A recent conversation with my publisher, Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press, resulted in the discovery that when the Lee Marvin Point Blank hardcover sells out of copies, it will NOT be going back for another print run. Matter of fact, he told me that he won’t be doing any future titles in hardcover. as all titles will be done in paperback.
By the way, if you didn’t know it (as I didn’t until my publisher told me), when you remove the dust jacket, there’s a pretty cool graphic added to it by graphic artist, Jake Kiehle, that is exclusive to the hardcover. Sort of the cherry on the sundae as my publisher called it…

Hard cover of LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK minus the dust jacket.

To put it more succinctly, once the hardcover is gone, it is gone! That, by the way, is not an entirely bad thing.  It increases my royalties as the sales numbers pass a certain threshold amount. Also, when the hardcover sells out, it makes it a bona fide, one-of-a-kind collectible.
I’d like to be able to say that I was in a position to make some sort of promotional offer in order to help boost those sales but unfortunately, I’m not. I can, however, make another ‘kind’ of offer in an effort to boost sales. If you purchase the hardcover, I will personally send you the following: A sticker for the cover denoting the bronze “IPPY” award in the Biography category it earned in 2013, as seen pictured herein.

2-inch bronze foil sticker indicating LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK’S win of the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013.

Since I can’t personally sign every Point Blank hardcover copy purchased, I can do the next best thing. Another give-away I can offer is a personally signed postcard. I was on the A&E biography of Lee (back in 2001) when I was still diligently researching his life and was given these promotional postcards after it aired. I will personally sign and send one to anyone free of charge!

Lee Marvin, shown on the set of THE DIRTY DOZEN, on the card used to advertise the Emmy-winning 2001 episode of A&E’s biography of the actor, featuring the author of LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK.

If you prefer, I have a bunch of other postcards I can sign from a book signing I did at a northern California bookstore called Loveable Rogue that unfortunately is no longer in existence. Of course, that would make it a collectible of a kind, as well. Just let me know which one you prefer and I’ll accommodate your request. Must act soon as I have a limited amount of stickers and postcards.

Front & back view of cards printed up for the “Loveable Rogue book signing in Novato, Calif.



The hardcover can be purchased on line on several sites, but make sure you’re ordering the Point Blank hardcover and not the Kindle or paperback. Links to such sites are highlighted here in blue and you can simply click on it and it’ll take you right to it.
The price Amazon is charging is $14.65, which is 48% less than the cover. Barnes & Noble is priced $18.95 which is 32% less than the cover price. The same with the Books-A-Million (BAM!) price.

  • One last reason to consider the hardcover. August 29th of this year will mark the 30th anniversary of Lee Marvin’s passing. Since he is no longer with us, I think there may be no better way to honor his passing than with the purchase of a book that will also soon no longer be with us. Just a thought.
    Anyone interested in taking me up on my offer can simply message me here as shown below. Thanks for looking and long live the memory of the great Lee Marvin!
  • -Dwayne Epstein
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I heard from my publisher not too long ago that the hardcover of Lee Marvin Point Blank is extremely close to being gone…for good! Naturally, I have mixed feelings about it but in all honesty, the overriding emotion is one of satisfaction over a job well done, even if it is coming to a close. The paperback will most likely stay in print for a while and the E-book as well.
So having said all that, if anybody reading this has been on the fence about buying it, this may very well be the best (and last) time to do so. Seriously! If you are now or have been thinking about it, here are some thoughts that might help you decide.

  1. Since it will be going out of print soon, purchasing it now will ensure that you have a true collectible. Once it’s gone, it’s gone and like the dodo bird, it won’t be coming back. The Amazon link is above but Barnes & Noble (linked here in blue) works just as well. However, PLEASE don’t buy it on Ebay. After market retailers are a rip-off.
  2. Contractually, the way my royalties were set up, a certain tipping point had to be reached before the percentage would go up and that point has FINALLY been reached. In other words, buying the book would be a great way for any friend, family member, or colleague to help yours truly if you’re so inclined. Hopefully you are. By the way the Amazon/Barnes & Noble discount prices do not effect my royalty so take advantage of that guilt-free offer.
  3. I am not in a position to offer any special deals of any kind but I can offer U.S. buyers  a little something special to sweeten the deal. If you do indeed buy the hardcover, let me know and I can send you a personally signed postcard as a keepsake, bookmark, what-have-you, which is as close to having a signed copy of the book as you can possibly get! They are in limites supply as well and once I run out of them, that’s all there is. One is from the book signing I did at the Loveable Rogue Bookstore in Novato, Calif. back in April of 2013. Owner Carlos Castillo closed the store last summer so the postcard is rather a collectible, as well. The other is from the A&E Biography of Lee I was interviewed for and provided much of the graphics back in ’01 when the book was still in the research stage. They are in limited supply but you can choose which one you prefer for now. I’ll put it in an enevelope & pay the postage.
    Postcard from the A&E biography (I was interviewed for and supplied graphics) depicting Lee on the set of The Dirty Dozen and postcard of the booksiging and talk I did at the now shuttered Loveable Rogue bookstore back in April of 2013.

    Postcard from the A&E biography (I was interviewed for and supplied graphics) depicting Lee on the set of The Dirty Dozen and postcard of the booksiging and talk I did at the now shuttered Loveable Rogue bookstore back in April of 2013.


    The back of both postcards with info about the A&E biography andCarlos Castillo's Loveable Rogue bookstore.

    The back of both postcards with info about the A&E biography andCarlos Castillo’s Loveable Rogue bookstore.

    So whaddya say? Sound like a worthy deal? Feel free to ask me any questions or concerns (privately if you like as I’m the only one who sees comments and decide to post them or not) and I’ll address any and all of them if you like. So don’t miss out on probably the last chance to get the hardcover copy of the NY Times Bestelling, Award winning definitive biography of one of the greatest actors of ALL time!

    A montage of images of Lee Marvin, on film, TV and in life.

    A montage of images of Lee Marvin, on film, TV and in life.

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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:



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:



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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