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……
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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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SCHAFFNER PRESS, PUBLISHER OF LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK

And now, a holiday message from Schaffner Press‘s man-in-charge, Tim Schaffner, a man I affectionately refer to as ‘Bwanah’:
“Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes from Schaffner Press!
As I move into my 15th year of independent publishing, I wanted to say thanks to all of our authors, past, present, and future, who have made this press what it is today and will continue to be for many years to come!
And thanks for all the support from agents, IPG, designers, publicists, review editors, and the publishing community in these years of growth!
Happy Holidays and Happy 2015!
Yours,
Tim Schaffner”
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For myself, I’d like to add that it has been a most extraordinary year! Like all writers, I dreamed of making the NY Times Bestseller List but never imagined it would come true! Deep gratitude to my agent Mike Hamilburg, designer Jake Kiehle, IPG’s Lauren Klouda (yes, as far as I’m concerned, she was indeed born in a manger!), tech whiz Mike Phillips, publicist Tyson Cornell, and most of all, Tim Schaffner. More than the indie who said ‘yes,’ he constantly proves himself to be the only publisher in America with any vision.

And to one and all, HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS!

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LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK WINS ‘IPPY’ AWARD!

WINNERS OF 2013 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER AWARDippy_bronzemedal_LRLee Marvin Point Blank won the Bronze in this year’s Independent Publisher Awards competition (“IPPY”). The presentation will be accepted by publisher Tim Schaffner during a ceremony in New York City. Click the link above for the whole story.

Addenda: Below is Schaffner Press publisher Tim Schaffner accepting the award on behalf of yours truly, Lee Marvin Point Blank author, Dwayne Epstein. Don’t worry, folks. I couldn’t make it to the awards in New York but he did indeed send it to me a week or two later. I doubt Mr. Knopf would have done that! Mr. Schaffner is a good Joe.

He also told me that after leaving the award presentation he spotted Robert Osborne walking down the street. I asked him if he thanked Osborne for mentioning our book on the air via Osborne’s hosting duties on TCM (see the photo and quote at the bottom of the ‘Reviews‘ page of this website). Tim told me he didn’t think it appropriate to do so. I told him he could have done it without wearing the medal. Ahh, well…..

Publisher Tim Schaffner accepting MY BRONZE MEDAL in NY's Independent Publisher's Award Ceremony last week for Lee Marvin: Point Blank. 6/5/13

Publisher Tim Schaffner accepting MY BRONZE MEDAL in NY’s Independent Publisher’s Award Ceremony last week for Lee Marvin: Point Blank. 6/5/13

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