DADS & GRADS

Dads & Grads are the popular subjects of special attention the month of June.  Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th this year and Graduation Day of course occurs all month long. Since my book, Lee Marvin Point Blank has been available since 20013, imagine my pleasant surprise when my publisher,Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press sent this promo in the newsletter for Dads & Grads: 

Dads & Grads promo via the Schaffner Press newsletter.

No one was more pleasantly surprised than yours truly when opening my e-mail this morning. Unsolicited promos and endorsement are always the best kind and this one is no different. My only gripe, and it’s a minor one, is the phrase stating that Lee Marvin abhorred violence. Rather surprising as that certainly wasn’t the case based on my research. I suggest reading the book and draw your own conclusion as to whether Lee Marvin abhorred violence.
   So, go ahead and feel free to treat yourself, family member or friend to Lee Marvin Point Blank.  Even after all this time it is still very much available in Trade Paperback and Kindle.  The Amazon discount makes it worthwhile and does not effect my royalty. Happy Father’s Day one and all and all the best to graduates everywhere.
– Dwayne Epstein.

 

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AMAZON’S KINDLE

Amazon’s Kindle of my book Lee Marvin Point Blank has been temporarily suspended. Click the link in blue and you’ll see what I mean. Rather disappointing considering how brisk the sales have been, lately.

Kindle sales rank from January 2nd.

 

 

Kindle sales rank from January 5th.

Due to the percentage of royalties it generates (more than the paperback or hardcover) the regular payments I get will surely suffer.
When I first noticed the absence of the Kindle I thought it was just some sort of technical glitch. When it went on for several days, I contacted my publisher, Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press. He did not know about it being suspended but did explain the reason. Apparently, he negotiated a deal for a new distributor as he no longer is distributing his titles with the Independent Publishing Group (IPG) out of Chicago. According to Tim, the new distributor (the name of which escapes me at the moment) casts a much wider net, especially internationally, which is why he went them. He assured me that ultimately it will be a good thing but in the interim, Amazon’s Kindle won’t be available for a little while longer.
When it comes back I have no idea, hopefully soon. When it does, however, I’ll post about it here. But in the mean time, there’s still the paperback with its revisions intact. Just so you know, those revisions include a Q&A with yours truly, updated info in the text, a Reader’s Guide and more. So, with that in mind, feel free to get the paperback as a gift for friends or family members until the Kindle comes back. Besides, a physical book can be autographed where a Kindle can’t. Just saying….

– Dwayne Epstein

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KILLING GENERALS

Killing Generals: The Making of The Dirty Dozen, the Most Iconic WWII Movie of All Time (2023) will be my next book and will be available Father’s Day, 2023. It’s been too long since I tackled another worthy writing project but it’s not for lack of trying. Came VERY close several times on a variety of projects but I won’t bore the reader with those details. Suffice to say, I finally got  a new literary agent, Lee Sobel, who contacted me, which is always a good sign. After checking him out as thoroughly as possible, I signed with him and we proceeded to discuss possible subjects (I won’t bore you with those details, either). In a miraculously short time we came up with Killing Generals. He asked me to do a proposal in record time and he would make the pitch based on that. Amazingly, and much to my own surprise, I was able to do it in the time he requested and he tweaked it appropriately. I created a mock-up cover for added eye candy sizzle….

Proposal Cover for Killing Generals

Mock-up of the proposal cover I created for Killing Generals with my Mac and very little knowledge of how to do it (!).

 




























After the mock-up cover is the pitch Lee Sobel submitted to editor Gary Goldstein, at Kensington Books. It must have worked because it was not long after, we got an offer. Read below and tell me if you think it worthy. I have since amassed an amazing amount of exclusives and continue to do so!

Until the next time, all the best dear reader, and in the immortal words of Joseph Wladislaw: “Boy oh, boy. Killing Generals could get to be a habit with me.”   😉

The Dirty Dozen, released in the tumultuous year of 1967, is a recognized classic in the genre of ‘Men-on-a-mission’ that still exerts a powerful influence on films more than 50 years later. Author Dwayne Epstein is uniquely qualified to tell this story. Having researched and written the award-winning NY Times bestseller, Lee Marvin Point Blank, Epstein interviewed many of those involved in the production. Much of what was exclusively gathered on the film did not go into the final version but remains in the author’s possession. This includes unpublished interviews with cast and crew members resulting in this remarkable story.

The creation of the film includes such unlikely participants as sexploitation pioneer Russ Meyer, who gave the idea of the premise to author E.M. Nathanson for his bestselling novel, not knowing at the time that it was based on fact.

The production includes behind-the-scenes conflicts that rival any of the controversial violence seen in the film, such as director Robert Aldrich’s conflict with studio brass over content, leading man Lee Marvin’s grapple with the bottle on and off set, Jim Brown’s battle with the NFL and the entire ensemble cast fighting for screen time. The result subtly referenced the then current controversy of the Vietnam War as well as the Civil Rights Movement. The end result proved to be a subtle balancing act of pyrotechnics that proved to be equally adept at being anti-authoritative towards the military brass. In short, the dirty little secret was out.

It went on to become the year’s highest grossing film when released and remains one of the biggest hits in the history of MGM, establishing the major film careers of Marvin and costars Jim Brown, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland. Since its release its lasting impact has influenced several TV series, such as “The A-Team” (1980-1987), and such other diverse film productions from Kelly’s Heroes (1970) to Inglorious Basterds (2009) and Suicide Squad (2021). This fascinating tale of The Dirty Dozens’s creation, production and legacy has never been fully told, until now.” 

– Dwayne Epstein

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