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Think of the Children

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I've just noticed a new feature on Amazon:

"Tag this book for Amazon search."

It's a way of telling Amazon, "When people search for a certain phrase, this book should come up in the results."

So--just to pick a random example--suppose you feel that people who read Harry Potter might also enjoy reading The Government Manual for New Wizards. Yet you know that hundreds of millions of people read the former who have never heard of the latter. Night after night, you lie awake, worrying about the millions of poor lost souls who will never know the simple joy of buying one of my books.

Fortunately, thanks to Amazon's new feature, you can finally sleep soundly at night. All you need to do is:

1. Go to The Government Manual for New Wizards on Amazon.

2. Scroll down until you see "Help others find this product--tag it for Amazon search", and click on "suggest a search."

3. You'll be taken to a screen that says, "When someone searches for [BLANK] on Amazon, show this product and explanation in the results." Put "Harry Potter" in the blank. Then answer the question, "Why is this product relevant to Harry Potter?" (You don't have to be fancy--a few words should be sufficient.)

4. Click "Preview." Then click "Submit."

5. Voila! You've done your part for the betterment of mankind.

For anybody who does this... thank you in advance!

Help Me Sell Books

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Now that The Government Manual for New Pirates is shipping, I have a few requests for my friends. (And by "friends," I mean "anybody who is willing to help me sell books." If Mahmoud Ahmandinejad gives me a good review on Amazon.com, then by God, he counts as well.)

1. If you've read New PIrates and enjoyed it, write up a little review of it at its webpage on Amazon and/or the online retailer of your choice. This doesn't have to be long or detailed--just a few sentences so that anybody browsing the page will know that other folks have read and enjoyed the book.

2. While you're visiting the pirates Amazon page, take a minute and enter some "tags" for the book. "Tags" are just keywords that Amazon uses to help classify the book. Adding tags will help Amazon recommend The Government Manual for New Pirates to users who might like it.

To enter tags, scroll down to "Tag this product", or just hit "t" twice. Then, in the little box, enter a word or phrase you think is relevant to the book. "Pirates" would be a good one. Hit enter, and type in the next word or phrase. In addition to "pirates", here are some other tags you might enter:
funny
humor
pirate
Pirates of the Caribbean
gift

I admit--I don't know how much importance Amazon places on tags, so don't spend too much time doing this. But if you're willing to spend a minute or so, it might well be worthwhile.

Look what arrived on my doorstep

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I just got my author's copies of The Government Manual for New Pirates. This means that you should be able to get your hooks on a copy yourself, any day now.

Cover story

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I'm pleased to see that Amazon.com now has the newly designed cover in its listing for The Government Manual for New Pirates. Our publishers' design team outdid themselves this time. Of the three books Matthew and I have written, Pirates has our favorite cover.

The inside of the book looks great, too, but for now, you'll just have to take my word for it.

Attention, Radio Fans

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Matthew and I will be on the radio tonight at 6:10PM EST talking about one of our books. Probably The Government Manual for New Wizards, but possibly The Government Manual for New Pirates.

Residents of Uniontown, PA, can hear us by tuning their AM dial to 590. Everybody else can listen in online.

What I've Been Up To

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So what have I been up to lately?

Well, for one thing:

Aye, landlubber, you guessed aright. No longer will wizards and superheroes be the only hard-working professionals who can refer to official Government Manuals, because The Government Manual for New Pirates will be hitting the shelves in April 2007. Covering such vital topics as rum, eyepatches, rum, wenches, rum, wenches serving rum, and rum bottles with labels featuring eyepatch-wearing wenches serving rum, The Government Manual for New Pirates is a must-have for every swashbuckling ne'er-do-well.

Or, to put it more concisely:

Arrrrr!

Citizen Kane: The Musical

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I've uploaded two of my short films to revver.com:

You're A Good Man, Charlie Kane"--a standalone excerpt from my mock-documentary about a musical version of Citizen Kane.

Joe's First Day In Boston, which may be the most thrilling short film ever made about a guy waiting for a traffic light to change.

Why Revver, you might ask, rather than Google video or Youtube? Because Revver actually shares their revenues with content creators. Every time somebody watches my films all the way through and clicks on the ad at the end, I get a little money. My films have only been up for 24 hours, and already I've made 30 cents. At this rate, I'll make enough to bankroll a feature-length film in... let's see here... 456 years. Sundance, here I come!

Cross Promotion

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A friend reports getting the following e-mail from Amazon:

We've noticed that customers who have purchased The Government Manual for New Superheroes by Matthew David Brozik also purchased books by Christopher Behrens. For this reason, you might like to know that Christopher Behrens's Penis Pokey is now available . You can order your copy by following the link below.

       Penis Pokey
Christopher Behrens
Price: $9.95
(June 1, 2006)
 

      Book Description
This book contains no nudity. No profanity. No sexual material of any kind. And yet it just might be the most obscene thing we've ever published! Penis Pokey is an illustrated board book with a large die-cut hole in its center. Every spread features a dazzling full-color illustration with one thing missing--a banana, perhaps, or a fire hose, or a sea serpent. Male readers can complete the illustrations using the talents God has given them. Are we serious? Yes! Is this funny? Absolutely! Will this be a terrific hit with college students, bachelorette parties, and exhibitionists of all... Read more


 

I was kind of hoping they'd cross-market us with The Da Vinci Code, but you take what you can get.

Now on YouTube

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The Bureau of Superheroics ad is now up at YouTube. Please view it and vote for it. Heck, vote for it without viewing it. We won't mind.

In case you do not live in Metropolis, Gotham City, Atlantis, or any of the other major cities where the Bureau of Superheroics is airing its latest public service announcement, you may see it online here.

(The ad was written by my co-author Matthew Brozik, and directed and edited by his brother Adam. I did the music and a few additional tweaks.)

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