I don’t know if this is a big deal or not, but it looks like I’m on Simon & Schuster’s highlight list


I have no idea if this means anything, but Simon & Schuster does distribution for Baen (my feeble understanding of the publishing industry says, beats me how it actually works) and I am on their list of highlighted books that they’re trying to sell. This appears to be the international distribution one.

I just found this through random googling. I think that this is some kind of handout for bookstore buyers.  If you scroll down I’m in the end of July/beginning of August section.  So this list is basically Stephen King, Stephen King, Dan Brown, famous author, famous author, major bestseller, movie tie-in, Stephen King, and Larry Correia… wait a second, Larry who?

The only other Baen authors on there are Ringo and Weber. That’s some fine company to find yourself in.

So, does this mean that my book is going to end up in a lot of international stores? Man, I hope so. I’m going to be positively huge in Uzbekistan, Andora, and Yap.

On that same note, if you are a fan, and you know the folks at your local bookseller, do me a favor and ask them next time you are there if they plan on ordering MHI. A little awareness never hurts. Same thing if you are at your local library.

And while I’m thinking about this topic, Baen will be sending out review copies to all the usual sources that review Baen books. I recently e-mailed back and forth with Fangoria, and they’ll be getting a review copy as well. (of course I read Fango, I’m a certified monster movie nerd) If you work for a magazine, newspaper, or big review website, or you are friends with somebody who is a professional reviewer,  and you think MHI might be up their alley, let me know and I’ll be in contact.

We’re getting closer. I’m excited.

In the meantime, read the post below and go order a cookbook. I’m on my way to Paypal now.

Chris and Mel need help – Buy cookbooks!


Here is the deal. Chris and Mel are good folks who are in a bad jam because of ridiculous legal fees.   There was a custody battle that needed to be fought, and though they won, our legal system is designed to suck the life out of you.

In order to get out of the hole, they are selling cookbooks.  They asked me to post this because they know I get a decent number of visitors.

They aren’t asking for charity. They are producing something of value, and using the money to pay down their debts. It actually sounds like a really good cookbook. I’m ordering one.

Let me tell you what I know about Chris, though I think I’m still sworn to secrecy. This is the kind of guy who found out about a friend of mine who was in need. Chris not only went out of his way to help this person, he went far above and beyond the call of duty to help out a soldier. Not because he got anything out of it, but just because he had the chance to make a deployed soldier’s life a little bit nicer. From what I understand, that’s just the kind of thing he does all the time.

What I would ask is that if you were even vaugely thinking about how you might be wanting to even maybe purchase a cookbook sometime in the next decade, to go ahead and get this one, and help out a fellow blogger.  And if you have your own blog, let’s spread the word.


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