Okay, after working ten or twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for a little over six months—not to mention the money it cost to hire an audio engineer...or the twenty years it took to write the book in the first place...or the eight years it took to get it published, edited and distributed—I finally finished both versions of The Audio Book of Ginny Good and got them stuck onto CDs. Phew. The voice only version is eleven hours long; the multimedia version is fifteen hours long. I'm giving them both away for free. If you want to see the index and/or download the big version, click this:
If you want to see how to get CDs of both or either version OR a signed copy of the real book, click this:
Once you get the CD or CDs, you're welcome to copy 'em and give 'em away to anyone you want, or copy 'em and sell 'em if you want, that's fine with me. I don't care if anyone buys my stuff I just want 'em to hear it or read it.
If you want to see three years of stuff I've been excited to say about the mind-numbingly inane, money-grubbing loser twits who run the book and movie businesses, click this:
And of course, as always, you're more than welcome to poke around among all the other free stuff on this site to your heart's content. Click some links. Let 'em take you where they take you. Oh, oh, and here's a Christmas Story. Have yourself a merry little Christmas!
OK, now before you start clicking the links, just a few words. First, the audio files take a little while to load, even on broadband. And if you ain't got broadband that could be a long wait. Start with the Introduction, which is short. Then you can either settle down to listen the whole thing, from Chapter one on, or just dip into some more at random.
I have to say that I think the whole thing is quite wonderful. It's a tremendous achievement. And I especially admire the choice of music, which is so evocative of the period.
There are, of course, morals for all of us here. All of us, that is, who care about writing. Whatever your feelings about Gerard, whether you love him or hate him, he is surely an example of what can be done, if you have the mind to.
You can write a book. It may not be a great one. The laws of probability say that it is very unlikely to be great. But if you stick with it long enough you will eventually get to the point where it strikes you as OK, if not perfect.
And then you can, if you choose to, put it before the public somehow or other. God knows there are a million ways now. And then, if you still have the appetite, you can do it in a different format.
Oh, and if you are sensible, you won't expect it to make you a fortune; or cover your costs. So you might just as well go one step further: become part of the gift economy, and give it away for free.
If that isn't a source of inspiration then I don't frankly know what to do for you. And it's a new year coming up. You could make a resolution. Or something.