Monday, June 14, 2010

And then IC said, let there be book! and a party!

Announcement! Finally!

In fulfillment of some obscure intertestamental apocalyptic prophecy...

1) First there was a blog. Then there was a BOOK.

(See the "About the book" tab upper left? That may have been a clue! )

The book (admittedly, more a "booklet") is Dear Communion of Saints: amusingly apt advice for foolish Christians. This is an old series I did for a year at the birth of the blog, where people put some crazy questions to the communion of saints, and one or more of the saints answer, "Dear Abby" style.

Since this is the worst time since people were creating papyrus to publish, I went the experimental indie route. There are two formats:

  • If you like ebooks, you can preview and buy this tome (tomelette?) at Smashwords. For those unfamiliar with Smashwords, they publish and distribute indie ebooks in a variety of formats (Epub, Mobi, PDF, more), but their system works best with "text heavy" books with simple formatting. So consider the Smashwords edition the "unplugged" (and cheap!) version of the book. No pretty pictures and pull-quotes, but all the words. The EPub (IPad, IPhone, Nook, more) and PDF versions look good, and the Mobi (for Kindle readers) looks pretty decent by me. It's an inexpensive indulgence (ha ha ha--oh, never mind) and at the party, you may even get discounts on that! (And if you're saying "I only wish I had an ebook reader" you can try this or this or this for free.)
  • If you want the "real purty" version as a paperback with assorted pull quotes and images, head over to Lulu in a few days. I'm getting the proofs this week!

    And by the way, since I hope to buy a babygate with the change I may earn from this, if you like it, please leave a positive review at Smashwords or Lulu, or tell a friend.

    2) Ah yes, the party! We're having an online book launch party on facebook (and twitter and here on the blog) June 28th. Check in that day for giveaways, discounts, and pictures of great appetizers we'd love to be having.

And many thanks to Jeff at the Curt Jester for a very kind positive online review.

Peace, IC

6 the midrash:

s-p said...

Very cool! May it be a blest seller!

Ray from MN said...

Would it be possible to purchase an autographed copy of "Communion?"

Those of us who are book collectors like to purchase from unknowns who quickly become famous authors and make us rich as we auctions our copy at Sotheby's.

Unfortunately, most of the unknowns who became famous whose books I own died before I had a chance to get that signature.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Ray, I don't know how to do a signed copy of an ebook but when the print comes out, let's talk!

s-p, thanks!

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

Yay! I'm looking forward to the print copy!

LarryD said...

IC - I just finished reading the booklet. Wonderful! I'm putting a review up at my blog.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Thanks Larry!