SOCIAL DISTANCING GOT YOU DOWN? TRY A BOOK!

Social distancing is a phrase not heard of much until recently, and now it seems to be a phrase heard daily. Combine that phrase with the likes of social isolation and self-quarantine, all caused by the dreaded Corona Virus pandemic, and you’ve got the makings of a pretty horrific existence no matter how you try to spin it. Not much we can do it about it, really, other than wait it out for the next several months.
Here’s a wacky thought. If you’re get pretty frustrated over the choice of original streaming content (if you even have streaming content), try a book! That’s right, the ancient practice of cracking open a tome and discovering its contents may seem obvious but if you haven’t thought of it yourself in the midst of this pandemic, allow me to suggest a possibility…..

Paperback cover to the award-winning, NY Times bestseller, LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK.

Even though Lee Marvin Point Blank came out way back in 2013 and sold very well at the time, it’s still very much available in all 3 formats on Amazon for reduced prices: hardcover, e-book and paperback. Besides, all the tired, old cliches about reading our teachers told us when we first started reading are all still true, maybe now more than ever: It’ll take you out of life and into another realm, it fires your imagination, and the sense of accomplishment after reading a book is second to none!
By the way, speaking of the paperback, I’d like to think my publisher, Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press, had the forethought to add a relevant aspect just for these crazy days but the truth is the added attraction was based on a growing publishing trend. He had seen how other paperback bestsellers included extra material not in the hardcover and asked me to add a reader’s guide (among other things) based on the subject and themes within the book…..

A small sample of the topics of discussion added to the paperback of LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK.

I’m not positive but I’m pretty sure this section was also added to the e-book, as well. So, if you haven’t done so yet, feel free to read the book (natch!), or reread it, then broach these and other subjects via social media platforms and see what develops from there. I’d be interested to find that out myself. It’s a good way to practice social distancing while interacting at the same time.
Until then, stay safe, stay home, and we’ll all get through this together….and other cliches’ like that there. All good thoughts,
– Dwayne Epstein

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CYBER MONDAY? LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK!

Cyber Monday is December 2nd and in the spirit of such blatant internet promotion allow me to join the passing parade of shameless self-indulgence with the inclusion of Lee Marvin Point Blank. Yeah, I know the book came out more than six years ago, but it is still very much in print, in demand, and worthy of discovery by those who have yet to purchase it. Why is that you ask? Well, for one thing, as my publisher pointed out, it’s a perennial, not bound by fads or current events that fade in short order. For another, it’s available in several formats, each with its own appeal.

Released January, 2013, the above image is from the hardcover edition of LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK, still very much available.

 

First up is the hardcover. It remains the first definitive account of the life, work and legacy of one of the most important actors of the second half of the twentieth century. I spent nearly 20 years researching it and the result is 100 exclusive interviews of friends, family and co-workers, many rare never-before-seen photos, letters recounting his harrowing time in WWII and much, much more.  Within a year, the book was also anointed with several awards, such as winning the Bronze in Biography from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (“Ippy”) and being a finalist in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards. Not bad for a first-time author, right?

 

 

 

Not long after the release of the hardcover, the Kindle became available via Amazon and the result was quite surprising. An enterprising publicist at the distributor, IPG (Independent Publishing Group), hustled the hell out of the e-book which ultimately made the top five on the coveted  New York Times Bestseller List, as well as the Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly.

One of the Kindle’s opening images, which was a NY Times best seller.

The following year, my publisher, Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press, decided to up the ante with the publication of the paperback. He requested that I add some new material to the project….

Paperback cover with sunburst declaration of added material, as well as the medallion sticker awarding the Bronze in Biography.

Table of Contents listing the added data compiled by yours truly for the paperback version.

I was of course pleasantly surprised not only by how well it turned out but also by the addition of several pages consisting of positive feedback from prominent individuals, such as fellow biographers Marshall Terrill (STEVE MCQUEEN: PORTRAIT OF A REBEL), Bill Krohn (HITCHCOCK AT WORK), Stefan Kanfer ( BOGART: TOUGH WITHOUT A GUN), Frank Thompson (NOTHING SACRED: THE CINEMA OF WILLIAM WELLMAN) and others.  Who could ask for more? Talk about an embarrassment of riches.
So, there you have it. My pitch to put LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK on your Cyber Monday holiday shopping list. I realize that regular readers of this blog, (if there are any) may have read this all before but since the key to good promotion is “Tell them what you know, tell them again and then tell them what you told them,” I leave it to one and all to make up their own minds….so what are you waiting for? Do you part for Cyber Monday and get your copy now.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
– Dwayne Epstein

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AMAZON.COM SELLS OUT OF LEE MARVIN HARDCOVER!

Amazon.com, according to Wikipedia, is the world’s largest e-commerce marketplace. I realize I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know. However, with such heady powers at their disposal, I was surprised to see this….

Screen grab from Amazon.com on the inventory status of the Lee Marvin Point Blank hardcover.

You would think such a massive online presence as a marketplace would be able to stay on top of such things and reload their inventory in a timely fashion. Geez, it makes you wonder who’s minding the store.
Of course, I kid. Truth is I can’t complain as Lee Marvin Point Blank has proven to be a perennial and has also sold well internationally. In the English speaking countries there’s only one hardcover left n the U.K., none in Canada, and five left in Australia. Sales have been brisk in non-English speaking countries, too. Amazing fact considering that it’s only available n English.
The thing is, authors rely on Amazon for weekly sales info as publishers  (in this case Schaffner Press) give author’s regular sales breakdowns only on a semi-annual basis. The publishers gets the data from the distributor, IPG and is sometimes slow with that data. In the mean time, I mentioned the ‘temporarily out of stock’ info to my publisher and received an interesting response. According to publisher Tim Schaffner, “Amazon doesn’t inform us directly and generally the orders appear a couple of days after the fact. Ingram often supplies Amazon and the have ordered some, I’m thinking about 20 recently.”
Bottom line, Amazon will be restocking on the hardcover of Lee Marvin Point Blank soon and when they do, the ranks will be thinning to practically NONE as it will not be going back for another printing. In other words, grab it while you can ’cause when it’s gone! You can do what Lee himself would’ve done in such a situation….
– Dwayne Epstein

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