foot the bill. Luckily, Schaffner Press is NOT most publishing houses. Tim believes in having his authors go out there, press the flesh and make their presence (and their work) be known. I was able to see and go places I had never been before and consequently meet some amazing people in the process, all of whom were either Lee Marvin fans or  happily discovering his work for the first time.

All that said and done, the best part of all is the fact that two years down the road, it is still selling, almost as if it just came out. Don’t take my word for it, check out these numbers from Amazon. First the paperback and hardcover from earlier this week…..

Paperback ranking and then hardcover ranking, both from Amazon.

Paperback ranking and then hardcover ranking, both from Amazon.

Best of all? In June of last year an amazing publicist at the book’s distibutor, IPG, convinced Amazon to include Lee Marvin: Point Blank as part of their discount promotion. The result was a spot on the NY Times and Wall Street Journal best seller lists, and a continued sales boost that exists to this day!

Kindle sales rank on Amazon as of Jan. 22nd, 2015

Kindle sales rank on Amazon as of Jan. 22nd, 2015

I could not be happier with the results that have made Lee Marvin: Point Blank an ‘evergreen’ title, and hopefully will continue to be for some time to come. More succinctly, for those who have read it and enjoyed it, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOU SUPPORT & CONTINUE TO TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY. They won’t be disappointed!

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