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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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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